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Be clever

If you still dread the playgroup and haven't managed to make any real friends, ditch it. There are loads of other things you can do instead which will be just as stimulating for your child. Story telling at your local library, baby gym, swimming and music are all on offer. But don't go over-board. You don't have to fill every day with activities geared towards your toddler.

Instead, do things you want to do too; shopping doesn't have to be a nightmare if you combine it with something fun for your toddler too. Shops like the Early Learning Centre have times every Tuesday morning when you can drop in and play with the toys without buying anything. Look on for more information.

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Be realistic

Sometimes your child will have to fit in with your day and what you need to get done. The sooner they learn this, the better. But you can make it more enjoyable by letting your little one 'help' as much as possible. For example, give them a bowl of water and ask them to clean the vegetables. Give them a duster or a dustpan and brush when you're cleaning and praise their efforts to keep your child happy.

But be realistic. You won't be able to keep the house permanently tidy. However you don't have to spend the whole day playing with Lego either. It's all about getting the balance right.

Be selfish

This doesn't come naturally to mums, we know. But if you end up feeling like a drudge you're not going to be happy, and children pick up how you feel. So for everyone's sake make sure you have some time to yourself each day, even if it's just for a relaxing soak in the bath or half an hour to watch your favourite Soap. This 'me time' isn't a luxury, it's essential if you're to be a happy mum with happy children.

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It's not forever

It's only 10am but you've been up since 5am and you've watched Teletubbies since 6. The day ahead can seem very long indeed and you know you'll be exhausted by the end of it. But remember, these pre-school years will be over pretty quickly and before you know it they'll be off to school. So hard though it is, don't wish this time away. It's precious!

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