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What about me dad ? – Fathering your inner boy

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What about me dad ? – Fathering your inner boy. I believe one of the keys to being a good father is to know and look after the inner boy inside the man. This isn’t a licence to regress to a childhood state at the expense of family, partners and your real children. Rather it is an awareness th

Lets Celebrate August for it’s World Breastfeeding Month!

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The month of August is World Breastfeeding month & what a fantastic way to celebrate one of the most wonderful things created. Right now while I sit here writing this blog, my 11month old DS is breastfeeding and it just feels amazing! Breastfeeding is the only time my DS sits still for longer t

Play and Learn: How Regular Playtime Aids a Child’s Learning

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Play and Learn: How Regular Playtime Aids a Child’s Learning Though playtime may only seem to be a fun break from real learning, recent studies show that some of the most valuable life skills are learned while children are enjoying fun activities. Incorporating regular social and solitary play int

Seeking Participants for a University Research Study

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Here’s looking at you, kid: Dr Linda Campbell, Associate Professor Carmel Loughland, PhD Candidate Christy Jones. Researchers from the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Medical Research Institute are seeking participants for a study investigating how parents interpret the facial expressions d

The flu season is here

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So it’s getting colder, winter has truly hit and those nasty cold and flu germs seem to circle around the community and the big questions is, will you be the next one to catch it? My little boy is only 8months old and I worry a lot about what would happen if he gets sick, but in saying that,

Crying it out.

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Science tells us that when babies cry alone and unattended, they experience panic and anxiety. Their bodies and brains are flooded with adrenaline and cortisol stress hormones. Science has also found that when developing brain tissue is exposed to these hormones for prolonged periods these ne

Losing the pregnancy pounds

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As a personal trainer I get asked the same questions over and over. How do I get my body back after having a baby? There are two components to this answer, one is weight loss and the other is shaping and tonning.  The most effective and successful weight loss plan is the one you stick too. It’s n

An Indefensible Act

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The case where a woman left her 18-month-old son locked in a car in the middle of “Christmas havoc”, apparently having forgotten he was there, horrified me. I have thought about this incident for more than a month now. He was sweating and screaming when a member of the public smashed one of the

The Great Nappy Debate

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In a time when we are debating our impact on the environment and carbon footprints, I think the question of whether cloth or disposable nappies are better is very relevant. We used both types of nappies for our sons – cloth when we are at home and disposables at night and while out. Two dozen clot

Circumcision: The Endless Debate

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Male circumcision is a touchy subject. People argue passionately for and against circumcising male babies, presenting evidence to back their arguments up. Not surprisingly, it’s an issue that confuses many new parents. And the debate has flared up again with the inquest into a UK baby’s death fr