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There is a lot of pressure on parents these days to make sure their child is well educated. If it isn’t enough with schools trying to encourage the highest possible grades, even toy manufacturers will try to sell their toys by listing their educational benefits. While it can be good to learn while they play, how do you strike the right balance? You can Learn from all Toys It is worth noting to start with that all toys will create learning in children. Even a stuffed toy can teach them imaginative play and they may need to learn to share…

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Long and sometimes even short car journeys can be dull for lots of children. There is nothing worse than having them complaining all the time and so it is a good idea to be prepared with things that you can do to make the journey more fun. It means that the driver and adult passengers will also find it more fun! Have Fun Stops If the journey has some stops along the way, make them fun. Plan things to do when you stop and that will help them to look forward to the next part of the journey. They might…

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If you are having a day out with children, then it is important to make sure that it is planned well. This is because you want to make sure that things go smoothly and there will often be small hiccups which could end spoiling a day out so being prepared can make a big difference. All Agree on a Destination If you want to make it a fun, family day, then it is worth making sure that everyone agrees on where you are going. Have a discussion about where you might like to go and make sure that you are…

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When you have children, there will always be some tricky situations where you might feel extremely agitated, cross or angry. However, losing your temper is not a good solution to anything. It has been shown that we do not think logically when we are angry so we may respond badly. It can also be very difficult to keep control of children if you are angry, somehow anger seems to remove that capability and so it is really beneficial to keep calm. It is not easy, but there are different things that you can try to help. Deep Breaths Sometimes just…

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Children can get pretty miserable if they get overtired. It can therefore be wise to start your journey home before this happens. Unless you can guarantee that they will fall asleep on the journey back, it can be wise to set off early enough so that they do not make the return journey a difficult one. How to Cope with Sleepless Nights When children are young, they will not sleep all the way through the night. Some babies are better than others. Some will sleep through in about six weeks but others will continue to wake in the night even…

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It can be a challenge thinking about what to do to entertain children at times. Often it can be fun to take them out somewhere or even into the garden but when it is raining you may not be so keen to do these things. It can be worth having a look at the ideas below so that you can find some ways to entertain then and stop them getting bored. Library Visit / Reading Reading can be a great way to pass time very quickly. Taking the children to the library to choose some books can be a great…

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Birthday parties can be something that children really look forward to and that parents like to do well. There can even be competition between some parents to have a good party. It can mean that parents hire venue, caterers, entertainers and things like this and it can end up costing a lot of money. There are things that you can do though, that will keep the costs down but still keep it fun and memorable. Have a Joint Party It can be worth thinking about whether a joint party could work out better. If your child has a birthday that…

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Children will grow out of their clothing very quickly and some may even wear out their clothes if they are particularly boisterous or active. This means that it can be expensive to keep buying them new ones. There are things that you can do though, that will help to reduce the cost of buying clothes. Hand Me Downs Giving children hand me down clothes can be very useful. If you have several children then you might be able to pass clothing on from one to the other. You might even be able to do this with their cousins or other…

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When children reach their teenage years, they can tend to communicate less. They will get more wrapped up in social media and the Internet generally and will be less likely to want to do things with you and to talk to you even. There are things that you can do to try to keep the conversation flowing so that you can preserve your relationship with them. Listening can be very important as it means that they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems. However, sometimes just getting them to speak at all can be tricky!…

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Looking after children can be very draining. Even if we are young and normally energetic, children can be tiring. There is always a lot to do and they will often need care as well as entertainment. There are things that you can do that will help you to prepared yourself so that you have enough energy to cope with what you encounter. Get Plenty of Sleep It is really important to get lots of sleep – 7-8 hours, if possible, to prepare you for a busy day. It is not always easy with young children but you can make it…

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