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Time To Go Down To The Woods Again

Added May 25, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Exercise, Parents, Vitamin D

I remember a song from my childhood (Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Anne Murray) which went: If you go down in the woods today You're sure of a big surprise If you go down in the woods today You'd better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Picnic time for Teddy Bears The little Teddy Bears are having A lovely time today Watch them, catch them unawares And see them picnic on their holiday. See them gaily gad about They ...

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Do Our Children Really Need All Those Plastic Toys?

Added March 27, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

There has been a lot of attention recently in the UK about a nursery school/ preschool in Bristol (not too far away from me here in Somerset) that has taken the decision to replace the school's plastic toys with cardboard boxes and other natural items. This is a 'back to basics' trial to encourage improved socialising and creativity. Although the trial is just for a month, it may be made permanent. What has the school found to date? Staff say the 'back to basics' ...

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When You Wish You Had Asked Your Mother More

Added March 19, 2019, Under: Interviews, Parents

We all live hectic, busy lives and the years fly by so quickly that sometimes we forget to ask our parents (and our mothers in particular) the stories about their lives before it is too late. It is twenty years since my own mother died and, although she did share lots of interesting stories with me, I still think of things that I wish I knew more about. But it is too late. Now a young UK mother has come up with a ...

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Why New Moms Want Healthy and Smooth Skin for their Babies

Added February 18, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Environment, New Moms, Parents

Every mother wants her baby to have a lovely, smooth skin. And this has many health benefits too. Why it is important to create a healthy and protective skin Not everyone realizes that the skin is our largest organ but they probably know that it provides a protective barrier from the environment. If babies suffer from dry or broken skin, they become more vulnerable. They can be uncomfortable and itchy but unwanted allergens can enter through cracked skin (in the form of food particles in ...

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The Smallest Splinter Can Cause Painful Problems

Added February 2, 2019, Under: Children's Health, How To, Natural remedies, Parents, Top 10

We've all done it! We've managed to get a tiny splinter of wood or something else into our foot or our hand - and then wondered how to get it out again. And if it is your child who has a splinter, then there can be a lot of drama involved! Instead of getting out the pair of tweezers and prodding and poking, we thought you would like some easier, more gentle ways to get rid of that splinter... Our top ten natural tips ...

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Why You Should Kiss Your Loved Ones On The Forehead Every Day!

Added December 29, 2018, Under: Babies, Children's Health, Parents

A forehead kiss is a social kissing gesture to indicate friendship or as a sign of comfort. But it is also a sign of love and affection. The forehead kiss says "I care about you" without having to actually say it. Here are six of the main reasons why people give forehead kisses 1. As a blessing.  Parents and grandparents will often give children forehead kisses as a way of blessing them, wishing them good health and happiness. 2. As a sign of affection Loving someone can ...

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Please Let Your Children Go Barefoot!

Added December 23, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

We have written before about the advantages for us all to go barefoot - but we never emphasized the need for babies and children to go barefoot too. Many young parents are anxious to put shoes on their babies as soon as they start to walk but don't be in too much of a hurry. Bare feet are important for the proper growth of the foot and even for brain development. There are lots of other good reasons too... Going barefoot helps to ...

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It’s Time For Children To Start Climbing Trees Again!

Added November 28, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Diseases, Environment, Parents

There is great concern in the UK about the increasing number of obese and overweight children.  And of course it is no different in the USA. Type 2 diabetes in children and young people (which is a more aggressive form of the condition than in adults) has also risen sharply.  All the children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were found to be overweight or obese. "In recent decades, countries such as the USA and UK have seen large increases in the number ...

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Does Your Child Have A Zinc Deficiency? You Might Be Surprised At The Signs!

Added November 27, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Nutrition, Parents

You may never have given a thought to whether your child gets enough zinc in his or her diet but a zinc deficiency is surprisingly common. Check out these "top ten" signs! Your child is frequently sick. He or she is a fussy eater. They have a poor appetite. Your child suffers from dry skin or the symptoms of eczema. White spots appear on their nails. Your child becomes upset at loud sounds - for example, the vacuum cleaner or garbage ...

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Boost Your Young Child’s Memory With a Daily Daytime Nap

Added August 30, 2018, Under: Babies, Children's Health, New Moms, Parents, Pregnancy

We all love a good night's sleep and of course children benefit from one too. But apparently the combination of a good night's sleep and a daytime nap can hold the key to a better memory as well as improved emotional welfare in children. Researchers have found that one without the other are insufficient to boost memory but that the two together are a winning combination! More about the research Neuroscientist and Associate Professor, Rebecca Spencer, has been behind the research and she says: "Individually, ...

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