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Oct
28
‘30 Things To Do At Halloween Before You’re 3’
by Mums Like You Mums Like You Posted Oct 28, 2012 7:12 AM
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Use a brush as a broomstick Help mum or dad carve / draw a face on a pumpkin or turnip Get messy and make some spooky green gloop ( www.playtalkread.org/play/get-stuck-in ) Give mum or dad a scare and shout boo! ( www.playtalkread.org/play/fun-and-games ) Pull a scary face in the mirror ( www.playtalkread.org/play/baby-play ) Make a scary skeleton snack! Look for apples (or grapes for little ones) with help from mum and dad Get busy in the kitchen – help mum and dad make some spooky pasta Transform yourself into a Halloween cat – ask mum or dad to use make up or face paint to draw whiskers and a nose on your face Make your own witches brew! (www.playtalkread.org/play/play-tips/264-p...
Aug
30
The ABCs of Great Family Holidays with Older Children
by Mums Like You Mums Like You Posted Aug 30, 2012 7:36 PM
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    Stuck for holiday inspiration to keep older kids (and you) entertained? Here’s a quick-fire guide for parents with wanderlust. A is for Action and Adventure It’s important to find enough activities in your destination if you have easily distracted travellers to keep occupied.         Tenerife – Get their adrenaline pumping with supervised caving or paragliding for confident kids in Playa de las Americas, or walk through incredible ancient lava tubes at Cueva de Viento.         Algarve – Zoom round a replica Formula 1 track at Karting Almancil or try a Jeep safari through the landscape to discover the best of Portugal’s nature. B is for ...
Aug
22
Activities with kids for rainy days
by Mums Like You Mums Like You Posted Aug 22, 2012 5:49 PM
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  TEN RAINY DAY ACTIVITES TO ENTERTAIN THE WHOLE FAMILY   With an unprecedented amount of rain this summer, most children are starting to feel bored having played most of their computer games and completed their puzzles. So in collaboration with mums and dads across the country, Galt Toys has put together creative ideas to cheer up the whole family and spur the imagination.   Cooking – Children love cooking and eating pizza, from kneading the dough to making creative faces with the topping! It is also a great opportunity for children to practise counting, measuring and weighing. For extra fun give prizes for the most creative pizza toppings. Indoor picnic ...
Jul
03
Bringing Your Children Together
by Naomi Richards Posted Jul 03, 2012 9:56 AM
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  Do you watch your children play and think how wonderful it is to see them enjoy each others company? Do you sometimes observe them and think how can they be fighting when two minutes ago they were fine? I think we all do – no two children or two friends can get on together all the time. There are going to be arguments because of the differences  in personality and rivalry. My boys get on really well when they are in the same mood or they are sharing a passion for playing something specific. They don’t when they both want the same thing to play with or they are fighting for parental attention. What brings your children together so they get on well and what pulls them apart?
May
31
The Royal Jubilee
by Naomi Richards Posted May 31, 2012 10:06 AM
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  With the Royal Jubilee coming up it has got me thinking about children and history. History I think is one of those subjects that you really love or you really dislike and for me it was not my strongest subject if you get my drift. There are wars, battles, coronations, stories about kings and queens, marriage, divorce, adulteries. It is our heritage as people and to an extent children should know what happened before them coming into the world even if they cannot imagine anything other than how they are living today. It explains so much of why the world is like it is today. But there is more about history than a child learns from school. What about the history of their family? Have you explained to your children abou...
May
29
How To Stop Our Children Being So Competitive
by Naomi Richards Posted May 29, 2012 9:59 AM
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  As parents, we love to see our children thriving in activities, doing well at school, in sport and having skills that set them apart from other children. We are proud of them and we tell them how great they have done but how do we stop them when they take their competitiveness too far – when they make comments and exhibit superiority over their friends? We can encourage our children to tone it down their language and explain to them how being competitive can hurt their friends. We can also discuss the difference between healthy competition and overly competitiveness – which one do they think they are displaying? We are great influencers in our children’s lives and competitive may come from us. Take a look at yo...
May
27
Keep your Child’s Room Ventilated in Summer, Safely
by Mums Like You Mums Like You Posted May 27, 2012 6:19 PM
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by Chris Davidson, Home Guard Products Summer is finally here, and with it the need to keep your child cool indoors by keeping the bedroom in particular ventilated, during the day and night.  The obvious way is to open the window but as any parent will know, this raises safety worries.   There have been several recent stories children under the age of 5 suffering falls out of the windows.  The question is, how can you keep the window open and ensure my child doesn’t fancy climbing out?   The reality is there are not many solutions available.  Many go for the cost effective window restrictor, but they are quite easy to break and restrict how far the window can be opened.  There is...
May
26
Great app to help you find a lost child
by MummyPenny Posted May 26, 2012 8:43 AM
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  Hi everyone,   I read about a new app that helps parents find their child if they have lost sight of it and thought I'd post about it here. It's called Find My Child is a  smartphone app and alert network enabling parents to alert other parents in the local area should they lose sight of their child.   A parent can take a picture of their child before visiting a public place and if they are unlucky enough to lose sight of their child they can alert parents in the area, who have the app, and circulate a picture and an indication of where they were last seen. If a parent then spots the child they are able to contact the searching parent instantly, at the touch of a button, making them a true her...
May
22
Starting school for the first time
by Mums Like You Mums Like You Posted May 22, 2012 6:56 PM
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 By Sarah Ebner   It’s not long before the end of this school year, and the beginning of the next! For those children who are about to start school for the first time, this means a mixture of excitement, and perhaps a little bit of nerves. Here are some tips to help you, and your child, get ready for the big day. Encourage independence IT'S HARD FOR TEACHERS WHEN A CHILD constantly wets herself, can’t wipe her own bottom and never remembers to wash her hands! So, hold back on teaching your child to read (what’s school for, after all?) and help her keep on the teacher’s good side in other ways. Work hard on making sure your little one is properly toilet trained and other aspects of “growing up...
May
22
Helping Your Child With Their Friendships
by Naomi Richards Posted May 22, 2012 11:23 AM
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  Not all children find friendships easy. They may find it difficult to make new friends, keep new friends or find it hard to break away from peers they are no so keen on any more.  If your child is having difficulties maintaining friendships you can check out that they are doing the right things. 1. Are they being friendly? 2. Do they ask friends questions about the things that are important to them? 3. Do they help others if they need help? 4. Are they dependable and reliable? 5. Are they talking kindly about their friends to other friends? 6. Are they making friends with people who are the same and different to them? It can be fun to have friends who like to do the things as them but it can also be fun to l...