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  1. How tall will your child be?

    Kids love to see how they are growing. Pencil marks on the wall show how much taller they’re getting year on year. "Will I be as tall as Daddy when I grow up?" "Will I be bigger than my sister?" You can’t answer with 100% accuracy but you can probably give a good guess as to what their final height

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  2. Time changes and toddlers' sleep

    An extra hour in bed or an early night is probably all the twice yearly clock changes mean to most of us. For toddlers though it can spell trouble with sleeping patterns and schedules. It's difficult enough getting them into a good sleep routine when twice-a year it's disrupted. We get an extra hour

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  3. The lowdown on children's teeth

    A happy smile shows off our teeth. As well as looking nice, teeth are important as they help us to eat our food and to speak clearly, so it pays to look after them. We get two sets of teeth, baby and permanent. When children are 14 they generally have their adult teeth in place. So where does it all

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  4. Adoption and fostering - Your adopted child's health needs

    When a possible match is suggested with you and a child, this is often an exciting time. It is important that you find out as much as possible about the child's health history and needs, so that if you decide to go ahead with the match, you will be as well informed as possible. Having realistic expe

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  5. Adoption and fostering - After adoption: what help can we get?

    Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to go should you need support at any time. Adoptive families have a legal right, as and when they request it, to a Statutory Assessment of Support Needs from the local authority that is

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  6. Adoption and fostering - Adopting a child: your health and wellbeing

    There are a variety of good reasons why people may choose to adopt, such as being single and wanting to give a child a home, being in a same-sex couple, or choosing to adopt a sibling for an existing biological child instead of giving birth again. Many couples come to adoption because they have been

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  7. Adoption and fostering - Adopting or fostering a child in care

    There are around 4,000 children in England who need to be adopted every year, and many more who need fostering. Some will have siblings, but the decision to keep siblings together is based on a balanced assessment of each child's needs. Some will have been abused or neglected in early childhood, or

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  8. Adoption and fostering - 'Our adopted children need more support'

    Sally and Rob Donovan decided they wanted to start a family in their early thirties. But after years of trying, they were told that they couldn't conceive naturally, a fact which took a long time for them to get used to. "Infertility is horrible, and the effects of it are underestimated by those who

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  9. Adoption and fostering - 'We adopted after IVF'

    "When my wife and I discovered that we would struggle to have our own children, adoption was always on the table. We tried IVF first, simply because in our area we had one free attempt. "We started IVF in September 2009. The experience was incredibly difficult for both of us, but probably more so fo

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  10. 9 mistakes parents make with toddlers

    Children don't come with owner's manuals. Alas. Toddlers - full of energy and eager to test your limits as well as their legs - can be particularly tricky to parent. Here are nine parenting mistakes every mum and dad of a toddler should avoid: You know how it is: a parent says no and a tantrum ensue

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