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A Celebrity Birth, A Surprise Pregnancy Announcement Plus New Toddler Development Requirements – This Week’s Top Parenting News Stories

It’s been a week jam packed full of parenting news, a surprise pregnancy and a celebrity birth. So, get comfortable and take a read of our pick of the top five parenting stories…

Should Your Toddler Master These 10 Skills Before Starting School? 

Ofsted released its first early-years education report this week, indicating that children aren’t prepared enough when they start school. The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw has suggested that kids as young as two should attend school to be ready and has released a 10-step checklist of the basic skills that every child should have before their first day at school.

Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton Reveals Pregnancy With 5ive’s Ritchie Neville

Former Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton has confirmed that she is three months pregnant with partner Ritchie Neville’s baby and says it is a ‘complete miracle’ she was able to conceive. The singer, 31, who met 5ive’s Ritchie while filming ITV’s The Big Reunion last year, told OK! magazine that she didn’t think she would be able to get pregnant again.

Three In Four Of Us Find New Parenthood Harder Than We Expect

A new study has found that three quarters of mums and dads find the first three months of parenthood harder than they expected, due to lack of sleep, financial strain and the pressure to know all the answers. Find out what else the poll revealed here.

Rachel Steven’s Gives Birth

The former S Club 7 singer welcomed her second child this week. The birth announcement came from Rachel’s husband Alex Bourne’s Twitter account and was swiftly followed by a statement on the singer’s website. Find out whether Rachel and Alex gave their daughter Amelie a little brother or sister...

If Motherhood Came With A Salary It Would Be… 

If you were to add up the hours mums spent acting as childcarer, cleaner, cook, personal assistant, taxi driver and handyman, and compared them with what the equivalent professionals actually earn, the annual salary would be enough to fund you. Agree?

What was your top story of this week? Let us know in the comments box below.

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