Month: February 2017

Relate: 5 things to consider before having a second child

Are you considering having another baby? Do you have doubts about whether it’s the right time to grow your family? Relate has come up with a list of things to consider before having a second child. Relate counsellor, Denise Knowles said: “The decision to have your first child is arguably the biggest commitment you’ll ever make, but choosing when to have your second can be equally daunting. “It’s totally normal for couples to be raring to go one minute and then have cold feet the next. Often one partner feels desperate for another baby whereas the other is content with...

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Simple World Book Day Costume Ideas 2017

This year’s World Book Day lands on Thursday 2nd March. To celebrate, Book Aid International have shared a range of costumes that can be easily and cheaply put together – perfect for those last minute panics! 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of World Book Day and children are once again being asked to donate £1 to dress up as their favourite book character. Book Aid have created 28 simple World Book Day costume ideas for parents to use, including 10 that are brand new for 2017. There are book character templates for every age group, from pre-school classics...

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Could acupuncture ease colic symptoms?

Acupuncture could help reduce crying in babies with colic, says a new study. Unfortunately, there are still lots of unanswered questions about how effective the treatment may be. What is colic? Colic is the name for regular, excessive crying in babies under 6 months who are otherwise healthy. Although the condition is common, there are no clear causes and it can be distressing for parents to witness. What happened during the study? The study, published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, revealed that babies who were given acupuncture appeared to cry less than those who were comforted using traditional...

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How might Essex school budget cuts affect your child?

Hundreds of Essex teachers could be made redundant if cuts to school budgets continue, unions have claimed. The National Union of Teachers (NUT), which represents school teachers in the UK, has slammed ongoing budget cuts, stating that it will hit disadvantaged children the hardest. School Cuts An interactive website created by NUT and ATL (association of teachers and lecturers) reveals the extent of the cuts for each school and region. By entering a postcode on the website homepage, visitors can see how all the schools in their area are likely to be effected between now and 2020. You can...

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Exercising During Morning Sickness

Most pregnant women suffer with morning sickness to some degree. Whether it be experienced in the morning, during the afternoon or all day long, there can be no doubt that an expectant mother’s normal exercise routine is disrupted by the feelings of nausea, weakness, hot sweats and vomiting. Drop the intensity Even when you’re used to following a structured training program, exercise can be the last thing you want to do when the feelings of nausea, tiredness, weakness and vomiting kick in. A routine can be maintained in terms of structure, however the intensity will need to be dropped a...

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