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What are the development milestones for an 8 - year - old

When your little boy was a preschooler, he had a relatively small appetite. You and your partner would forever be persuading him to finish his supper, and trying to tempt him with tasty snacks. However, now that he's of school age, a lot seems to have changed. In the evenings, he's the ...

How do I keep my child safe around animals?

You're busily applying a plaster to your crying child. What happened? Only a moment ago, they were petting their cat, only to pull its tail. The cat, being a cat, reacted naturally and scratched back, only defending itself. But now you have a crying child and a few scratches. How could this ...

What should I do if my preschooler keeps using baby talk?

Most of us will once in a while unintentionally use baby talk. Whether it's directed towards an actual baby, our preschooler, or even a pet (we all do it), there's nothing wrong with the occasional “who's a cute lil' baby?”. However, when our preschoolers begin to regularly use baby talk ...

How can I teach my child about the concepts of winning and losing?

Competition is all around us. Whether we're seeing it on the television when we're watching sports, feeling it ourselves when applying for a job with many applicants, or when trying our hand at a tennis game, there's no denying that competition is simply a part of life. Although competition ...

What should I do if my child is overly competitive?

243 (ii). The day of your little one's birthday party has finally arrived, and they're beyond excited! One by one their friends begin to arrive and the fun and games can begin. Up first is ‘pass the parcel.' The music starts and stops, and layer by layer the parcel gets smaller and smaller. ...

My child is very clingy, is this behaviour normal?

Your child has been clinging onto you for the past hour, like a cute little limpet! But try as you might, you cannot pry them off without the risk of their crying. You've tried bribing them and telling them off, but nothing seems to be working! It's nice when you're the centre of   attention, ...

How do I take my baby's temperature?

Your little one hasn't been very well as of late. They've been sneezing, coughing, their appetite has disappeared and they've been extremely tired and tearful, too. You know that babies tend to get a lot of colds during this time in their life but you can't help but wonder whether you should call...

Can I eat honey whilst breastfeeding?

If you enjoy a squeeze of honey on a buttered crumpet or drizzled on a portion of hot porridge, or simply stirred into a herbal tea, you might have been a little nervous on hearing that honey can cause botulism. Botulism is a rare, potentially fatal illness caused by the bacterium Clostridium ...

Can I combine breastfeeding and formula feeding?

Before you had your baby, you never imagined having any trouble with breastfeeding. However, you've come to find that your baby is one of the hungriest little infants you've ever met! And while you are happy that your little one had a good appetite, you often worry that they are still hungry ...

Should I use baby-talk?

“Hellooo my darling . . . Are you a sleepy little baby? Yes, you are . . . . What's that? Ooo, look at the cute little doggieee!”When most of us speak to babies (or even pets), we almost automatically use a funny sort of language; elongating vowels, speaking in a high-pitched voice and ...