Why you should let your kids watch the World Cup

Jun 19, 2018 - by Online4baby

The pressure is always on for parents to turn every waking moment of their children’s lives into an educational experience.

But what of the international festival of kicking a ball around a field? What can your kids possibly learn from that? Well, quite a lot, as it turns out. And we’re not talking about getting your kids to look up the participating countries in an atlas – that’s for amateurs. What we’ve been looking at is lessons that will drive you on through life.

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Should you invite every kid in your child’s class to the birthday party?

Jun 5, 2018 - by Online4baby

Do you really have to invite every kid in your child’s class to the birthday party?

So, you think kids birthday parties are all jelly and ice cream, ball pools and cake-flavoured vomit? Think again, my naïve friend! Welcome to the wonderful and frightening world of birthday party politics.

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Is it ever okay to smack your children?

May 21, 2018 - by Online4baby

This is a question that always stirs passionate debate, based on people’s own childhood experiences, their opinions of their mothers and fathers, and their own struggles or successes as a parent.

Many people wonder how it is even a debate. Parents know kids learn by example, by what they do and not by what they say. Parents are big and wise; children are small and impressionable. How can even the most judicious application of physical force be appropriate?

Some people, they say, should be banned from having children.

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Child birth order and personality

Apr 26, 2018 - by Online4baby

Can the order you and your siblings (if you have any) were born really dictate your personality and your future?

We know how the story goes. First born gets all the attention, does the best at school and then goes on to rule the world, jealously hogging as much attention to themselves as they can.

The youngest sits back and relaxes, gets away with everything and rebels against authority.

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Worried about your children's digital footprint? Five steps to reduce the risks

Mar 29, 2018 - by Online4baby

Big data is everywhere! Facebook is selling the passcodes to our innermost fears and dreams to the highest bidder. Our smart phones are listening to our conversations and marketing them back to us. Every step we take in the digital world is being sifted, analysed and stored for some unimaginable future reference.

And that’s just the consenting adults. What about the pitter patter of tiny digital footprints?

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The 50 most influential parenting bloggers on Twitter in the UK

Mar 6, 2018 - by Online4baby

So, you’re blogging away to your heart’s content about your adorable little cutie-pies, posting artfully arranged pictures of them in the snow or describing their latest supermarket meltdown in excruciating detail, when you’re struck by a troubling thought: is anybody actually reading this? And if they aren’t reading me, who are they reading? Who are the big fish in the even bigger pond that is the world of parenting blogs?

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7 things to do with your Daughter on International Women and Girls in Science Day

Feb 11, 2018 - by Online4baby

Half-term coming up? Daughters (and sons) to keep busy? Feeling the pressure to keep them edu-tained? Wishing you could encourage more girls to get involved in sciences and redress the gender bias in the field? Aware that it’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science?

Well, do I have the post for you? (Yes; yes, I do.)

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Are more babies conceived on Valentine’s Night than on any other night?

Feb 7, 2018 - by Online4baby

If Cupid’s darts are all flying in the right direction come the 14th, then surely the pitter patter of tiny feet should be like a monsoon come mid-November, right?

All the ingredients are there – special time with your chosen lovemate, a touch of booze, maybe a barrel or two of oysters – for the soufflés to rise in the oven. Even if you already have kids, this is the one night you make an effort to spend some quality time together, and that is not easily done.

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Are you a 'Humblebrag Parent'? Study shows why it's so annoying

Jan 22, 2018 - by Online4baby

We’ve all read them (and we've included a few from twitter below). The Facebook statuses that make your teeth twitch. The Instagram photos carefully posed to bring your pituitary gland out in a rash.

The delicately phrased post about how the problem with having such cute kids is that people are always stopping them in the street to compliment them and it takes ages to get all the gorgeous clothes and other trinkets from the shops – with pictures of their beautiful little supermodels wearing half a local boutique.

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The Perfect Antidote to Post-Christmas Blues – Bargains!

Jan 4, 2018 - by Online4baby

So, the festive season is finally over – the last few mince pies sit neglected in the cupboard, the miasma of sprout and turkey odours is beginning to clear, the tree is dropping the last few needles into the carpet before it’s dumped outside in the backyard to rust like an abandoned battleship.

Normal life is coming back into focus – painfully, like the hurt inflicted by daylight after a long week of over-indulgence and irresponsibility – and normal life means weighing up some non-frivolous purchasing decisions. In other words, it’s January, and that means sales.

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