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Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy offers valuable advice on how to teach children to ride their bikes

There can't be many people who know more about riding bikes than the 11-times world champion and six-times Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

The champion is currently passing some of his invaluable cycling knowledge on to his own kids – his five-year-old son, Callum, has recently learned to ride a bike, and his two-year-old daughter, Chloe, is just starting to learn...

Ben Fogle: Why I want my children to go wild

TV presenter Ben Fogle travels the world for his adventures and physical challenges, but when he gets home, he's not looking for a bit of peace and quiet. Instead, he wants his children to go wild.

"I know the virtues of travel, the outdoors and animals," says the TV presenter of Channel 5's series New Lives In The Wild, who has two children, Ludo, 10, and Iona, eight, with his wife...

A fifth of adults aged 30-34 delay having children to travel more

Having children has dropped down the priority list for British adults in their 30s and 40s, in favour of travelling the world.

The new study by adventure tour operator Exodus Travels of over 1,000 adults in the UK revealed that a fifth of those aged 30 to 34 - who want to have children - are delaying doing so to travel more. On a larger scale, 14% of 30 to 49-year olds are postponing...

What parents can do if you think your child is addicted to their smartphone

It's a common trope in sitcoms to see teenagers glued to their mobile. It's often played for laughs, but new research shows just how widespread – and damaging – it can be for young people to be constantly attached to their phones.

Scientists at King's College London have found almost one in four children and young people are exhibiting "problematic smartphone usage" (PSU), which...

How to parent when you've split up

From Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin to Cheryl and Liam Payne, via Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy, there are no end of celebrities who have to juggle co-parenting because they've split.

Cheryl said at the time: "There's no animosity whatsoever. We are learning all the time. And it's good, it's healthy. We're just like any other couple that have gone through this, but we have a few...

Why giving your children fewer toys could make your whole family happier

Modern family life can be complex, chaotic and stressful – but it doesn't have to be this way.

According to child development expert Denaye Barahona, if parents try to live according to the basic 'roadmap' of buy less, fear less, referee less, hurry less and entertain less, life will be a whole lot simpler, and thus less stressful.

And the simpler life extends to the kids...

Six reasons why it's important to read bedtime stories to your children

Finding the time to read a bedtime story to a child has huge benefits – both for the child and the person doing the reading.

"Reading a regular bedtime story to children is a simple activity that encourages children to enjoy reading and gets them into good reading habits that will set them up for the future," says Judith Parke from the National Literacy Trust (NLT). "When parents...

Worried about your child’s mental health? Here’s how to spot the early signs

Children as young as six are suffering from stress. Claire Spreadbury talks to Dr Preethi Daniel about the warning signs, and how you can help.

It’s all too easy for families to get caught up in the Ferris wheel of life. And it’s not just the adults who are struggling to keep up. If you Google ‘depression in children’, the NHS will tell you that one in four young people will...

What children should be learning about saving the planet

Understanding green issues is arguably even more important for children than it is for adults, as children have longer to live with the consequences of the damage humans are doing to the planet.

Research shows 78% of parents believe it's important for children to be educated on sustainability and the preservation of the environment, and the majority think such education should start...

Nine ways to get picky children to eat more vegetables

Parents have traditionally battled to get their children to eat vegetables, but it seems the tables have turned, as increasing numbers of children are eating their greens, and plenty of other colours of veg.

Research by Birds Eye found almost a third (32%) of parents of children aged between four and nine years said their children would eat just about any type of vegetable, with...

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