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Stress and depression – how to help yourself

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, New mum, Family
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Dr Clare Johnston Feeling fed up and stressed are common, and most people will experience it in their lives at some point. Most of the time these feelings are transient and go away with a rest, a moan with friends/family or a good holiday. However, stress can become chronic when the demands on an individual ...

Tax Free Childcare – what does it mean for me?

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Financial Planning, Childcare
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Since April 2017 the Government has launched a new system called Tax Free Childcare offering a new form of childcare vouchers and also increased free childcare hours. With so many questions from our clients about the new system, we have decided to look at them in more detail and provide you with a list of ...

Fathers – making the most of your time with your children

by ParentalChoice
in Working Dad, Work life balance, Parenting, Children
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Fathers have a powerful role to play in their children’s lives as they often provide very different input than mothers. Studies have shown that involved fathers have a positive effect on almost all areas of child development, including intellectual ability, educational achievement, psychological well-being, and social behaviour. W...

Leadership, fatherhood and the cabby

by ParentalChoice
in Working Dad, Parenting, Career
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Two years ago, at 10:30pm I was on my way back from City airport after a big client meeting in Zurich. My cabby was John. He’s a proper East ender, late 40’s. Born and breed in the East End. He would have made pro for West Ham until an injury ruined it. We talked about ...

Perfect Holiday Location?

by ParentalChoice
in Holidays
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Cornwall: The Perfect Location For Your Baby Holiday When you’re a new parent, you might not even think that a holiday is a possibility. You’d be quite wrong! There are plenty of holiday locations that are designed just for new parents. We contacted our friends at Away with the kids for some suggestions for family ...

How can you get your kids off their screens during a family holiday?

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Holidays, Family, Children
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As a former teacher, mother of 4 and working as a parent educator for the last 16 years, the whole issue of managing screen time is one I get asked about an awful lot. Skiing over February half term was far and away one of the best bonding family holidays I can remember. In large ...