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Toilet training from birth? It is possible

An increasing number of parents are choosing to toilet train their children from birth, without using nappies. But how effective is this?


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What causes mind blanks during exams?

Mind blanks are typically triggered in response to a perceived threat. The chemical process that takes place essentially clears out your working memory, quiets logical processes, and walls off memory.

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