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changes to the laws on adoption

Changes to the laws on adoption

This year has seen changes to the laws on adoption change with a new Children and Families Act being passed by parliament. Aiming to speed up the process and increase the level of support that adoptive parents receive, the Act has been welcomed by children’s charities. Work/family balance The new legislation will make life easier

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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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How to stop putting things off

How to stop putting things off

“Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?” – Very wise words indeed and thank you to the former US President Thomas Jefferson! But unfortunately they’re wise words that are a lot easier said than done. All too frequently we are aware of the zillions of tasks lined up for us, all have

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survival tips for single parents

Survival tips for single parents

Even with all the rewards it offers – and there are plenty – parenting can be hard work and this is doubly true if you’re bringing up children on your own. Parents who live together can pull resources and lean on each other for support but for single parents, getting through the challenges parenting brings

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eating disorders in children and teens

Eating disorders in children and teens

Eating disorders are on the rise in the UK and children are not immune to their often devastating effects. There is, rightly, much focus on childhood obesity in the media at the moment. But at the other end of the spectrum the number of young people slowly starving themselves is also on the rise. Each

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Are children living with one parent as happy as those living with both

Are children living with one parent as happy as those living with both

Children living with only one of their biological parents can be just as happy as those living with both, according to a recent study by the London-based social research group NatCen. The study focused primarily on 12,000 seven year olds from 3 distinct groups – those living with both biological parents, those living with one

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