Five to ten

Five to ten


How to help a shy child shine

Shyness can freeze you and refuse to let you thaw until you feel safe. And feeling safe can be the hardest thing when you are shy.

Dress up

Does your child refuse to get dressed?

If getting your child clothed is a daily battle, here are some tips to get things moving.

kinetic sand

Product review: Kinetic sand

This isn't just sand - it's magic sand, and you'll find yourself as keen to play with it as your kids are.


Worst nit infestation ever?

In a video sure to make your skin crawl, a mother combs thousands of lice and eggs out of her daughter's hair.


Are we too soft on our kids?

The days of children being seen and not heard are long gone - but have we gone too far the other way?


what's in this section?

Development child reading

6 tips to get reading

Do you have a reluctant reader in the family? Here are some tips to get them reading.

Loo roll

Seven-year-old wetting the bed

My 7-year old still wets his bed. He's really stressed about it, and the problem is getting worse with time. How common is it at this age?

Health & nutrition obese child

I want my son to lose weight

My son, age 8, is very overweight. We've talked about how he has to start eating less and get more exercise - what else can I do?


Why French kids aren't fat

In France, children are taught about healthy eating from the time they start school, where they sit down to a four-course meal each lunch time.

Education & play maths

How to make maths fun

Just because you hated maths doesn't mean your kids have to. Here are some tips to help make numbers interesting.

Birthday cake

Throw a scavenger hunt party

If you are after a kids' birthday party that's full of fun and costs next to nothing this is the one for you .


Bullying at home

Kids who are bullied by their brothers or sisters are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety and to self-harm.


Are anxieties passed on?

It's clear children inherit our DNA, but do we pass on our anxieties and neuroses?

Activities ABC

Learn to write the alphabet

Download and print this fun exercise to help your kids learn to write their alphabet in both upper and lower cases.


Learn to write words

Download and print this fun exercise to help your kids learn to write words by sounding them out, tracing and then drawing a picture.


Calling all Lego fans

Getting your kids stuck into their Lego stash these holidays could pay off.

child with mobile phone

Are mobiles a safety issue?

When Sonja Ebbels lost her son in a crowd at a school fete she started to think it might be time to get him a phone.

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