Category: Parenting

What do you buy a reluctant reader?

Some adults like reading and some don’t. It’s the same with children, except adults don’t have to read if they don’t want to, but children do (ideally until they become as confident as they can). But if a child is a reluctant reader because they find it difficult or because they simply don’t enjoy reading, there are plenty of alternatives to books that may not seem so daunting, and at the end of the day, reading is reading no matter what form it comes in. So, what do you buy a reluctant reader? = Comics - Buy Now Reading comics...

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Gender equality – can the toys we play with make a difference

“…the brain is a plastic organ, shaped and moulded by experiences, in which childhood is key.” GENDER EQUALITY – NATURE VERSUS NURTURE Having two children of different genders, I have always been interested in and fascinated by the way they play, learn and develop with the hope we’re providing them with an environment that nurtures gender equality. However, I often worry that much of what influences our children’s gender perceptions may be more subtle.  My husband and I naturally role model equality in our own relationship and I have always been aware of “girls’ toys” and “boys’ toys” and tried...

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Gluten Intolerance v Coeliac Disease – know the difference and act on it.

My daughter had digestive problems for years. We all knew it and become very used to it. She complained of bloating and diarrhoea, on and off, especially after eating bread and it wasn’t until she had been at university for a few months that she felt she could no longer bear it. The GP was very helpful and sent her for blood tests which showed her to be very deficient in vitamin B12 – often caused by frequent diarrhoea. She had monthly injections to correct this and a referral to a specialist to investigate the cause of the diarrhoea...

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Love-hate relationship with Halloween? Five essential tips to make you love it!

Love-hate relationship with Halloween I had a love-hate relationship with Halloween when my children were little. I LOVED the dressing up, pumpkin soup, meeting friends and of course sweets. I HATED rain, organising costumes, tired children who wouldn’t get up for school the next morning and, inevitably, too many sweets. Anyway, love it or hate it, it’s around the corner. This year Halloween falls on a Tuesday – lovely! There is a general rule that if you want to get involved, you leave something like a pumpkin outside your house as a sign that you are happy for trick or...

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What’s so great about adult sticker books?

Adult sticker books – You’re never too old for a sticker book! An adult friend of mine recently showed me her new adult sticker book. I thought sticker books were for small children, but she has proved me wrong. These sticker by number books are satisfying, absorbing and very relaxing. They are also quite intricate so great for older children and adults. The books work with numbered shapes on each design, and corresponding numbered stickers from a separate chart. This process creates a surprisingly sophisticated picture with a mosaic/collage effect. Helpful to relieve stress or anxiety Creating these sticking...

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