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  1. Alcohol and your child

    Sitting your child down to have a chat about the dangers of alcohol may seem a bit hypocritical if as a parent you enjoy a drink yourself. In fact your child may already have had alcohol because 14 and a half is the average age for children in the UK to have their first unsupervised drink, according

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  2. Baby personality quiz: tips for dealing with your baby’s unique type

    Who is this little creature, this dictator dressed in a nappy? It's your baby, of course. If you want to understand the newest member of your family, you need to study them in their natural habitat. In short, learn their temperament. Child development experts watch several key traits when determinin

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  3. Baby led weaning

    Baby led weaning (BLW) is basically letting your child feed themselves, rather than you doing it for them. Instead of spooning mashed up food and puree into your child's mouth with BLW you offer a selection of appropriate finger food and let your baby choose. For some it's a common sense way of intr

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  4. Don’t let exam nerves hold you back

    Blue skies, warm days... 16-year-old Jake Howard can’t enjoy any of that. Like his fellow GCSE and A-level students, Jake is currently holed up in his room, furiously studying. Jake faces a complex timetable of 17 exams, spread over four weeks, including three on the same day. He needs to get good g

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  5. Am I being unreasonable?

    'Am I being unreasonable?' is a question that crosses the minds of most parents at some stage. Sometimes it's hard to stick to your guns, especially when your children are masters of persuasion. It's a tricky balancing act, wanting to make the right decision as a parent at the same time as keeping y

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  6. Feeding a fussy toddler

    Until around a year old, most babies tend to be fairly obliging eaters. Then, sometime before their second birthday, eating habits can mysteriously change. Out of nowhere, the biddable baby who once loved everything from broccoli to bananas will suddenly eat nothing but junk food, but don't panic, w

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  7. Brain foods for kids

    Children spend long days at school. They are being fed facts and figures and their brains are working rapidly. These early years are critical for brain development. You can give them a helping hand by feeding their brains too. What children eat and drink can have an effect on their cognitive functio

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  8. Stressed out teens

    Remember being a teenager? The best time of your life, young and carefree, no responsibilities, living rent free at home with the world at your feet. Those were the days! Think a bit harder and you may recall the flip-side of teenage life. Exams, feeling powerless, scared about growing up, not to me

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  9. 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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  10. Keeping kids safe from pesticides

    The garden shed is a magical place for little children. To them it can be a castle, a palace or a spaceship but the dangers that lurk within are far from make believe. It’s the place where the weed killer and lawn treatment chemicals are usually stored. Often sheds are the dumping ground for unused

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