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Pets and child development

Pets and child development

Did you know that having pet could enhance your child’s development? Various studies have proved that this rite of childhood passage does far more than teach children about responsibility and caring for other creatures. Irrespective of the nature of their pet – be it furry, slippery, or many-legged – your child’s cognitive, physical, emotional and

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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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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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How late should you let your teen stay out

How late should you let your teen stay out

As young children blossom and grow into young adults they seek more independence, and the teenage years can be a time of great friction as a result. The issue of staying out is a hot topic, so how late should you let your teen stay out? To teens, it represents freedom and independence and a

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Why teaching good manners is so important

Why teaching manners is so important

Maybe I’m just old-fashioned but I think manners are important. Polite behaviour commands and demonstrates respect in equal measure, and I want my kids to grow up into decent adults who understand the value of that. But it can be difficult to work out which manners are appropriate at which age, so here is your

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Negative or challenging personality traits

Negative or challenging personality traits

Sometimes it can be easy to get stuck seeing ourselves or other people in set ways. This is particularly true with regard to ‘negative’ or challenging personality traits. Tools to help understand ourselves like astrology or psychological tests such as Myers Briggs, can help us to realise that there are different ways of viewing the

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