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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 Ch ...

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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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How pretend play can prepare children for the real world

  Sam Flatman, an expert in outdoor play from Pentagon Sport, explores the benefits of pretend play and creative thinking. His first article in the series discusses the transferable skills our little ones learn through pretend play. To you it might be an old cardboard box, but to the imaginative child it can be a castle, a treehouse or a gateway to another world. For children, the creative possibilitie ...

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My children and money – your questions answered

Children start to shape their attitude towards money aged as young as seven. So whether you give them pocket money or not, you are already a huge influence on how they will spend money when they are older. Though there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to teaching your children about money, there are a few questions that parents ask over and over again. Combining findings from research completed b ...

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How playtime can help your child’s development

From role play to puzzles, discover how to make the most of your children’s playtime and assist their personal development, too. The flurry of modern life – and all that it offers – usually means the spontaneity of play takes a back seat to hectic work schedules and busy social lives. Rather than over-diarising your children’s playtime, you can try letting them loose to entertain themselves and make up game ...

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SIDs: reducing your baby’s risk

As a midwife, I always advise parents to ensure their babies are warm and comfortable. However, not too warm! Overheating in babies is a major contribution to SIDS and no baby will settle if they are too warm or the opposite, too cold! The car and pushchair are common places where you need to make sure your little one is warm and snug especially as we are heading, according to forecasters for the coldest wi ...

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