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How to find a stroller that suits you

Buying a stroller is a massive decision to all parents to be. It needs to be durable, hardwearing, practical and of course, stylish. But how about a stroller that will suit your personality?  Everyone has different hobbies and tasks that they participate in – and a stroller has to be able to keep up with everything you want to do. How do you exercise with a toddler? That was the question baby jogger faced b ...

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What summer can teach kids about money

It is more than likely your summer months are set to be full of activity. Suddenly finding yourself with a child (if not more) to keep entertained is a full-time task. As the last few weeks of school kick in, their minds start to turn to important topics like ‘Alton Towers or Thorpe Park?’ and ‘what am I going to buy for my holiday?’ Expensive stuff right? Well, if you can capture their attention for long e ...

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Common adoption myths, busted!

Adoption can be an enriching, rewarding process. Despite the clear benefits to children and adopters, many potential parents are missing out because they don’t think they are eligible to become adopters. With 6,000 children across the UK needing a home, busting some of the myths around who can and can’t apply to become a family is essential. We’ve separated the fact from the fiction to ask ‘could it be you? ...

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The adoption journey

Adoption is a way of providing a loving new family for children who cannot be brought up by their own parents. Nicole Harman tells us of one of her experiences helping a couple in their journey to adopt a child.  “I am passionate about my role and find great pleasure in knowing that I have helped people create families.” says Nicole “Over the past year the most rewarding result has not only been the volume ...

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Choosing to create your family through adoption

Adoption is never a ‘second best’ option - it’s a positive choice that brings joy to parents and children. So when Helen and husband Tim decided it was time to start their family, they choose to adopt. Helen and Tim, both 29, wanted to provide a home to children in need as their priority for starting their family - ahead of having a biological child. They’re now parents to a six-year-old and five-year-old.  ...

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Are you going to expose your kid’s skin to the sun this summer?

As a parent your number one priority is offering protection for your kids. The dangers of UVA and UVB rays from the sun are well known and most kids don’t leave the house in the summer without a good smearing of factor 50 on.  Could the need to protect kids from sun damage actually be contributing to a surge in the deficiency of vitamin D?  Vitamin D is produced in the skin under stimulation from exposure t ...

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10 tips on how to survive a divorce when you have children

Divorce can be a sad and stressful time, often made far more difficult when children are involved. It is important, as a parent, to ensure that the process is as painless as possible. Here are some helpful tips on how to survive a divorce when you have children: 1. First and foremost do not use your children as a weapon in the divorce. Remember that you are a parent and your duties as a parent should be you ...

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How you can extend your family through adoption

Adoption. It can seem like a quite a scary word. Caring for a child who may have had difficult early life experiences and supporting them towards a better future. Along with this you also have a number of Local Authorities and Voluntary Adoption Agencies to choose from. This can make that first step towards adopting very confusing. Zara, who already had birth children of her own, adopted a sibling group of ...

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Using a swaddling product to help get your newborn into a good routine

Ah! Those blissful couple of weeks when you bring your newborn baby home and all they do is feed and sleep, feed and sleep (and poop!) Many newborns spend their earliest days very drowsy, fall asleep easily and will often sleep for hours-but many don’t. Having a plan for how to encourage your new baby into a good feeding and sleeping pattern will help smooth the way if it’s not happening easily. I’m relucta ...

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The story of a single adopter

One of the myths surrounding adoption is that you have to be in a couple in order to adopt. This isn’t true, in the last 20 years there has been a notable increase in the number of single-parent adopters, often because of the rise in the number of people settling down later in life. One such adopter, is Dawn Jones. Becoming a mum Dawn, 51, from York had always longed to be a mum. She is one of three childre ...

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