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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).

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

gender neutral parenting - a tale of two extremes - has gender neutral parenting gone too far
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Gender neutral parenting – a tale of two extremes

Natasha Mahtani

There are a new generation of parents however who are choosing to raise their children gender neutral. Some do this by not assigning their child a gender for fear of their child imbibing the self-limiting beliefs and/or stereotypes of either gender.

children share - sharing - kids sharing - children sharing
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Why I don’t make my children share

Sally Johnson

Growing up with two siblings, some of the biggest fights I remember were when we fought over a favourite toy. I still remember vividly an almighty row in the back of the car I always flashback to that day when I am told that we should make our children share.

sibling - siblings - sibling love - sibling rivalry
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Sibling: the gift of each other

There are two photos on my mantelpiece. Both photographs are perfectly-captured moments of a sibling bond. Both make me believe that I have given my girls the greatest gift of all – the gift of each other.

hand to hold - mum life - motherhood
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My favourite hand to hold

Sally Johnson

It was a haze of hospital beds, nurses and bleeping machines when suddenly you were here, with that first exhilarating cry. I reached out and you wrapped your tiny hand round my finger and held on tight.

sharing a room - sibling bedroom share - sibling room share
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7 steps to sibling bedroom sharing success

Whether your children are sharing a room out of necessity or because you think it will be a great experience for them, you want the space to work for them. A little thought and preparation can make it all go more harmoniously.

Little girl showing strength
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9 great ways to empower kids

We want our children to grow up to be confident, to believe in themselves and to dare to follow their dreams. How do we empower kids to help them feel like the amazing humans we know they are?

kids to succeed - kids play - girls playing imagination game importance of play
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Want your kids to succeed? Let them play more!

Play is being squeezed out of children’s lives and is becoming a luxury to be slotted into any bits of time left over when all the other activities have been taken care of. But when it comes to what’s important for children and what helps kids to succeed, play is right up their with love, learning and sleep.

two children fighting showing aggressive behaviour
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7 tips to stop your child lashing out

In the early years children can find it hard to handle difficult emotions like frustration, sadness and anxiety in a rational way. Here are some tips to help calm their behaviour.