(Written by Sophie Peak) Kids need freedom to grow in confidence and independence, as well as to have fun and explore. But while it’s important for them to have time away from their parents, it’s essential to first equip them with the knowledge of how to stay safe and protect themselves, and the skills to get help if they need it. Explaining things in an effective and child-friendly way is important to minimize fear but maximize preparedness. Many parents find it difficult to address the subject of stranger danger in particular, because they don’t want to run the risk of making their child anxious or paranoid about adults or the world around them. [Read more...]
(Written by Scott Collen and Edited by Elle Yi) We all know technology is affecting the way children communicate with each other (and us parents). Back in the day, we would write little notes, then graduated to phone calls. Soon after that text messaging became the favourite form of communication and now there are Facebook, Twitter, Kik, WhatsApp and Reddit.
Could this shift of pace in how children communicate be changing the pace at which they build relationships? And are we as parents keeping up? An article in the NY Times laments how millennials have got a “hook-up” culture and have forgotten (or maybe never knew) how to date or court. [Read more...]
(Written by Erica Johnson) A great kids’ party doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. It’s no secret that a great party starts with the right choice of venues in London, décor, and food. But the most important element that influences the success of a kids’ party is entertainment. Adding some sort of games, activities, or gigs helps to get the ball rolling. Kids will not remember the extravagant décor but they will definitely cherish the fun and joys had at the event. You just need to plan a party that can keep the kids busy and entertained all day long. There are plenty of entertainment ideas to inject some fun into a children party. [Read more...]
(Written by Wendy Derbyshire) Most people don’t plan to become a single mum – it’s stressful, it’s exhausting and there’s no other half to turn to when you just can’t face putting the kids back to bed one more time! But so long as you have a reliable network of family and friends, there’s no reason why you can’t get back into work this year and have it all – a fulfilling career, buzzing social life and happy children!
- Flexible Working
(Written by Puvana, K) The extracurricular activities are the important part of many schools. Some of these activities take place during the school time, while others, after the school time or on weekends. The opinion of parents is divided on the importance of extracurricular activities; therefore, some parents encourage their children to take part in such activities, while others are just reluctant. The advantages of extracurricular activities are enormous, and here we will look at just a few significant benefits of extracurricular activities. The extracurricular activities are extremely important for your child, and it helps your child to develop his skills in many other areas besides just studies. [Read more...]
(Written by Aimee Coppock) Summer is the perfect time to have a barbeque; however, the weather in some countries is notorious for rain – even in the summer months. If this is the case where you live then you should consider renting a gazebo just in case the weather decides to ruin your barbeque. Approximately a week before the barbeque, send out invitations via post or email or alternatively make a phone call. This way you can let your guests know about the barbeque in advance. If the date you planned causes conflict for some guests, consider organizing it on another day. If you are looking to host a barbecue party this year here are some tips to look at for preparation and presentation. [Read more...]
(Written by Daniel Travis Brown) Being a parent sure can be tricky from time to time, and finding new ways to keep young ones active and interested in physical, rewarding tasks is becoming increasingly difficult during this age of ‘games and gadgets’.
Getting the young ones involved in little projects and jobs early on is a great way to engage them mentally and help build confidence and understanding by giving them a sense of achievement. Here are three useful but very different ideas for jobs you and the kids can get messy in the kitchen with! Remember to get their help with the tidying up too! [Read more...]
(Written by Teresa Stewart) Camping with your children can be a fun and exhilarating adventure and preparing for your escape is just half the excitement. If you’re an experienced camper, you know the appropriate gear and supplies that you’ll need to take. For those that are novices, the following tips for camping with the kids will come in handy as you prepare for your adventure beneath the stars.
- Age Appropriate
Camping is the ideal activity for couples, families and children. There aren’t any age requirements for your outdoor vacation, as long as you come prepared. Couples with children at the infant stage should bring the necessary items such as baby slings, diaper bags and baby gym mats. For those with children beyond the toddler stage, your kids will be able to enjoy the basics of camping with activities that include fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking and campfires. [Read more...]
(Written by Ken Myers) Grandparents can have such a wonderful impact on their grandchildren’s lives. I know this because I have watched my mother and my grandmother interact over the years with all the children. I owe so very much to my grandmother for all the wisdom, insight, and just plain wonderful memories she left in my heart. My own children were close to my grandmother until she passed away and still talk about their great-grandmother to this day. My mom is passing along this legacy with my children and my sibling’s children as well. It is not hard to be influential in your grandchildren’s lives; it is not as hard as you might think. It just takes love and being involved from the start with those little grand babies.
(Written by Sam Mulder) Father’s days come and go and they rarely remain in the memory for long, but you can do something about that. There’s a limit to how many pairs of slippers, embroidered handkerchiefs or boxes of chocolates a man can go through in one year. If you want your father to know how much you appreciate them, then you must think outside of the box.
- How Do You Impress the Man in Your Life?
You need to be creative and present your father with something either that he hasn’t done before or with something that obviously takes a lot of effort to pull off. Even the most reserved fathers, the ones who do not usually like a fuss, enjoy the day when someone they love goes out of their way to make them feel special. [Read more...]