Parenting

The Importance of Endings and Goodbyes

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, Parenting, Children
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Goodbyes are an important ritual in our culture for a good reason. They signify that something has come to an end and that it is time for something new to happen. Even when the new event is fun or exciting, this transition itself can be difficult, especially for young children, and it is often important ...

Spread your wings little bird

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, Parenting, nursery
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Given that it is the time of year when many children are starting nursery for the first time I wanted to write about how it feels for Mum (or Dad but I’m using Mum because I am one) watching their little bird spread their wings into a whole new world. In the name of research I ...

Sensory Play: A Parent’s Responsibility

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Children
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It’s raining. Your little one is drenched. But her face is a picture of sheer delight and wonderment. With every energetic kick of the puddle, water sloshes over the tops of her wellies. She squeals as it trickles down inside her clothes. Do you wholeheartedly welcome this joy and fascination, or is your practical mind ...

Safety, Online Pressures and Unhappy Children

by ParentalChoice
in Screens, safety, Parenting, children's safety, Children, Childcare
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If you were asked to list items that make children unsafe, what would you say? Obviously, many parents would create an unending list of dangerous toys, strangers, bullies, and safety concerns hiding in our homes and flats. After all, we have read the dangers about choking hazards, toys made with lead paint, and unsafe children’s ...

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 ...