Videogames VS Reality

Playstation? Xbox? Nintendo DS? Wii? Chances are you have at least one of these in your household. You’ve either given into one of your child’s subtle request (read: no subtlety) for one, or have one leftover from your own gaming days. Perhaps you’re even still playing them faithfully now. Leaving aside the on-going debate about whether if there is any effect on children’s development, you might not be too keen on having one of these gadgets around simply for the amount of time that it results in your kids sitting on their butt all day. But what if you could transfer the benefits of videogames (and there are some) over into reality instead, without missing out on its fun and vibrancy, and get your kids more active instead?

Videogames VS Reality

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Top Tips for Buying School Shoes

Top Tips for Buying School Shoes

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It’s been several months since the kids went back to school for the new school year, and you may be looking at your little boy’s school shoes thinking that they’ve seen better days. All those afternoons of playing football with their school friends in the playground will have undoubtedly taken their toll on your son’s shoes, which will, by now, likely be scuffed and looking less and less black by the minute.

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1 in 10 burns among children are caused by hair straighteners.

I was quite surprised to hear recently that 1 in 10 burns among children are caused by hair straighteners. This is such a large amount! Straighteners and other heated hair appliances are such a common part of many people’s daily routine nowadays that the amount of burns caused by these has actually doubled in recent years.

1 in 10 burns among children are caused by hair straighteners

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Rearranging the bedrooms

I have been thinking about rearranging the bedrooms for the boys for a while. Mr Z and Mr T currently share and Mr R is on his own, but we have decided now to swap them around and give Mr Z his own room. I have all the paint and wall designs planned out for his new room, which I will be sharing with you on the blog in due course (of course!) but I have not yet finalised the furniture choices.

As Mr Z will be moving into the smaller room which is currently Mr R’s we will be needing to buy a new bed for that room. Mr R is in a cot at the moment but as he is able to climb out now we will be moving him over to a normal single bed. He is two years old now so it’s about time he moved on from his cot really!

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New 10th Edition First Aid Manual #learnfirstaid

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Having some knowledge of first aid is really important to me as a Mum, for my peace of mind. I hope that I never really have to use it but as time is of the essence in an emergency situation, being able to quickly recall what to do could make a difference.

I was lucky to get the chance to do a first aid course a couple of years ago at my local children’s centre, which covered all the important topics like choking, falls and burns. As time goes by though, knowledge can get rusty and sometimes recommendations can change. There has recently been an update to the procedure on coping with a choking infant, which is covered in the new 10th edition First Aid Manual published by DK. An infant should now be treated on a first aider’s leg instead of along an arm.

The book is written and authorised by St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and The British Red Cross, and is the only first aid guide to be endorsed by all three of the UK’s leading first aid providers.

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Kids After School Activities

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Now that Mr Z is 5, I have started to think about enrolling him in some kids after school activities. I was never really in favour of starting him too early, as I believe children do need time for relaxation and free play after school so I did not want to schedule all of his time. I don’t think one or two activities would hurt though!

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