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What my kids have taught me: ‘It’s great to find common ground with my kids now they’re older’

Leader of the Labour Party, Ivana Bacik is mother to two daughters, aged 14 and 16

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Labour Party leader Ivana Bacik. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Labour Party leader Ivana Bacik. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Labour Party leader Ivana Bacik. Photo: Steve Humphreys

There are quite a number of different lessons that [the girls] have taught me over the years, particularly as young children.

The best advice I got when I first had a baby, which I still think is brilliant, is ‘never try to make a happy baby happier’. Basically, if the child is happy, don’t intervene to try and make them happier — if your baby is sleeping peacefully, don’t wake them up because you think they’re hungry. Or if they’re playing contentedly with a soft toy, don’t give them another one because you think they’re getting bored with it.


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