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We are the experts when it comes to toys. In fact, Drift off into a dream world filled with llamas and unicorns with this magical 36 piece puzzle! Bright, colo we’ve tested and reviewed over a thousand of them. Why? Because we want to help lovely people like yourself find the best toys for the child, or children, in your life. We don’t sell toys, we just review them - so you can be confident that the Good Toy Guide is an independent resource you can trust. Happy browsing and a very merry Christmas, From Dr Amanda Gummer (and the expert elves)

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Budgeting with the Four Gift Rule A simple trick to help save money and manage expectations

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Balanced Play

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Letter to Santa

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Find some calm this Christmas

Our three top tips for handling the busy festive season

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Pull-out wish list

Find toys for... 0 to 2 years

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3 to 5 years

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6 to 8 years

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9 years & up

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Budgeting with the Four Gift Rule A simple trick to help save money and manage expectations We all love seeing the look on our children’s faces on Christmas morning, when they discover that big pile of presents under the tree. But meeting those expectations can be costly and often many of those toys end up at the back of the cupboard come January! Instead, you could try following the ‘Four Gift Rule’ and limit yourself to buying just four presents this year:

1. Something they want: Ideally something that will last a while, but it can be the latest playground craze if that’s what they have their heart set on. 2. Something they need: e.g. stationery, a duvet set, toiletries, or an educational toy. 3. Something to wear: e.g. a shirt with a favourite character, or a coveted fashion item. 4. Something to read: e.g. a special edition of a favourite book, or a sequel to a much-loved story. The key idea of this approach is that each gift is given for a reason. A few carefully selected presents will help you make the most of those precious ‘Santa years’ without spending a fortune, and your child will be more grateful for the gifts they do receive.

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Toys for 0 to 2 years


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A fabric-covered inflatable ring that provides a soft resting area and a self-contained play environment for babies. Now featuring the delightful Very Hungry Caterpillar characters.

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An ergonomic design that’s stable and safe, whilst providing hours of fun! Scoot, pedal, grow! Fun

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A chunky £ board book for toddlers with something to push, pull ££ or slide on every spread, and lots to spot and talk about.

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Babies love to explore the world through their senses. Toys that play sounds or light up, have mirrors, bright colours, patterns,Drift or off Drift offa into a dream into dream worldwor fille different textures will give little ones lots of exciting things to discover. Drift off into a dream world filled Favourite toys can be used as a distraction during tummy time, or to motivate babies to roll, crawl, and walk.

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SHAPES & SHARING PICNIC BASKET £ Learn about colours, shapes, manners ££ and more while on a pretend picnic with the Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket™. ££ £ The interactive shape sorter on the lid recognises the food pieces and says the shape and colour of each one.

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MAGICUBE FREE BUILDING

The magic of these magnetic cubes £ means they can be stuck together by any side - they can even remain ££ £ suspended in mid-air! Amazing structures Drift aworld dream world filled withand llamas and unicorns Drift Drift offoff into into aoff dream a into dream world filled filled with with llamas llamas and unicorns unicorns with with tht can be built and are easy to create even ££ ££ £ for the youngest of children. Skills Developed l Introduces the concept of magnetism

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Introduce £ your baby to some of the most charismatic ££ Toy Story characters, packed with features to stimulate your little one! Fun

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A fun first £ matching activity that develops into a game ££ as children grow in confidence and ability.

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Drive around the two levels of play using the lift, visit the car wash or get a service at the repair stand with moving spanner! Drift Drift offoff into into a dream a dream world world filled fille

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SKIP HOP SILVER LINING CLOUD 3 STAGE ACTIVITY CENTRE Designed to grow with baby, this action-packed activity centre transforms into a sturdy toddler table. Fun

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MAGICUBE RIVER ANIMALS

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The magic of these magnetic cubes ££ means they can be stuck together by any side - they can even remain suspended £ ££ in mid-air! Use the Magicube character range to build the suggested figures, or mix them up to create some weird and wonderful animals and people.

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LITTLE GIBSONS SWEET DREAMS JIGSAW PUZZLE ££

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Face Paintoos transform the magic of ‘face painting’ into a £ ££ fun and easy activity for everyone. With Face Paintoos, it is simple to achieve great results every time! Fun

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CORGI CHUNKIES With moving interactive parts, free-rolling £ soft-tyred wheels and strong child-proof build, this new range is the perfect toy for £ the youngest of collectors! Choose from a £ huge range of vehicles including a Dump ££ £ Truck, Fire Engine, and a Police Truck.

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An educational activity play board from Melissa & Doug, that £ ££ challenges children to navigate latches that hook, snap, Drift off into a dream world filled with llamas click, and unicorns with and slide. Fun

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Learning pre-writing skills through play

Before children can begin to write, they need to learn to coordinate the muscles in their hands and fingers, known as fine motor control. They can practise these skills by playing with things that encourage small movements, such as building with blocks, dressing and Drift Drift offoff into into a dream a dream world world filled fille undressing dolls, or opening and closing latches.

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TONIEBOX

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Meet tonies, your ticket to a whole new world of adventures and audio fun for children. Once downloaded, stories and songs are always ready to play. This digital audio system consists of the Toniebox, a wifi-speaker, and the Tonies, which are audio characters.

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Skills Developed l Promotes a love of stories and reading l Develops creativity l Great for listening and attention skills Fun

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CODING CRITTERS

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These playful puppy pets bring early ££ £ STEM concepts to preschool learning through 100% screen-free coding. Kids £ Drift off into a dream world £ £ filled with llamas and unicorns with t code along with their new pets’ storybook £ £ into aworld dreamfilled world filled withand llamas and unicorns into aoff dream with llamas unicorns with th adventure, and help the brave Ranger andDrift off Drift ££ £ mischievous Zip have a playtime they’ll never forget! Skills Developed l Introduces basic coding l Encourages logical thinking l Supports STEM learning Fun

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A great introduction to the world of ££ Scalextric featuring an easy-to-assemble figure-of-eight track, this set is the ideal £ starting point for younger drivers. The two £ £ rally cars and adjustable power handcontrollers are colour-coded in red and yellow to match chevrons on the circuit.

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KIDIZOOM DUO 5.0

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Take great photos and videos with the ££ ££ £ camera, as well as playing fun learning games! Take high quality 5 megapixel ££ £ photos and videos of you and your friends Drift off into dream worldworld filled with and unicorns with Drift offa into a dream filledllamas with llamas and unicorns with this dual lens camera. Apply fun effects, stamps and frames to your photos Drift off into a dream world filled with llamas and unicorns with th and videos. Skills Developed l Encourages creativity l Builds observation skills l Supports children’s understanding of the world Fun

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Tested by children, endorsed by experts Using pretend play to prepare for school At this age, children are still learning all they need through play. A few good pretend play props, like toy food, dolls, and cars - together with a blanket den or big cardboard box - will ignite a pre-schoolers imagination for hours of fun. It’s also a great way for them to build vocabulary and learn to make friends, which will help them when they start school. £ ££

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Multicultural dolls designed to inspire children to be caring, curious and respectful to the world. Each soft cotton doll comes with a passport telling children all about their story.

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Go into£ battle with the Pillowfight Warriors® soft play Viking £ £Bring out your inner Viking Warrior as you challenge Spear. your friends and family to a pillow fight. Fun

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CROCODILE CREEK 48 PIECE DAY AT THE ZOO PUZZLE ££

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Crocodile £ Creek’s Day at the Zoo 48-piece puzzle will ££ transport you to a fun, whimsical place filled with wonderous animals. Fun

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SYLVANIAN FAMILIES RED ROOF COSY COTTAGE £ The Red Roof Cosy Cottage is a beautiful ££ house in the perfect size for both beginners and avid Sylvanian Families ££ £ collectors. This quaint two floor cottage includes a ladder to connect the upstairs and downstairs, as well as coming complete with Freya the Chocolate Rabbit Girl and a selection of starter furniture and accessories.

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Skills Developed l Promotes discussion about jobs at home l Helps with manual dexterity l Develops imaginative play and story-telling Fun

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SEEKERS - THE MAGNETIC SCAVENGER HUNT GAME

The magnetic scavenger hunt game £ that will engage children with their surroundings! A lovely, sociable game, £ £ especially for encouraging children to work £ Drift off into a dream world filled with llamas and unicorns with t together and take turns. The magnetic board £ £dreamfilled dream with llamas unicorns with th Driftaoff into£aworld world filled withand llamas and unicorns is perfect for little hands and easy to use. £ £Drift off into Skills Developed

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Balancing Play Two thirds of pre-schoolers don’t play enough board, card or sports games, which help them to learn make friends and take turns.

Three quarters of 5-12 year olds don’t get enough active free play, which keeps bodies healthy and develops resilience.

8 in 10 children aged 9-12 don’t get enough imaginative play, which lets children explore their feelings and develop their creativity. TM

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Try to make this a big part of your daily routine by giving your child the time and space to play without structure.

Screen time can be enjoyed in small doses as part of a balanced play ‘diet’. Engage with screen time, rather than forbidding it or using it as a baby-sitter.

Choosing toys that can be used at home for active play will get children exercising, even when they can’t get outside.

Children play differently with different people, so involving other family members, older and younger children as well as peers will give them a variety of experiences.

Choosing toys, tech and apps that are fun, support learning and development, and are age appropriate will make sure your child is going to get the most benefit from them.

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HARRY POTTER SORTING HAT

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Ever wondered which Hogwarts House ££ you’d be in? The Harry Potter Animatronic Sorting Hat can tell you! With 5 phrases at his £ £ disposal, your fate is in his hands- will you be£in Gryffindor house, Brave at heart; or Slytherin, cunning and shrewd? Place the hat on your head to find out!

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A 3D play platform for mini-figures and building bricks. Use Driftcastles, off into a dream world filled with llamas and unicorns with them to create space stations, a dramatic backdrop for a superhero mission, and more! Fun

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The ideal first watch for learning to tell the time. The colourful watch face contains all the information the child needs and £ it’s supplied with a simple step by step teaching method. Drift off into a dream world fille ££

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AIRFIX QUICKBUILD Airfix Quickbuild is an exciting range of £ simple, snap-together models suitable as an introduction to modelling for kids, or ££ as a bit of construction fun for the more experienced modeller. The pre-coloured £ pieces simply push together, without glue £ £ or paints, to build an impressive model.

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PLAYFOAM® PLUFFLE™

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The Squishologists at the Playfoam® Wacky Workshop have formulated a brand new squish-sation! Introducing Playfoam Pluffle™: The mesmerizing, mixable, can’t-resistible, feel-good fluffy stuff that never dries out!

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Tested by children, endorsed by experts £ ££ SYLVANIAN FAMILIES RED ROOF COUNTRY HOME £

The Red Roof Country Home can be ££ £ opened up for play at 90-degrees, 180-degrees and any angle in between. Boasting a spacious balcony, the home also has a moveable staircase and working lights.

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£ HUE £ £ ANIMATION STUDIO

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Is your child a budding filmmaker? With HUE Animation Studio they can create their own stop motion movies!

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SPACE EXPLORER PILLOWCASE - COLOUR AND LEARN ££

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Colour £in the planets, rockets and stars of our solar system and £ £ moon landing with this fun, educational pillowcase. historic 10 wash-out fabric pens included! Drift a dream Drift off intooffa into dream world wor fille Fun

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GEOMAG CONFETTI 88

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Create an unlimited number of structures £ using the magnetic bars and steel spheres. £ £ This new platform makes it possible to build even bigger and more stable constructions – imagination without limits! The wide range of colours and bright pieces show you a whole new way to play.

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Skills Developed l Teaches children about the science of magnetism l Encouraages creativity l Supports fine motor control Fun

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FIRST WONDER BOX

These subscription boxes are educational £ kits with a focus on learning through play - perfect for curious little minds. Children ££ £ get a personalised box, straight to the Drift off into dream filled with llamas unicorns with thi Driftaoff into aworld dream world filled withand llamas and unicorns door, which contains everything they £ £ Drift off into a dream £ £world filled with llamas and unicorns with t £ need to learn about a new topic. The box itself transforms into a game or craft ££ too! There are 40 themes to explore and £ you can cancel your subscription at any time. Skills Developed l Encourages creativity and imaginative play l Helps children learn about a range of topics l Stimulates curiosity and a love of learning

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MY LITTLE WORLD My Little World sets bring together £ beautifully drawn characters and scenes to create an exciting new role play world ££ that will spark a child’s creativity and imagination. ££ £

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HARRY POTTER HOGWARTS AND HEDWIG ££ SUPER£ 3D JIGSAW PUZZLE

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Young children are under a lot of pressure to fit in, so many will be after the latest playground craze this Christmas. Toys that can give a sense of achievement, like crafts and puzzles, will be more than fiveDrift a dream Drift off intooffa into dream world wor fille minute wonders and will develop confidence too. Anything that can be customised will also let them show off their own personalDrift style. off into a dream world filled

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An eco-friendly build kit to turn junk into anything you want! Makes 1000s of different toys. Works with ALL SIZES of boxes, bottles, cartons, tubes and more.

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AIRFIX BOULTON PAUL DEFIANT MK.1 ££

Create £a high-quality replica of the Boulton-Paul ££ Defiant! Complete Airfix plane modelling kit.

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NICKELODEON EXPERIMAKE CHEMISTRY CHAOS ££

Make sure you’ve got plenty of space for the £ ££ Nickelodeon Experimake Chemistry Chaos set – it’s the perfect STEM gift for those who love things all science!

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A great introduction to the moon and stars. View the night sky or animals and scenery with the dual eyepieces. Fun

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FIRST NEWS An independent national newspaper £ trusted by over 9,000 schools, delivered to your door every Friday. To cater for different reading levels, First News has lots of£ £ images and has a mix of bite-sized articles £ and longer stories - all responsibly written £ £ so they are informative, but not scary or overwhelming.

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HARRY POTTER MAGICAL INFINITY£ £ADVENT CALENDAR £ The Harry Potter® Magical Infinity Advent Calendar will delight any Harry Potter® fan. Turning the box through 180 degrees you will get your first sight of the numbered boxes to open. On each day in December open the boxes to reveal a broad selection of Harry Potter goodies.

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Families that play together, stay together Keep the lines of communication open with tweens by playing together as a family. Many board and card games can be enjoyed by younger siblings, parents, and grandparents! Retro toys can be seen as a ‘cool’ way to play without looking babyish, so why not revisit your own childhood and share some favourite toys of your own? £ ££

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Race around the world with this exciting family game: compete to be the first player to reach your destinations and collect the most Destination Cards.

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Build and experiment through the story of Pepper Mint, a young engineer with this story-based STEM kit.

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GEOMAG MECHANICS GRAVITY RACE TRACK £ Geomag have extended the Classic toy, ££ with its bars and spheres, adding new mechanical elements that give you new ££ £ opportunities to play. Move it with your hand or with a mechanical knob to start chain reactions caused by magnetic attraction or repulsion.

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TICKET TO RIDE LONDON

Jump aboard a famous double-decker bus£ £to £ rumble through London’s historic streets. In this fast-paced Ticket to Ride game, players£race ££ ££ one another to claim the most important bus Drift offDrift into aoffdream with llamas unicorns with th into aworld dreamfilled world filled withand llamas and unicorns lines and complete their Destination Tickets, ££ £ world filled with llamas and unicorns with t Drift off into a dream connecting Districts in the capital of the United Kingdom. Skills Developed l Develops strategic thinking l Helps children learn the geography of London l Supports social skills Fun

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RORY’S STORY CUBES Over 10 million possible combos and £ unlimited stories! Simply roll all nine dice and use the face-up images to guide ££ your imagination through a story that begins with “Once upon a time…”. The ££ £ handy box makes Rory’s Story Cubes ideal for travelling too. Skills Developed

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DOBBLE

A fun, addictive card game for the £ whole family. It’s a simple tin of 55 round Drift off into a dream world filled with llamas and unicorns with t playing cards. Each card has on it 8 symbols ££ £ selected from a possible 50 and shares one, Drift off into a dream world filled withand llamas and unicorns Drift off into a dream world filled with llamas unicorns with th and only one, matching symbol with every £ £ £ other card in the deck. The trick is to spot the £ £ matching symbol. ££ £ Skills Developed l Encourages observational skills l Promotes friendly competition l Develops attention and reaction skills Fun

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Skills Development

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2019


Find some calm this Christmas Last Christmas, I lost my temper because I had forgotten to get the gravy. I felt like I’d let everyone down. Dinner, and therefore Christmas day, was ruined. Being the perfectionist that I am, I’d taken on the job of… everything. Did taking the pressure off everyone else mean that we had a happier, calmer Christmas? Absolutely not. It just meant that I was anxious and frazzled - which really just made everyone else miserable too. I think we all feel the pressure to create the perfect Christmas, especially in the era of social media, which makes it much easier for us to compare our Christmas with everyone else’s. So the first thing we can do to reduce the pressure is to let go of ‘perfection’ and accept ‘good enough’. By going easy on yourself and not expecting the world, you can be happy and relaxed for your family.

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It also means giving yourself permission to share the many jobs that Christmas adds to an already busy to-do list. You can start by writing a list of everything that needs doing. Then, decide what things on the list absolutely have to be done by you (for example, wrapping the gifts from you-know-who) and which things you can pass onto other family members.


If you’re worried about appearing selfish, keep in mind the pre-flight safety rule: “Secure your own oxygen mask first before helping others.” It’s practical advice - you can’t help anyone if you’re passed out on the floor.

Your five-year-old can decorate the Christmas tree, even if the decorations do all end up in the bottom corner of the tree. Your partner can take charge of the shopping, and it doesn’t matter if they forget the gravy (no really, it doesn’t). The grandparents can take care of your children for a while, so you can get the gift shopping done. There might also be jobs on that to-do list that you don’t really have time for, but are worried about turning down. Giving yourself permission to say no whether that’s to festive visitors, or to volunteering at the school fete - will free up your time and energy for the more important things.

By taking care of your own needs first, you will be able to comfortably handle the jobs that do have to be on your list, while also being a content and positive role model for your children. This approach isn’t just for Christmas though! Find out how parent-centred parenting can help combat stress and give you a healthy life balance all year round at FundamentallyChildren.com. Three tips for a calmer Christmas 1. Let go of perfection 2. Ask for help when you need it 3. Be prepared to say no

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Christmas Good Toy Guide 2019  

The 2019 Christmas Good Toy Guide has landed! 50 of our favourite Good Toys, all tried and tested by experts in play and kids themselves

Christmas Good Toy Guide 2019  

The 2019 Christmas Good Toy Guide has landed! 50 of our favourite Good Toys, all tried and tested by experts in play and kids themselves