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What will parenting look like in 2017?

Touch is vital to a child's development and wellbeing

09 January 2017

From free-range parenting to downtime away from those ubiquitous devices - here's the trends mums and dads need to be aware of in the next 12 months

Revealed, the personality traits you inherit from mum and dad

Virtues such as honesty, integrity and tolerance are most likely to come from mothers while courage, laziness and a good sense of direction come from fathers

09 January 2017

If you're angry and impatient then you probably need to blame your dad


One in four children in poverty, says report

Model used for the front cover The Children's Society Autumn 2016 report.

05 January 2017

A Kent constituency is one of the worst for the number of youngsters living on the breadline, a charity says.

Learning to embrace disability

Ramya Kumar and Rishi

03 January 2017

It's all too easy to avoid what you don't understand. But when that's a child with a learning disability, such a reaction can be devastating.

The top 25 dilemmas families face this Christmas

Will you be pretending to like your presents on Christmas Day?

19 December 2016

Pretending to like your gifts, arguing about what to watch on TV and slow wi-fi - just some of the issues (and rows) families face this festive period

Motivated mamas

Strong Mama founder Veronika Chromkova and mum Natalie Clark at Great Lines Heritage Park

14 December 2016

New walking group for mums aims to get parents active with their children in tow.

Seven of the best... last-minute Christmas gifts

Discovery Channel Walkie Talkies

13 December 2016

On the look out for stocking fillers? Here's seven presents any kid, big or small will love.

Why women prefer a decent book to sex for a good night’s sleep

Only 4% of women reckon sex helps them drift off

08 December 2016

Only 4% of women think that making love helps them drift off

How long will it take you to plan your Christmas party outfit?

Some 81% of women have occasions where they find it stressful searching for the perfect party outfit

06 December 2016

Revealed: How many hours a woman spends planning what to wear on her Christmas night out - and the result is staggering

Labelled with love: Personalised Christmas gifts

The Mitre Ball

05 December 2016

There's plenty of personalised kid's presents to choose from this Christmas. Here's our top five...

Farm, Work and Play dream entrepreneurial mums

Jo Jell and Vanessa Lott are the driving force behind Farm, Work, Play.

01 December 2016

A place for self-employed parents to work and their children to be cared for on-site. Two mums launch revolutionary childcare project for families.

Don't let the online grinch steal Christmas

Criminals use the busy festive shopping period to entice people into handing over their credit card details on fake websites

28 November 2016

Click carefully: How fraudsters are targeting unsuspecting shoppers during the Christmas rush to grab a bargain

Top toys for Christmas revealed

Hatchimals are already selling out fast

09 November 2016

Toy retailers have revealed their top toy predictions for this Christmas - but some are already selling out fast.

That's so gross: The Top 20 ways parents embarrass their kids

Children also hate it when parents try to play it cool

03 November 2016

From kissing goodbye to farting, here's the most ‘gross’ and uncool things parents do according to their children

Budget supermarket launches wooden toys for Christmas

02 November 2016

A wooden toy collection from one discount supermarket is now on sale in time for Christmas.

17 of the best Christmas jumpers in the shops

Kids will love this Rudolf jumper from Next. It costs £15 and is available in various sizes.

25 October 2016

Here's our pick of the jolliest jumpers and silliest sweaters that the whole family will love this Christmas

Parents warned after attempted abductions

There's been a warning after a five-year-old child was approached. Picture: Getty Images

21 October 2016

A children's charity has told youngsters to take care this half term after a spate of attempts to snatch children in Kent

Council tax to rise by inflation-busting 4%

Councillors voted themselves at 15% allowance increase. Stock picture

13 October 2016

Kent residents face another year of inflation-breaking bills after the county council announced plans for a 4% increase in the council tax.


Dads know best

Al and son Ted

05 October 2016

Kent theatre prepares to become testing facility for product awards road-tested and voted for by dads.

A huge 40% increase in childhood cancers

Children's cancer treatment is better today than it's ever been, especially for leukaemi

27 September 2016

Are air pollution and lifestyle factors to blame for the alarming rise in the number of children and young people being diagnosed with cancer?

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