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9. Turn off the telly

Want your children to be healthier, happier and have a greater sense of purpose? Had enough of them pestering ‘Buy me one of those’, only to be bored and discard their new Barbie accessories after five minutes? It’s easy. Just press a button.

What is the greatest gift you could give your children? We asked lots of parents, and the winning answer won’t surprise you. Time. Time has become a luxury.

There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day for children to do their homework, go to after-school clubs, learn to play piano, go to football training, ballet, Cubs, play with friends, have conversations, family mealtimes, hear bedtime stories or put on a family play. TV has elbowed in and taken over, robbing children ...

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