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Creative writing is a skill that helps children express themselves, and it’s certainly one that will come in handy throughout their schooling. With that in mind, it can be a fantastic idea to nurture your child’s love of stories by writing one with them. ...

It may surprise you to hear but the UK has no minimum legal age that a children can be left alone. As parents, you are the best placed to make a judgement on your own child’s maturity and ability to adapt and deal with tricky situations. ...

Whether you’re expecting a baby with Down syndrome or your child has already been born, you may be wondering whether your infant will need special care.  Your care routine for a baby with Down syndrome may differ slightly from that of a typically developing child, but you can expect the experience to be no less rewarding. ...

The best thing you can do as a parent when your child misbehaves is to teach them why their behavior is unacceptable. As a parent, you have to teach them how to do what you tell them to do, how to get along with other kids, and how to refrain from splattering food around when they eat. ...

One of the hardest parts about being a parent of a teenager is the fine balance between setting rules for your child but also having an open relationship where your teen can come to you if they are dealing with grown up issues such as drugs.  Having “the talk” about drug and alcohol abuse can be a little awkward but very necessary for you and your child.  A new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that 75% of all high school students have used alcohol, tobacco or other drugs...

As a parent, it’s more important than ever to teach your kids about guns and gun safety, especially if you’re a family that hunts for sport or for food. It’s a topic that is hugely misunderstood all across the spectrum of people, and a lot of information about firearms comes from extremely biased people with narrow minds. ...

When it comes to your kids, you can’t be too careful about basic health checkups. And this doesn’t mean that you have to be one of the newly-infamous helicopter parents when it comes to keeping your kids away from activities where they might get hurt. It just means that you should definitely do regular check ups as part of a normal parental routine. ...

When you sit down to talk to your children about drugs and alcohol, no matter what age they are, you want to make sure that you are doing more than just saying, “Don’t take drugs or drink while you’re under age.” You need to explain to them what it is about these drugs that is going to harm them. ...

Parenting isn’t easy in general, and parenting during a divorce can be downright awful, especially if you and your soon to be ex are busy trying to hurt one another. You can remain a good parent during a divorce, and even if your spouse is bashing you, to your kids and their friends, you don’t have to stoop to their level. ...

But your probably not Most days I wake up and think oh god I’m such a rubbish parent because I let me child stay up a bit later the night before or let them get away with not eating all their vegetables to avoid a tantrum. However what I’ve realised in a light bulb type moment is that actually no I’m not a rubbish parent and I’m not failing at parenting I’m just doing my best like millions of others out there. ...

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