Grandparents

What makes a good role model

Is there a day goes by when there isn’t a picture of a celebrity splashed across the tabloids behaving badly? Bleary eyed pop stars stumbling out of nightclubs with the stability of Bambi on ice. Or a highly paid sports star furtively leaving a hotel with a mystery female, despite being married with children. It

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Should you tell your kids the truth about Santa

We try to teach our children right from wrong as early as we can and that of course includes telling the truth. It’s important not to lie, we tell them, and the truth is the best way forward! And then what do we do to them? As soon as they are able to understand anything,

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Family babysitters: Are you taking advantage?

Family Babysitters: Are you taking advantage?

Having a job and kids as well is made much easier when you’ve got family babysitters, healthy parents or in-laws to dump them on from time to time – and it can work well: Grandparents get to see more of your kids and you get time to yourself. But it’s hard for some parents to

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Family babysitters: Are you taking advantage?

Long distance grandparents: How to involve them

Do your children have long distance grandparents? Every parent knows the value of extended family, and especially the older generation, in helping us raise our children – not just for advice, treats or regular childcare, but for the valued and valuable bonds they have with our kids. But if you’re not lucky enough to live

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Family babysitters: Are you taking advantage?

Grandparents: How to play an active role

Being involved in the lives of your grandchildren can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience.  Sharing those things you love to do with them, and letting them educate you on their own view of the world is a precious gift.   It can equally be a cause of tension between you and the parents, so getting

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