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Show Your Child How to Help Out With the Family Dog Regardless of Age

Almost all kids love dogs. If you’re thinking of getting a dog for your family, or already have one and would like to teach your child the responsibilities of owning a pet, then you should get your child involved with the day to day care of the dog. They can help out regardless of age – you’ll just need to alter certain things and supervise them. Here’s how you can get your child to help out:

  • 2 Years – at this age your child should be getting used to your dog, however; you should always supervise the both of them. An exposure to pets at an early age will give your child a lifelong love of animals.

  • Ages 2-4 Years – it isn’t uncommon for kids at this age to act out around pets and handle them inappropriately. At this age, you need to teach the kids to respect your dog’s space and learn what is not allowed when dealing with your dog. This is important both for the dog and the child. Teach them how to stroke the dog properly.

  • 4 Years – you can get your child to brush the dog for a few minutes with supervision.

  • 5 Years – you can encourage your child to help you walk the dog at this age by holding on to the lead with you. You shouldn’t let them hold on to the lead alone though. They can also feed the dog a treat with an open palm.

  • 6 Years – you can teach 6 year olds to give commands to your dog without confusing them. Supervised play can also be introduced at this point.

  • 7-8 Years – with supervision, 7-8 year olds may be able to hold the lead on their own. This should only be with a small dog or a well trained large dog. This should be in an enclosed, safe space to start with. Make sure they don’t overuse commands with your dog.

  • 9-10 Years – your kids can be given a little more responsibility at this age. Teach them how to feed and water your dog, with what he eats, how much of it, and encourage them to get involved with the routine. They should also help keep the dog’s area tidy.

  • 11 Years – your child will need minimal supervision with the dog now. You should still monitor what they’re doing from a distance however.

  • 12 Years – this is a good time to start teaching them about your dog’s health and what to look out for in regards to problems.

  • 13-14 Years – your child will now have the skills needed to care for your dog as you supervise from a distance. However, it’s important to make sure that they don’t lose an interest or start cutting corners. You could even introduce the child to chores for pocket money, such as washing the dog’s bowls and giving them flea treatment from petfleas.co.uk.

As your child undertakes the tasks above, it’s important not to push them into anything that they really don’t want to do. By easing them into caring for a dog this way, you will have created a future responsible pet owner!

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A date with history: historical days out to please the entire family

One of the fantastic things about living in the UK is that there are limitless opportunities to experience fantastic examples our shared heritage.

This means that having a day out with the family based around visiting a historical site can take in an incredibly diverse range of places. So with so much to choose from, there really is something for all the family.

Kids

Of course keeping the kids occupied and making sure they are looking at something other than the screen of their favourite device can be something of a challenge.

Something every child loves is dinosaurs, and right on the sea front in Sandown there is a spectacular building that is shaped like a giant pterosaur. This is Dinosaur Isle, the UK’s only purpose-built dinosaur museum.

The museum displays more than 1000 of the best fossils from many geological collections in a wonderfully presented display that is open all year round. By clever use of lighting, art, audio, smells and animatronics technology Dinosaur Isle provides accessible entertainment, education and enjoyment.

Mums

The Musical Museum at Kew Bridge in London contains wonderful exhibits ranging from tiny musical boxes to the “Mighty Wurlitzer” cinema organ which rises up from beneath a stage just as it did in the Golden Age of cinema.

Self-playing instruments are a specialty and an eye-opener for anyone who enjoys music and specialist guides demonstrate all types of instruments.


With Riverview Tea Room and a concert hall that seats over 200 people there are plenty of special events which take place throughout the year.

Dads

Bletchley Park used to be ‘Britain’s Best Kept Secret’ as it was the home of the Codebreakers who job it was to decipher Nazi communications in the Second World War.

Today, the humble and modest buildings of Codebreaking Huts and Blocks with their traditional casement windows make up one of the UK’s most interesting and vibrant tourist attractions.

Set within an atmospheric Victorian estate visitors can explore and experience the previously top secret world and experience a complimentary Multimedia Guide at their own pace. A one hour outdoor walking guided tour is also available and fixed exhibitions include The Life and Works of computer pioneer Alan Turing as well as the largest display of Enigma code breaking machines on public display in the world.

 

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Help your children feel less pressure in life

It is in the nature of parenthood to wish only the best things for your children. It is, also, a natural tendency, according to the evolution,  that adults attempt to teach new generations everything they know and to expect from them to be better, smarter, faster, happier. But, is that always the best thing to do and wouldn’t it be better if we left our children alone, to find their own way?

There are many scientific researches that have shown how dangerous can it be to put children under pressure expecting only the best of them. Their young bodies and unformed brains are not able to endure great pressure based on high expectations which comes from their parents and sometimes it can lead into serious health problems.

What do we do wrong?

First of all, it is important to say that there is positive and negative stress.  In some situations, stress is our friend, which immediately encourages the body to produce more adrenaline and other enzymes crucial for survival and making the best results. But, on the other hand, there are many negative aspects of stress. Being under constant pressure, having a lot of obligations, being always expected to do the best thing can produce anxiety, especially when children are in that situation.

Parents often tend to be completely involved in the lives of their kids. Maybe they are trying really hard, wishing them all the best and sacrificing private life for children, but is this the best for them? Having high expectations is not always the worst thing, as long as one knows where to stop.

For example, if you are getting mad and nervous when your child fails to achieve good results in school or in music class then you are the one who is in problem. Don’t you ever think that good marks are something your child owns you because you gave him everything – your child is not your project.

Your son is not your toy, and your daughter is not here to fix everything you have done wrong. What good will it do if you make their day over scheduled? If they always have ten things on mind, they won’t be able to do any of them with joy and passion. Being over scheduled is one of the worst stressors in modern times.

What should we do instead?

On the one hand, parents are not the only factor in producing stress in children because it is also the educational system which forces children never to fail. But, on the other hand, parents are the first who should help their children to feel less pressure in life.

Most of the kids who feel anxious are practicing negative “self talk”. That means that they are talking to themselves about everything bad that possibly happen. Now, as parents, we have to explain them what “self talk” is and to help them avoid negative sentences. Instead of negative ones, we must teach them how to think positively, predicting good results and events. This is the way to help them be less worried and feel more relaxed.

Every kid is specific. While some of them can handle the pressure the others can not. Some of the best sportsmen do their best while they are under pressure, or under stress, because this is when they are motivated to give the most they can. The others often fail when it is the most important to be good because they are not capable of managing stressful situations.

If your child belongs to the second group there are a few things you could do to help him feel less stressed.

  • What every parent needs to know is that good sleep is essential for healthy and unstressed life. The one who is well-rested is, at the same time, the one who is well-prepared to deal with daily challenges.
  • Sometimes low blood sugar has the same symptoms as anxiety. This is why nutrition is basic thing to think of. Proper food with a lot of proteins is very important if we want to have children that are confident and unworried.
  • Increasing heart rate helps burning adrenaline and this is why every kind of exercise is beneficial for children. It can be some kind of sport activity or simply having fun with friends in the playground.
  •  Maybe it sounds strange, but some distraction is extremely good for mental health while we are over scheduled.  This is why you should allow your child to play a video game or watch cartoons between obligations. His mind will get relaxed and ready for the next challenge. According to that, having a stress ball on the table where your kid is learning his lessons can be a right choice.
  • Don’t teach your child to be a perfectionist. Everybody has a right to make a mistake, to be under his usual level and lose the game. Instead, show him that everything can be considered as fun because having good laughter releases tension from our muscles and mind.
  • Think about the best combination of colors in a child’s room. Every color has a specific effect on our mood. Try to pick a relaxing one. 
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Supermom? The Hidden Secrets Behind Cheap Fancy Dress Outfits

If your kids have come home, announcing that they’ve been invited to a fancy dress party, you’re probably sitting there, thinking how much this is going to set you back. Many parents often struggle with fancy dress parties, since they don’t know where to begin. However, there’s no need to worry, as there are in fact ways in which you can give your kids the fancy dress outfit they deserve, without forking out a ton of cash.

Find Out What They Need to Wear

The basis of all your decisions, you must first decide what the requirements are for the party. The children might have to follow a set theme, and so it won’t help if you find an amazingly cheap fancy dress outfit, that does not follow the theme.

Shop Around

Once you’ve got a sense of what your kids are looking to wear, or who they need to be like, you can begin shopping around for a fancy dress outfit. Most parents will just visit one shop, and then make their decisions based on what they see there. However, this would not be the best way to go about things. In fact, it can often prove helpful to shop around as much as you can, in order to find a bargain.

In addition to this, you might also want to think about using some of the online outlets available to you. Stores such as www.hollywood.uk.com are able to provide you with a huge variety of fancy dress outfits, at a fraction of the cost that you would have otherwise had to face. The savings they make from not having to have a physical store are often passed onto you, the customer. In some cases, it might help to first look in an actual store, and then take a look online to see if you can get the same item at a cheaper price.

Make it Yourself

For the parents who are feeling confident, making a fancy dress outfit is certainly something that they should consider. Even if you’re not a confident person when it comes to arts and crafts, there’s plenty of information out there that will show you how to get started. Thanks to online video sharing websites, you’ll be able to find dozens of videos, teaching you how to make the outfit of your choice. Some of them might even tell you where to purchase the raw materials from, so you know exactly what to buy.

Ready to Dress Fancy?

Even if this is the first time you are preparing your kids for a fancy dress party, it doesn’t need to be stressful or expensive. The suggestions provided above should be more than enough to help you buy, or make a cost efficient fancy dress outfit that your kids will love. In fact, you might enjoy the process of making their fancy dress outfit so much, that you’ll probably end up convincing them to go to another party in the near future!

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Comic Book Heroes – The Perfect Role Models

There are some people who think that comic books are bad for kids. They think that the gender roles depicted in them are too conventional and that the muscular men and large breasted women set unrealistic beauty standards that negatively impact the self esteem of the kids that enjoy comics. I suspect that these type of people never even read comics!

Some comics are progressive in outlook. Obviously Alan Moore, author of Watchmen, who is an anarchist, generally prefers to promote left wing attitudes to gender and sexuality. Stan lee, owner of Marvel also leans toward egalitarian themes, but Steve Ditko, the creator of Spiderman, was a conservative and not interested in all that new age stuff.

Batman is one of the oldest comic book heroes of all (1939) and many accuse him of being a very reactionary character. His power comes from his strength of will, intelligence, fitness, skill and amazing technology which he has access to because he is rich. I think that Batman is a much better role model for kids than the other millionaire hero, Ironman. Bruce Wayne is polite and reserved while Tony Stark is vulgar and arrogant.

No matter how much parenting is politicised and people attempt to control every single thing that their child is exposed to, children will still instinctively enjoy heroism. Heroism is an eternal value that appears in all cultures throughout history; whether it be Odysseus in Ancient Greece, Beowulf in Old England or Captain America today. People with sociology degrees who hate the absolutism of good and bad depicted in comic books probably need some kind of translation services just so they can understand what comic book fans and kids the world over know by instinct.

I grew up reading comics like Conan the Barbarian, that doesn’t mean I feel the need to attain a body type just like his. I’m not discouraged by a depiction of an impossibly strong man, fearless in the face of evil, who destroys all his enemies without deliberation. This kind of character empowers all humanity, because it celebrates the strongest and most noble qualities of mankind. It doesn’t matter if it’s an uber-macho muscle man like Conan or an Amazonian warrior like Wonder woman don’t look like the “average” human being. Being a hero isn’t about being average, it’s about being exceptional.

I hope that children who grow up reading comics end up knowing how important it is to stand up for their values. They learn that one person can make a difference if they have strength of will and can overcome the evils of the world. It doesn’t damage their self-esteem, if anything it helps it.

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Comic room design ideas for your little villain

Coming up with original interior design ideas for kids’ bedrooms can be something of a challenge. Yes, of course there are all the usual suspects like Paddington Bear, Cinderella, dinosaurs and fairies, but what if the children in question have a little more edge to them? What if they demand a bedroom theme with a bit more kapow! thwack! or biff! than Paddington or Cinderella can provide?

Never fear, help is on the horizon in the form of comic characters with attitude. When it comes to superheroes that deliver, then the likes of Batman, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder-woman and Superman can all be relied upon. If the children want a bedroom that pulses with superhero spangles and all-action energy, then comics are the place to seek inspiration.

Be bright, bold and fearless

Between the pages of comics, we see many primary colours. Bright shades such as blues, yellows reds and greens are all heavily referenced and for an authentic comic book interior, it makes sense to work from this palette. Primary colours can be strong and dark, so balance this with lighter shades so that the room isn’t gloomy. Solid blocks of wall colour can be successfully broken up with character murals or framed covers of favourite comics.

Choose your villain

Decide if the comic theme is going to be a general free-for-all featuring everyone from Tankgirrl right through to Dennis The Menace, or will there be a focus on just one favourite character? Restricting it to one will make things easier in terms of keeping a unified colour scheme, but opening it up to the whole universe of superheroes could equally make for exciting results.

The practical stuff

Remember that as well as being an homage to superheroics, the room has to function on a practical basis. Plan where storage, bookshelves and beds are going to be positioned before committing to any decorating ideas. There are some fantastic children’s storage options available and don’t forget to exploit space underneath beds, above picture rails and behind screens – they are all perfectly legitimate places to stow away stuff.

Involve the children

Using recurring motifs such as the character logos (Batman and Spiderman work well) or printed comic dialogue (Kapow! Yikes! Ooof!) is a nice way of underlining the room’s theme. Painting distinct insignia onto lampshades, bedsteads and doors looks effective. Find old comics that can be used to decorate furniture using the decoupage technique. The children will enjoy getting their hands dirty with wallpaper glue as they stick cut out images from comics onto an old wooden chair or desk, for example. When the images have dried onto the furniture and the surface is varnished, it can look wonderful.

Finishing touches

There is a lot of superhero merchandise around and a quilt cover or set of curtains featuring a beloved character is welcomed by most children. Or perhaps a smaller item such as a rug, a ceiling mobile or a clock would be just as good. Keep an eye out for interesting merchandise at car boot sales and second hand shops where it’s possible to strike it lucky with comic hero gold.

Okay then, it’s time to start channeling your inner super hero and get started on sorting out that bedroom…

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Why Small Breeds of Dog Are Better For Families

Dogs make amazing pets for families. They can teach children a lot about responsibility and love. What is more, they are perfect companions for children, who often state that their dog is their best friend. If you are looking at adding a furry friend to your existing family dynamic, then there are some things that you need to know before you embark on a life of puppy-dom:

Small Breeds are Better for Families

When it comes to small breeds of dog, there seems to be a lot of divided opinions. Of course, you should choose a puppy based on how they will fit within your existing family dynamic but it is important to consider the size of a dog before you buy one. Small breeds of dog are perfect for families, as they need minimal space. This isn’t to say that they should be confined to one room, but with a plethora of children’s toys taking over your home, your puppy will need room to explore. Larger breeds of dogs do not always have the required space in the family home.

Small breeds of dogs are great for people with kids as they are playful and fun. Larger breeds of dog tend to be more docile, which kids often find frustrating. If you want a puppy that is full of life, that your children can play with and care for, then you need to consider purchasing a smaller breed of dog. You can search which dogs are for sale using a simple Google search.

Temperament and Behaviour

Smaller dogs love to be the centre of attention. They are loving, playful and mischievous, much like your own children! They seem to be boundless balls of energy, which makes them perfect playmates for families with younger children.

It is important to establish a training routine to ensure that your dog doesn’t become naughty, as opposed to mischievous. What is more, proper training ensures that your dogs remain friendly and sociable. Dogs are intelligent animals, so you will need to ensure that you are mentally, as well as physically, exercising your hound to make sure that they are happy and well adjusted animals. By ensuring the emotional, and physical, well-being of your dog you are ensuring that they are happy within their new home with you and your family.

Money Matters

Of course, taking in a smaller breed of dog is more cost efficient than having a larger breed of dog. This is because smaller breeds of dog eat less. However, you will still need to factor vet’s bills, insurance and toys for your dog, all of which can be costly. While the thought of owning a dog can be shrouded in romanticism, you need to ensure that you have the coffers to afford a dog. Dog ownership can be costly.

Love and Care

Wanting the best for your dog is imperative, but you need to ensure that you have the right kind of lifestyle to accommodate a dog. If you spend a lot of time out of the house, then having a dog may not be ideal for you, or your family, at this moment in time. Ensure that you have the time to devote to a puppy before you buy one.

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Top 3 things to do online when the kids have gone to bed

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that after a long day at work coming home and looking after your children can be an exhausting amount of work. This is why your own private time after the children of gone to bed is incredibly important and should be taken full advantage of. Whether you’re looking to watch films or play games like Candy Crush or online casino games, it’s worth making the most of your quiet time.

There are many things that you can do however most people just find themselves sitting in front of the TV not enjoying what they find. This is why people need to be more proactive in what they enjoy after the kids have gone to bed, and even if you want to watch TV or films that is completely fine however you should look to find something that you will really enjoy. This is simple to do as many services exist such as Netflix that have huge catalogues of films and TV shows that you can choose from in order to find the best shows you. If instead you want to keep up with what’s happening in the world then don’t just go on news websites but instead check out a website called Reddit at this is lovingly known as the front page of the Internet.

There are many different pages on the site known as sub reddits each of which is focused on a different subject. You can then subscribe to these different subjects in order to make your Reddit homepage cater exactly for your likes meaning that you only see what you enjoy. If you want a little more excitement in your nightly pursuits the one check out an online casino and enjoy a few the games they have to offer. You don’t have to play for real money which could be a good idea if you aren’t used to such games. It might sound daunting if you’ve never played a game of poker or blackjack in your life, but you can play online for free and do lots of trial games before you feel confident enough to take on opponents in this skilled game and place cash bets.

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How to Have an Unrivalled Experience in Barcelona

If you’re travelling to Barcelona, you’re probably very excited and eager to have a fantastic time. If you’re short on time, then you probably want to make the most of this trip and get a real feel for the place, so although this can be a challenge, we’ve put together some ‘musts’ for you in this post. Try them and have an unrivalled experience in this brilliant place!

Explore Barcelona on Foot

Barcelona is a big city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore it on foot. Stay away from public transport for the day and spend the day strolling around at your own leisure, stopping to recharge with some fantastic street food. I suggest you go off the beaten path and go up to Horta for some breathtaking panoramic views that you won’t forget in a hurry. You could also consider exploring the city by bicycle! Make sure you take a look at Venere hotels to find a suitable place to accommodate your trip too.

Go to a Concert

Barcelona has a large number of live music venues, like Razzmatazz and Apollo, as well as some fabulous concert halls. If you’re not a fan of classical, don’t worry, as they also have jazz venues and other genres.

Fill Up on Delicious Food

You can find plenty of gorgeous food in Barcelona, so you’ll no doubt be spoiled for choice! Tapas are plates of bite sized delicious food that are a huge culinary trend in this country, so make sure you try them. Vermouth is often enjoyed with all kinds of tapas, so make sure you order one to wash your food down.

You also shouldn’t leave this place without trying the fine seafood. Catalan cooking is popular too, and affordable to top things off.

Climb a Mountain

Want a leafy stroll with awesome views? Climb Montjuic Mountain, but only if you think you can handle the journey up there! It’s less populated by tourists as it does take a bit of legwork to get to the summit, but you shouldn’t let that stop you.

Go for a Swim in the Mediterranean

Barcelona has a wide choice of beaches where you can go and relax. Simply slather on that suncream and you’re good to go!

Shop Till You Drop

There’s somewhere for everyone to shop in Barcelona. High street shoppers will instantly recognise Mango and Zara, but you shouldn’t miss Zazo & Brull – affordable yet beautiful fashion! There are even shops dedicated solely to accessories, so you can find the perfect pair of shoes to go with your new outfit. Try a real Barcelonian boutique to buy some local trends!

Attend a Local Festival

If you’d like to have a lot of fun for the whole week, visit in September. The Festes de la Merce is in town then, which is a week long party celebrating Catalan culture. You’ll love the performances, firework displays, free concerts, and children’s activities available.

Party All Night

Head over to some of the best clubs in Barcelona for a night that you won’t forget in a hurry. There’s something to suit all music tastes, whether you’re more of a fan of rock, indie, or dance.

It isn’t possible to have a bad time in Barcelona – follow this advice, and you’ll want to go back for more!

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The Easy Way to Throw the Ultimate Kids’ Party

The Easy Way to Throw the Ultimate Kids’ Party

Does the idea of throwing a kids’ party fill you with dread? Do you envision a group of demanding children, running around, screaming and throwing mini sausage rolls at your head? Well, worry no more, just follow our three simple steps, and you can guarantee that your party will be the ultimate success.

1. Choose a Theme

The fantastic thing about kids is they have great imaginations, and it doesn’t take a lot to get those imaginations fired up. It’s always good to opt for a theme that doesn’t encourage the kids to split into gender groups. That way, you’re encouraging them to all interact with each other, and they’re likely to have a lot more fun playing with both boys and girls. A popular choice is the ‘Under the Sea’ theme, and it‘s one the kids seem to love. It’s also popular with the adults as it’s pretty easy to pull off. Drape some blue and green shiny fabric around your party venue, then add some blue and green balloons. Make sure that there’s a bottle of bubbles for each of your party guests, and let the kid’s imaginations do the rest. It really is that simple!

2. Provide Healthy and Tasty Treats

A mistake that people often make when throwing a children’s party is when it comes to what food to provide. Many opt for sickly, sugar-laden treats that cause the kids to become hyperactive, and can even lead them to be sick. Remember, healthy snacks don’t have to be boring. Try slicing up some fresh veg and serve it up with a tasty dip. If you have the time, you could even arrange the veg to fit in with your theme. A few chocolate treats are fine, but if you go overboard on the junk-food, you’re likely to end up regretting it later. Probably around the time you’re trying to cope with ten hyperactive children and then cleaning sick off the floor. The other parents will love you for it, and more importantly, your party venue will stay vomit free. This is particularly good news if you happen to be hosting the party at your own house.

3. Plan Ahead

Ever heard of the saying ‘Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance? Well, this is especially true when throwing a kid’s party. You don’t need to plan a detailed itinerary, but a basic idea of what’s happening and when, will stop the party from descending into chaos. Just make sure the kids always have a game, or activity to focus on. You could consider searching for a photo booth for rent to keep them occupied. You can also never go wrong with classics such as ‘Pass the Parcel’, ‘Musical Chairs’, or even a colouring-in competition. If possible, try and tie your activity in with your theme. If your theme’s ‘Under the Sea’ have the kids’ draw, or colour-in sea creatures.

So, just follow our foolproof steps, and you’re guaranteed to throw a party that your kids will love you for.