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Snuggle up and enjoy one of these short bed time stories for kids - kids storybooks they will love to read again and again
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20 best short bedtime stories for kids

Few feelings are more magical than snuggling up with your child and reading a bedtime story to them before they drift off into the land of nod. We’ve put together a list of the very best bedtime stories for kids.

15 BEST group party games for kids - low cost and fun packed activities for kids parties
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15 best group games for kids parties

So you’re hosting a kids party and you have to keep everyone entertained? Gulp. Don’t worry. We’ve put together some fab group games to break the ice, get everyone having fun and even some to keep everyone busy and quiet (ish).

Gifts for expecting dads - our top gift ideas for expecting dad - gifts for new dads that they will love
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Top 12 gifts for expecting dads

Nothing changes a man’s life quite so profoundly as the moment they become a dad. To celebrate that moment we’ve put together some of the best gifts for expecting dads to mark and to prepare them for this momentous occasion.

PACKING hacks for her - halve your suitcase with these smart packing hacks for her - together with pdf travel packing list
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12 packing hacks to halve your suitcase size

These 12 packing hacks can help you pack lighter, smarter holiday suitcases. It also comes with a FREE downloadable pdf of a Travel packing list to help you check you haven’t missed anything. 

Your 6 step plan to night time potty training and when to ditch the night nappies
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6 steps to night time potty training success

Potty training during the day is challenge enough but taking away night nappies is another ball game altogether. Find out how to tell if your child is ready for night time potty training and steps to succeed at it.

mindful tips to make school mornings less stressful - turn chaotic mornings into calm events
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How to mindfully change chaotic mornings

Lauren Mead

Mornings can be crazy when you’re trying to leave the house at a decent time and also manage the chaos of kids. Usually we want to hurry up to get out the door, but learning to slow down, can help your mornings go more smoothly.

Try these 5 top techniques to help soothe anxious kids. They're good to help calm kids and calm adults too
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5 top techniques to help soothe anxious kids

Unfortunately there is no magic wand that we, as parents, can wave to take away our child’s anxiety. But there are things we can do to help our children manage their feelings and learn to cope when anxiety hits. 

HOW your baby crying in sleep can mean a number of different things and can be normal
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How your baby crying in sleep may not be a bad thing

As a new parent you quickly come to recognise your baby’s cries in the night. But what do you do if your baby starts to cry in the night, suddenly and as if in distress but doesn’t wake? Are they having nightmares? Are they hurt or poorly?

THIS one thing leads to happy smart kids - reading to children every day
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Doing this one thing can help you raise happy and smart kids

Do you read to your child everyday? Do you often mean to but, come the end of a long, busy day, just don’t have the energy or the time? If so, you’re not alone. The bedtime story used to be an ingrained tradition in homes up and down the land. Now it is on the decline.

This is our secret nightly ritual - why I love co-sleeping with my toddler
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Why I love co-sleeping with my toddler

Isla Buchanan

Letting my children sleep in my bed is something I vowed never to do. My bed was a place of sanctuary. It was a place where me and my husband could sleep (hopefully uninterrupted) and a place we could call our own.

Dear daughter forgive me when I fail
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Dear daughter, forgive me when I fail

Sophie Anderson

My days of perfect parenting can be counted on one hand. The ones where everything goes smoothly from start to finish and we spend a relaxed and happy day together without so much as a disagreement.

You will always be my baby girl - a mother's letter to her grown up daughter before she leaves home
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You will always be my baby girl

Claire Henderson

No matter how big you grow, you’ll always be my baby girl. No matter how big you grow I’ll always have a place for you in my arms. No matter how tall you are I’ll always try to get to your level and listen.

Toddler biting what does it mean - find out why toddlers bite and what causes the bad behaviour
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The real reasons behind toddler biting

Toddler biting can be a huge concern for parents. No one wants their child to hurt another and biting can produce some pretty big emotions. Understand why they bite and what it means when they do.

How to be an amazing single dad - single dad tips to help them through parenting
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How to be a great single dad

You might be the best dad in the world but now you have to figure out how to be the best ever single dad. And that means getting used to all sorts of new rules and facing some hurdles and setbacks along the way.

Baby led weaning foods by age - see which foods are best for baby at each stage of weaning - help them to enjoy finger foods
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Baby led weaning foods by age

Baby led weaning has risen in popularity over recent years with more and more parents adopting the approach. Find out which foods are the most appropriate for baby at each weaning stage, and which you should avoid altogether.

complete beginners guide to car seats - car seat safety and how to choose the right car seat
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The complete beginners guide to car seats

Deciding how to choose the right car seat for the first time can be utterly confusing. We’ve put together a complete beginner’s guide to car seats to help you navigate your way through the minefield.

stages of weaning - the 3 stages of weaning explained - how to introduce those first foods to baby
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The 3 stages of weaning – a step by step guide

Over their first year babies move from a diet of just milk to eating 3 meals a day with a wide variety of foods. Of course there are several steps along the way as they get used to eating solid food and trying different tastes and textures. Here are the 3 stages of weaning explained.

10 best first foods for baby - start weaning with these great stage 1 weaning foods
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10 best first foods for baby

We’ve put together a top 10 of the best first foods to try. All can either be pureed if you choose to start with spoon feeding or cut up and given as finger foods, if you decide to do baby led weaning.

advice for new parents - 9 myths of motherhood debunked
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Real advice for new parents – 8 cliches debunked

Giving birth is the best day of your life. Cherish every moment. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Some advice for new parents can make you want to cry. Don’t. Instead know that so many of these things are just not true.

SPD in pregnancy left me in crippling pain in pregnancy
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SPD in pregnancy left me in crippling pain

Hannah Price

Pregnancy is not an illness but when you have SPD it certainly feels like one. As mamas-to-be you want to feel strong and empowered and womanly. Having SPD makes you feel weak and distanced and fragile.

Baby number 2. Welcome to level two. Out of Depth Dads life has changed with the arrival of baby number 2
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Welcome to LEVEL TWO. Life with the arrival of baby number 2

Chris McGuire, The Out Of Depth Dad

They say that ‘pride’ comes before a fall. As a SAHD to my two-and-a-half-year-old son, we’d got things into a nice routine, and nothing (poo, puke or my pathological hatred of Peppa Pig) could rock our little boat.

postnatal depression in dads - what you didn't know about paternal postnatal depression
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6 myths of postnatal depression in dads debunked

Viren Swami

After the birth of my son, I was diagnosed with postnatal depression. As a dad but also a social psychologist, I began writing about my experiences to try and better understand what I was going through.

Postnatal anxiety - the postnatal condition no one talks about
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Postnatal anxiety, what we don’t talk about

Katie Scott

It first happened a few days after giving birth, when I was chopping carrots for an evening meal. It was like a sudden vision, a flash across my mind’s eye. As I drove the knife down into the carrot

mess up as parents - 12 parenting fails you'll almost definitely experience
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12 ways you’ll almost definitely mess up as a parent

There’s no such thing as a perfect parent and, if truth be told, everyone is bound to mess up as a parent and make mistakes along the way. Let’s just hope our kids forgive us somewhere down the line. In our defence – we REALLY didn’t mean it.

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