Parents' Panel; Family Life Parenting with Supermam SUPERMAM Claire Walsh Is a Mum of Two Lively Youngsters, Louis and Leilah, and Leads Stockton's Parenting Strategy. She Can Help Solve Your Family Problems with Guidelines on How to Cope

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Parents' Panel; Family Life Parenting with Supermam SUPERMAM Claire Walsh Is a Mum of Two Lively Youngsters, Louis and Leilah, and Leads Stockton's Parenting Strategy. She Can Help Solve Your Family Problems with Guidelines on How to Cope


SOPHIE Tunnicliffe, of Stockton, is married to Paul and they have two daughters Amy, 11, and Abbie, six.

"Most clubs allow a one or two-week free trial, which is good considering the expense of the uniform/kit.

"I have two children, one who is into clubs (ballet and music and previously gym) and one who isn't.

"We decided it was important for the second child to join something. She tried ballet and then gymnastics but lost interest and didn't want to go.

"It is important to listen to what they want as well as encouraging them to try things.

Amy and Abbie "My daughter then tried swimming lessons which she enjoyed but didn't like the class size so we found a teacher who only had small class sizes and she loves it.

"She has not only learned to swim but can swim three types of strokes and can swim under water. It has boosted her confidence, in and out of the water, and it is good exercise.

"Not all activities have to be group activities and if you have a child who prefers their own company you could encourage racket sports such as tennis or badminton.

"You could set up your own club (even something using the PC) where a small group get together at each other's houses, to share games/knowledge, give them snacks and make it a weekly event and in no time, you might find they don't need your input.

"My children also like me to set them 'missions' - which are kind of treasure hunts in the street - giving clues to find things with a prize at the end.

"We also try to teach the children about where they live. We go on bike rides but they are 'the leader' and have to get us to certain places and they love it."

MUM-OF-THREE Vivienne Trenchard lives in Guisborough with husband, Nev, and their three children, Daisy, nine, Lily, six, and Katharine, three. …

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