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How to Choose a Double Stroller That’s Right for You

Whether you are expecting twins or have a second child on the way, it is undeniably an exciting time. However, as exciting as it is, the reality is that you’ll need to invest in some purchases specific for having two young children in your life at the same time. By far, one of the most important is the ingenious double stroller. However, with so many different double strollers on the market these days, you might find it overwhelming deciding on one.

That is where we come in. With this guide we hope to help make the choice of which double stroller is best a little easier, by discussing the most important considerations you need to make while searching for one.

Is it For a Baby and Toddler or Twins?

First things first, you need to think about who you are looking to put in the double stroller. If you are buying one for twins, you need two seats that are suitable for babies. However, if it is for a toddler and baby, you need to look for double strollers that feature seats that can be reclined separately. This means that your toddler will be able to stay up and look at the world, while his or her younger sibling is fast asleep. It may also be a good idea to consider a double stroller that can be converted into a single one, once the older child is able to walk by your side.

Think About the Buggy Style

There are two main types of double stroller available – that is, tandem, or one in front of the other and twin or side-by-side. Both options have their good and bad points. While twins make it easier deciding who sits where, when they are old enough to compete because there is no front or back seat and they are lighter in weight; they are also much harder to navigate through narrow doorways and passages.

Tandem strollers as you’d image, are a little longer in size and although they are not best suited to twins, they are ideal for navigating in and out of places and around the supermarket. There are even tandem double strollers that can accommodate two children without taking up much more space than a normal stroller for one child.

Where Are You Most Likely to Use It?

The best stroller or strollers for you and your growing family will very much depend on your lifestyle and what you do on a day to day basis. For instance, if you are going to be spending most of your time out and about, then as we highlighted above, a tandem double stroller will probably suit you better. However, if you live on the 10th floor of an apartment block, you might opt for the lighter twin side-by-side option.

If you live in the city, either of these will be a good enough option. However, if you live in the countryside, it may be worth investing in a model with sturdier wheels and one that is designed for off-road use. You also need to consider the people who will be pushing it. If there is a dramatic height difference between you and your partner, it is recommended you look for strollers with adjustable handles. Furthermore, if your day to day life involves a lot of getting on and off public transport, the weight of the stroller and how easy it is to fold down is also vitally important.

 

Things to Look for In Baby Thermometers

Baby thermometers are one of the most important items for any new parent’s medicine cupboards. Choosing one from the selection available, can be difficult. With so many to choose from, you might also wonder if the same one you use for adults and older children is okay.

To help you, we are going to look at some important things to look for in baby thermometers, the various kinds available and why you should invest in one designed for babies.

Important Things to Look For

When trying to decide on the thermometer that is best for your baby, there are a number of factors you need to consider.

Accuracy

As a thermometer is the first port of call for determining just how sick or ill your baby is, you want one that will give you as accurate readings as possible. While digital probe models are considered to be the most accurate, temple and ear thermometers are not far off.

Time it Takes to Get A Reading

The time it takes to get a reading is another aspect to consider. Generally speaking, probe thermometers can deliver an accurate reading within 60 seconds or less, often 10 seconds is all it takes. Forehead and ear thermometers are also fast and can deliver readings within 3 seconds in some cases, and ideal if you want a hassle-free method.

Display

Think about the way a particular model displays its readings. The larger the display, the easier it will be for you to read. Backlit displays are obviously essential, for those nocturnal temperature checks.

Tones/Fever Alerts

Two other important considerations to make is whether or not a particular thermometer you are looking at makes clear and loud enough noises when they are ready to take readings and when they have finished. You may also want to invest in a model with a special feature that displays or sounds an alert tone if your baby has a temperature that is higher than it should be.

Different Types of Baby Thermometers

As noted earlier, there are various types of baby thermometers available. Some are obviously better than others. To help you figure out which is the best for you, let’s look briefly at each of the most common.

Forehead Thermometer Strips

If you invest in forehead strips thinking that they are going to be accurate enough to use on their own, you’re wrong. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t handy to have around. They are cheaper and safe to use on babies, but just be aware that they only take the temperature of your little one’s skin.

In-Ear Thermometers

Have you noticed that most doctors and other medical staff tend to use digital ear thermometers on babies? This is because they are painless and hassle-free and provide quick, accurate results.

Contactless Thermometers

Everything seems to be heading towards contactless these days, and thermometers are no exception. No-contact thermometers utilize infrared to take a reading of your baby’s temperature via their forehead.

Oral/Traditional thermometers

We mentioned earlier that we would note why it might be better to use baby thermometers instead of the traditional kind you’d use on adults. Generally speaking, although they are accurate, oral thermometers are not recommended because they are less comfortable to use and often can cause issues if your baby bites down a little too hard on them.

So, although it can be overwhelming when faced with a huge array of different baby thermometers, we hope our guide helps you find the best one for your needs and preferences.

 

5 Major Benefits of Encouraging Children to Participate in Imaginative Play

If you are bringing up a small child and are unsure what the best method of teaching them is, there has been a lot of interesting advice and studies about this recently. Many of them agree, that there are benefits to encouraging imaginative play amongst children. It can help them to develop more creative minds and stronger problem-solving skills, as well as help them to progress and have more success through school.

This is all merely the tip of the iceberg, as we show in this article, by looking at some great benefits your baby or toddler can experience from imaginative play.

Thinking Ability

When play involves your child using his or her imagination, it helps them to grow mentally as it presents opportunities where they can try completely new solutions to problems, alternative ways of thinking and just new ideas in general. During play sessions involving pretending, your child will face problems they have to solve. For example, they may be playing with their sibling or a friend and both want to play the same role or character. The way they choose to solve the problem will help them develop their thinking ability and that will stay with them for most of their lives.

Develop Physically

When children are playing using their imagination, they are expressing themselves both non-verbally and verbally. All of their senses and muscles are engaged to achieve this, and they often use items such as playdough, paintbrushes, scissors and crayons which foster key functions such as hand-to-eye co-ordination and motor skills.

Develop Emotionally

When they are playing pretend, your child has the chance to express their feelings, both negative and positive ones. This will encourage and enable him or her to work through any difficult feelings and emotions they may be experiencing and their understanding of why they are feeling them.

Develop Language

During imaginative play, children have the freedom to add to their regular vocabulary and try using words they haven’t before. It means that any embarrassment from using a new word incorrectly, can be removed and enables them to learn from their mistakes. when they pretend during play with others, it teaches them the important fact that sometimes knowing the words makes things happen and that they can better organize their play sessions.

There you have it, clear evidence that imaginative play is a powerful way of inculcating into your child important skills and knowledge that will serve them well throughout their life.

Develop Social Skills

The social roles in life are actively experimented with when children play using their imagination. According to the researcher and lecturer in child development, Dr Catherine Nielsen-Hewett, imagination-based play is one that tends to have the biggest impact on how well children develop key social skills. During this type of play, particularly with their friends, they learn about compromise and co-operation. It also encourages them to take part in more social activities and understand various social friendships and relationships.

 

Tips for Staying Stylish During Pregnancy

Comfort is the most important thing when you are pregnant. If you are overwhelmed by the choice out there or are just not sure what will serve you best as your bump grows during this important time in your life, don’t worry. We have you covered with a handy list of tips for choosing the best maternity clothes.

Stay Stylish

If you are worried about losing your individual look and style just because you must find bigger and more forgiving clothing, don’t be. Most maternity and pregnancy clothes lines copy and follow high street brands. So, you should be able to find comfortable clothing that still falls within your normal clothing choices.

Pick Natural and Organic Materials and Fabrics

There are three criteria that all maternity clothing should meet – it should be durable, stretchy and breathable. That means avoiding polyester and other synthetic materials. These tend to hold heat and make you itch and swear. Choose natural and organic fabrics like cotton and look for items with some degree of elasticity, so you have room to grow.

Look for Good Support

While you are carried your little miracle, it is crucial that the bra you wear is the right size. Your breasts are going to need more support than ever, as they change size and shape during your pregnancy. Look to get properly fitted bras once your size really starts to change and your normal bras no longer fit.

Collect Handy Essentials

Invest in tunics and vests to wear over a pair of leggings with plenty of stretch and you will look good throughout pregnancy. Not only are they stretchy and stylish, but they are easy to get out of when you need to take those numerous toilet breaks throughout the day.

Dresses Are Easy

Cool and casual pregnancy dresses make your life that little bit easier. They are perfect for those days when you can’t stomach wrestling with your trousers or anything else for that matter. Stick a dress on and you will look stylish in less time than it takes you to put on a top and some jeans.

Get Fitted Items

If you are proud of your bump and want to show it off to the world, you should consider getting some fitted pieces for your pregnancy wardrobe. It’s important though that they are not too tight. Clothes that are too tight put too much pressure on your belly. Although this won’t you’re your growing baby, it will feel uncomfortable for you.

Invest in Nursing and Breastfeeding Tops Early

Breastfeeding tops are ideal to wear during pregnancy, particularly in the 3rd trimester, as they provide a lot of room that can accommodate your breasts as they expand and become more tender. Obviously, once your baby has arrived, you can still wear these tops when you are breastfeeding, as that is what they were designed for.

Stylish and Comfortable Sleepwear

As is the case with the clothes you wear during the day, your night time attire should be made up of loose fitting clothes with breathable materials. It is also recommended that you invest in a good quality bra for your bed, so your breasts have the support they need throughout the night.

Choosing maternity wear doesn’t need to be a nightmare or mean you compromise on style, following these tips and looking at stores such as http://www.mbrace-maternity.com will help you to keep your own individual look even during pregnancy.

Is Your Baby Beautiful? Of Course It Is!

 

Now, we know it’s a fact – everyone’s baby is the most beautiful baby ever! And of course it is; this new life that you’ve created is a truly wonderful thing, incomparable to anything else in the world, and you want everyone to know how beautiful he or she is. The great thing is that these days we all have access to decent cameras on our smartphones, and cheap quality digital cameras too, so we tend to build up a great portfolio of baby photos!

So, you have your beautiful baby and your camera, why not enter he or she in a cute baby contest? And here’s the thing: it doesn’t need to be a baby, it can be your kid up to a set age. This excellent, superbly organised contest gives you the chance to show your kids off to the world in a professional fashion, and to win exposure and money into the bargain! Want to know more? You’d better read on.

International Contest

Known as the Cute Kid Contest this is a truly international competition that sees thousands of entries every year, and the fee to enter is less than $20 so it’s well worth your effort, especially when there is a $25,000 prize up for grabs! There’s a new Cute Kid contest started every month, with the annual winner being the one who takes the prize.

Rest assured that the contest is organised and run by professionals, and your photos will be judged on a variety of aspects including: appearance, charisma, expression, the image itself and anything that the judges consider gives the picture a ‘special something’. It’s a great competition, and there are a range of prizes apart from the main one, which is awarded to the picture judged as the best out of the 12 monthly winners.

5 Age Categories

The great thing about the Cute Kid Contest is that there are five age categories, and also you can enter as many photos of your child as you wish. The more pictures, the better your chance of winning as it’s not just the child the judges look at, but the image itself and its context.

The youngest category is for babies up to a year, then you have a toddler category between one and two years. There’s a category for children between 2 and 4 years, and then the ‘Big Kid’ section for those of up to 8 years old. Finally, there’s the ‘Pre-Teen’ category that allows you to enter pictures of your children between 8 and 12 years of age.

The Cute Kid Competition is simple to enter – you can find all the details at the website – and there is also a free version if you just want to have fun, but you really want to pay the small fee and stand a chance of winning great prizes, which range from gift vouchers up to the massive $25,000 top prize.

So, get looking for interesting and innovative shots, and let’s see those kids pictures!

School Safety and Why It Needs to Be Taken Seriously

Security is of paramount importance in property, and when it comes to commercial property there is a desperate need for proper protection. This means seeking professional advice from people who understand the best way to secure a property, and who have access to the latest products, services and solutions. Schools need extensive security, and not just at night when they can be vulnerable to break-ins. Sadly, shootings in schools are reported fairly regularly now, and it is important that the pupils and staff within are provided with adequate protection and security.

Security equipment comes in a variety of types, and some is very sophisticated. However, do you know that you have in place or are installing the most effective security solutions for your school or other commercial property, or have you simply bought off the shelf? It is common to do so – and can be very cheap – yet it may not be the right move. Also, you may have employed security staff – a sensible option – but is this enough? What you need to do is consult with expert security advisors.

Why OSA?

Expert advice is not easy to come by in a world where security needs are changing all the time, yet Overwatch Security Advisors – OSA – have the means and experience to be able to advise you on precisely what you need. With many satisfied clients including municipal, industrial and commercial entities, OSA will carry out a full survey and investigation into your own situation and will then provide a detailed analysis of where your weaknesses are, and what you need to do to ensure you have the very best in security in place. As security experts with many years in the game they are fully up to speed with the latest methods and equipment.

They will work with your closely and provide you with the perfect solution to your security needs. Not only will they assess your building but they will look at historical trends, geographical crime trends and more, and take a completely balanced view of the situation. You will find them to be on the ball all the time, as they have been for many satisfied clients so far.

Safe and Secure

By advising you as to the best and latest technology that you can use to protect your school or commercial premises – note that OSA are not suppliers or manufacturers of equipment but dedicated advisors – OSA can make sure that you get the best security at the right price. They will give you a full overview of where you stand, and will not only help you implement the best in security but may save you money in doing so.

If you feel that your school or other property security systems need updating or reviewing, it’s well worth getting in touch with OSA right away. It is not a pleasant thought that their services are necessary, but that’s the way of the world right now, so have a chat with one of the team and make sure you property is secure.

A Guide To The Different Educational Apps

In the past couple of decades, the education industry has experienced a great transformation. Due to the arrival of educational apps, learning has become more accessible making it more interesting for pupils of all ages. The educational apps are able to bridge the communication gap between not only teachers and parents, but also children and teachers. Childhood is a significant period for learning, and because children are becoming smarter there is a growing need to introduce more advanced learning resources and methods. This article willA Guide To The Different Educational Apps.

In the past couple of decades, the education industry has experienced a great transformation. Due to the arrival of educational apps, learning has become more accessible making it more interesting for pupils of all ages. The educational apps are able to bridge the communication gap between not only teachers and parents, but also children and teachers. Childhood is a significant period for learning, and because children are becoming smarter there is a growing need to introduce more advanced learning resources and methods. This article will discuss the introduction and application of educational apps for children.

App #1: ClassDojo

ClassDojo is an interesting educational app for children and is classified as one of the virtual classroom learning apps. It allows students, parents, and teachers to interact with one another. For example, children can communicate with their teachers regarding their learning needs, and parents can remain updated on their children’s classroom progress. This is beneficial because it engages the student and they receive the necessary attention required to gain a more effective education. The app enriches the classroom experience without replacing it, while at the same time providing positive reinforcement for the child, and improving communication between learns, teachers, and parents.

App #2: Duolingo

When you are considering a simple means for your child to learn a foreign language, then you should look at Duolingo as a good option. This educational app offers the learner a variety of languages, including Dutch, Spanish, Danish, German, Italian, French, Irish, and even English. Duolingo is free to download, easy to use, and does not have any hidden additional fees with the in-app purchases being completely optional. Furthermore, this educational app can be fun to use and is highly effective.

App #3: DragonBox

Filled with fun activities, the DragonBox app is a series of educational games teaching students math fundamentals in an engaging and interesting way. There are five different learning apps in totality to learn math, including geometry and algebra. Some students take math seriously; however, math can be experienced as a fun subject if the subject is taught when the child is young and using simple concepts. The five different games in the DragonBox app require an up-front payment, but it does not have an in-app purchase fees.

App #4: Quick Maths

This educational app is also aimed at making children more familiar with numbers; thereby imparting general math skills to children in grades two to six. Quick Maths is one of the most effective app options for self-improvement and can increase the child’s ability to tackle the difficulties in math. The app is currently available via the App Store.

App #5: YouTube Kids

Made and curated exclusively for children, YouTube Kids is an educational app providing educational entertainment content to enhance and inspire young minds. This app is currently available free of charge, it is easy to use, and it offers children child-oriented content using family-friendly videos.

App #6: Science360

Science360 is an educational app developed by the National Science Foundation. The app was build exclusively for tablet users to showcase advanced science, engineering news images, and videos for children. The content used is original, of a high quality, and updated frequently. It is produced by the National Science Foundation or gathered from educational facilities across the globe. The unique 360-degree view allows children to discover the 3D images from various different angles.

App #7: Crossword Puzzles

A rather simple concept, but Crossword Puzzles are one of the best educational resources for smart children. The app guarantees an enjoyable time and supports various aspects of learning for the student. By allowing your child to complete these puzzles, you are setting them up for success and engaging them in learning different subjects.

App #8: Flow Free

Flow Free is a puzzle game that is interesting for both adults and children. The app presents with 2,000 puzzles that can be used for free; however, there are addition in-app purchase options and expansion pack purchase options.

App #9: Spelling Stage

Children may find spelling words challenging and can lose interest in English, but using this app their interest in the subject will return. Spelling Stage is an app where children can learn to spell various words suitable for different age groups, ranging from preschool to adult. Unfortunately, the app requires a paid subscription to unlock the words.

App #10: My Molecularium

One of the more entertaining learning apps is My Molecularium. This app is designed for high school students and encourages students to learn chemistry concepts related to chemical formulas, molecular structure, and skeletal formulas.

discuss the introduction and application of educational apps for children.

App #1: ClassDojo

ClassDojo is an interesting educational app for children and is classified as one of the virtual classroom learning apps. It allows students, parents, and teachers to interact with one another. For example, children can communicate with their teachers regarding their learning needs, and parents can remain updated on their children’s classroom progress. This is beneficial because it engages the student and they receive the necessary attention required to gain a more effective education. The app enriches the classroom experience without replacing it, while at the same time providing positive reinforcement for the child, and improving communication between learns, teachers, and parents.

App #2: Duolingo

When you are considering a simple means for your child to learn a foreign language, then you should look at Duolingo as a good option. This educational app offers the learner a variety of languages, including Dutch, Spanish, Danish, German, Italian, French, Irish, and even English. Duolingo is free to download, easy to use, and does not have any hidden additional fees with the in-app purchases being completely optional. Furthermore, this educational app can be fun to use and is highly effective.

App #3: DragonBox

Filled with fun activities, the DragonBox app is a series of educational games teaching students math fundamentals in an engaging and interesting way. There are five different learning apps in totality to learn math, including geometry and algebra. Some students take math seriously; however, math can be experienced as a fun subject if the subject is taught when the child is young and using simple concepts. The five different games in the DragonBox app require an up-front payment, but it does not have an in-app purchase fees. Something like this can really work well with a tutoring service in this field.

App #4: Quick Maths

This educational app is also aimed at making children more familiar with numbers; thereby imparting general math skills to children in grades two to six. Quick Maths is one of the most effective app options for self-improvement and can increase the child’s ability to tackle the difficulties in math. The app is currently available via the App Store.

App #5: YouTube Kids

Made and curated exclusively for children, YouTube Kids is an educational app providing educational entertainment content to enhance and inspire young minds. This app is currently available free of charge, it is easy to use, and it offers children child-oriented content using family-friendly videos.

App #6: Science360

Science360 is an educational app developed by the National Science Foundation. The app was build exclusively for tablet users to showcase advanced science, engineering news images, and videos for children. The content used is original, of a high quality, and updated frequently. It is produced by the National Science Foundation or gathered from educational facilities across the globe. The unique 360-degree view allows children to discover the 3D images from various different angles.

App #7: Crossword Puzzles

A rather simple concept, but Crossword Puzzles are one of the best educational resources for smart children. The app guarantees an enjoyable time and supports various aspects of learning for the student. By allowing your child to complete these puzzles, you are setting them up for success and engaging them in learning different subjects.

App #8: Flow Free

Flow Free is a puzzle game that is interesting for both adults and children. The app presents with 2,000 puzzles that can be used for free; however, there are addition in-app purchase options and expansion pack purchase options.

App #9: Spelling Stage

Children may find spelling words challenging and can lose interest in English, but using this app their interest in the subject will return. Spelling Stage is an app where children can learn to spell various words suitable for different age groups, ranging from preschool to adult. Unfortunately, the app requires a paid subscription to unlock the words.

App #10: My Molecularium

One of the more entertaining learning apps is My Molecularium. This app is designed for high school students and encourages students to learn chemistry concepts related to chemical formulas, molecular structure, and skeletal formulas.

 

The Benefits Of Attending A Trade Show For Expecting Moms

 

 

Becoming a mother is a joyful and exciting time, but motherhood is not an easy world to navigate. Proper planning is essential; having all the right things ahead of time makes life a whole lot easier. Often mothers and other parents only find out about these things after giving birth, when it’s difficult to get a lot of shopping and researching done. Hearing about new, helpful ways of doing things after the fact is frustrating. It’s important to receive helpful advice from other moms, experts, and industry professionals in preparation. A wonderful place to do this is a trade show.

A Baby and New Mom trade show is a one-stop place to learn about new ideas and products that make the first-time motherhood experience a lot easier. In just one place, new parents can gain much information on the latest products, parenting techniques, and facts. It’s a fabulous place to buy the latest gear, beautiful and useful items, and find inspiration for pampering babies and properly stocking up with quality items before the big day comes.

A professional trade show like Thebabyshows.com has the industry’s best and brightest in one location. Many things need to be bought to prepare for baby, including diaper and hygiene care, feeding accessories, bedding and nursery, toys, and items to make moms more comfortable while feeding and putting baby to sleep multiple times a day, to name a few. The list can seem endless and having all the essentials as well as some extra pampering items for your precious newborn in one spot is extremely helpful.

Having access to a range of experts offering seminars and advice is an invaluable resource. On top of the shopping a quality baby trade show provides, there are a range of info sessions to sit in on and information to take home. Being in an atmosphere that is promoting good health and happiness for baby, mother, and other parents is comforting, and having other mothers, fathers, and other family around to meet and talk about everything baby is a memorable experience. Being a new mother can be overwhelming and having the support from others and access to a wide range of necessary items can make the transition an enjoyable one.

Before attending a show, check out the vendors, exhibitors, and talks ahead of time online. It’s a good idea to note a few places and where they’re located. Pamphlet and maps will be available to make notes and highlight places to scope out. And take a tip from expert trade show attendees: do a survey of the place one day and mark places of interest, then recharge and return a second day to purchase the things you liked the most.

Becoming a mother for the first time (or second or third) has so many emotions tied to it: joy, fear, love, anticipation, uncertainty, and so many more. A high quality, local trade show that focuses on you and your needs is an incredible help and will supply you with the confidence you need to welcome baby into the world.

Tips for Finding A Physics and Maths Tutor for your Child

 

There are many ways parents can find a physics and maths tutor. With the number of agencies providing tutoring services in the country growing, some people find tutors through personal ads while a greater number rely on recommendations. Tutorfair is one of the first websites that allow people to book a tutor online, and since the site funds charity work it addresses different educational disadvantages. I strongly suggest that you look there first.

Before settling for a physics and maths tutor, it’s advisable that you meet several first. Since tutors are people just like you and me, each has their own style of tutoring. It is, therefore, vital that you first take the time to consider each to see who will best fit the student’s potential. It can be quite tempting to make a decision based on your liking for a person, or on the fact that the tutor seems to have a unique tutoring style that you liked as a child. However, it’s not you that will be working with them. It’s, therefore, important that you listen to your child and see who they’d like to work with and who they think they could learn best from. If your kid likes a tutor, then half of the problem is solved as they’ll often work harder to impress their mentor.

If your kid does not like any of the tutors available, then this could make finding one a bit harder, and the problem might not be about the tutors but more about the student  – he or she probably has a problem with tutoring. I have heard parents say to their children ‘okay, you are going to have to work with a tutor, so find one who you hate least’. This isn’t to say that you should not trust your own instincts, just remember that it is your child that will be working with the tutor.

During the decision-making process, there are some very important questions that I believe are worth asking the new potential tutor. If asked early in the selection process, these questions could save you a lot of time later. Here are some:

– What kind of learner are you? As a student, were you more kinesthetic, auditory, visual, or did you learn best by rote?

– If a student does not feel like studying that day, how would you handle the situation?

– Ever had any difficult students, and if you did, how did you deal with them?

While this might sound like an interview, in part it is. I’d advise you not to give potential tutors a hard time during your initial meet up, but make sure that you voice your concerns or questions. Part of the tutor’s work is to act as a link between the kid and the parents academically. However, I’d be wary of a tutor who can’t explain their working method and ethics. Nowadays, I use my gut feelings a lot. Nevertheless, I still have some things that I like to do first. if the tutor cannot explain some things during the initial meet up, then I would be very concerned about their aptitude to explain challenging things to a student who’s really stuck.

Something else to consider is how qualified the tutor is. Most tutoring agencies have stipulations that their tutors should possess specific qualifications at least a level above those they are teaching. For instance, a GCSE History tutor should have an A-level on the subject, with some even stipulating that they should hold degrees in the area. This does make a lot of sense, however, it is still worth noting that just because one holds a PhD or a degree in a subject, that does not necessarily mean that they can teach it.

Some of the best tutors I have ever met were once people who struggled at school themselves. Most maths teachers back in my school days never really had a problem with maths. However, it’s clear to me now that this made it harder for them to empathise with students who were not ‘getting it’. I only got to really understand maths later on in time, which is something, in some ways, that led me to be more patient with struggling students, since I went through the same struggle.

Apart from being great teachers, the most successful tutors are the ones who are halfway between a best friend and a teacher. Such tutors inspire students to want to learn, and kids often like them a lot they’ll work even harder, sometimes just to impress them. This is amongst the most powerful tools that a tutor has and therefore their success will mostly depend on the chemistry between the tutor and his or her students. I am not saying that all students will love and connect with every tutor they get, but if they really aren’t getting it on, this could be really bad news for both the student and tutor.

The tutor could risk negative reviews from the student’s parents (and this does count in the playgrounds outside of school) while the students could risk wasting a lot of valuable time. It is, therefore, vital that you see how a tutor you are considering interacts with your kid, and although I recommend giving them time alone to work together, do not be afraid to ask your child about how he or she felt after the lesson.

They do not have to be super excited about their tutor, but it is a good idea to check and see if they feel like they learned something and that they do not feel lacking in confidence and completely overwhelmed.

Once you’ve settled for a tutor, the next thing to consider is how you are going to get the most out of the tutor. To find out more about my thoughts on this subject matter, see my next blog post coming soon “Parents: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Kid’s Tutor”

How to Deal with Your Children During a Separation

 

 

Sometimes marriages and partnerships break down; this can be a difficult time for both of you and your children as well. You can both get so engrossed in the problems you are having that it can be easy to ignore and forget about how your children are feeling. If you are in a similar situation, here are a few tips for dealing with your children’s feelings during the tricky time of a separation or divorce.

Try Not to Put Them Between You

Many parents use their children as a messenger, especially if they are living apart. Although you might think there is no problem doing so, in fact, this type of communication via your children can have an impact on their feelings. They might have to say things to their parents that make them upset or anxious, and it also places a burden on them that they shouldn’t have to deal with at any age. To minimise any problems, you need to discuss things in private or via email. Things that involve the children can be discussed as a group with all of the family members there because this then gives them the opportunity to ask questions.

Understand Their Feelings About Both of You

Even though the two of you can no longer live together, your children will still love you equally. For that reason, you should try to understand that they might not share the feelings you might have for your partner. It can be easy to talk to your children about the separation and perhaps say negative things about your partner, but this can make your kids feel awkward and upset. You should also avoid taking your kids to the family solicitor London, so they don’t have to hear negative things about their parents. If you have feelings that you want to share, try talking to a therapist or someone you trust rather than talking to your children.

Take Time to Listen to Your Kids

A period like this in your children’s lives can cause a great amount of turmoil. They won’t always understand what’s happening, and they might form ideas that aren’t true. That is why it is vital that you are there for them and that they can ask you about what’s happening. Allow them to talk and to express how they feel, try not to dismiss their feelings, but also try to let them know that things will be ok. Both parents should do this in case one of your children want to confide on one of you and not the other.

Avoid Asking Too Many Questions

When your children spend time with the other parent, you should think of this time as visiting an aunt or uncle. You should ask them fun questions about their stay but try not to grill them or ask about what your partner did. It will make them feel uneasy and in an impossible position.

Separation is never easy, but if you can all try to be as open and approachable as possible, it will make it a lot easier for your kids.