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children's party politics

Children’s Party Politics

Since when did kids’ parties become such a minefield? Back in the day, it was all about fun – you invited a bunch of kids over for a few simple games, fed them jelly and ice cream and gave them a balloon and slice of cake to go home with. You weren’t public enemy number

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Outdoor Winter activities for kids

Outdoor Winter activities for kids

Fresh, clear outdoor air is the perfect antidote to the centrally-heated lethargy that creeps up on you over winter. With our immune systems working super-hard to keep winter nasties at bay, exercise is more important than ever during this chilly season. It’s time to prise the kids away from the sofa for a while and

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Dealing with post Christmas blues

Dealing with post Christmas blues

January can be a glum month. In the run up to Christmas the short dark days can be offset against a full social calendar, bright twinkling lights and the magic of the festive season. But once that’s all over with for another year empty bank accounts, the post-Christmas scales reading and returning to work after

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How to keep teenagers asfe

Keeping kids safe whilst out and about

When my daughter was born I felt like my eyes had suddenly been opened to all the dangers in the world. I imagined trouble lurking at every turn and her growing independence has sent my parental-protection chip into overdrive. I know I must allow her the freedom she deserves to blossom into the unique, special

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5 Tips for staying calm under pressure

5 Tips for staying calm under pressure

Stress is unavoidable in the modern world. We move fast and are often trying to do more than is possible and within a time frame that is crazy! To some degree, we have limited control of external factors that can possibly cause us stress, but what we do have under control is our relationship to

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alternative ways to spend Christmas Day

Alternative ways to spend Christmas Day

Maybe you can’t face a traditional Christmas Day with the family. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home parent and want to get out and about. Maybe you just want to work off that huge Christmas dinner. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one and Christmas doesn’t seem quite the same. There are many reasons why families like to

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