The Importance of Play for Children

Teen Suicide – What Can We Do?

There is a lot in the press going on at the moment about an increase in teenagers committing suicide, a recent news report I read stated that the rate has doubled in 8 years. This is a figure that horrifies me, but I also understand. I struggled as a teenager, it was a really dark period of my life. I completely understand, that being said I managed to come out the other side. However, I do not think I would

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All About Love

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I though it would be a good time to talk about love and how we can teach children about it. What do children know about love? I asked my son what he knew about love and he said, “I love Batman and I love you, but not Joker as he is scary”. This tells me that even at a young age he has a concept that love is good, that love makes you feel good.

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Parenthood! It’s not all bad

I was reading a post that has stated that they have heard so many bad things about having a baby. As someone who was pregnant, this had lead to them being worried and confused about why people had more than one if it’s all so horrible. This really interested me for two reasons. First reason, it is the complete reverse of my experience. When I was pregnant I was constantly bombarded with information about how wonderful and natural the whole

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The Benefits Of Getting Lost In The World Of Books

   There are many benefits to reading, not just for children but also for adults. However, despite the many benefits there are many people who do not read. I am quite a bookworm myself and despite a pretty touch and go start my son is starting to enjoy reading as well. The benefits of reading As I stated before there are many benefits to reading such as – Stress relief Mental Stimulation Greater Vocabulary Better writing skills Improved Memory Increased

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A Letter To My Son

I am going to do something a little different but I have been feeling very reflective lately and I realise I have never really done anything like this before. It has always been something I wanted to do but I just never got around to it. My decision to post this has been tough but I feel important as I feel many will benefit from the message inside. To my son, We have had such a rollercoaster since you have

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New Year Goals Are Important For Children Too!

There has been a lot of attention for goals and resolutions for adults, but don’t forget it is important for us to teach our children how to set goals and achieve them. This is a valuable skill which will help them success throughout life.   Why is it important to set goals?   Setting goals is an extremely important part of life, having a goal gives you something to focus on, it gives you something to work towards, and it

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This Is A Magical Time Of Year – The Build Up Right Until The New Year

It is almost Christmas, and everyone is looking forward to a visit from Santa! I know my son is bouncing off the walls looking forward to waking up on Christmas morning and seeing what has come. However, I find the build up to Christmas is just as, if not the most, exciting as the actual day itself. Pre-Christmas build up Sometimes it feels like Christmas has been going on for ages, and that is because it probably has. I don’t

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How Christmas Is Celebrated In 6 Countries Around The World

Across the world family are starting to get ready for Christmas, for many of us that look like presents under the Christmas Tree, stockings hanging up by the fire/ at the end of the bed, families coming together to sing carols and more food and drink than you would think is possible. However, Christmas can be very different depending on where in the world you are. Similarities Many families across the world with share a special meal with their families,

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All About The Elf On The Shelf

If you have not heard of the Elf on the Shelf, then turn away and never look back, especially if you have children! Just Kidding! Maybe. The Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition which requires dedication and creativity, and it helps make the build up to Christmas extra special for children. What is the Elf on the Shelf? The Elf on the Shelf is a little Elf that arrives in your home before Christmas (either after Thanksgiving or

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