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Popping bubble wrap and doodling in meetings – child-like habits we never give up

Popping bubble wrap, kicking piles of leaves and licking the bowl are all childhood behavioural habits we cannot help but indulge in as adults, it has been revealed. Other youthful urges included wheeling around on a shopping trolley, drawing faces on steamed up mirrors, not eating crusts and still saying ‘jinx’, were common for a [...]


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‘Bonus Birthdays’ – almost half of children receive presents on a sibling’s birthday

Millions of children are enjoying a ‘bonus birthday’ each year – because their parents don’t want them to feel left out on a sibling’s big day, a study has revealed. Researchers found almost half of children are having two or more ‘birthdays’ a year as parents buy them presents on their sibling’s birthdays, as well [...]


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Smartphones and tablets – the tech babysitter

Busy parents admit they regularly hand-over their smartphone or tablet to their children – to grab some peace and quiet, a study has found. Researchers found a large percentage of mums and dads who own up-to-date high-tech devices will happily let their children play with them in a bid to catch up with household chores [...]


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Average child’s Christmas list hits £900 this year

The average child’s Christmas wish list contains toys and gadgets worth close to £900 this year, a study has revealed. Researchers found that the average youngster spends two days compiling their Christmas wish list of the goodies they want receive from Father Christmas. The long list of toys and games, including dolls houses, bikes and [...]


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Families gets just 36 minutes of quality time together each day

The average family manages just 36 minutes of quality time together a day, new research has revealed. A study found that hectic work schedules and the sheer volume of domestic chores leave little time for family fun. Researchers also found that a typical family will find time for just 15 days out together every year. [...]


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One in three children don’t know Wales is in Great Britain

British children are struggling to grasp basic geography – with many now believing the English Channel separates UK and America, a survey has found. Researchers who polled 1,500 children between the ages of five and 14 also found one in fourteen thought Australia was part of Great Britain and one in twenty thought the same [...]


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Pop songs topping lullabies for parents lulling children to sleep

Parents are ditching traditional lullabies to sing their children to sleep in favour of chart-topping pop songs, a study has revealed. A feeling that songs such as ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ are ‘old-fashioned’ and ‘silly’ emerged as the main reasons, with other mums and dads admitting they struggle to recall latter verses of the old [...]


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New mums feel they ‘lose their identity’ during baby’s first year

The average first-time mum finds the first year of her baby’s life ‘chaotic’, ‘tiring’ and ‘stressful’ – as a detailed study into the trials and tribulations of becoming a parent showed the extent to which mums find the initial 12 months emotionally and physically draining. A large percentage even admitted the more negative aspects of [...]


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Death of the bucket and spade – children want more from holidays

The traditional ‘bucket and spade’ family holiday is a thing of the past, a new study has revealed. Parents are turning away from the conventional beach holiday to cater for their children’s short attention spans, love of video games and need for constant stimulation. Ahead of the October half-term, the study found six out of [...]


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Two thirds of parents feel ‘under pressure’ to hit baby milestones

Millions of British mums feel under pressure to ensure their child reaches certain milestones ‘on time’, new research has shown. Treasured moments such as baby’s first steps and words can prove to be a time of anxiety for mums amid pressure from their peers not to be seen to be ‘behind’. It also emerged other [...]


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