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Happy toddler with cerebral palsy in his father's arms

My baby has a disability – how will this affect our family life and how do we adjust?

I’ve just found out my baby’s got cerebral palsy and I’m devastated that I’ll probably have to spend the rest of my life caring for her. Is there any hope that my partner and I can lead a normal life with our daughter?

Sera Johnston https://serajohnston.com is a health and mindset coach who specialises in supporting parents of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, and...

What is the best way to help my baby learn to talk?

My baby is 12 months old and is just starting to speak. Is there anything I can do to help her learn to communicate better or more quickly?

Infant language expert Dr Robert Titzer, founder of Your Baby Can Learn and an expert speaker at The Baby Show https://www.thebabyshow.co.uk , says: “I suggest parents apply the following principles that have been shown in studies to enhance...

Is Keeping Up With The Joneses making you miserable?

Keeping up with the Joneses’ isn’t a new thing – the term was coined in 1913! However, with the rise of social media, it is more prevalent than ever before.

Cambridge dictionary definition: To always want to own the same expensive objects and do the same things as your friends or neighbours, because you are worried about seeming less important socially than they are.

The...

Is seven-years-old too young to give children a mobile phone?

If your child is nagging you for a mobile phone, it may help to know what age other parents decide to give one to them.

The answer, it seems, is from the age of just seven.

A new study by Childwise has found 53% of children are mobile phone owners by around the age of seven, and by the age of 11, nine in 10 have their own device. Once children are in secondary school, phone...

Kate Ferdinand: I love the kids with all my heart

She’s been trolled on social media, suffered anxieties about her body and spent time in therapy – but ex-Towie star Kate Ferdinand has come out of the other side stronger.

She’s found happiness in family life with her husband, former Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, and loves being a stepmother to his three children, Lorenz, Tate and Tia.

Today, the former reality TV...

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...

Seven ways to squeeze quality time into busy family life

As a busy, working parent, it's so easy to let life get in the way of having fun with your kids. When exactly do you fit in the quality time around work, school, cooking, cleaning, homework, clubs, exercise, life admin and laundry?

According to new research by Thomas Cook, half of British parents spend less than one hour of quality time with their children each day, and of the 1,500...

Ten ways to tell family you're not spending Christmas with them

When you've got a large family and they're not all celebrating Christmas under one roof, how do you tell some of them you won't be spending the big day with them?

Breaking such undesirable festive news can be tough, particularly if it's the first time you've been apart for Christmas. But circumstances change – people meet new partners and want to spend Christmas with them instead of...

More than half of children have 'fear of failure' – 10 ways to help them beat it

It's natural for parents to want their children to pursue their dreams. But sadly, a fear of failure is holding many youngsters back, and often they don't even try to achieve their goals because they're too frightened they won't succeed.

New research has found that more than half (57%) of children aged four to 12 years old have a fear of failure, and that fear has prevented almost a...

Nine ways to protect children during a bitter divorce

Children can be used as weapons when their parents separate. Family experts explain how to shield them from the stress of a bitter split.

It’s estimated that 42% of marriages end in divorce, and sadly many of them are bitter. But what’s even sadder is when the separating couple’s children get dragged into the fight between their parents, and are used as emotional weapons, which can...

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