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Is there a right age to have children?

For the majority of women, one of the most important life decisions to be made is, ‘Do I want children?’ If the answer is yes, next comes the million dollar question: ‘When is the right time?’ There’s no definitive answer. ‘Health-wise, the right time to have babies is probably in your 20s but, financially, it’s in your 30s,’ says Eleanor Peck, an independent midwife. ‘However, there is no “right” age to ha ...

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How to… keep your children safe online

“As a mum of two, I know the safety of your child is the biggest concern for any family,” says Lucy Woodward, Interactive Live Services Director at Disney’s Club Penguin. “As parents, we prepare our children for the outside world, ensuring they cross the road safely when walking to school looking left and right, and it’s important we extend this to preparing them for the online world too. “At Disney’s Club ...

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Would you consider adoption?

So, another Christmas is over. After being surrounded by family, with rooms full of festive cheer, it’s time to start thinking about the New Year ahead. The usual list of dreary New Year’s resolutions might look like this 1. Go on that diet I saw in the paper 2. Take up a hugely exciting and dangerous hobby 3. Finish clearing out the loft! This year though you could make a resolution that really makes a dif ...

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Jo Frost – the big interview

Contrary to popular belief, Jo Frost didn’t go off to have kids. Instead, the former Supernanny and hardest-working disciplinarian on TV, has been saving families’ souls over in the US You are now connected through to us,’ says the voice of an American publicist in California, at the other end of the telephone line. ‘Go ahead – ask Jo any questions that you have.’ Well, where do I start? Once the formalitie ...

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Jo Frost’s Family S.O.S.

Jo Frost offers her invaluable expertise to struggling households of all structures in the US – with happy endings. Having spent seven seasons as Supernanny, rescuing distressed parents and disciplining unruly children, our guest editor, Jo Frost, is back doing what she does best in her new show, Family S.O.S. Jo is travelling across the US in a bid to instil peace within the home, but this time she’s turne ...

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Are dads better at parenting?

Are men getting a bad press when most are equally involved in parenting their children?  Beer-swilling, lazy, work-shy and, worst of all, pretty useless when it comes to being a doting father to their children – this is how dads are being portrayed in the media. However, according to a recent Netmums (www.netmums.com) survey, this is simply not true. Some 93% of parents said that the way dads are shown in n ...

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The best British days out

Travelling abroad during the summer is one thing, but don’t underestimate the amount of fun and memorable days out you can have on your doorstep. With the school holidays here, it is worth planning some great trips away with the kids to keep them (and you) happy for those interminable six weeks or more. And don’t worry – you don’t have to travel for thousands of miles or spend a fortune, either. From the de ...

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At Home’s royal baby gift guide

We don't envy Will and Kate's friends! Imagine how hard it must be choosing the perfect present for a baby who already has the kingdom of England. Admittedly, finding the right gift can be a right royal pain, so amid this record year of bumps and babies, we’ve compiled At Home's royal baby gift guide, themed around the imminent Royal arrival. At Home's royal baby gift guide has included a selection of luxur ...

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Do you struggle with mental arithmetic?

If you struggle with your mental arithmetic, you’re not alone. poor mathematics is a nationwide problem for many adults and children. Poor numeracy is a huge and neglected problem. According to the most recent Skills for Life survey, almost 17 million people in the UK have numeracy skills below those needed for the lowest grade at GCSE – for literacy, the comparable figure is five million. Recent studies ha ...

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Common triggers for divorce

Ending a marriage is a difficult and distressing decision – the reasons for which can be just as hurtful… 1. Infidelity ‘Finding out about an infidelity is searingly painful,’ says agony aunt, Suzie Hayman, a Relate-trained counsellor (www.agony-aunt.com). ‘But it’s not always a deal-breaker and couples can get back on track. A small fling sometimes even results in a stronger relationship, while a long-term ...

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Growing up

Dr Christian Jessen’s new book is the best way to help you answer your child’s awkward questions – read on… Being a parent is no mean feat. From the second they are born to the moment they leave home, raising your kids can be both a joy and challenge; and, as most parents will admit, the teenage years can be especially hard. During this period, a child’s body undergoes dramatic changes, and with this proces ...

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