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Gunning for quality time with family; OLYMPIC HURDLES LEGEND TAKES A TUMBLE AT PARENTING EVENT.

Byline: By HELEN RAE

OLYMPIC legend Sally Gunnell OBE has been in the region to celebrate the benefits of parenting.

Positive Parenting Week is an annual campaign by Tumble Tots, with the theme this year being family time.

The former 400m hurdles champion and a mum of three boys was delighted to launch the event yesterday at St Peter's Church, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay.

Sally said: "We all lead such hectic lives, running around with our own jobs, housework or school runs.

"It is easy to forget to set aside that all-important time for the whole family.

"Just as I have strong memories of my own childhood and the best times being with my family, I certainly want my children to have their best childhood memories as that of being with the family."

Parents were given booklets providing them with tips on developing family time that will play a big part in developing children's sense of achievement and social skills.

Louise Sprowson, from Tumble Tots Newcastle, added: "Tumble Tots places great importance on the value of family time.

"That's why our classes are parent-involved.

"During Positive Parenting Week we will be inviting our parents to join in our circle time.

"Our parents look forward to receiving the booklets. It always has some useful tips that we can all make use of."

The week is designed to applaud parents on their parenting journey and offers tips on being positive.

Denise Thornton, educational child psychologist, added: "There is a strong link between children who have poor behaviour and the amount of time children spend with family."

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SMILES: Lewie Townson, from Tynemouth; GAMES: James Sprowson, from Gosforth; PLAYING: Connor Secrette, from Gosforth; WINNER: Sally Gunnell at the European Cup Final; INSPIRING: Sally Gunnell at a Tumble Tots session in Monkseaton with Scarlett Wilson Baker PICTURES: TONY HALL www.icNewcastle.co.uk/buyaphoto ref: 01296858; SPENDING QUALITY TIME: Rhiannon Cadger, from Wideopen, plays on the wiggly worm
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 10, 2008
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