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Games you can play at Christmas time with the whole family

by ParentalChoice
in Holidays, Family, Children
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Christmas is the best period of spending time with family playing games, talking and simply enjoying the company of loved ones.  Technology is of course everywhere around us, but there are things you can do which don’t involve TV or any other technology, only Christmas music in the background. For that, you will need games ...

When giving a little can mean a lot

by ParentalChoice
in Children, Charity
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As we get caught up in festive commercial chaos and sometimes lose sight of the real meaning of the season, Parental Choice talks to Helen Shepard, a fundraiser with the international charity Railway Children, about giving at Christmas. ‘Halloween costumes have been discarded and bonfire night fireworks have fizzled out so it’s ...

5 Tips for Awakening the Giving Spirit in Your Children This Holiday Season

by ParentalChoice
in Children, Charity
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As adults, entering the festive season often leaves us feeling reflective about the year that has somehow, already passed. We take the time to learn from our mistakes and set up goals for the coming year, and look forward to spending the holidays with our loved ones. Children also feel a definite shift at this ...

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 ...

Children’s Activities – how much should we schedule for them?

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Family, Children
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Last week as I was rushing from a dance pick up to a football drop off all with a toddler in tow, I thought about all the activities that my children undertake and whether all this is really beneficial for them (for all of us!)? We contacted Dr Annika and Dr Natalie, child psychologists at ...

The giggle factor….

by ParentalChoice
in Children, Childcare
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Our guest blogger Claire Maskell is back this week talking about the benefits of really laughing with your kids! Let’s admit it, as much as we love our children, they can really know how to push our buttons! It can leave us stressed, agitated and often at the end our tether!! That is why at least once ...