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How to end screen-time battles with a Balanced Play Diet

Edited by Dr Amanda Gummer Many parents complain to us that it’s a real battle to get children interested in anything other than their tablets or mobile phones and we know how hard it can be at times, but screen time does have its place in a balanced play diet – it’s more about what you do…
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January 11, 2019 Tags:, , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose toys that will outlive the latest playground craze

So…have you got that slime out of your carpet yet? Thrown out the old fidget spinners? Hoovered up the last of the loom bands? You never know what might spring up as the next must-have toy or playground craze (you’d be rich if you did!). These toys are driven by popularity – once they fall…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose toys to support your pre-schooler’s learning

One of the biggest myths about playing is that it is a waste of time unless it has a purpose. But even scientists agree: play is vital for your child’s development. For play to be valuable to your child’s learning, it doesn’t need to to be ‘educational’ – there are many, many more skills that…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose toys that will grow with your toddler

They grow up so quickly, don’t they? And as much as we resign ourselves to buying new shoes and clothes every few months, we hope that the toys Father Christmas brings will last a little longer than that. This isn’t simply about the toy’s quality though, it’s also about the child’s stage of development. While…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose budget-friendly, screen-free gifts for your tween

The older children get, the smaller and more expensive their requests seem to become! As a result, you may need to manage your child’s expectations – you may need to explain to your child that if they want that one expensive gift, they might not get as many other presents as they used to, or…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Should children play on apps while in the car?

Car journeys can be challenging with children; boredom soon sets in and the whinges and choruses of ‘are we nearly there yet’ begin.  There are lots of ways to keep children entertained while on the move – but can technology and apps play a role in this? According to research from Disney UK , more…
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July 6, 2017 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,