Are you Stuck in the Technology Trap, or Digital Detoxers?

How many devices do you take away with you on a family holiday? The average family takes six. I can definitely see that, especially with older kids or teenagers.

I would feel lost travelling without my iPhone (especially needed for camera and maps on the go) but can happily leave iPads and other devices at home, and I refuse to take my laptop away while travelling since I want to feel a complete break from work.

Technology on holiday

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How Do You Feel About Back to School?

When the time comes to send our little ones back to school, or even into school for the first time, there’s always a range of emotions. The summer holidays always flies by so quickly, and despite my grumbles about the noise and mess and the chaos of three boys running around like whirlwinds of energy, I will miss having them around the home each day. This year, my youngest is joining his brothers at full time school so it’s definitely going to feel quiet here during the week.

How do you feel about back to school? It's time for the kids to go back to school, and emotions are running high. One tip to help anxious kids settle in better

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Arts and Crafts Safety for Parents and Kids

Arts and crafts are an inspiring, relaxing and fun way to spend time with your kids. However, some of the materials and tools used in these projects can be hazardous. These steps can help you ensure that the products, tools and techniques you use are appropriate and safe for you and your kids.

Arts and Crafts Safety for Parents and Kids

 

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Four smart ways to impart independence to your little ones

Whilst it is undoubtedly difficult to tear yourself away from your little ones as they start their journey towards independence, it is worth bearing in mind how good this will be for them in the long term. Whether it’s learning to walk away and leave your child at a new school or playschool no matter how hard it is, or trusting them to sleep unaccompanied in their own bed for the first time: these are landmark steps in your child’s life and shouldn’t be rushed. Here are four smart ways to help your little ones gain more independence, self-confidence and resilience for their journey ahead.

Four smart ways to impart independence to your little ones, useful to get them ready for school

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5 Baby Products I Should Have Bought Second Hand

When expecting a baby, especially for the first time, it’s natural to want to be as prepared as possible, and the way I felt most prepared and ready was to have all of the baby supplies that we could possibly need so that we were covered for all eventualities.

With my eldest, I wrote up a huge list of “must-have” items to take shopping, despite some of my friends who were more experienced parents telling me that many of them were not really necessary, and in some cases totally pointless, I still went ahead and checked them off the list just in case!

Inevitably, some of the items I never even took out of their boxes and ended up selling them on still brand new in their packaging. Had I bought some of them second hand, I could have saved some money – especially since I’m sure I could have bought them brand new in the box from another mum who bought the items unnecessarily just like me!

Five baby products I should have bought second hand / pre-loved and the easy way to do it

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Get your Free Baby and Child First Aid App with British Red Cross

Our children are our most precious treasures. Any parent would do all they can to prevent any harm coming to their child, but despite our best efforts sometimes accidents happen. You could turn your back for just a few moments and find that your child needs medical help – so the most important thing is that we know what to do if these situations do arise.

Time is of the essence in an emergency situation, so if you have the information to hand and know what to do this could make a huge difference. Ultimately, although no parent likes to think about this, having that knowledge could even be the difference between life and death.

Get your free baby and child first aid app from British Red Cross

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7 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Outdoor Chores

As technology continues to evolve: video games, computers, and hand held devices, our kids continue to sprout their couch potato roots. While this is not only harmful to their health, it brings with it a tragic effect on their work ethic. It’s not only important to get kids outside, it is important to get them outside doing chores so that they understand the ever so important mantra, “Work hard, play hard.” Here is a list of 7 ways to get kids involved in outdoor chores.

7 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Outdoor Chores

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Where to get the best value school uniform

With the new school year approaching, you might be already starting to think about getting the back to school supplies ready in advance. We’ll have three in school this year, with our youngest starting reception and our eldest going up to Junior school with a whole new list of uniform requirements!

The secret to finding the best priced school uniforms. Where to shop?

The cost of all those uniforms and school supplies can really add up, so I was really impressed by the low prices and good value that Aldi offers with their uniform.

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The First 1000 Days of Parenthood

The NCT and Pampers have undertaken a study into the first 1000 days of parenting, to offer insight into modern parenting roles, and sleep struggles.

The first 1000 days of parenting takes you from pregnancy, all the way up to your child’s 2nd birthday. Especially with the first child I feel like you are still adjusting, and there is so much to learn about parenthood during those 1000 days.

There are always new milestones, new stages and new things to worry about – of course along with new joys and new experiences, seeing your child master so many new things and really develop their personality throughout those 1000 days. It’s amazing just how many firsts you and your child experience together during that time! I look back on our first 1000 days so fondly – it really is a magical time, despite the challenges.

Research into the first 1000 days of parenthood, along with a must-watch touching video about the parenting journey

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