• Getting ready in the morning and getting out of the door in time for school, work and nursery can be like a military operation. It all seems such hard work. What you need is a bit of planning and some ground rules.

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  • You’ve got the older children to school, so now you can spend some time with your toddler, but there’s nothing worse than spending the whole day dealing with tantrums. Some tricks and techniques to keep you and your little one calm include: staying calm and demonstrating you are in control; distraction, distraction, distraction; and if all else fails, a simple hug might help.

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  • One of the most stressful things to deal with as a mum is sibling rivalry. You want your children to get along and play nicely, but the tension between brothers and sisters is the most natural thing in the world. It’s all about knowing how to handle it. Keep the older children involved in caring for any younger siblings, never compare your children to each other and always discipline separately.

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  • It’s raining and the kids are driving you crazy. They either want to fight with each other or just watch TV. Keep these ideas up your sleeve and get them doing something creative and fun instead.

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  • Finding something the whole family will eat at teatime is a daily struggle, especially if you're feeding fussy eaters. Get the children involved in making dinner with you and they’ll be more likely to try what they have cooked.

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  • Homework sucks, but with primary school children now getting regular homework, it’s important to set ground rules early for completing it, so they get into good habits right from the start.

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  • If you thought getting your children out of bed was a struggle, try getting them back into it at the end of the day. If you have children of varying ages, setting a consistent bedtime routine for the whole family can be a challenge. Knowing how much sleep your child needs for their age can help you plan so you all get a good night's sleep.

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