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Life After Lockdown: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health

Life After Lockdown: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health
  • Almost half (42.8%) of 11–16-year-olds feel that lockdown has made their life worse (NHS)
  • In 2020, one in six (16%) children aged 5 to 16 years were identified as having a probable mental disorder (NHS)
  • The global estimates of child and adolescent mental illness observed in the
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How to involve children in training your dog

Our black lab, Freddie, was only 2 when our son was born and I was so excited about them growing up together. I’d seen all the photos on Instagram of dogs snuggled up next to toddlers beds and children being inseparable from their furry best friends, so was fully expecting this amazing relationship between the two of them! Fast forward 6 years and most days I honestly don’t think they realise...

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How to survive long car journeys with young children

​My children have been travelling on long car journey's to visit their grandparents since they were tiny.

I am not going to say that every journey has been amazing. It hasn't. We have heard one or the other child asking "Are we nearly there yet?" a million times and have had to pull off the M25, find a side street to stop in and settle a screaming baby. We have also had to deal with being...

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  • Internet Matters launches a new report - From Survive to Thrive: Supporting digital family life after lockdown - giving a unique view into how the family relationship with technology has changed through the ups and downs of lockdown
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Hay fever relief: Expert reveals how to allergy-proof your home

With the weather warming up and lockdown measures slowly easing, one thing that worries one in five Brits is hay fever.

Ivan Ivanov, spokesperson from End of Tenancy Cleaning London , has provided his top tips on reducing the severity of allergies during hay fever season:

“Hay fever season is well under way and can be difficult for those who suffer from allergies. While you...

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Top 5 activities for introducing your child to spelling words

Top 5 activities to teach your child to spell words

When I started trying to teach my children about simple words I found it all a bit daunting and didn’t really know where to begin. We started off sitting down and writing out the words, but my children lost interest pretty quickly. So I came up with some more creative ways to teach them, here are my top 5 activity ideas ....

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Cross the River game

Cross the River game.

The “Cross the River” game has been one of the biggest hits for both my children during lockdown.

It’s an activity that we were given by my daughter’s pre-school and it is super easy, needs no real other equipment, can be adapted really easily and teaches the children lots of skills whilst they are having fun! What’s not to love!

So, what do...

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Butterfly painting

Butterfly painting

This painting activity is so much fun and teaches children all about symmetry!

What you need:

  • Butterfly shapes cut out. I find it easiest to fold a piece of paper in half, then draw one half of the butterfly from the fold. When you then cut it out you will have a perfectly symmetrical butterfly.
  • Paints. I try and go for washable
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Managing sibling squabbles

Managing sibling squabbles

Sibling squabbles are a normal part of family life especially when kids are around each other for days at a time but the constant bickering, badgering and sometimes physical behaviour can be hard going for parents. So, here are some tips to help decrease your sibling battles.

1) 'Team work makes the dream work'

Be mindful of putting your...

Top tips for fussy eaters

Tips for Fussy eaters

  1. Don’t be afraid to keep trying new foods over and over again – I have heard that children need to try a new food 10 times before they might actually like it, so don’t be afraid to keep going! It can be unbelievably frustrating throwing away food they haven’t eaten but adding one floret of broccoli to their plate each night or adding a couple of
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