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Brits no longer keeping mum about mum

  Brits getting their mums more involved in social lives, as inspired by celeb dynasties Kardashians leading the trend One in four would go clubbing with their mum One in three would invite their mum out with their friends 40% are now connected to their mums on Facebook It's not just on Mother’s Day that Brits make a concerted effort to see their mums – research has revealed that many offspring are inc ...

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Birth injuries – do you have grounds for making a clinical negligence claim?

Some birth injuries can be anticipated and with prompt and appropriate action serious injuries can sometimes be avoided. If a birth injury is sustained through lack of appropriate care it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim for compensation. Fetal distress Unborn babies whatever their size or gestation can become physically distressed during the often long process of labour. When labour does ...

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Creative techniques to make children brush their teeth tantrum free!

The dental routine, even for the best of us, can become tedious and time consuming, but in order for it to be done properly the time needs to be set aside. Admittedly, getting your children on board isn’t always an easy task! These tips below will provide you with some inspiration on how to transform the routine into a creative daily activity as well as a form of interactive learning. 1 - Let them choose th ...

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Let’s get our children cooking!

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, knows that healthy eating is important and wants to make sure our children do too. We’re always trying to do the best for our children: making sure they get enough exercise, have plenty of time to play outdoors and eat a healthy, balanced diet.  The only problem is that recent research from Wholegrain Goodness has shown that three out of every ten chil ...

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The Baby Blanket Donation Campaign with Rachel Stevens

Dettol is pleased to announce the extension of contributions for the Baby Blanket Donation Campaign until mid February 2015. The donation appeal, fronted by celebrity mum of two Rachel Stevens, aims to raise awareness of the dangers of bacteria on baby blankets, particularly during the cold & flu season, whilst highlighting the shortage of baby blankets available to infants born to families in need. Lab ...

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Why children should play with their fruit and veg

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, says that parents should let their children get hands on and creative with their fruit and vegetables. We’re always taught that it’s not nice to play with our food but new research suggests that maybe we should. It turns out that squishing that banana and snapping those green beans could encourage children to eat their greens. The study, which was base ...

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Adopting when you’re over forty

People of all ages can, and do successfully adopt. Adoption can seem complicated. A subject surrounded by a hundred and one questions. What sort of people can adopt? Am I too old? What if I’m overweight? These things shouldn’t stop you from considering adoption as a way to build your family. Many agencies understand that a diverse range of children need a diverse range of families. Many people can be good a ...

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Five fun science experiments for children

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, believes that science can be fun and that experimenting is essential to learning. Children often have a love-hate relationship with science. Children adore experimenting with new ideas and seeing science come to life, so getting hands on is a great way to tackle challenging concepts. Science doesn’t have to be confined to the classroom; there are plent ...

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Adding style to your nursery

Sourcing original pieces for your child’s bedroom or playroom can often prove challenging. Many interiors experts are now turning to handmade or personalised products that combine attractive design and practicality to bring a unique sense of style to the nursery space. Here are a few things you can try to achieve a fun and functional space for your little ones. 1 - Find a bespoke toy chest A great hideaway ...

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5 awesome outdoor art projects for children

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, talks about how combining art and the outdoors can be fun for everyone. Children love art projects but all the mess that comes as part of the fun can be hard work for mums and dads. The solution? Take art outdoors; the garden is the perfect place for children to make a little bit of mess while they get hands on with nature, experimenting with different ...

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Build your family through adoption in 2015 and help a child build a better future

This could be the year you finally get around to cleaning out the garage or joining the local gym to get closer to the better, fitter 2015 version of you. While you’re looking ahead to the exciting new things this year will bring we ask you to think of the children who wait. Every year the number of children entering the care system continues to rise. Last year there were over 68,800 looked after children i ...

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Sometimes January doesn’t go quite as planned

January has long been the peak month for divorce in the UK and countless couples across the UK are aware that this period was likely to be a testing time. Many couples will have tried hard to give their marriage ‘one last go’ in the spirit of a New Year, but sadly the extra pressure may well have sent their relationships over the edge. If this sounds like you, do not be alarmed. In fact, recent research rev ...

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Creative ideas for a DIY children’s playground

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, shares some of his favourite ideas for creating your own children’s playground at home. Children love going outside, playing on the swings and taking on obstacle courses, but playgrounds don’t have to be just for school break times and weekend trips to the park. With a bit of creativity, children can benefit from play in their own back garden without t ...

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5 tips for keeping children healthy in winter

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, shares his top tips on preventing children from feeling under the weather this winter. Winter can be a tough time of the year when it comes to keeping children healthy. Colds, coughs and sniffles are rife in schools and playgroups, but the change in weather doesn’t mean we should stop our children from running around outside! With a little bit more pre ...

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5 Christmas activities for children

Sam Flatman, an educational consultant from Pentagon Sport has five fun activities for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas. Christmas is nearly here and there’s no better way to get the whole family into the festive spirit than by making Christmas crafts and enjoying a few outdoor activities. I’ve pulled together five of the best Christmas activities for children of all ages to enjoy.   1. DIY Chr ...

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7 of the best baby buys!

If you are an excited soon to be parent and you need some inspiration on some essential yet unique baby products to purchase, then you have come to the right place! Below are 7 examples of some practical, multi purpose yet quirky products ranging from travel, baby safety, bathing and changing, sleeping, feeding and toys that are currently on the market. Sure to benefit you and your baby to be, which are sur ...

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Heelys can be a fun, safe way to play

Most parents of children aged five and over will have come across Heelys: the trainer style shoe with the skateboard-like wheel in the heel. The Heely, in brief, is a cool looking skate-shoe, available in every conceivable colour and pattern, that enables kids to transform an ordinary walk into a much more lively and interesting journey altogether. Kids never need reasons to want Heelys, that they are “awes ...

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5 rainy day play ideas to keep children thinking

Sam Flatman, an expert in outdoor play from Pentagon Sport, helps you and your children to make the most of bad weather. Rainy days can be a real challenge for parents of restless children. Not only does bad weather mean children can’t get the health benefits of running around outdoors, but it also gives them an excuse to pull out the iPad for the day, neither of which are ideal. There is a solution though! ...

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Unveiling the truth about infertility

With egg freezing and IVF high on the UK news agenda, there is much speculation surrounding the topic of assisted fertility. From lifestyle choices that might thwart the chances of conceiving, to selecting the gender of your future baby, there’s an awful lot of confusion about fertility and fertility treatments. To separate fact from fiction, internationally renowned Dr Manuel Muñoz of IVI Fertility Clinic ...

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Roller Skating – why the grown-ups should get their skates on too

If you have always considered roller-skating to be an activity reserved for children, it might be time to take a second look. Across the UK, it’s the grown ups who are having all the fun, as people realise the health benefits of donning their skates; “Exercise doesn’t have to be boring any more!” they cheer as they lace up and head out. Roller skating for fitness makes a lot of sense: it can provide a cardi ...

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