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“Are you a brand new parent enjoying all the magic, wonder and angst that a new baby brings? Perhaps you’re trying to negotiate a path through teenage moods, anxieties and full-on hedonism or maybe you’re at a stage inbetween. Well, this issue will help you every step of the way.

From preparing your body for pregnancy to watching your baby develop from a crying, eating machine into a chatty, mobile, adorable toddler, all the way to the tween years and beyond – we have all the recommendations, tips and trust-worthy advice you’ll need. And for every milestone – each one coming with its own challenges – our guest editor, Jo Frost, will give her usual no-nonsense advice on how to balance loving care with clear boundaries, without bowing to your child’s every whim.

But parenting is not all about challenges – it can be the most enjoyable thing you do. As Jo herself says: ‘It’s all about creating memories for them that they will never forget.’ Relish every minute because, before you know it, they’ll be flying the nest!”

Rashmi Madan, Editor

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“Nowadays, we live in a world where social media, smartphones, and the internet are allowing us to connect with each other faster and more easily. Yet, ironically, this new technology and the rise of ‘instant communication’ is making us lose touch with the people we should be closest to – our family. My latest show, Family S.O.S, due to hit British screens this July, takes a look at six families in America and the deeper problems they have. I’m so pleased that the show has had such a great response in the US, as I have turned my attention from ‘spirited’ toddlers and the naughty step, to focusing on family dynamics.

In this issue, there are some top tips on how to deal with mouthy teenagers; getting young kids to use educational technology, and plenty of great advice for first-time mums – which may well come in handy for the Duchess of Cambridge! And I’m not just helping other families become more rooted – I’m also doing it myself. I’ve (mostly!) stopped living out of a suitcase now, having just bought a house with my partner in super-sunny California. I’ve been putting a lot of time into doing it up, which has made me feel more grounded – because as we all know, a happy life starts with a happy home. I hope you enjoy the issue!”

Jo Frost xx

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