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Anyone who’s been around a toddler for more than five minutes is sure to know just how mischievous they can be. Young children like this aren’t happy unless they’re exploring new areas of the house and using their new crawling and walking skills to discover something new every day. While this is certainly a lot of fun for them, parents can often find themselves worried sick over hazards and potential accident around the house. While many concerns focus mostly on hazards in and around the kitchen such as boiling water from the kettle...

Kids parties are a great part of growing up for children – they’re definitely better than adult parties without question! Plus, you’re free to be a big kid with them and have fun too. Obviously you’ll want to make your child’s party awesome and memorable – but how can you do that? How can you make it so good that all of your kid’s friends will talk about it at school for weeks to come? Easy! Read on for ideas and tips: Image Credit: Flickr Choose a Theme The Kids Will Love Having a theme will help when it comes to...

When kids finish school and arrive home afterwards, a lot of them tend to spend their time getting up to things they really shouldn’t be, such as spending long periods of time playing video games on a games console, surfing the Internet or getting up to all sorts of mischief with their friends outdoors. Kids tend to do these things because they are bored. And who can blame them? Many of us lead such busy lives, and often spend long periods of time at work – or even doing two or sometimes three different jobs just to make ends meet. Although...

If catering for extra family who are visit over Christmas is enough of a worry, don’t even begin to think what catering for a children’s party is like, especially if the guest of honour is a coeliac. Often mistaken as a fad, gluten intolerance in coeliacs is extremely seriously, and gluten must be avoided at all costs. This isn’t just a case of breaking out in a mildly annoying rash if gluten is ingested, it’s an autoimmune condition that attacks the intestines causing permanent damage. So, with such a serious illness to consider,...

A horrible fact of life for many parents, is that there’s an enormous amount of pressure to hold a birthday party for your child that is every bit as extravagant and memorable as the parties their classmates’ parents conjoured up – inevitably there’ll be one or two amongst those parents who are unbearably perfect and well-off. ...

Whatever age your kids are, chances are there are times when they need to knuckle down and study. While encouraging them to do so may not be easy, you can ensure that there are no distracting influences by creating the perfect home-study environment for them to work in. Here’s how. Minimise the habits of distraction TVs, computers and games consoles can all pose a tempting distraction to kids when they’re doing homework or completing assignments so try and remove these from the occasion. Set up their bedroom with suitable work surfaces...

December 25th is fast approaching, and many families are looking for ways to reduce their Christmas budget. Many people fear that this means cutting back on the festivities, but saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing seasonal spirit. ...

As we head towards winter, and inevitably towards the impending Christmas mayhem countdown, the weather is changing, and evenings are becoming noticeably more chilly. Keeping your kids safe and warm in cold weather is a subject that fills many parents with dread, but it needn’t be a stressful experience, and now’s the perfect time to start planning what they need and when. The high street is awash with winter coats, boots, hats, scarves and accessories; so how do you choose from all of these collections? Here are some useful...

Perhaps your kids have been pestering you to buy a horse for them for some time, or maybe you love all things horses and think it’s time to get them in on the act. Whatever the reason you might be considering buying a horse for them, there is one important question you should ask yourself first: are they ready? There are a few different ways you can tell if a child is ready for a horse, so before you even look any further, read this guide to find out if they’re ready: Image source (Flickr) Make Sure It Isn’t Just A “Phase” Many...

With summer now a distant memory, darker evenings and rainy days can make you wonder how you’re going to keep your little monsters entertained. But, fear not! there’s a whole host of fantastic craft projects just waiting to be discovered online. Navigating through the endless options can be slightly overwhelming even for the seasoned crafter, so here are my top crafting finds to keep everyone happy and encourage young creative minds to explore and learn new skills: Printing Image from redtedart.com This apple print paper from...

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