Separation Anxiety in Older Children

Separation anxiety is a normal phase for children to go through. Babies often experience it when they first realise they are separate from their mothers. Toddlers may go through it, adding to the joys of the terrible twos. Preschoolers often experience it when they start spending extended periods of time away from their parents. What is talked about less is…

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Free Range Parenting

Have you heard the term “Free Range Parenting”? It’s becoming popular in the US but has been discussed less here in the UK. Wikipedia defines it like this: “… the concept of raising children in the spirit of encouraging them to function independently and with limited parental supervision, in accordance of their age of development and with a reasonable acceptance…

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Benefits of Free Range Parenting

I’ve written before about how we are trying to take a more free range approach to our parenting. It occurred to me recently that I hadn’t really explained why. While much of it has to do with my own happy childhood memories of playing out with my friends, I also believe there are huge benefits of free range parenting.  …

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Non Toy Stocking Fillers

I don’t know about you but my house is full to bursting with tat. The kids seem to collect it everywhere they go. When they go to my in law’s there’s always a visit to the charity shop. When they go to my Mum’s there’s always a trip to the corner shop. Every party they go to they bring home…

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A Family Trip to Rollerbowl

Despite being together since we were 15, Chris and I have quite different early experiences of bowling. He attended bowling parties when he was at school and then went fairly regularly in his teens. I went bowling once as a teenager and was terrible at it, which as a teenager meant I hated it, so I didn’t go again until…

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