How should you talk to your kids about war?

Nov 7, 2018 - by Online4baby

This November it will be 100 years since the Armistice that marked the end of the fighting in the First World War.

With all the poppies appearing on shows across TV, the special shirts worn by high-profile footballing heroes, and veterans and other people selling them on behalf of the British Legion on high streets all over the UK, there’s a good chance your little ones will have questions about what the little plastic flowers mean or even about the First World War itself.

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How safe are your kids when they go trick or treating?

Oct 26, 2018 - by Online4baby

Is it a sweet tradition (pun intended – it’s a Halloween thing) for the kids, or a dangerous encounter with terrifying teens, grumpy neighbours or worse? Are there somethings you should be really scared about?

The supermarkets are backed with tubs of chocolates and jelly sweets. There are cheap plastic devil masks appearing in corner shops, ‘warding off’ underage kids who want to come in and buy illegal fireworks.

Soon, the pubs and party-houses will be filling up with people disguising themselves in ‘sexy’ costumes, joke blood and weird contact lenses. Your kids are already planning what they’re going to do with their haul of sugary treats this year.

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Black Friday: excellent opportunity for pre-Christmas bargains or nonsense American import?

Oct 19, 2018 - by Online4baby

You’ve probably noticed the articles in Metro, the ads on Amazon already – Black Friday is on the way with Cyber Monday trailing in its online wake. But what (if anything) does it all mean? Aside from bargains?

First it began with trick or treating sometime in the 80s, as the sweet, sweet lure of cutting holes in a sheet to extort Hallowe’en ‘candy’ from the neighbours began to eclipse the more traditional British past-time of building a makeshift guy and wheeling it around in a wheelbarrow to extort money from the neighbours before chucking it on a bonfire and setting off fireworks.

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Is your child’s name less original than you think?

Oct 4, 2018 - by Online4baby
Your little bundle of joy is on the way. The nursery is decorated, tastefully, after you’d cruised half of Pinterest looking for cot inspiration. The wardrobe is full of an artfully quirky ensemble of outfits. Everything is ready. But wallpaper can be changed, clothes are grown out of – there’s one decision that sticks a little longer. What’s your little darling going to be called?
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How complimenting your child can destroy their self-confidence

Sep 21, 2018 - by Online4baby

How can this be, I hear you ask. Aren’t we supposed to show our kids that we believe in them?

Isn’t telling them that they are little Mozarts or Einsteins or Serenas meant to build up their confidence, meant to reinforce the idea they can be whoever they want to be? What the heck are we meant to say to them now?

It’s not fair, is it? You try your best to feign interest in the same conversation about whether a Triceratops is better than an Allosaurus. You congratulate your offspring on how clever they are when they manage to find the secret stash of chocolate biscuits and unleash the crumbs all over the carpet.

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What are the rules about car seats across Europe?

Jul 17, 2018 - by Online4baby

Summer holidays are almost here, and for some families, that means hitting the Autobahns, the autoroutes, the autostrade with the little ones in the back. But before the dreams of exotic traffic jams and wailing kids asking if you are there yet, there are some legal matters to attend to.

There are some differences between the different countries, if you’re planning some cross-border shenanigans, but there are some recurring themes – suitable child restraints for passengers under a certain height, airbags should be disabled if rear-facing seats are used at the front – but this does raise one question…

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Five foods we give our children that harm their brain development

Jun 25, 2018 - by Online4baby

Otherwise known as, a list of foods that your kids constantly beg you for. Or, a list of the only things your children will eat.

Obviously, there is the balancing act that so many parents have to try and pull off between slipping their charges foods of almost no nutritional value and leaving the children to starve to death in their high chair beside an untouched bowl of porridge. We know when we’re handing our families less than traditional food, especially when it seems the only way to get two minutes’ peace, but what about the brain?

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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.

Venues need a bit of careful consideration. You might debate whether the party needs a theme or whether fancy dress is going to be a bit too much effort. Budgeting for the party bags can be a bit of a hassle. But the big decision, the make-or-break question, is how many kids you invite.

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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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