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Advice for parents about supporting their children's friendships from Penny Tassoni

Penny Tassoni explains how young children begin to understand gender

For those of us who hated maths at school, it may come as a shock to find that recent research suggests that humans are innately mathematical. Young babies, it would seem, can detect differences in quantities when shown images on screen. So with this in mind, how can we support children's early maths and how can we help them to enjoy it?

Just as some parents start to get over the shock of adapting to life with a baby, along comes teething to upset the apple cart.

At a point when most parents are just about getting on top of feeding their babies with milk, the world of weaning beckons.

Broken nights. They are the bane of most parents' lives at some time or another. While you might have been ready for a 2am call when your child was a baby, you might not feel quite as prepared now that they are older. So, why do children wake in the night, and just as importantly, what should you do when this happens?

Rubber ducks in the bathroom, stacking beakers in the kitchen. If you have a three-year-old, the chances are that your home is already feeling like a toyshop.

Toys. They are everywhere. Gone are the days when they were only sold in toy shops. Now they are a few shelves away from the food in the supermarket and the aspirin in the chemist. They are not cheap, either. So, what is worth buying and, more importantly, what will genuinely help your child to learn?

The words 'television' and 'young children' when put together are likely to make many parents wince from guilt.

Everyone knows that learning to read is an essential skill, says Penny Tassoni.