Children face many learning activities in their early years, but one that parents may often overlook is how a child deals with embarrassment as they get older. In the first three or four years, most children are not fully aware of their interactions with adults and other children. It's only when the
There's no right time to have a second child. There's no perfect age gap that makes family life easier or avoids sibling rivalry. The decision is down to your own choice and circumstances. There are things you may like to think about before getting to work on number two.
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Twins aren't as unusual as they once were. In fact around one in every 32 babies born in the UK is a twin, whereas thirty years ago it was one in 52. The increase is partly down to the use of fertility drugs and women leaving it later to start a family. Two babies can bring double the happiness but
When you first hold your baby your instincts are to give them all of the love and care you can. That’s not spoiling your baby that’s being a parent. Friends and family can have quite fixed views on the right way to look after your baby. 'You should leave her to cry', 'don’t hold her all the time',
The thought of travelling any distance with your baby may fill you with dread, but with a bit of planning and preparation it should be a breeze. The physical sounds and motions of travelling tend to induce sleep in babies so you're halfway there. If you know what to expect and have the right baby st
Pocket money can be a thorny issue. When should you start giving it to your children? How much should you pay and should there be strings attached? Don't believe your child when he tells you all of his friends get lots of cash every week to spend on anything they want and they don't have to do chore
It's not fair on your child if you don't set limits for them, according to parenting experts. A child needs guidance and boundaries so that they know how to behave and what's acceptable. You need to keep rules simple enough for your pre-school child to understand and always be consistent. Young chil
Starting on finger food is a real milestone for your baby. He’ll let you know when he’s ready by trying to feed himself and eyeing up the food that you’re eating. Trying out bite-sized pieces of food is a real learning curve for your baby - he may not be that co-ordinated and it may get messy! It sh
Unlike flat screen TVs or cars, babies don't come with a manual. If you want to discover how they operate though there's certainly no shortage of people, books and experts to give you their advice and opinion. That brings us onto the first mistake!
Mother-in-laws and books may have some part to play
Schools in winter are a hothouse for germs. When it's cold outside those stuffy classrooms are a prime breeding ground for nasty colds, coughs and stomach bugs. Bugs go around schools like wildfire. It's like dominoes - if one child goes down, the rest tend to follow. There are ways to limit your ch
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