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How Modern Parents can Limit their Children’s Screen Time

Added August 16, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Insomnia, Parents

It is a common concern among parents today - and that is how much "screen time" their children are spending on their different devices. But what are the solutions? Here in the UK, nearly twenty five percent of parents say they use pocket money to bribe their children away from their screens.  And such bribes are not limited to screen time, they are used for getting them to bed on time and to encourage them to get on with their homework too. In ...

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The Bond That Can Develop Between Grandparents & Grandchildren

Added July 27, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Parents

Decades ago when extended families were often living under one roof, grandparents and grandchildren would naturally develop a closeness. Then came that period of history where parents and children lived together while grandparents lived elsewhere - often many miles away. Now, roles are often reversing - especially when both parents have busy careers - and the grandparents live close by and are able to step in. Good news is that there are benefits for everyone with this new direction The University of Oxford ...

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Encourage Your Children to Love Reading, Setting Up Skills for The Rest of Their Lives

Added June 24, 2019, Under: Books, Children's Health, New Moms, Parents

I have always thought that one of the best things you can do for your children is to instil a love of reading from an early age. And now this is born out by the words of Dan Snow (the UK historian and TV presenter) who says that reading to children from a young age is one of the best ways to set them up for life.  He is one of several ambassadors for Coram Beanstalk which is an organization helping ...

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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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