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Are we spoiling our kids too much

Are we spoiling our kids too much

Perhaps the run-up to Christmas is the wrong time to answer this question. Or maybe it’s the perfect time. As I tentatively open my latest bank statement and fight to suppress the ‘I’ve spent How Much?!’ shock, I begin to wonder if all this festive acquisition madness has gone too far. I’m going to have

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Dealing with family tensions at Christmas

Dealing with family tensions at Christmas

Cosy nights in, parties, giving and receiving gifts and some precious time off work to spend with the family. Christmas is a time of year that we all look forward to but sometimes that idyllic vision of festive music playing as families enjoy the perfect Christmas dinner and settle down to spend a whole day

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Respite care for you and your kids

Respite care for you and your kids

The parents of children with special needs have one of the toughest roles of all. Any parenting is tiring, but some children need additional care and support every day, often on a 24/7 basis and the demands this places on Mum and Dad can be immense. Here are some tips on getting that much deserved

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Parents and discipline

Parents and discipline

Disciplining kids is never easy, and as parents we spend most of the time flying by the seat of our pants, winging it, making it up as we go along. The way we respond to our little ones when they are acting out is dependent on how we ourselves were brought up, how we are

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Avoid family life burnout

Avoid family life burnout

Before I had my little boy, I wondered why my friends with children said they never had any time, why did they always look tired and stressed? I admit, I could even feel a little dismissive – I mean how hard could it be? Fast forward to having a child of my own, I was

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New Dad survival guide

New Dad survival guide

Pregnancy and birth may be a challenging time for women, but new Dads have their own journey too, and often get forgotten in the frenzy of Mum-focused activity. From the point of conception, all attention shifts to the woman. And rightly so. But many men experience significant emotional upheaval during the 9 months and beyond.

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