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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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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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A day in the life of a three year old boy


A day in the life of a three year old boy… from the perspective of his mum, our resident writer, Sam Hornby When it’s sunshine time, it’s time for me to be awake. Need a wee. Every morning, I wonder how much wee I can get all over the toilet seat, but most mornings I […]

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It’s National Walk to School Week – are you taking part?


Walk to School Week 2015 began today, the annual initiative by charity Living Streets which aims to encourage families, children and teachers to walk to school. The initiative is running 18th-22nd May and is all about highlighting the health benefits of walking. The Living Streets website contains lots of free, interactive activities to encourage people […]

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Calling all parents of multiples in Merseyside!


Home-Start Liverpool is looking to attract more families with twins and multiples to its weekly Multiple Birth Group. The weekly sessions are for little ones aged from birth up to pre-school age. They are held every Wednesday during term time, from 12.30-2.30pm, at John Archer Hall (next door to Windsor Primary School), Upper Hill Street, […]

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What the parties are offering parents of children this election


Childcare has been a key issue this election and the main political parties are all proposing different childcare options to compete for the working parent vote. Currently, free childcare is available for two year olds, however parents must meet specific criteria to qualify. Once children are three, 15 hours’ per week free care is available […]

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Diary of an elective C-section – part two


By Sam Hornby The second of our three part instalment – read part one here. 39+4 days pregnant – the eve of the C-section I had to go to the Antenatal unit today to have pre-op bloods taken and to be given two tablets called Ranitidine which I have to take at 10pm tonight. This […]

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Can pregnancy be glamorous?


By Sam Hornby As someone who has had two pregnancies, I’m yet to have found the elusive ‘Pregnancy Glow’ I’ve heard so much about! From the day I found out I was pregnant with my second child to approximately 14 weeks, I had morning sickness, a new phenomenon for me, as I had no morning […]

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Diary of an elective C-section – part one


By Sam Hornby When I had my little boy, it is safe to say, I did not have the nicest of times. To cut a long and traumatic experience short, I was induced on the Monday, my waters broke at 1:11am on Tuesday and I was sent to the labour ward at 11am to continue […]

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