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The top biggest parenting trends for 2020 and the top five worries mums and dads have about their children

The UK’s leading online platform for parents and childcarers has revealed the top parenting trends for 2020, along with the biggest worries for UK parents going into the new year.

A survey of more than 5,000 parents and guardians of 0 to 16 year-olds has found that limitations on children’s social media use and screen time is the biggest trend for 2020, followed by dismantling gender norms, and plant-based diets. The anti-vaccination movement has been revealed as the biggest worry among parents.

Marc Astley



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Affluent millennials in the South West aren’t waiting on the Bank of Mum and Dad

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/09/2020 - 8:35pm

Contrary to the common perception that working hard and saving is the attitude of a bygone era, new research reveals that wealthy millennials across the South West are more likely to have earned their money independently rather it being inherited or gifted. 

A survey of 500 millennials with investable assets of £25,000 or more by Exeter-based law firm Michelmores LLP, counters the view that millennials are a generation reaping the hard work of the baby boomers. Michelmores’ research reveals that;

Life Insurance After a Divorce - What Happens?

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 12/31/2019 - 6:16am

There’s nothing in life quite as complicated as human relationships. Whether it’s with your parents, friends, or loved ones, there are often problems and misunderstandings that could easily lead to the faltering of those relationships. One of the worst and most difficult things a person could go through is a divorce. It is an emotionally charged time where spouses divide their assets, and they go through all the complications of separation.

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What if ‘Divorce Day’ 2020 is the day you make a life-changing decision?

Authored by The Family Law Co.
Posted: Mon, 12/30/2019 - 7:43am

Each new year brings so-called ‘Divorce Day’; the first Monday in January when most people return to work after the celebrations of Christmas and New Year. In 2020 this will be January 6.

“In theory, it’s the day when family lawyers see a spike in initial enquiries about divorce,” explains Senior Associate Solicitor Imran Khodabocus from The Family Law Company.

“And although it shouldn’t be taken literally, it is true that the stresses of the festive season can bring additional pressure to couples who aren’t getting on so well, sometimes bringing them to breaking point.”

Raising a more sustainable generation of kids

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 12/24/2019 - 11:28am

For many years, parents have repeatedly been faced with the question of how best to bring up their children so that they become independent, critical, self-confident and self-conscious people. Nowadays, the aspect of sustainability is becoming increasingly important, especially for environmentally conscious parents. On the one hand, the upbringing style itself should be sustainable, that is, one that offers the child a constant basis on which it can build a healthy personality.

Rules for a successful relationship

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 12/20/2019 - 9:59am

There are relationships that leave us brokenhearted. Only with time, we are ready for dating someone again. Then true life-long love is found.

No ‘Holly, Jolly Christmas’ for parents separated from children

No ‘Holly, Jolly Christmas’ for parents separated from children

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 12/16/2019 - 4:25pm

AS THE famous festive song crooned by Andy Williams proclaims ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ but not for all families says a unique legal service (December 2019).

Children in the Middle warns of Christmas heartache for estranged parents and asks others to spare a thought for those who are prevented from seeing their children this yuletide.

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Change to law means equal civil partnerships

Authored by The Family Law Co.
Posted: Wed, 12/11/2019 - 11:50am

A family law specialist believes the recent announcement on civil partnerships to be a positive step towards levelling the playing field for different relationship choices.

Since December 2, mixed-sex couples can now register their intention to enter into a civil partnership; before this date civil partnerships were only available to same-sex couples.

Solicitor Sasha Walton from The Family Law Company said: “This is a significant step in the recognition of changes to the way families operate in today’s society.

How to Get Your Dog to Smile for Photos?

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sun, 12/08/2019 - 6:48am

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How to Dress Your Baby for the Cold

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Tue, 12/03/2019 - 6:47am

There's no denying it. Babies are very fragile and finicky beings. Care must be taken to ensure your child is comfortable and safe at all times by controlling the environment around them. One of the most significant ways a parent can accomplish this task is by carefully selecting how they dress them for the world around them. Winter can provide a lot of challenges when it comes to finding apparel for your little bundle of joy.

Child cruelty and neglect crimes continue to rise in the South West

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/28/2019 - 3:51pm

Recorded child cruelty and neglect offences in the UK continue to soar with crimes increasing by nearly a fifth in the last year alone, the NSPCC reports.

The charity has analysed police data for the whole of the UK over the last five years and found child cruelty and neglect offences has risen every year.

There were 20,024 child cruelty and neglect offences recorded by police in 2018/19, which has more than doubled since 2013/14 where there were 9,518 crimes of this nature.