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  • How to stop your kids growing up too fast

    How to stop your kids growing up too fast

    The age of the ‘Tween’ used to means kids in the 10-12 bracket, on the cusp of crossing into adolescence. But as time goes on, these boundaries blur and it’s not uncommon to find kids as young as 7 or 8 trying on tween behaviour for size alongside playing with their Baby Annabel and cuddling

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    How to use the naughty step

    How to use the naughty step

    The good old naughty step – the brilliant method of restoring some level of peace to the household; giving both child and parent “time out” from tense situations. But as with every discipline method there can be some niggles from time to time. Let’s have a little look at the most common problems we may

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    child abduction

    Child abduction

    Having your child abducted is every parent’s nightmare. The chances of a stranger whisking your child away are, mercifully, very slim. But every day many children are taken illegally away from the care of one parent by the other or a member of the extended family and taken overseas without mutual consent. If you fear

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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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