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Helping your Child with Physical Skills

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Helping your Child with Physical Skills Some children seem born to run, jump and climb without fear. Others are a little more anxious about physical activities. Two children of the same age, from the same family even, may show a completely different attitude and aptitude when it comes to physical skills. Whether your child is a natural athlete or prefers both feet to be planted firmly on the ground, there are lots of things you can do to encourage…

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Helping your Child find a Hobby

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Helping your Child find a Hobby
From an early age, your child will show natural ability when it comes to certain subjects or activities. While one child might be drawn to artistic activities, another will develop faster physically and be drawn to sports, and another may show a natural affinity with numbers… Whatever your child shows a natural tendency towards, you can help them develop this by helping them to choose a hobby that makes the most…

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Getting the Most Out of Homework

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Getting the Most Out of Homework Whether your child is just starting their educational journey or whether they are climbing up through the classes towards ‘big school’, homework is usually a big part of the day. From the small tasks such as colouring a few pictures to the big projects, the work your child brings home from school can be a source of conflict for the whole family, or it can be a chance to share some time together and make the…

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Encouraging your Child to Read

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Encouraging your Child to Read   Some children take naturally to reading and devour books by the shelf load… others are more reluctant. This might be because they are struggling with the actual business of reading, or that they just haven’t caught the reading bug and don’t find it interesting. This often happens with children who are more active and outdoorsy. If your child isn’t keen on reading, there are lots of things you can do to get them…

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Questions To Ask At Your Childs Parent Teacher Meeting

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Questions To Ask At Your Childs Parent Teacher Meeting The parent teacher meeting is an important part of the school year and a time to meet with teacher(s) face to face. We know our children better than anyone. We know their strengths and their weaknesses, and we know what they enjoy doing. So it can be easy to approach a parent teacher meeting thinking that you aren't going to gain any insights into your child, but you should use the opportunity wisely by being prepared. Chances are you will learn something new…

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Talking about Sex

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Talking about Sex How much does your child need to know about sex? How much detail do they need? Unfortunately, there is no right answer to this question. Every child is different and will respond different to the information you give them. Some may have no interest in knowing anything about sex until they are older, others will start with the questions at a young age. The best way to deal with the issue is to try to identify what…

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Staying Safe Online

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Staying Safe Online The internet is one of the most valuable tools we have in learning, communication and creativity. Our children, like it or not, are growing up in a time when the answer to any question is at their fingertips. This makes so much information available and opens up a world of possibilities that means our children simply grow up differently. Whether you embrace modern technology, are a technophobe or are wary of the…

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Discussing Puberty with Girls

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Discussing Puberty with Girls It might be your worst nightmare, or a bonding experience you are looking forward to, but almost every parent will admit worrying about raising the topic of puberty with their child. Girls and boys need a slightly different ‘talk’, so knowing what to say to one and what to say to the other can be a minefield. After all, we all want to strike the right balance between giving them all the information they want or…

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Discussing Puberty With Boys

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Discussing Puberty With Boys Every child needs to know about puberty before it hits, or they may well be blind-sided by the range of physical, mental and emotional changes that take place at this often difficult period of their lives. Girls and boys need different information, so knowing what to say to one and what to say to the other can be tricky. While many people think that girls need to know more than boys because of the start of the…

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Helping your Child Make Friends

Posted in Socialising

Helping your Child Make Friends Children make and break friendships all the time but occasionally you might feel like your child is having trouble either making new friends, or retaining friendships. It can be really upsetting to think that your child might be missing out on valuable relationships. Fortunately there are things you can do to help your child without feeling like you are interfering with their lives. Teach Social Skills Some children have natural social ability, while others…

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Dealing with your Child's Choice of Friends

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Dealing with your Child's Choice of Friends It is likely that at some stage of your child’s life, they will have friends that you really don’t approve of. While your instinct might be to forbid your child to spend time with those you feel might be a bad influence on your son or daughter, doing so can make the problem even worse. Many children feel keenly about the injustice of being separated from a friend, and it can make them see you as the enemy and the…

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Rebellious Children

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Rebellious Children All children rebel and some rebel more than others. While it may be infuriating, try to view it as a sign that your child is developing their sense of self and their independent side. This might be tricky! Choose your Battles If your older child is determined to have a hairstyle you think is outrageous and go to a party you think will be too old for them, then saying no to both is likely to cause a lot of…

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Encouraging your Child to Talk to You

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Encouraging your Child to Talk to You If you want to have the kind of relationship with your child where they feel able to talk to you about whatever they want, then you aren’t alone. Many parents want the kind of openness that they had or wanted to have with their own parents. Trying to strike the balance between parent and friend is hard. On one hand, you want your children to know that they can tell you anything, on the other hand, you also have to be a parent, and this means discipline. Treading…

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Dealing with a Shy Child

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Shyness can be part of your child’s personality, it can be something that only occurs periodically or in certain situations, or it can be a phase your child goes through. Most children are shy from time to time; it is perfectly natural to feel a little overwhelmed by a particular situation, or to feel nervous about a person or place. Shyness can, however, be a real problem for some children. If you feel your child…

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Anger Problems in Children

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Anger Problems in Children The information contained on Babytime.ie is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical professional. If in doubt, always consult your doctor. Whether it’s the terrible twos or twelves, children of all ages can get angry from time to time. But what if that anger is more than just a passing emotion? If your child seems angry a lot, or you feel that their behaviour when they are angry is out of control, then you might worry that…

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Tips for the First Day at School

Posted in Starting School

Tips for the First Day at School With only a few days to go until the start of a new school term, many of us will be introducing a child to their very first day in primary school. This can be a daunting time for both children and parents, but a little preparation can help to make the transition as smooth as possible. By now many of us will have already had the brief introduction to the school, with your little boy or girl having visited his or her classroom and met their teacher. This was a good…

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School Nerves - Helping your Child settle into School

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School Nerves - Helping your Child settle into School Going to a new school, or entering a new class, can be nerve-wracking for your child. Put yourself in their shoes- they are going into a new situation, perhaps with new people, in a setting they aren’t familiar with, and they have some idea that they are expected to learn, to behave well and to make friends. It is bound to make them feel pressured, and this anxiety can really taint those early school days.  Helping…

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Making Family Time Count

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Making Family Time Count Family time is important, no matter how old your children are. We all know that spending time together is time well spent, but it isn’t always easy. Working late, busy social lives, house work, DIY, school schedules, play dates, after school activities, family commitments... it all adds up and sometimes it seems like there is little time left over for the family to be together doing something that everyone…

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Get Involved in your Child's School Life

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Get Involved in your Child's School Life It may feel like your child’s school life is something they have separate to the home and family life. This can make even the most level-headed of parents feel like they are somehow missing out on a big part of their child’s life. However, there are lots of things you can do to get involved in your child’s education and take part in the life of the school. Volunteer There are lots of ways you can volunteer at…

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Establishing a School Routine

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Establishing a School Routine  Getting ready for school and getting there on time with everything they need, may feel like a real challenge to a parent, never mind to a child! When our children are babies, we hear so much about the importance of routine – for eating, sleeping, bathing… the same principles make complete sense when applied to the school day. So if your child is in nursery school or secondary school or anywhere in between, routine can make life so much easier. Establishing a…

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Struggling with Schoolwork – How to Help your Child

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Struggling with Schoolwork – How to Help your Child Every child is different and learns in a different way – how your child learns and which subjects they prefer is just another part of their newly emerging personality. However, in order for them to get a good well-rounded education that takes the whole curriculum into account (and not just the bits they like) it is important that they engage with all the subjects they are taught. As adults, we would struggle if we were regularly introduced to a completely new topic…

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Problems at School

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Problems at School Every child occasionally has off days when they don’t enjoy school or don’t particularly want to go. This could be down to a number of reasons; perhaps they have had a conflict with another pupil, are finding the schoolwork difficult or are feeling unwell. Whatever the cause, it can be easy to worry about it; we all get concerned about how our children are progressing at school from time to time. Are they making…

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Peer Pressure

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Peer PressureIt’s a phrase we hear bandied about a lot, but what is peer pressure and how can you help your children avoid giving in to it and make good decisions? What is Peer Pressure? Any time you feel like you ‘should’ do something because other people are doing it, that’s peer pressure. This might mean putting a coin in a charity box because everyone else in the queue put one in and you didn’t want to look uncharitable, or it might mean having a cigarette because the people…

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Bullying

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It is a word that every parent dreads, but bullying is a reality in the lives of many children. As parents, we can never completely protect our children from the other people they will meet as the go to school each day, attend extra-curricular clubs and become more and more independent. So if your child is being bullied, don’t blame yourself. People of all ages suffer from bullying, and the only one to blame is the person inflicting the bullying behaviour. Signs…

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What Should my Child be Eating?

Posted in Nutrition

What Should my Child be Eating? It’s the big question in many households. What should your child be eating? How can you get them to eat a healthy balanced diet, and with so many changing guidelines making it hard to even establish what a health balanced diet for a child might be, it is easy to feel a bit lost. Balance Balance is the key word here. The best way to ensure that your child gets the nutrition and vitamin content that they need,…

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Making Healthy Food Fun for Kids!

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Making Healthy Food Fun for Kids! Trying to get your child to eat healthily can be a challenge. Trying to get them to understand the importance of healthy food can be a challenge in itself! For many children, making healthy food fun is one of the few ways you can really get them eating healthily without the struggle. DIY Healthy Foods One of the ways to get any child doing what you need them to do is to make it seem like their idea, and let them…

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Ideas for Active Children

Posted in Physical Activity

Ideas for Active Children Whether your child feels like they can’t sit still, whether they are constantly flitting from one activity to the next or whether they simply have so much energy that they aren’t quite sure what to do with it all, having an energetic, active child is a blessing. That’s not to say it is easy to keep them occupied! I’m Bored! A bored child is an unhappy child, and while some kids can easily find something to do,…

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How Much Exercise Does my Child Need

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How Much Exercise Does my Child Need Guidelines on how much we need to exercise and what we need to be eating are constantly changing. It is the same for children. As our lifestyles change, children get less of their exercise from general activity and play; playing outdoors is often exchanged for indoor activities such as television and computer games. While these activities have their place in any balanced lifestyle, it is important that sedentary…

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Getting Active as a Family

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Getting Active as a Family Most of us, young and old could benefit from getting some more exercise in our lives. Caring for children can make this more difficult; hitting the gym, heading out to an exercise class or joining a sports team can be difficult to commit to when you have children to think of. However, getting more active together as a family could be good for the whole family, and provide you with valuable bonding time. Exercise…

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Getting Crafty with your Children – craft ideas for older kids

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Getting Crafty with your Children – craft ideas for older kids The key to getting your older children to enjoy craft activities is to give them freedom to enjoy themselves and use their imaginations. To do this, the best thing to do is to provide them with enough materials to stimulate their creativity. This means keeping a hoard of craft materials and giving them as many opportunities to get creative as you can, but the rewards are worth it. Children who have  lots of…

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Baking with your Children

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Baking with your Children Baking is a great way to spend time with your children and have something great to show for it at the end of the day. Easy cookie and cupcake recipes can be a staple of your household; they keep the kids entertained (and they work as a great reward for good behaviour!). It can be really useful to keep hold of simple recipes when you come across them. You can write them into a family cookbook (or get your…

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Outdoor Activities

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Outdoor Activities Outdoor activities are so beneficial for kids of all ages. Getting active outdoors as a family can be a fantastic way to bond and to stay fit and healthy. You don’t need any special equipment, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or go to a lot of effort, just get inventive and create outdoor adventures that get your kids active, enjoying fresh air and learning. There is also the added benefit of Vitamin D which…

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