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What you should do if your child is a 'quitter'

Bella was going out of her mind. Her 9-year-old daughter, Angie, would agree to sign up for an activity with great enthusiasm. Swim team? Yes, please! Book club? You bet! Ballet? Sign me up! Then something would happen that made the activity, well, hard.

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The study ound the mermaid fin hindered a child's ability to swim by 70 per cent while the tail reduced it by 60 per cent.

Mermaid tail toys increase drowning risk

"Mermaid tails and fins reduce a child's ability to swim by making it significantly more difficult for children to float, restricting their movement and increasing tiredness."

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Five-year-old Toby learns to ride a balance bike, a bicycle without pedals.

'Look! No pedals mum': New way to teach children how to ride

Rob Berry is part of the team at the Balance Bike Clinic, a bicycle training school that fast-tracks the learning process for children to transition from tricycles to two-wheeled bikes by using small bicycles without pedals. "I would quite happily melt down every set of training wheels in the world," he says.

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