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Why Won’t My Child Listen?

Recently I’ve been talking to a lot of mums who are at their wits’ end because their children won’t listen to them. Most of us have been there: You have something very reasonable that you want your child to do. They've heard what you’ve said. But they’re not doing it.…

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Happy Mealtimes with Children

  Are you finding that your child is rejecting food you’ve prepared? They'll only eat a small amount? Or they're spitting, pouching or throwing? Perhaps you have the feeling that “this isn’t how it’s meant to be." I’m going to share three tips that will help make mealtimes in your home more…

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Helping Children Cope with Terror

Many of us have had to ask ourselves recently how to help our children cope with the news of random violence and terrorist attacks. So here are seven tips to help the whole family feel better: 1) Look after yourself first. If you feel upset or scared, take a little time to…

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What to do about picky eating

  There’s something paradoxical about picky eating. At the age when children are getting more adventurous and are enjoying exploring new things, when it comes to eating, it's often just the opposite. Their interest in variety and the new actually shrinks. This is what we call “picky eating”. Are you…

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Do I Need to Play with My Child?

Are you the sort of parent who gets inspired by children's play? You're drawn in because you enjoy building, story-making and improvising. Or is it that, secretly, toddler games bore you, but you join in - because parents should play with their children? Or you play because your child begs you to…

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Children “learn to share by choice”

In a recent Times article Hannah Devlin, science editor, wrote that “Children are more likely to learn to share if they are encouraged to part with a toy of their own accord rather than being forced to hand it over.” She was reporting a study published in the Journal of Psychological Science which showed…

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Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss says learning through play is a “superstitious” and “misguided” idea. What can parents do to promote play?

Play is so much more than a pastime. Research shows that play is the medium through which children learn to initiate, create, negotiate and understand the world around them. They develop competence, imagination and knowledge through play – and all this with joy and ease. David Whitebread, senior lecturer in…

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