Month: February 2016

World Book Day: Top Ten Children’s Authors of All Time

With so many great children’s books to choose from, narrowing down just a few of our favourites for World Book Day seemed like an impossible task. Instead, we’ve had a go at compiling our top ten children’s authors of all time – and what a challenge it was! Do you think we got it right? Let us know in the comments box below. Roald Dahl The great man himself once wrote: ‘Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.’ It’s impossible to doubt the author’s own belief once you’ve read even one of his spell-binding stories. With...

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Helping Your Child to Sleep: Assessing your child’s sleep problem

If your child regularly has trouble falling or staying asleep, you’ll know how quickly bedtime can turn into a battle ground – and that’s no fun for anyone. Before you begin to tackle your child’s sleep problem, it’s important to consider whether there are any underlying issues that need addressing. In their book, Teach Your Child to Sleep, the team at Millpond Sleep Clinic in London present some basic questions that you should think about when assessing your child’s sleep problem. 1. Is your child healthy? When a child falls ill, often one of the first symptoms is disturbed...

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How a nurse used her maternity leave to go backpacking with her baby

For many new mums, even a trip to the supermarket can be a challenge – and packing for a weekend away can quickly turn into military operation. But one adventurous mother decided she wasn’t going to let something as tiny as a new baby hold her back from hitting the road. Irish mum Karen Edwards used her maternity leave to jet off on a journey around the world with her partner, Shaun Baynes, and their new baby daughter, Esmé. Backpacking with a baby When Esmé was just 11 weeks old, the young family left behind their newly renovated London...

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Pregnant women could be allowed £3000 budget to buy NHS services

Pregnant women should be allowed a personal NHS budget of £3,000 to plan how and where they give birth, a major review has said. The proposed scheme would give women the power to appoint their own local NHS provider. They would be able to make decisions about the consistency of their midwifery care. They could also opt to have their scans carried out at a hospital near their place of work, and then pick a different hospital for their baby’s birth. Improving maternity care The authors of the National Maternity Review said that allowing expectant mothers greater freedom over...

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Organix No Junk Lemony Chicken Bites

A no junk favourite for all the family. Serves 2 adults and 2 children Suitable for freezing 10-30 mins for preparation 25-30 mins for cooking Ingredients 3 slices of wholemeal bread (slightly stale bread is perfect) A pinch of ground black pepper Zest of a lemon 4 chicken breasts 4 heaped tbsps plain flour 2 eggs How do you make it? Step 1 – Pre-heat your oven to 200°C / 180°C fan / gas mark 6. Step 2 – Whizz the bread into breadcrumbs in a food processor then tip onto a plate and add black pepper and lemon zest (if...

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