Cell phones

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Do you feel like me? Concerned about the amount of time our children and grandchildren are spending on cell phones. So what are we doing about it? Too many of us, seemingly nothing! Major new studies are now proving that radiation from these devices is likely to effect memory. Electromagnetic fields are proven to have… Read more »

Separation Issues

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I remember the days when my children were very young and I was considering separation from their father. My agonising thoughts were how will this affect them and could I hold on until they were through school, just so they could live with both parents? Well I couldn’t, and I didn’t! Sometime later I joined… Read more »

Immunisations

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I was thinking about immunisation today and particularly in regard to children. I suppose it was highlighted when local schools sent notifications out recently about the HPV vaccine (Human Papilloma Virus) transmitted through sexual contact. My first thoughts were we really need to protect our children, but what ever happened to under age sex? Is… Read more »

Managing behaviour

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Today I walked through the nursery to see – as I often do – one young child very proudly wearing his Superstar Medal. Later I collected my own little granddaughter from her reception class adorned with good behaviour stickers and boasting a very bright certificate for helping the teacher. Even grown-ups welcome a pat on… Read more »

The importance of reading!

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From the days when as a little girl, I used to love the Enid Blyton mysteries, to the young adult who became engrossed in the novels by Yorkshire born novelist, Barbara Taylor Bradford, I have always loved and encouraged reading. Today, I am a writer. Perhaps not a best-selling author, but one who can celebrate… Read more »

Home or Nursery

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The issue as to how much mothers need to be involved in the care and development of their children has been, and will continue to be, a controversial subject. There are those who believe that mums should be at home, and stay at home until their children at least begin pre-school. I firmly believe that… Read more »

Socialisation and Learning Social Graces

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Social Development continues throughout childhood and into adulthood. Learning what is right and wrong, what is acceptable or unacceptable, is an important part of socialisation. Of course societies and cultures vary so a child needs to lean to adapt to their own environment first.   Children begin to learn about social behaviour by first identifying… Read more »

Parenting

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I am sure you have heard the expression; ‘Life will never be the same again.’ Well there is nothing more true! A baby will change your life forever in a most fundamental and dramatic way. Often a shock to the system – with very little training for experience – suddenly this little bundle of independence… Read more »

The needs of a child

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What do children need? Children’s needs change as they grow but basically we can describe them as Physical, Emotional and Intellectual. We may all satisfy our children’s needs in different ways. Some parents are naturally more loving; others find it difficult to express their emotions. Some parents strive for more physical achievement in their children… Read more »

Educate & Entertain

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Recently I wrote a blog about story time for the young ones. As I also write for the middle years it seemed relevant to blog about them too. So here goes, my thoughts, feelings and why I write for age 9-13. Perhaps it’s prudent to start with an article which was published in my local… Read more »