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6 tips to get reading

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

Flex your kids' brains with exercise

If kids are going to be all that they are meant to be, both physically and cognitively, then they need to be physically fit.

Life's not so black and white

How to address those curly questions such as "where is my dad?"

Messy rooms ok

A tidy room isn't necessarily as crucial to a child's development as parents might expect.

Oops, did I say that?

I said something sexist in front of my kids - and then they repeated the offending phrase.


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Girls just wanna have fun

Megan gained clarity about raising her two girls after a friend posted a link on Facebook.

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Kids and world tragedy

As a parent, what should we do when kids see or hear the news and start asking questions?


Bless this mess

My daughter's room is a tip. She's 8. Should I ignore it? Should I make her clean it? Should I clean it for her?

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Five ways to raise kind kids

If we want our kids to become caring, responsible adults we need to teach them how to get there. Here are five tips from a Harvard psychologist.

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The importance of friends

Friends are an important part of our lives, some we only have in our lives for a short time and others become like a part of our family.


Does your child have friends?

Nothing tears at a parent's heart strings like the words, "No-one wants to play with me!" Here is how to help kids form friendships.

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Adult fears cramp kids

Children are becoming more anxious and angry - and it's all our fault, researchers say.

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Do you lie by omission?

If you don't tell your kids the whole truth, chances are they can tell - and they're not impressed.


I don't like the tooth fairy

My five year old son has lost his first tooth, why am I so worried about the tooth fairy?

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Coping with a wilful child

"NO!" she screamed, eyes wide and distraught. "Go away! GO AWAY! I CAN DO IT BY MYSELF!" - Does this sound familiar?

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Parents scared to let kids ride bikes

Parental fear has led to a drop in the number of children cycling to school - and more cars.

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Real deprivation?

Parents in the US are going off because stores have run out of Frozen toys, Kerri Sackville thinks they need to harden up.

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Stressed kids suffer DNA damage

Children who grow up in poverty or an unstable family show early signs of genetic ageing, a new study has found.

Pocket money

When pocket money backfires

Since getting pocket money, my kid won't lift a finger without pay. Help!

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Money lessons for kids

These five money lessons could help your kids turn into adults who aren't stressed by money.

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