Get Your Kids Stuck Into A Book

Research shows a link between parents’ support with reading and children’s ability to read. Here are some practical and easy solutions to help your family get in the habit, says Reading For Life

Everyone leads busy lives, but don’t be hard on yourself if there isn’t much time to spend sitting down, reading with your child. Instead try ... Read more...


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    The kids are full on, work is draining, the housework is piling up and when you and your partner talk, it’s to snap about money, childcare or whose turn it is to wash up. If this sounds familiar, don’t despair. Sometimes life gets in the way of our relationships, but much of it is down to understanding three of the main arguments that we encounter after having children, and how to deal with them...

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  • Are We There Yet?

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    It doesn’t have to cost a penny, yet being active with your children gives you time with them and is a great way to get fit too, says Change4Life.

  • How To Talk To Your Child

    We all want to get on well with our kids, and the way we communicate is crucial to this. When our children feel criticised or blamed, they become defensive or withdrawn. On the other hand, when they feel valued and respected they are more likely to talk to us and to listen to what we have to say. So if things go wrong between us and our children, it is often because of the communication gap – the gap between what we say and how they understand it. If your conversations with your kids are more calamitous than calm, family therapist Miriam Chachamu may be able to help.

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