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Designing your baby’s nursery is really exciting, especially when it comes to choosing all of the gorgeous furniture pieces that you’re going to include, and you want to make sure you do it right. It can be so easy to go crazy when it comes to the designing stages, buying every cute furniture item you see without really thinking about how practical or necessary it may be. The best thing to do is focus on the essential furniture pieces, and then you can add a few decorative touches to enhance the décor and create the perfect space for your little one.
Investing your money in the right places is important with your child’s nursery, as you want to know that the products you are purchasing are safe, reliable and durable. Starting with your baby’s cot, you need to find a design and style that works for you. There are lots of different cots available, from chic wooden designs with a slide down side, to chunkier designs that have a half-side to prevent your little one from escaping at any time. Look for your favourite design, with the right colour and style to suit the nursery décor to ensure you’re keeping to the décor style you want to achieve. Once you’ve decided on your cot, you can start to look at other items including a wardrobe to keep all of the little clothing hanging ready for use. Wardrobes are great for adding character to the room and maintaining the style that your cot has introduced. Try to keep the furniture pieces similar, whether that’s from the same range or using the same material to keep the décor within the nursery flowing smoothly.
Even though your baby is only going to have small clothes, you’d be surprised just how much room they take up. Investing in some simple storage items such as a chest of drawers and an oak blanket box will help you to keep the nursery clean and tidy, with everything stored away safely. Whether you decide to stock the chest of drawers up with essential nappy changing products, or your blanket box is actually used to keep the teddy bears neat and out of the way, these stylish furniture pieces will help to keep the nursery organised and fresh with no clutter.
Whilst these features may not necessarily be furniture pieces, they work hand in hand with furniture pieces to keep your little ones safe and content. One of the most important things to include in your baby’s nursery is a set of blinds or curtains. Once you put your little one down for a nap mid-afternoon, you want to know they have a dark space to snuggle down and sleep, and blinds or curtains are ideal for this. The last thing you want is the sunshine shining through and interrupting your little one’s nap. Similarly, you may want to look at including a colourful lightshade, a soft rug and a calming mobile to help them drift off to sleep peacefully.
Once you’ve chosen all of your essential furniture pieces, you can look at the traditional touches that most nurseries have today. From a talk oak bookcase with a selection of classic nursery rhymes and stories, to a delicate trinket box on the windowsill and some cute teddy bears sat in the corner, you can create a special space for your baby to grow up and enjoy.
Just because you’ve become parents, doesn’t mean your adventurous streak has diminished — do you find yourself reading your child a bedtime story about far-flung lands and the great outdoors, only to wish you could pack up your bags and leave as a family tomorrow?
A lot of parents would say that while your child is still toddling, that’s the best time to take them on the road; once they’re of the age to go to school, you’re limited to official vacation times, which can make traveling as a family more expensive. As such, you may be thinking about taking your toddler on a family adventure soon.
Why you should travel with your toddler
Little people benefit from travel in all the same ways that adults do; it’s great for their development to explore new places and take in new experiences, especially if you can expose them to cultures and languages they don’t encounter at home. Of course, it’s also advised to try and maintain some of their daily routine, especially if you’re trying to potty train or encourage a new behavior. Attempt to wake them at the same time every day, regardless of where you are on the road, and get them settled in bed at a reasonable time too.
What you’ll need to pack
You may be aghast to discover how much more luggage you’ll need when you’re packing for a toddler too — from toys to bath products and spare clothes, you’ll soon fill up the bags! If your little one is yet to be potty trained, make sure you’ve packed some swim diapers if you’re going anywhere with water. If you’re in the process of potty training, you’ll be relieved to learn there are lots of travel size models available, including fold-up and disposable potties. Check out a parent guide to see which one is best for you and your toddler.
Depending on your child’s temperament, you may decide that taking a road trip is preferential to flying with the family, as such you should look for an adventure that’s closer to your doorstep. If you do opt for a flight, check with your air carrier to see what their policy is on traveling with strollers. Either way, make sure you’ve packed a lot of patience — as well as toys and games to keep the little one entertained!
Do your research, and see what child-friendly activities will be available on your destination. Remember that toddlers will want to move around and be stimulated constantly, so if your ideal vacation involves a lot of relaxation you may need to make some sacrifices! If you’re seeking some peace and tranquility, manage your expectations and make sure you place your child’s favorite toy at the top of the ‘must pack’ list!
There’s no time like the present…
While your child is still too young for formal schooling, you’ve got the freedom to take longer trips, at a time in the year that works for you. So, as long as you plan ahead and pack your bags properly, there should be nothing stopping you traveling with your toddler.
As a parent, it’s up to you to teach your child important skills that will help them to be successful in life. In today’s digital age, one of those skills they absolutely must learn to master is how to use the Internet. And it’s not just about how to perform searches and find funny videos, it’s about teaching them how to use the Internet in a safe and responsible manner. They also need to be able to identify which sites and what content is trustworthy.
So where do you begin in teaching your child how to use the Internet? At what age should you introduce them to the Internet? Should you give them free rein of it? Here are some tips and advice that should make the teaching process as smooth as possible.
Introduce Them to the Internet at a Young Age
Because society is so heavily reliant on digital tools such as the Internet, the fact is that your kids will need to know how to use it. With that in mind, it’s best to introduce them to it at a fairly young age. That doesn’t mean you hand them a tablet and walk away, instead the experience can begin more as a mentoring type of relationship.
You can be the one who is actually using the Internet but have them watch what you are doing. You can perform searches for content that relates to their age group and would be interesting to them. Take for example a toddler, you can be showing them educational content online, including videos and games. They aren’t going to understand the “Internet” or how you are making these things appear on the screen, but it does act as an introduction that there is this tool that can be used to find information.
If your child is a little older, perhaps just entering school, then it can be used for more age appropriate content. After watching you perform searches and navigation exercises, you can let them give it a go.
Discuss Online Safety
Once kids are old enough that they are showing interest in the Internet on their own, meaning they know the basics so they could technically find their way around, then it’s time to discuss Internet safety. There are some basic rules you can teach them, which are:
- If you come across a site that seems inappropriate, turn off the screen immediately and tell an adult.
- Don’t click on links to outside pages.
- Learn to question content you read and look for reliable websites and sources.
- Everything that is posted online is permanent so give thought to what you post.
- Don’t chat with people you don’t know, and don’t respond to emails if you don’t know the person.
Find that Middle Ground
While it’s certainly important to be aware of your child’s online activities, it’s also okay to give them a bit of independence. Let them explore and get creative. The Internet can be a great source of fun and entertainment, such as the Rage Maker site which allows users to create their very own memes, which is the big trend nowadays.
Preparing and Educating Your Kids in a Fun and Engaging Way
Teaching your kids how to use the Internet is a reality of today’s times, so doing so in a way that is safe, fun, and engaging is always the best plan.
A holiday with kids is not about spending endless long lazy days on the beach, watching the sunset while sipping tropical cocktails, dining beneath the stars at classy restaurants and sleeping till late in the morning in your own private pool luxury villa in Phuket… you may get away with it for a day or two as long as the jetlag is still working on the kids, but soon after, those little rascals will want to jump, run, play, splash and get entertained. As parents, you will need to find a good balance with a holiday planning that suits both you and the kids. Here are some great activities for them active kids to do during your family holiday in Phuket:
This activity is for kids above 8 years old. Kids who are up for a thrilling water adventure in the open-air. At the Anthem Wake Park, you will be waterskiing on a 50.000 sqm sweet water lake in the beautiful lush tropical greenery of Phuket. This cable wakeboarding park offers rides for beginners and pro’s, young and old, promising a great exhilarating day out for the whole family.
How to make any kid happy as he/she can be? Take them to a water park where they can swim, slide and splash all day long. Splash Jungle Water in Phuket has something for everyone, also for the littlest family members. While the older kids will love sliding down the Super Bowl, the Boomerango and more colourful slides, the toddlers can safely play in the Kid’s Aqua Play Pool. The park also features a wave pool and a 335-meter lazy river where you can grab a tube and just let the water take you down the stream. Splash Jungle Water Park is part of the Grand West Sands Villa Phuket, located at Mai Kao Beach. Check it out!
Always wanted to fly in the sky? It sure is every kid’s dream! At Kidzsole Flying Trapeze, you can have an actual ‘flying without wings’ experience. It’s safety line you’ll be counting on instead of wings, and you will need some of that good old courage. Kids can overcome their fears, giving a boost to their self-esteem and they will also learn to do some great acrobat tricks. Located right on the beach in Mai Khao, all family members are up for an unforgettable experience… that’s right, mum and dad can also join in for a lesson and for sure they will love it, too! You will be guided by professionals so no need to worry – you will be safe and sound and who knows it might inspire one of you to become a Cirque du Soleil artist one day in the future. Kids can even join the Ninja Warrior Circus Training for the full-blown Kidzsole Flying Trapeze experience.
Jump till you can’t jump anymore at the 50 Fly! Trampoline Club Phuket. Bounce, laugh, and play all day, the Trampoline Park is fun for kids of all ages. Check out the Fun Zone if you like playing games such as football or basketball on a trampoline court or learn some tricks at the Acrobat Zone. Super fun, indeed! Kids will be so tired that parents can have a romantic, undisturbed in-villa evening with candles, wine, chocolates and a movie or whatever. Just perfect!
The adventure just doesn’t stop, at Flying Hanuman Phuket you can zipline through the treetops of the island’s tropical jungle. There are 28 adventure platforms, 15 ziplines, one skyrail and 2 sky bridges. Fun and exciting for everyone and it’s an eco-friendly activity too. The minimum age for kids is 4 years old.
Written by Stephanie of Villa-Finder.com
“Ho, ho, ho!,” says Kris Kringle as he walks past the holiday decorated empty corridors in school. It’s summer and it’s holiday season. The kids are out, but Kris Kringle has an important task at hand. He’s got to make sure the kids have their Christmas school gift when they return.
Now that has Mr. Kringle in a dilemma. With too many students and a budget crunch, how can he manage to get a gift for everyone? Well, that’s pretty simple – he’s got to think of gifts that are both valuable and affordable – like Christmas candy bags, perhaps? But that would damage the children’s teeth after they’ve already had too much sweet during the festive season.
So, what could Mr Kringle do? We’ve got a bunch of ideas he could try:
Personalised Water Bottles
Water bottles work for kids of all ages. Plus, it’s something that will remind them of staying hydrated as the summers get hotter. Water bottles are cheap and available in a variety of shapes and colours. You could choose different ones for different types of students or simply get the same design in different colours. Use a Sharpie or alphabet stickers to put each student’s name on the bottle and there you have it – a special, personalised gift from Kris Kringle for the school kids.
Now this is something school kids can enjoy in groups. These good to play games like Monopoly, Scrabble, The Logo Board game and more are a great form of building knowledge and having fun. A board game for each class and Mr. Kringle will still have a lot of money in his pockets to spend elsewhere. Besides, these fun games are going to make all the school kids remember this Christmas well, thanks to his generosity.
A Healthy Treat
Treat the school kids to something that tantalises their taste buds and makes them thankful for summers. Think something like the honeydew sorbet to beat the heat or Santa strawberries for fruits that are fun to eat and pleasant to look at. If nothing else works out, let them dig into some delicious homemade cookies and milk – nobody can deny that. Just be a little careful with the kids who’re lactose intolerant.
The Homework Pass
All you need to do is get print outs of one of the countless “homework pass” templates available online. The Homework Pass allows students to skip homework of their choice by simply attaching the pass to the submission page. Nobody likes homework and Kris Kringle knows that well. It’s about time the kids had the freedom to choose the homework they do not want to do.
These are probably the most inexpensive things that can be given out as Christmas gifts to kids at school. Even if you don’t feel like spending money on it, you can DIY them – drawing in the forces of creativity that allow you to come up with fun and interesting bookmarks for kids. Plus points if you can personalise them in some way!
There you have it, five great ideas for Kris Kringle gifts for school without exceeding your budget. You better start working before the Santa’s workshop closes down for Christmas!
Any mother or parent knows that it takes practically no time at all for kids to get into trouble. Whether you’re at home, in the store, or on vacation, it’s crucial to keep a constant eye on what your children are doing.
Even in the home, dangers lurk. Most parents know how to keep hallways, cabinets, bedrooms and other areas of the home clear from hazardous or dangerous materials. There are other dangers, however – many that go unnoticed at first glance – that could be just as risky for small children.
Let’s keep our kids safe by looking at some of these home child hazards you might have never considered.
Heating and Cooling Elements
Any mother would naturally be cautious with children around traditional home heating solutions such as fireplaces (in fact, bestelectricfireplaces.net reports that the number one reason for replacing a traditional fireplace with an electric fireplace is due to child safety concerns).
Despite these valid concerns, other heating and cooling elements in the home can pose risks. One example is vents on the floor which can snag, catch, or cut small children who slip or fall on them. Another example is the outdoor HVAC unit itself, which poses an even greater risk of injury or death if left unchecked.
Every parent knows how crucial it is to position infants and small children properly when sleeping in their own cribs. Unfortunately, many parents incorporate elements that can be downright dangerous.
Excess bedding materials such as bumper pads and large comforters can distort the natural surface of the sleeping space, providing an opportunity for small children to suffocate in the worst-case scenario. Make sure you use firm mattresses, eliminate excess bedding, and tuck any blankets both around the child and the mattress.
Household pets are often members of the family like everyone else, but their presence alongside small children can cause unexpected hazards.
More than 100,000 children are hospitalized each year due to bites from dogs alone. While a dog may seem like the most likely cause of a childhood injury from a pet, other pets such as cats, snakes, and even pet rodents can be just as harmful.
In addition to bites and scrapes, some other factors to consider include allergies, diseases carried via pet waste, and parasites such as fleas and tapeworms.
It’s not just what is in the home that can be hazardous: it is what’s outside as well. Especially true for older homes, wooden walkways in the form of stairs, porches, and other surfaces can actually be quite dangerous for small children.
Besides the greater risk of tripping on planks or falling down stairs, older flooring tends to bend and loosen, potentially leaving rusty nails and tacks extending from the floor. One wrong step and a visit to the doctor for a tetanus shot might become necessary.
It can be easy to remember to keep dangerous chemicals, sharp objects, and other obviously hazardous materials away from small children. However, there are hundreds of minor risks around the home that mothers might not immediately realize. From scrapes and bites to splinters and even suffocation, it’s vital to keep a vigilant watch on your children – regardless of how safe a room or space might seem.
Whilst it is never possible to completely prevent your child from getting sick during the winter months, there are a number of things that you can do that will certainly help to prevent it. Most winter viruses are considered to be airborne, and so any close contact with somebody that is already sick could be enough to make your child sick this winter. There are a number of steps that you can take to help your child fight against illness this winter, keeping them as healthy as can be.
Preventing Child Sickness
It is almost certain that the majority of children will at least suffer from a slight cold this winter, but there are a number of things that you can do to help them in the best way possible:
Encourage your child not to touch their face
When a child touches their face, they could potentially be directing germs on their hands through the eyes or nose to their mucous membranes. To ensure that germs do not get absorbed into the bloodstream of your child, you could teach them to use a tissue or their sleeve when making contact with their face. It is also important that they use a tissue when sneezing or coughing, catching any germs and keeping themselves clean.
Keep your child’s hands clean
Washing their hands on a regular basis is a very effective way of reducing colds and the flu. By ensuring that your child regularly washes their hands with soap at the right times, such as after the toilet, before and after eating and even as soon as they return home, they will be preventing sickness. Any teachers or child minders should also be informed of this technique so that they can ensure it is followed through by your child.
Natural boosts to your child’s immune system
By giving your child natural foods and encouraging them to eat healthily, they will be getting the nutrients that they need, boosting their immune system. Along with healthy eating, a good amount of sleep is also the key to boosting the immune system, so plenty of sleep is also needed to prevent sickness in your child this winter.
What You should do if your Child Becomes Ill
It is inevitable that your child will attract a cold this winter, despite all of your efforts to prevent it from happening. Therefore, it is very important to know what to do when they do become ill, so that you can make them feel better and actually help them to become better as soon as possible.
Ensuring that your child washes their hands and blows their nose is important at all stages of the process. By keeping clean, not only is the spreading of germs minimised, but the ill feeling and any additional mucous produced by your child can also be reduced.
Ensure that your child gets some rest
Although it is typically a tough task to get your child to stay still, getting some rest really is exactly what they need. The more rest and sleep that your child gets, the sooner they will begin to feel better. If sleep and lying in bed becomes too difficult, they can also sit quietly on the sofa or at the table with a colouring book, a puzzle or just simply watching a film.
Give your child the right things to eat and drink
When a child is sick, they lose a significant amount of bodily fluids, particularly if they have a fever or diarrhoea. If this is the case, water, milk or juice can help to replenish their fluid levels. If they are not open to the idea of drinking a high amount of fluid, you could give them juicy fruits or ice pops to eat.
Despite there being no evidence that vitamin C can be used to prevent colds, there is proof that it can help to reduce the severity of the symptoms, helping to shorten the length of your child’s cold. Children should have no more than 500mg of vitamin C a day.
Make use of a humidifier
A humidifier can really help your child at night or during naps due to the moist air from the humidifier helping to thin your child’s mucous secretions, which will calm their cough and relieve congestion. By using a humidifier, their breathing can become easier which will help to make them feel much more comfortable and allowing them to get some rest.
Take good care of your child
When your child is ill, it is important to know exactly when to call the doctor, especially as some cases can lead to problems that require more complex treatment. If your child has ear or face pain, trouble breathing, a sore throat and fever combination, symptoms of dehydration or an extremely high body temperature, you should consider calling the doctor.
One thing that will certainly help your child to feel better is to take extra care and go the extra mile for them. By ensuring that they have everything that they need and taking the time to snuggle up together, you will be making your child feel much better.
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No matter where you live, you will see girls (and some boys!) of all ages walking around with hair colored in some of the most unusual tones. From bright neon colors to pale pastels, these are referred to as fantasy colors and are currently gaining in popularity. This is one trend which has been around for quite a while and it doesn’t look like it will be going anywhere anytime soon. If your teenager, or pre-teen, comes home insisting on a fantasy color, you should probably understand a little bit about what they are so that you can make the determination as to whether or not they are safe for your child.
How Old Is Your Child?
The first thing to consider is the age of your child. As your child grows, their hair texture and color will see significant changes. This is due to natural biological changes within the human body and obviously nothing to be concerned with. In fact, many parents love looking back at the different stages of their children’s development to see just how their kids have changed over the years. Hair is one of the changes most notable.
However, this leads to some concern when it comes to chemicals. Most cosmetologists will not use strong chemicals on pre-teens or younger for a number of reasons. In days gone by, perms were highly fashionable and many women attempted to give perms to little girls but with devastating effects. Hair would split and break and some kids looked more like a walk-on for a fright flick than a stylish little girl with curly hair. Remember, young hair is virgin hair and it may be very fragile. If you are going to let a pre-teen child use color, always opt for temporary products that will easily wash out within a few shampoos.
Short Hair Lends Itself Better to Temporary Color
Since you are advised not to bleach a child’s hair, short hair holds color better than long hair. It is easier to apply as well. You will also want to be aware of the natural color of your child’s hair. Light hair is easier to color than dark hair if you won’t be using peroxide to lift it. Today’s fashions seen on popular online magazines and blogs like My New Hair Styles show an increasing number of girls wearing styles like stacked bobs which can be colored around the contour or in layers in keeping with the stack. In either case, short to medium length hair is the ideal length for experimenting with fantasy colors.
Fantasy colors also tend to be safer for kids because of the danger chemicals pose to sensitive skin on the face and in the eyes, should the product drip down below the hairline. While it is never good to get any foreign substance in your eyes, fantasy colors are formulated with chemicals that aren’t overly harsh. This means they will pose less danger for a child than peroxide activated permanent or semi-permanent colors. Is it safe to use fantasy colors on your child? If you know what you are doing and the child is old enough, there should be no problems at all.
As a parent, one of the big concerns you’ll have is how to keep your children safe at all times, especially when they’re young. It’s impossible to keep them safe all of the time. However, there are measures you can take that will make their lives safer and help you to protect them throughout their life. There are also things you can do if they have an accident that you’re unable to prevent beforehand, so here are some of the scenarios you should keep in mind.
Be Respectful of Animals
Depending on where you live, there will be animals and insects that can cause your children harm if they get too close. In most cases, being aware of your surroundings and respectful of an animal’s territory will be all they need to avoid getting an injury. It’s important to teach them that if they’re outside, they must take care in certain situations. In particular, snakes, spiders, and bees can cause the most harm, so you need to teach them about how to recognize them and where they may be hiding.
Keeping Them Safe in Public Areas
When you’re out with your children, you’re always aware of where they are and what they’re doing. However, in busy places such as malls, it can be difficult to keep your eye on them all the time. If you’re worried that they may become lost, you need to have a plan in place to minimize any chance. If you have young children, a good idea could be to have a strap or other harness that you can attach to your children. It would allow you to keep hold of them, especially if they like to run off and explore. For older children, you can always have a safe meeting place that you can all arrange. If they become lost, they can go there to wait for you. A good place is usually the information desk so that they can call you.
Making Sure They Stay with People You Trust
One of the most difficult things about parenting is being able to let them stay with other people. Your family are usually the first people you’ll let them stay with, however, if you hire a babysitter or nanny, the risk becomes slightly higher. Always try to choose someone who was recommended by someone you know. You may have other friends who use them and have found them to be reliable. If you’re still worried, you can always start off with just a little trip and then go out for longer periods as you feel more comfortable. Some parents have taken steps to install cameras when they’re away so that they can be extra sure everything is ok.
Teaching them to Call 911 in an Emergency
If there was ever to be an accident at home and one of the parents became hurt, it would be difficult for anyone to know. That’s why, if you have older children, they should be taught to dial the emergency services. Of course, they also have to be taught that it’s for emergencies only, but it could be of vital help if something serious happened. You also need to teach them your address and other contact details, or have them written down beside the phone, so they can tell the 911 team where the help is needed.
What to do if Your Child is Injured
Although parents do all they can to protect their children, there can sometimes be an accident that wasn’t the parent’s or child’s fault. Even though it’s a deeply difficult time, it’s important that you get your child the help they need as soon as possible. It’s a good idea to learn some basic first aid so that you can help them before the emergency services arrive. It’s also important to take down details of the accident. If they are injured by a third party, then you need to get their details in case you need to file a claim through a firm like Harrell and Harrell accident lawyers. If it was a car accident then that means the car and registration details, and if it was an animal then record the type of animal that injured them, especially if they were bitten by a snake or spider. Any information about what happened could be useful, so don’t worry about recording too much.
Parents should always make sure that their children are prepared and able to see the dangers ahead of them, and they should likewise be prepared for anything themselves. You shouldn’t spend your life worrying, but you do need to be able to act if the time comes and your help is needed.
If the pace and stress of modern life isn’t something that you enjoy then why not take a step back. By looking at some retro ideas you can slow down your lifestyle and give your kids a real treat.
Why not try out one or more of these ideas and see how much fun it adds to family life.
Give Them Fish and Chips in a Newspaper
If you grew up in the UK then there is a good chance that you have savoured the wonderful pleasure of eating fish and chips wrapped up in a newspaper. Yet, there is also a strong possibility that your little ones have never done this, and they might not even believe you when you mention it.
Why not make them some healthy fish and chips and then wrap them up in a newspaper. The kids will love eating in this way and it may bring back some happy memories for you too.
Play a Board Game
These days, the wealth of computer games and mobile apps means that we are in danger of losing the thrill of the traditional board game. Yet, if you played the likes of Monopoly or Cluedo as a youngster then you know exactly how exciting this sort of game can be.
This is a fantastic way of spending a few hours as a family playing together. Some board games are even pretty good at help kids to learn new words, improve their memory of learn in some other way.
Get a Slush Machine
Who can forget the glorious summer days of their youth when they would slurp a slushy drink and feel as though they were in paradise? This retro pleasure might seem like something that never be re-captured for the benefit of your children.
However, you can get slush machines for home use now. This opens up exciting possibilities for making fantastic drinks that get the whole family excited.
The classic parlour game of charades is one of the finest ways of spending time as a family doing something that is terrific fun. If you have slipped into the habit of spending time each in their own room then this a smart way to get together as a family again.
If the children in the family have never played this game then this love discovering how much fun it is. They will soon be caught up in the excitement of this game, which usually ends in laughter and a great bonding experience.
Make Your Favourite Childhood Meal
Most of us have at least one favourite meal from our childhood that we still look back on fondly. Do you remember something that you used to eat as a kid and that you haven’t tasted in years?
By making a few retro meals you can let the little ones enjoy some of the food that you most enjoy and also get to savour the taste of your past at the same time.