Parenting

Starting Nursery – how to prepare your child

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, starting pre-school, Moving house, Family, Children, Childcare
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Starting nursery school is a big step for both children and their parents.  For many it will be the first time they have regular and substantial separation from each other and in addition it marks the beginning of the child’s path towards increasing independence. This often gives rise to mixed feelings in both: children have ...

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 ...

Work at Home Mums

by ParentalChoice
in Flexible working, Childcare, Career
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I work from home and before I started it sounded like a perfectly easy and wonderful way to manage my commitments. It is great and I’m very lucky to have this option however, actually getting to a point where I use all my time effectively has taken some practice and I really wish I’d read these ...

The Juggling Games

by ParentalChoice
in Work life balance, Uncategorized, Childcare, Career
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  I first met Laura Tenison, founder of JoJo Maman Bébé, the year in which she was awarded Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year. What struck me was her outstanding energy and passion for what she did. What impressed me even more was that she was also a mother of two. She truly inspired me, ...

New beginnings – Co-parenting after separation

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Family, Children
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This article was written by Dr Natalie Cheatle and Dr Annika Clark at www.theparentspace.co.uk. They are experienced Clinical Psychologists offering practical and effective parenting skills. Parenting can be hard at the best of times.  It is hard enough when the job is shared by two cohabiting parents, but when couples separate, ...