For babies and young children consistent companionship, affection and playful communication provide the foundation for their emergent emotional, social and language development. How a child manages their emotions in difficult situations shapes pathways in the brain, which in turn create the "blueprint" for future emotional responses and behaviours, explains Mine Conkbayir, author of Early Childhood and Neuroscience.published by Bloomsbury.
Hiberdating? Nodel? Air five? Confused by teenage slang?" Sue O'Neill recommends Mark Leigh's How to Talk Teen illustrated by Dominic Trevett.
Allison Vale and Victoria Ralfs, authors of How To Raise A Feminist, give some advice on raising feminist boys.
Inspired by Enid Blyton's Famous Five series, Bruno Vincent has reimagined the five characters now grown up. Pertinent to next month is Five Forget Mother's Day. Anne Coates reviews.
Two books offer parenting guidance from continental Europe: The Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl and The Happiest Kids in the World Bringing up Children the Dutch Way by Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchinson. Anne Coates takes a look at both.
Discover the freedom of open roads with Lonely Planet New Zealand’s South Island Road Trips, your passport to uniquely encountering New Zealand’s South Island by car.
Anne Coates, author of Dancers in the Wind, recommends her top ten crime novels published in 2016 all of which make great presents if you're looking for inspiration.
Maths teacher Natasha D'Souza reviews Easy as PI: Maths Made Simple by Liz Strachan.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, billed as the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the year ahead, provides an overview of the areas on the world that, while not necessarily remote, do rate as "roads less travelled" with some surprises as Debbi Scholes discovered.
With the festive season in mind, Anne Coates takes look at three books that will raise a smile about being a parent: Five Go Parenting, Welcome To The Club and Why Boys Need Parents.
Recent research supports the idea that singing has the power to change our moods, our emotional landscape and how we see the world. Alexia Barrable, co-author of Growing Up Happy, outlines three reasons why you should sing for health and happiness.
Win one of five copies of Knickers Model's Own: A Year of Frugal Fashion by Caroline Jones written and published in support of Cancer Research UK.