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Music Is Just The Beginning


Musical instruments

Guest Post by Northampton High School

All parents can remember at least one (if not many) times their toddler has proudly made a very loud noise and smiled to their audience, ready for an appreciative reaction

While not all impromptu music is always expected, it is wonderful that toddlers are already noticing the way that they can produce sounds and can use these sounds to express themselves. This musical awareness could support a host of skills that can impact a child’s life as they grow, most noticeably when a child is actively involved in the making of music.

Whilst your child is loudly banging that drum or singing their favourite song, something very special is also happening in their growing mind and body. Their concentration is being tested, their listening skills are improving, and their mind is learning to recognise patterns. As they join together with friends to produce a band for mum and dad, their social skills are coming into play, they are experimenting with co-ordination and their confidence is growing.

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Growing apart – How to Help a Child Cope When Their Parents Divorce

Guest post by Amanda Seyderhelm



When parents separate and divorce, children experience this loss and change as a bereavement. Losing the constancy of the family home unit makes them mourn and long for it to be reconstituted because, as author Brené Brown says, “We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.

While it’s possible to maintain a connection throughout divorce, children need help to process the separation.” I’ve treated many children of divorced parents in my practice, and the one thing they have in common is a struggle to accept the loss of the family unit. While there may be good custody arrangements in place, the child still has to learn how to manage the transitions each time they leave one home to stay at the other. These are big losses for them to cope with emotionally. Continue reading

Super Charge your Arrival Home



Guest post by Dr Andy Cope

Being a parent isn’t the easiest job in the world but guess what, you don’t find that out until you actually are one!

Life can be full on and sometimes it’s just too easy to forget to make time for the things that really matter. Here are three things you can do every day that I promise will make a real difference to your family when you get home from work.

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The Fourth Trimester the Second Time Around

Baby in Sling

Baby in Sling

Guest post by Pinky and Pug

Second baby? No problem, we all know what we’re doing now, right?! A lot of advice is thrown at first time mums – and to be honest, a lot of it isn’t helpful. In fact, some of it is downright awful, and it makes many of us feel like we’re failing when we’re just trying our best to stay afloat.

Thankfully society seems to think that you must know what you’re doing second time around. But however, you feel going into round two, it probably won’t match what you’re imagining, or even how it was last time.

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Trying for Number 2

Dr Larisa Corda

Dr Larisa Corda

Guest post by Dr Larisa Corda

Secondary infertility is the most common type of infertility in women, yet many sufferers don’t seek out treatment. Fertility expert Dr. Larisa Corda, a regular on This Morning, explains more about the condition and what can be done about it.

Secondary infertility is defined as a problem with becoming pregnant after you have conceived at least once before. People often underestimate how common this actually is, especially after the age of 35 when natural fertility declines much more significantly. Aside from the effect of age and the impact this has on egg numbers and quality, secondary infertility may be due to the onset of new medical or gynaecological conditions, such as fibroids, or Asherman’s syndrome.  It could be that you suffer from endometriosis or PCOS and that these conditions have got worse.  Your lifestyle habits may have also have changed, your partner’s sperm may not quite be what it used to be, or you may have a new partner. Secondary infertility often has a lot of guilt associated with it. Many couples feel hesitant about seeking help and tend to delay, due to the worry of feeling judged by others if they already have a child, including their doctor. But if you suspect there’s a problem and you’ve been trying for a year if under 35, or 6 months if 35 or over, it’s vital you go and see your GP to start some initial investigations. These can include simple blood tests to look at hormone levels, as well as a semen analysis and pelvic ultrasound scan to look at the womb and ovaries. Sometimes further tests are undertaken that look at fallopian tubes as well.

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Play at Home

mum and daughter playing

Mum and daughter playing


Guest post by Katie Emms of @my_little_fidget

After 15 years of working in Early Years and gaining my qualifications to become an Early Years Professional, I left my full time role as a Pre-School Manager to have my son, who is now two years old. From my time in Early Years, I knew it was important to work with parents and I always felt strongly that parents are their child’s very first educators.


While I was on maternity I began to understand the importance of play within the home environment and how it sets the foundations for later learning. Amazingly, by giving your child the opportunity to play at home, you’re also giving them the best start in life. As parents, we are our child’s first educators and their learning starts from birth. From the moment you begin to smile at your baby, talk to them during the day, go on a walk, sing songs, have cuddles and meet their physical and emotional needs, you are teaching your child.

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Baby Loss

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Baby Loss – We know it’s not easy, but we need to talk about it…Sadly in the UK too many babies are still lost to miscarriage, stillbirth and in the neonatal period. By raising awareness, education and support, The Ipswich Baby Bereavement Group hope to help reduce the loss rate. Baby Loss Awareness Week is held every year between 9th-15th October.

The support a family receives after such a tragic, life changing event can be pivotal to their journey through the grief. For over 12 years, The Ipswich Baby Bereavement Group has supported families during and after the loss of a baby, and strives to continually improve support services and resources available locally in Suffolk.

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Fun Learning Activities To Help Improve Your Toddler’s Development

Sometimes entertaining a toddler is hard work. After all, they are curious little creatures who roam around your house, putting their hands in and on anything they can find. That’s why parents find themselves in the position of performing tricks to distract them from what they aren’t supposed to be doing, to something that they can be doing.  It isn’t always easy, especially on days with low energy. Take some notes, because we will give you some awesome indoor and outdoor ideas for your job as a master toddler entertainer. 


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