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By Neil | Featuring Baby & Parenting articles, news and reviews from the very best sources around the world.

How a Parent’s Affection Shapes a Child’s Happiness for Life

How often do you hug your children?<p>We all live busy, stressful lives and have endless concerns as parents, but it is clear that one of the most …

Parenting

5 Ways to Support Siblings of Children with Special Needs

Share<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Pin<p>Tweet<p>Having a sibling is one of life’s greatest joys. Siblings are ours to love, hate, learn from, and grow with through the …

Parenting

Step Away From the Mess and Make Room for Things That Matter Most

Share<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Pin<p>Tweet<p>It’s 10 p.m. on a Sunday night, and where was I?<p>Was I sleeping? No.<p>Meditating? No.<p>Indulging in a work-night movie with my …

Parenting

The Luxury of Being a Stay at Home Mum

Let me start this post with a caveat. If you are looking for a mum war about stay at home mums verses working mums, then please go elsewhere. This is not what this post is about. I'm a lover, not a fighter.<p>I was a stay at home mum, and I am now a work from home mum. I am not going to justify my …

Parenting

10 Reasons I Love Having An Only Child

My daughter just turned six and, despite the fact that my husband and I are completely satisfied with our cozy family of three, I am constantly …

Parenting

'Sesame Street' Character With Autism, Julia, To Be Welcomed Onto Screens

Why Sesame Street's new character with autism is so important<p>’Sesame Street’ has welcomed its first character with autism.<p>The children’s TV show will introduce Julia, a character with a short orange bob, on American channels in April 2017.<p>Julia has featured in ‘Sesame Street’ digital and printed …

Autism

5 Things To Avoid When You’re PMSing

© Shutterstock<p>The other day, I was bawling like a toddler at the top of my lungs after watching a commercial. A commercial. I thought to myself, <i>Why</i> …

I need sleep! Baby bedtime routines

Baby bedtime routines<p>The way to improve the chances of your baby sleeping well through the night is to ensure you establish a good bedtime routine …

How To Raise A Good Person – Instead Of One Who Is Just Afraid Of Being Bad

We discipline our kids for a reason: we want them to be good.<p>When a parent yells at their children or sends them to their room, it’s not because they …

Top foods for getting extra nutrients into your child’s diet

Shares 61<p>As soon as we start weaning our babies we start to worry. Are they eating enough? Are they eating the right things?<p>Quite often we’re just …

Diets

The 4 Worst Things You Can Do For Your School-Age Child

As an elementary school teacher, I have encountered a broad spectrum of personalities over the years: the rule followers, the troublemakers, the …

Parenting

A no-nonsense guide to childhood illnesses

Childhood illnesses have been in the news a lot recently. Read our guide to help you know the difference between being aware and being worried about …

Whooping Cough

Postnatal Depression: The signs of PND to look out for and the treatments that might help

You’ve had the baby you always wanted, but for some reason, you feel low and overwhelmed. With one in seven mums suffering from postnatal depression, …

I don't know what I'm doing.

This post is a little extract from my book that I’m sharing ahead of Mother’s day this Sunday – it’s all about celebrating mums and the absolutely</b> …

Mind

9 things you know if you're an introvert mum

Find playgroups a social nightmare? And dreading hosting your child's next birthday party? Here are nine things you only know if you’re an introvert …

Introverts

The 10 rights of being a mum — Motherhood: The Real Deal

So we hear a lot about human rights, the rights of the child, and animal rights, but what about the rights of the mum? Yup, let’s hear it for the …

Pregnant women and new mothers feel like their health is 'under surveillance'

Pregnancy is a time when women are expected to make changes to their health in order to benefit their unborn child. The list of “risky behaviours” …

Pregnancy

What We Mean When We Say We Need a Break

As a stay-at-home mom of two small children, when I say that I need a break, I'm not talking about wanting a vacation or a treat as a reward for doing my job. Needing a break doesn't mean that I'm seeking a respite from my responsibilities or that I want to put my feet up. It means that I need a …

Parenting

Why Is It That Routines Are so Important to Kids Anyway?

Shares 46K<p>Routine. Routine. Routine.<p>We all hear about it from day one of being a parent. You need to get them on a routine!<p>So what’s the big deal?<p><b>Why</b> …

Parenting

A Mother’s Love Letter To A Full Night’s Sleep

Dear Full Night’s Sleep,<p>Hi. It’s me. It’s been a while since we last saw one another. I have so much I want to say to you. It’s hard to know where to …

Parenting

'I want to say pregnancy is beautiful, but I just don't feel that way'

When you fall pregnant it's a joyous time. Your skin glows. You are at one with your unborn baby. Your hair is shiny. And little blue birds fly …

Babies

Little Things Parents of Toddlers Deserve an Award for Doing Every Day

Most of the time, raising a toddler feels like running a marathon—so why don't you get a gold medal at the end of the day?<p>Let's face it, parents of toddlers: You don't get nearly enough credit for all the little things you do (and the tremendous amount of patience those little things require). In …

Babies

Even Kate Middleton Makes It Up as She Goes Along When It Comes to Motherhood: "There Is No Rule Book"

In a recent speech about women's mental health, the royal mama proves princesses aren't perfect parents either!<p>It's easy to assume that someone with the resources, poise, and clout of a princess would be a perfect mother. But in a new speech on a series of films about moms' mental health from Best …

Parenting

Dear Husband: Don’t F*ck With Me When I’m Trying To Sleep

My amazing, kind, intelligent, funny, sexy husband, we need to have a little talk.<p>Our relationship is based on trust, understanding, and mutual …

Relationships

So You Had an Emergency C-Section

So you had an emergency c-section.<p>And now you're wondering where you went wrong. What you did wrong. Why it was that your body was unable to push your baby into the world after all. Following months of being told that your body would just know. Mother Nature was clever like that. She designed our …

Babies

19 Quotes From Single Parents To Remind You That You're Not Alone

"It’s difficult, but far from impossible and we smile more than we cry.” -- Regina King<p>Being a single parent can be isolating in so many ways.<p>For starters, we single parents are physically alone with our kid(s) a lot of the time, without a partner to carry some of the burden or even just have an …

Parenting

10 habits of people who used to have a clean home (but now have a toddler)

Earlier this week, I read a great article on this website outlining 10 habits of people whose homes are always clean. I wept a little as I read it, …

Mother finds 'mould' in Tommee Tippee machine

Concerned parents who own a Perfect Prep appliance have posted photos on the company's Facebook page of black residue they have discovered running …

Carbon

My Friend Is in the Hospital with Gallstones and I'm a Tiny Bit Jealous

My friend texted me in the middle of the night – she was in the hospital with gallstones. This was a Saturday morning and they were going to keep her …

Babies