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Why Boredom Is the Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Child

“I’m bored.”

I’m sure I’m not the only parent who hears this on a daily basis.

I fear it so much that I pack out the days to ensure that I don’t fail my son by allowing him to become bored or disengaged.

If we aren’t at home getting stuck into games, baking, stacking, sticking or painting then we are at a Tumble Tots, Rhyme Time or seeing friends at soft play.

If we are at home then I ensure we have stimulating, creative and educational activities to fill the time. If all else fails, then I call on an electronic distraction such as CBeebies – or better yet, the iPad.

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Blog · Health · postnatal depression

Is Mental Health Still A Dirty Little Secret?

It feels like we are finally waking up to the impact of mental health issues.

There are more people than ever before, one in four of us in the UK, suffering from at least one mental health problem each year and depression is the leading cause of disability in the world.

In Britain, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in men aged 20 to 49, overtaking cancer, heart disease and road accidents.

With celebrities and royalty sharing their own mental health struggles, it seems as though we are on the cusp of grasping what a devastating and prolonged impact mental health can have on people’s lives and how important it is to remove the stigma that surrounds it.

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