Why only 15 minutes of daily play is enough time with your child BelfastTelegraph.co.uk There’s a phrase I’ve been hearing constantly since my first child was born, 14 years ago. It’s a kind of mantra, meant to be comforting: ‘good enough is good enough’ is how it goes. Which sounds lovely, until you begin to think but what is ‘good enough’? What does it actually mean? https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/why-only-15-minutes-of-daily-play-is-enough-time-with-your-child-37261737.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37261760.ece/f87f1/AUTOCROP/h342/9_Joanna_Fortune_pi.jpg Email There’s a phrase I’ve been hearing constantly since my first child was born, 14 years ago. It’s a kind of mantra, meant to be comforting: ‘good enough is good enough’ is how it goes. Which sounds lovely, until you begin to think but what is ‘good enough’? What does it actually mean? It is not … [Read more...] about Why only 15 minutes of daily play is enough time with your child
Quotes about spending time with your child
A quote doing the rounds on Instagram: “We get 18 delicious summers with our children. This is one of your 18. If that’s not perspective, I don’t know what is.”I have an unrivalled aversion to Insta-worthy quotes. Stolen words about sunsets, stardust, and dreaming make me dry heave. I have an even stronger distaste for the comments that accompany these posts: ‘So true, hun...’ and my personal favourite, ‘This’. Let’s be clear: there is no such thing as ‘real’ on Instagram. I show you what I want to show you; and while I’m honest in what I discuss and present, I like my feed to look a little tidier than the overflowing laundry basket that greets me every morning. I’m not a business, brand, or blogger and I am not promoting myself for ‘likes’ and ‘follows’, so I don’t feel pressured to edit either myself or my images. Nonetheless, for all my lack of face tuning and filters, I still … [Read more...] about Lindsay Woods: I have an unrivalled aversion to Insta-worthy quotes
WHILE some Brits will have been smacked by their parents as a kid - and think it's OK - many see it as an unnecessary and harmful punishment. Here we tell you everything you need to know about smacking kids, and whether or not it's allowed by law... What is the law on smacking your children, and is it illegal? It is illegal for a parent or carer to smack their own child, except where it amounts to "reasonable punishment", according to section 58 of the Children Act 2004. The problem is, some people don't know what "reasonable punishment" means - with the age of the child and the force of the smack also being taken into account. Hitting a child in a way which causes wounding, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm or child cruelty are all illegal. And the smacking of kids by teachers, nursery workers and child care workers - which was once allowed - is now banned. The Child Law Advice states:It is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this … [Read more...] about Is hitting your child illegal in the UK, what are the laws on smacking kids and has anyone been charged recently?
Focusing much of her charity work on children's mental health and the importance of early intervention, Kate has spoken of how the people she has met have influenced her role as a mother. From Prince George's attempts to play tennis to Princess Charlotte's love of dance and William being in denial about baby number three, here's a look at the Duke and Duchess's family life in quotes. The third baby"We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating. It's always a bit anxious to start with, but she's well. There's not much sleep going on at the moment" - William shortly after Kate's third pregnancy was announced. "William's in denial" - Kate about the Duke's reaction to having a third baby. "The baby's due any minute" - William to former Beatle Ringo Starr at an investiture. "Ginger biscuits - but there's not much ginger can do to stop that - we've done all that" - William on how Kate had tried using ginger to stop her severe morning sickness. On … [Read more...] about In Quotes: Kate Middleton and Prince William on George, Charlotte, parenting and their new baby
"My left hand is not great in terms of tingling. And my right comes in and out. The other day, one side of this finger was numb.” Sitting across the table in a café in his home town of Brighton, Christian Donlan is mapping out the daily impact on his body of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three and a half years ago. “I have a thing called ‘the hug’. It is the worst hug in the world.” The award-winning journalist wraps his arms tightly round his trunk to demonstrate the effect of being crushed. “People call it girdling, which is a lot more accurate and gets at how unpleasant it is. It woke me up this morning. Then there are the cognitive things. Some days, I really struggle to speak fluently. Words come and go – generally, in the evenings.” There is no lack of fluency in 39-year-old Donlan’s thoughtful and quietly moving new memoir, The Unmapped Mind. In it, he focusses not so much on the changes MS has wrought to his … [Read more...] about I worry about having MS for my daughter’s sake