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How love can make your baby smarter

Forgot the flashcard saying 'you are being born'? Don't have a curriculum beyond cuddles for your 3 month old? If you are worried your child may be 'slipping behind' his peers because you haven't been providing enough educational enrichment, relax!  New research shows that the most critical factor in helping your baby's brain development is loving,…
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The Language of Tears – what kind of cry is that?

"I feel like a really bad mother," confided Sarah, mother of four month old Molly who, apart from an early bout of colic that was overcome with some simple changes to Sarah's own diet, has been an easy, happy baby who rarely cries. Sarah explained, "the other mothers at mums' group all talk about hungry cries, tired cries and angry cries and I am…
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Attachment Parenting – what does it really mean?

Attachment parenting or 'AP' as it's often referred to by more devout proponents, is a label that can arouse strong emotions and create  divisions among mothers. For some, it conjures up visions of latter day hippies with bare bottomed babies strapped to their bodies  around the clock and seems too 'out there' to contemplate. For others, it can…
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Sibling love, when your toddler hurts your baby.

Mum question: I have a three year old and an 8 month old. We recently started gentle parenting with my three year old. I've read a few books but nothing we do is helping. My three year old hits us and is constantly pushing, hitting, kicking, and scratching his little sister. He's also taking things from her every chance he can. How can we address…
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Falling in love again – with your firstborn

I remember sitting with my partner just before Gracie was born saying, “how will we ever love another baby as much as Tilly?” says Penny, mother of 5 year old Tilly and eighteen month old Gracie. Feelings of anxiety that a second child will never be as special as the firstborn are common but, fortunately, if you are considering (or…
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