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  We know parenthood brings many new things to worry about but maybe we can ease your fears about the impact smartphones can have on your relationship with your children.   New analysis published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry shows mums and dads using their phones can actually even improve their parenting…

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  Parents want to their kids to be kind, and say it’s a trait they value over intelligence and work ethic.   The U.S group Meredith Corporation’s first ever Parents’ Values Study has found while parents value kindness above all else, they believe young people today are less kind than in previous generations.   Here’s…

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Singapore is planning to give couples around NZ$3200 for any baby born in the next two years.   It’s a response to Covid-19 as surveys have shown around a third of couples there are planning to delay starting or extending their families as a result of the pandemic.   The one-off payment is designed to…

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New study lifts the lid on multi-tasking mothers                   Turns out mums aren’t naturally good at multitasking – they have no choice but to get good at it! New research debunks the suggestion women are innately better at it than men, finding both men and women’s brains…

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The answer is a resounding yes, according to a study from the University of Essex. It showed that girls who have mothers who “nag” them were more likely to go to university, get better jobs and avoid teen pregnancy than those with mothers who were more relaxed. The study, led by researcher Ericka Rascon-Ramirez, followed…

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Everyone knows that being active adds years to your life. But who knew that house cleaning counted?   A new study, involving 130,000 men and women showed that the participants who were healthiest and lived the longest were active for about 30 minutes most days, but they weren’t necessarily “working out.” In fact, the most common…

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Like all mums to be, broadcaster Laura McGoldrick was overwhelmed by the many choices to be made. So she set about finding the answers for herself. See more The decision to bank cord blood for her new baby was an easy one. She explained more in her blog

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New research out of Sweden, has found that having children adds as much as two years to your life expectancy. Author of the study, Dr Karin Modig from the Karolinska Institutet, calls the years “payback time”. The research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, showed that men and women with at least one…

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