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  1. Weaning your baby onto solid food

    Imagine the sweet sensation of tasting a banana for the first time or the texture of carrot when up until now you've just drunk milk? Introducing first solid foods is fun for babies and parents, even if a fair amount ends up around their face, in your hair or sprayed onto the floor! When your baby i

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  2. How to handle exam stress

    Exams can cast a dark shadow over the lives of today's teens. Children are used to being tested at school but GCSEs and A levels are perhaps the most feared as they have the most riding on them. For teenagers the sunny days of late spring and early summer are often coloured by the dreaded revision a

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  3. 9 worst foods for kids

    The foods children love to eat most are often not the healthiest for them. A fair few of the worst food culprits are often found on the 'children's menu' at restaurants. It's not just the obvious foods, some products that appear to be a healthy option are not what they seem. Top of most kids' food w

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  4. How to support your gay child

    It's not always easy as a parent when your child tells you they are gay or lesbian. Even if it's not a complete bolt from the blue and you've always had an inkling, their 'coming out' may stir up different emotions. You may be fine about it, or feel shocked, confused or even feel guilty. It will pro

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  5. Teenagers and parties

    Most teenagers love to party. Their lives tend to revolve around their friends, and parties are a great way of spending time together and having fun. Just because your teenager's going to a party doesn't necessarily mean they'll get drunk, take drugs, have unprotected sex and get a lift home in a ca

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  6. 8 things your teenager needs from you

    If you live with a teenager you may think all they need from you are lifts and cash, but far from it, your teenager needs you more than they are ever likely to admit. Your teen still needs your love and affection. Even if they feel they are too big for the hugs and kisses of childhood, they still ne

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  7. Part-time jobs for teenagers

    I saw a paperboy at the crack of dawn the other Sunday. Well I say boy but he looked late 40s and a bit grumpy to be honest. Then it clicked, he was the regular paperboy's dad. One of the drawbacks of your teenager getting a part time job and not being able to get out of bed on time, you may have to

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  8. 12 great things about parenting a teenager

    Remember your old life pre-kids? Well when you have teens you get a bit of it back. Children no longer need you to entertain them and be with them constantly. They much prefer their friends' company to yours, which means you can sit and read a book for a couple of hours or go to the gym. You can lea

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  9. Helping children cope with change

    Children love routines and rituals. They like knowing what to do, where to go and what to expect. But things in life change: it could be a house move or going to a new school. It could be a change in living arrangements; perhaps a parent's new partner is moving in. Although you may be looking forwar

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  10. Healthy breakfast ideas for kids

    It's drummed into us how breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it's often the busiest time of the day too. Children are rushing around getting ready for school and breakfast consists of grabbing a slice of toast or a biscuit as they disappear out of the door. Worse, it’s a packet of cr

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