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PARENTS want schools to do more to educate kids about green issues,

Environmental studies should be part of the curriculum

Authored by Lifestyle Editor

Parents want schools to do more to educate kids about green issues, with almost half saying that environmental studies should be part of the curriculum, according to a new study.

Mums and dads of youngsters under 16 believe they should be taught about the impact that everyday habits have on the environment and the harm that materials such as plastic do to the eco system.

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Children more likely to be bullies or victims with unsupportive parents

Children with unsupportive parents are more likely to be both bullies and victims

Authored by James Carter

Children with unsupportive parents are not just more likely to bully others, but also more likely to have experienced bullying, finds new research from Nazarbayev University. Mehmet Karakus, Associate Professor from the Nazarbayev University ’s Graduate School of Education, and colleagues, explored the relationship between student self-esteem, bullying, and parental support. Participants aged...

Women less confident about breastfeeding

New mums less confident breastfeeding in public due to coronavirus

Authored by Claire Roberts

Following months of lockdown and social distancing, three quarters of breastfeeding mums have now admitted to feeling more cautious about breastfeeding in public, as a direct result of COVID-19.

Shockingly, just over two fifths of mums now feel confident enough to breastfeed their newborn if they were out in public. And with restaurants and bars now re-open, 43% will take measures to...

Helen Skelton and her son

Ten fun summer outdoor activities for kids – with TV’s Helen Skelton

Authored by Laura Bond

After months out of school during lockdown, children and their weary parents are now faced with yet more time to fill during the holidays.

To help inspire them, The Wild Network has teamed up with TV presenter Helen Skelton and Smart Energy GB to suggest 42 sustainable things to do over the summer.

“I’ve got two young boys, who have been home pretty much the whole time...

Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash

Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon on navigating a blended family

Authored by Laura Bond

The traditional idea of a family unit being two parents, two children, and a dog, is increasingly outdated – and we’ve become much more used to blended families.

Take singer and presenter Stacey Solomon, and her partner, fellow presenter and actor Joe Swash, who have four boys between them, all under one roof: Harry, 13, from Swash’s previous relationship, Zach, 12, and Leighton, 8,...

Comforting anxious child

How can I ease my child’s incessant anxiety about coronavirus

Authored by Laura Bond

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, my eight-year-old daughter has been very anxious about catching the virus and is nervous about people coming near her or touching anything at all outside. How can I stop her being so anxious, as it’s really having a negative effect on her life?

Clinical psychologist Dr Malie Coyne, a lecturer at the National University of Ireland Galway and...

Duchess of Cambridge

As Kate speaks out here are six helpful apps and podcasts for new mums

Authored by Laura Bond

Being a new mum is stressful. Between round-the-clock feeds, disrupted sleep and fears that you’re ‘not doing it right’, it can be all too easy to feel overwhelmed.

It’s something that many mothers can relate to – even the Duchess of Cambridge. The parent-of-three has spoken out about the lack of information available for new mums in the first few years of their child’s development...

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon says she feels really fired up and energised

Authored by Laura Bond

She’s become one of the nation’s favourite TV personalities as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing and now Britain’s Got Talent – but Alesha Dixon has never hidden the self-doubt and lack of confidence that troubled her in the past.

Now in her 40s though, things have changed a lot on that front. “I feel I’m on the brink of a new era, a new decade and a new adventure,” Dixon, 41, reveals...

Mum shouting at her son

How do I stop shouting at my kids so much?

Authored by Laura Bond

I know I shout at my kids too much. How can I discipline them without shouting, and help us all get along better?

Paediatrician Carlos González, a father of three and author of Kiss Me: How to Raise Your Children With Love, says: “Who’s the one shouting all the time? Who’s the one in need of discipline? You’re an adult, you have the experience, the knowledge, the mind balance. You...

Girl scared

Most common phobias parents pass onto children revealed

Authored by Laura Bond

The UK’s largest online platform for childcare providers, parents, schools and tutors has revealed the most common phobias passed on from parents to children.

The survey of more than 4,000 parents and guardians by Childcare.co.uk discovered that Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, and Social Phobia, a fear of social situations, are the most common phobias parents share with their...

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