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This is one of those parenting questions that many of us are afraid to ask. On the one hand, you have your toddler mastering the potty-training milestone with inevitable accidents along the way. On the other hand, you have the open swimming pool where the idea of them having an accident is likely to set progress way back in both the swimming and toileting milestones as well as trigger some very red faces from mum and dad.

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One of the lesser talked-about challenges of being a parent is the constant need to come up with new and fun places to visit as a family. While toddlers are generally entertained for hours by playing in the playground, having a picnic in the park or going to Soft Play.

It’s enjoyable for everyone to change things up now and again. With the summer approaching, there are plenty more fun opportunities for all the family to enjoy, come rain or shine. Here’s our pick of the best both in London and across the wider UK.

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Father’s Day is on the horizon which means a lovely excuse to spoil dad rotten and spend some quality family time. But the approach of this day led us to thinking about one lesser-celebrated entity – the stay at home dad (or SAHD as social media will have it).

There is so much debate about the role of stay-at-home mums and the impact that having a parent at home more has on both the child and adult. But we still feel as if SAHDs are not given the same attention.

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From an early age, it’s important for us, as parents, to encourage our children to develop their social skills. This helps to support independence, nurture creativity and encourage your children in developing other valuable skills such as learning to share and engaging with others. But with so much focus on playdates, sleepovers and socialising your child as much as possible, the importance of independence playtime gets pushed aside.

It’s important to strike a healthy balance between independent play and time spent with friends as well as family time and moments spent one-on-one with your toddler. All of these different types of play and socialisation nurture and develop different aspects of their growth and development to create a cohesive whole.

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You’ll no doubt be dreading when the time comes to separate your toddler from their much-loved night-time bottle. We’ve all heard the stories of tears, tantrums and sleepless nights. It’s no wonder so many parents are tempted to simply hope that the bottle issue fixes itself and your little one grows bored of it eventually. But weaning off the bottle is a key part of toddler development that needs to be dealt with.

While some children will naturally grow out of the bottle, others will continue to rely on it. But some experts recommend that this habit be nipped in the bud as early as possible.

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Parenting is a skill that constantly surprises us – just when we think we’ve got things all sorted, there’s another bump in the road. While this is all part and parcel of the joys and challenges of bringing up children in a modern world, there is one aspect of parenting that many of us struggle with but can’t quite put into words: Second-child Mum/Dad Guilt.

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