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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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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The Best Toys for Each Age Group

Kid’s these days seem to have thousands of toys. Ours are overflowing from cupboards, taking over the living room, stacked in the kid’s rooms and there are so many in the loft that I sometimes fear for the structural integrity of our house. Despite that, at each age, there have been only a few toys that they have actually played…

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Raising Left Handed Children (When you’re both righties)

Chris and I are both right handed. Boy Child and Girl Child are both left handed. I hadn’t really considered left or right handedness to be of particular relevance to parenting until I found myself trying to reverse stuff like using knives and forks in order to teach them how to eat their dinner. Doing stuff backwards is surprisingly difficult.…

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Hell’s Itch In Children

Hell’s itch may sound like something you get “downstairs” but it’s actually a rare, itchy reaction to the process of sunburn healing. It’s torture for adults but Hell’s itch in children is even worse.   It started with a Sunburn after a Day at the Beach Last Sunday we spent the day at the beach. It was a hot day…

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