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Choosing the right scooter for your child

Recent years have seen the “push” scooter rise in popularity as a child’s outdoor toy of choice and there are some good reasons why parents should embrace and encourage a child’s interest in scooting:   Scooting provides an easy way to transform the school run into a fun, healthy activity that your child can look forward to. Scooting will increase a young child’s balancing skills and spatial-awareness. ...

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Pros and cons of paying your children and teens for completing tasks

Chores. Everyone does them and nobody loves them. Getting children to help around the house teaches them many valuable lessons about growing up, but should you be paying your children for their help? Here’s a list of pros and cons to help you decide what’s best for you. The Pros The first rule of economics is that people respond to incentives. Whether you’re a child or adult, there’s no exception to the rul ...

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How to Get Children to Love Sports (and Ditch the Video Games).

Sam Flatman, an expert in playground design from Pentagon Sport, discusses how to get our tech savvy children to swap video games for sports. Last week I discussed why playing sports is an essential part of childhood, but getting our tech-savvy children to unplug and enjoy playing sports can be quite a challenge. While 72% of today's parents preferred playing outside as children, only 40% of today's childre ...

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Why Sport is an Essential Part of Childhood.

Sam Flatman, an expert in playground design and innovation from Pentagon Sport, discusses why your child needs more outdoor play time. Muddy clothes, bruised knees and running around in the outdoors are all part of growing up. Not only do our children love local playgrounds and open sports fields, but they also depend on these places to learn the kind of life lessons that can’t be taught in the classroom. S ...

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Back to school

Summer is drawing to a close and thoughts are turning to the new term, with parents everywhere busy getting their kids ready to go back to school. New uniforms, bags, pencil cases and lunchboxes will all be on the cards, but what about security products? Security products may not be the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to the new school term, but the fact is today’s children are carrying more ...

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Get a bouncer and an extra pair of hands all-in-one!

Life can be so alarming for little babies. All those strange sounds, visions and sensations they experience as they grow older are big steps for them in terms of their development and they rely heavily on mum and dad to comfort them throughout these important stages.  However, as we all know, it is hard for you to hold your baby all the time when so much needs to be done! Washing, preparing food, ironing, t ...

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Going back to school: what to expect

Starting or returning to school is always an exciting time for your little ones. However, regardless of the age of your children, it can also bring with it feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. It’s not easy being a child, with increased pressures to achieve academically, combined with the need to fit in with peer groups in order to be popular. Here are some things to consider to help put your child’s mind a ...

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Financial Education – What parents need to know

Financial education is coming to your child’s school this September. This is a huge step in helping them understand and manage money responsibly as they grow up. But what exactly will your child be learning in the classroom and what can you do to continue that learning in the home? Here’s an overview of what each age group can expect in the classroom and some tips for continuing that learning in the home. ...

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Keeping your kids active

Unless you’re careful, your children would happily spend their time glued to one screen or another, whether it be the television, a phone or tablet. Keeping your children active is vital. Classes for kids are plentiful and gives them time with children their own age – and if fitness is made fun, they might just stick to it!   Football and rugby Getting your son (or daughter)up to speed with ball skills ...

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How to get rid of those dreaded nursery nasties!

Kids are great, but they do pick up a few unsavoury ‘things’ when they mix with other children...Here’s how to deal with some of those dreaded nursery nasties When your children are little and are interacting with other children, due to the fact that they are often in close proximity – hugging, touching heads – unfortunately they can come home with more than just a grubby jumper and grazed knees. There are ...

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