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Studying as a parent 


By Madeleine Thompson I started a Post Graduate course in September and last week was hand-in week. I refer to my course as ‘grown-up school’ for the benefit of my children who are very little and don’t have much grasp of the idea of adults studying things. I have been going to grown-up school for […]

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Swimming lessons with Puddle Ducks


By Natasha Pyke Being a parent of twins, I didn’t have as many opportunities as I’d have liked to take my boys George and Austin swimming as babies. My partner worked full time throughout my maternity leave and I was therefore unable to take them to swimming classes from birth, which is something I would […]

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Preparing for Christmas with a toy cull!


By Madeleine Thompson It’s only October, yet we’re already seeing the creep of Christmas presents and decorations on our supermarket shelves and people posting ‘XX days until Christmas’ messages on social media. It does seem like the preparation for Christmas arrives earlier each year. Some things are too early – the marketing and advertising hype, […]

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Buggy running – lose weight and have fun!


By Clare Jennings After the birth of my second child, I was desperate to return to running and determined to lose my baby weight. Running, for me, is a past time that not only offers the chance to improve my fitness and drop a few pounds, it’s also my opportunity to clear my mind and […]

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Wearing your baby – a guide to wraps, carries and slings


By Sam Hornby As I stood next to my stall at the car boot sale last Sunday morning, I noticed a lot of people walking passed, staring. Not because I had left the house at 5am and looked like Morticia Addams’ ugly sister, but because I was wearing my baby girl. I first started wearing […]

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Helping children to overcome fears


By Matthew Toale Almost every person on the planet has something that they are afraid of. Some people can be afraid of a variety of objects or situations, whilst others have a small niche of fears that plagues them. However, there is usually at least one thing that a person has a deep-rooted fear of […]

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Pre- School: A mum’s guide to helping your child adjust


BY Kerry McCrink (Mum to Joshua, 3 and Thomas, 8 months) September is almost over and it’s been a big month in our household. My first born child, Joshua, has been embarking upon his first few weeks of pre-school. I must admit the early morning rush of getting out of the door on time has […]

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What is being the parent of a child with Autism like?


By Karl Farrell There are many people out there who don’t know the fact that my son has Autism. He, in fact, has HFA which is Higher Function Autism. This means is that my son is very, very intelligent, but can struggle socially and has very little spacial awareness. This means he struggles with other […]

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Body image


By Sam Hornby When I was training to be a teacher I taught year 5 for four weeks. I always liked to make sure the children I taught felt they could approach me to speak to me about anything that was worrying them. One day a young girl, who was 10, said to me: “Miss, […]

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