Encouraging Acceptance of Others


Acceptance of others is something that is SO important to Husband and I and is firmly at the core of how we parent the girls. We encourage them to see past colour, creed, ability and everything else that makes people different, so when VTech asked us to share this info, I was more than happy to do so:

Children are being brought up in increasingly multi-cultural societies. The globalisation of family life means that, more than any other time, children are being exposed to people from different countries, cultures, religions, ethnicities and abilities. Helping your child to tolerate and accept difference is an important part of parenting in the 21st century.

While children thrive on novelty (they love to play with new toys, see new things, go to new places) they also learn a great deal from the comfort and predictability of familiarity. Children are far more open minded than adults (they’ve had less time to learn bad habits!) so it is important that we help our children to understand difference while their brains are still malleable enough to take in new information.

Pre-school children learn through watching and imitating. They will repeat what they have heard from home and will adopt their parents views very quickly. That’s why it is so important that parents act in the way they would like their child to. If you are a tolerant, curious and open minded person then your child is more likely to be too. Pre-school children are full of “why?” questions. Often these questions will be about why someone looks different or does something different. Answer these questions honestly and if you don’t know the answer or you’re a bit flummoxed then it’s absolutely fine to say “you know what, I don’t know. I’ll have a think about it and then we can chat about it more, later on this afternoon”.

Being the same as someone is comforting to a little child. Help your child to understand that although someone might look different, talk differently, dress differently or just do things differently, there are still a lot of similarities. Encourage your child to spend time with a wide variety of people so that they can build up their confidence. Children can also learn about difference by playing with a variety of toys. The VTech Toot-Toot friends for example are a mix of boys and girls, all of whom have different strengths. While playing with all of these characters, children learn what it feels like to be each one and empathise with them. Children will then transfer this experience into their day to day interactions with others.

As children’s brains grow, they become more aware that others can have different views and ideas about things and this can be quite frightening for a child. Most children will naturally steer their way through these feelings by experiencing situations where they learn to negotiate, take turns, compromise and communicate. All of these skills are essential for forming friendships throughout life and they also contribute to a child’s sense of belief in themselves and their abilities.

Children have a strong need to fit in, to be a part of a peer group and to be accepted. This need increases throughout childhood and reaches its peak in adolescence. When they are young, children try to fit in by being like other children- they may want to dress like them, talk like them or do the same things as them. As a parent you need to acknowledge this need to be like others in order to fit in, but also help your child to understand that they are loved and accepted for who they are, as someone unique. Use story books or TV programmes to start conversations with your child about differences and similarities and how it is important to accept yourself. Embrace your child’s individuality – just because you think pink spots and red stripes don’t go together, it doesn’t mean your child does. Let them explore and experiment – then they will grow up to be more in tune and more accepting of who they really are.

Angharad Rudkin has teamed up with VTech to support the launch of its new fun and interactive range, Toot-Toot Friends. For more information please visit www.vtech.co.uk

Interplay BFF Tag Jewellery Review

BFF Tag JewelleryA little while ago, Sausage and I were sent the Interplay BFF Tag Jewellery kit to review, something which I thought would be perfect for my little crafter! The kit uses a special clay and various metallic powders to allow you to make unique and personalised jewellery for you and your BFF and we actually made two matching necklaces before Edith had a play-date with one of her BBF’s…although being useless and disorganised as I am, I completely forgot to take photos of the finished product, so here’s what they kind of looked like!


The kit itself was definitely one where I’d suggest a bit of parental input – I can imagine that Sausage would have struggled slightly without my help despite the fact that she’s more than capable when it comes to these kinds of projects usually. The dough itself was a little tricky to knead at first and although she managed to shape it and stamp the letters on it herself, the metallic powder also required a bit of supervision. I also needed to be on hand for the tying-on of the fasteners.

Having said that, the result was really lovely. Sausage made 2 identical necklaces for her and her friend and they were really pleased with the results. Although it was one of the trickier craft kits we’ve used, it was well worth the effort. I’m always a bit scared of things which need to be baked because of various FIMO-related disasters in the past but I was pleasantly surprised with how good the necklaces looked once they came out of the oven. We’ve not been brave enough to try the stripey effect pictured above, opting to try all one colour for our first attempt, but I think we’d give this a go in the future as I think it’ll be easier than it looks but very effective and pretty once done.

This would make a great gift for kits who love crafting and making things and could even be bought as an activity to try with your BFF during a play date or sleepover. They can be bought direct from the Interplay site or through Amazon (affiliate link).

Best Friend

best friendI know it’s a cliche when parents think their kids are little angels, but in Sausage’s case, it really is true. She’s a lovely, kind little girl who seems to radiate ‘niceness’ everywhere she goes. Just last week, one of the canteen staff at her school pulled me to one side to tell me what a kind, polite little girl she is and it left Husband and I beaming with pride. Having such a sweet kid can sometimes have its downsides – other kids sometimes take advantage of her good nature and in Reception year we had trouble with one class member who really knew how to manipulate Sausage and play on her good nature.

Fortunately, Sausage has made a little group of firm friends who I really like and who all seem to have lovely, sweet natures like my own tender-hearted little girl. At the end of year 2, one of the members of their little group changed school and it left Sausage feeling a bit lost without one of her besties. Luckily, the rest of them banded together and Sausage is now even closer to her group, especially to the single male member of her clan who, I must say, is quite the little gentleman and has solemnly promised Husband and I that he’ll take care of our girl – and I believe him, too! Given that Sausage was quite a girly girl, I never expected her to have a male bestie but it seems to work really well.

Dr Angharad Rudkin is a clinical psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has worked with children, adolescents and families for over 15 years and has teamed up with VTech to give us Toot Toot Friends Ambassadors some really useful information about the concept of best friends. She says:

“Strong friendships often develop when a child is in a situation without their parent (e.g. nursery or child minder). Usually, it is the parent who acts as a safety blanket for their child – someone that their child turns to if they’re feeling unsure, someone who can give reassurance and encouragement. If a parent isn’t there, children will turn to other children for some of this support. Friendships can develop when a child finds it comforting, distracting and fun to be with another child – the more they spend time together the more comfort they will derive from this friendship. Whether a friend becomes a best friend can be highly dependent on the parents though. If a child talks a lot about another child from nursery, parents can act on this and invite the friend over for a playdate. However, if parents chose not to do this, there’s a good chance that the friendship won’t become quite so cemented.

As every adult knows, even best friends can be annoying or bewildering. However, a best friend is someone who is there through thick and thin, and who doesn’t hold a grudge. The same is true for little children. They won’t always get on with their best friends, and in fact may squabble with them quite a bit. However, their connection means that they make up easily and are quick to forget what made them cross. Children can also rehearse how to make up with friends by playing with dolls or figures such as the VTech Toot-Toot friends. Children, for example, can pretend that the Toot-Toot friends have had a disagreement before helping them to make up. Such imaginary play helps children to build up their confidence in making and keeping friends.”

Does your little one have a BFF? Do you ever worry bout a lack of best friend in their life or do you wish that they were less dependant on a best friend and broadened their friendship horizons slightly? Leave me a comment below.

Christmas Doesn’t Have to Cost the Moon

John Lewis advertThere’s no doubt that the John Lewis Christmas advert has become a bit of a yearly tradition, here in the UK and this years’ effort is no exception. They can be a little hit and miss for me; last year’s one with the penguins left me distinctly devoid of any warm fuzzy feelings and seemed like a bit of naked profiteering (no shock from a retail giant, to be fair) when a whole bunch of penguin merchandise hit the shelves. The 2015 advert, however, hit me right in the feels…until I learned how much it had cost to make.

According to a bunch of tweets that I saw earlier today, it cost £7 million to make the advert, which seems hugely excessive to me, especially given the fact that the advert seems to hinge on lonely elderly people at Christmas time. I couldn’t help but think that the money would have been better spent on a donation to a charity, such as Age Concern.

Fear not, though, because the clever folk at MyVoucherCodes have made a version of the advert for a fraction of the cost, with the message “Christmas Doesn’t Have to Cost the Moon“, which you can see below:

Okay, so the production levels aren’t quite up there with the John Lewis advert, but considering this one took 7 hours to make as opposed to 7 months, and cost just £700, you can’t really argue!

I was only thinking to myself yesterday that Christmas has become even more commercialised than ever lately. When I was a kid, we got an advent calendar on the 1st December, presents on Christmas Day and spent the next week entertaining ourselves with our new toys. Now, people are giving advent calendars full of Lego or books, kids are getting ‘Christmas Eve boxes’, full of pyjamas and hot chocolate, there’s Elf on the Shelf, not to mention the thousands of “Christmas Experiences” that parents seem to buy into and NEED to take their kids to.

I’ve seen ‘Meet Santa’ experiences advertised for our local farm, shopping centres, GARDEN centres and everything else in between, with some of them costing up to £100 for the privilege of chatting to an old guy in a Santa suit for 2 minutes. Call me cynical, but it just all seems to be getting a bit too much. The problem is though, no one wants to be the only one who didn’t give their child these experiences and memories each year, so we all buy into it for the sake of them.

The thing is, I love Christmas. It’s my favourite holiday and I adore getting to spend time with our family, but the preparations seem to need to start earlier and earlier each year so that you can have the “must have” gifts and get tickets to all the right places. And as much as I’d love to rail against it and say that we’re going back to a simpler format, I just can’t find it in me to say no.

What do you think? Has the whole thing gone a bit bonkers?Do you feel pressure to do all of these new-fangled Christmas traditions or are you brave enough to say no? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Ideas for Christmas – Frozen Gift Guide

Frozen Gift GuideDespite the fact that it’s been almost 2 years since the Disney smash hit Frozen was released, the film’s popularity seems to be just as strong as ever and there’s no doubt that the oodles of Frozen merchandise on the market will be featuring on many a Christmas list this year. Sausage has been lucky enough to be sent a bundle of Frozen gift sets by H and A, which would be perfect for Christmas and we wanted to share our thoughts on each of them.

Showstopping Nail Trio – £8

Showstopping Nail Trio

The ‘Showstopping Nail Trio’ is probably Sausage’s favourite of the three items we were sent. although it was difficult to make that choice! It contains three polishes, one metallic silver and two glitters, and the thing which struck me was that they were actually really decent quality. In the past, Sausage has had kids’ nail sets which have included really watery polish which barely shows up, but the silver gave good coverage and the glitters went on evenly to give a great effect. It also contains a nail file and a pot of sparkles to apply to wet nails, both of which Sausage loved.

Shimmer and Sparkle Bubble Bath – £5

Both of my girls love having a bath, especially with masses of bubbles, so this one went down a storm! When you shake the bottle, you can see glitter floating about which looked pretty magical, and the bottle also included a bonus bracelet for the kids to wear. The actual bubble bath itself smelled lovely, a bit watermelon-y, and gave a really good lather.

Lip Balm Trio – £6

Lipbalm Trio

Lip Balm is a great gift for kids of Sausage’s age as they tend to be at that stage where make-up is starting to interest them, but if you’re anything like me, that is just NOT happening yet! Lip balms let them feel a little bit grown up without having a painted face, and are also good at this time of year for helping to avoid chapped lips. I actually really like the individual pots that the lip balms came in and each one smelled nice without being overpowering. They gave a nice bit of shimmer without looking like lipstick and didn’t feel too greasy.

All in all, we’re really impressed with the Frozen gift sets and would definitely buy them for any Frozen fan for Christmas. They’re available exclusively through Boots and are also part of their 3 for 2 offer that they run each Christmas which means that, individually the sets would cost you £19 but in the offer will actually only cost £14, which I think is a bit of a bargain! I suspect they’ll be snapped up pretty fast so I’d get yourself on line or down to your local Boots pretty sharpish if you want to get your hands on them!

Living in the Country – Six Weeks On

Autumnal afternoon sunAs you’ll know, if you read this blog (or follow me on social media, or happen to have stood behind me at a checkout recently…), six weeks ago we made the move to a tiny rural hamlet about 8 miles from where we were previously living. Six weeks exactly, in fact, but it feels so much longer.

It’s definitely been a learning curve; we’ve had to learn about living with an LPG tank to supply our gas, how to start and maintain a fire efficiently in a log burner, how to live with a whole host of new flora and fauna (since living here I’ve had to stop the car on two separate occasions to flap wildly about at some baby pheasants to get them to clear the way and just yesterday I had to pick up an elderly rabbit so that he didn’t hop under the wheels of my car!) and just how different it is to live somewhere with no shops and just one street lamp!

In terms of the actual house, there’s not much I’d change. We’ve got an issue with damp in one of the bedrooms, which the landlady is dealing with for us, but it’s quite a rustic little house so it doesn’t need luxury flooring and furnishings, just a little bit of charm and imagination here and there. I also cannot wait to decorate our huge Inglenook fireplace for Christmas!

If anything, living here has made me a better mother and wife. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still FAR from perfect but the distance from shops and conveniences means that I’ve had to be far more organised in terms of sorting dinner out and ensuring we’re well stocked with supplies. Even on a more basic level, I think that I’ve been happier overall since we’ve lived here and therefore less stressed and snappy. Husband and I are even getting along better as we’re more chilled out, which can only be a good thing.

We’re spending more quality time together as a family, too. In the last house, Sausage never felt at home, Husband hated the living room which was noisy from being on a main road and we all tended to drift around doing our own thing. Here, our evenings are spent in a living room that we love, warming ourselves in front of the log burner, watching films, listening to music, drawing or chatting to one another and it’s just so lovely. Living here has certainly made me enjoy the simple things in life. Before, Sausage would get home from school and I’d invariably need to pop to the shops for something or do some other errand or another, but here it’s far more a case of “once we’re in, we’re in” and I love that.

Making a move to a rural community was a completely unknown quantity to me before we moved here and although I was in love with the house and surrounding area, I was still apprehensive. However, six weeks on I can say that I truly love it here and I’m so glad we made the leap (and, I’m not kidding, as I typed that about half a dozen ponies just trotted past my living room window!!) and I hope we’ll be happy here for a very long time.

Raising Pragmatists – Parenting Without God

It’s pretty safe to say that religion is not something which factors very highly on mine and Husband’s list when it comes to parenting our girls. We’ve taught them the basics about what each of the major religions involve and have told them that, if they choose to, they’re welcome to explore faith if it appeals to them, but we certainly don’t follow any religion ourselves and usually strive to separate the girls from these kinds of teachings. While this may seem like our household is “lacking” in something because of our aversion to faith, I actually think that it makes our jobs as parents a lot harder, in two specific ways.

Firstly, there’s the issue of death. When Husband and I have broached this subject in the past with Sausage (BB is still far too young and is mostly only concerned with cake and Mr. Tumble), we don’t have tales of fluffy white clouds and angels with harps to pass on. Husband and I feel that humans have energy and that energy is reabsorbed into the earth when we die, but beyond that there’s nothing. It’s really hard to look your child in the eye and tell them that we won’t live on together in eternity, as much as I would love that to be the case. Expecting a child to be pragmatic enough to deal with the thought that, one day, we won’t be together anymore and we won’t be skipping around in Heaven together is really quite tough.

When my stepmum passed away in 2011, Sausage was just three. Lorraine was another pragmatist and had a Humanistic funeral, presided over by a minister who talked not about God but about people and life and living as a good person. When we spoke to Sausage about her passing, we were careful not to say “Lorraine has gone to Heaven”, both as a way to respect Lorraine’s wishes but also to convey our own views on the situation, but whenever anyone else mentions death around the kids, they tend to soften things by saying that the person had gone to Heaven. While I respect people’s views, I can’t help but wonder if they’re making things easier for themselves because they don’t have to broach the subject of nothing after death, just as much as they are softening things for the kids.pragmatism

The other issue, whilst still Heaven related, is the issue of morality. Husband and I can’t teach our girls that if they aren’t “good” then they won’t go to Heaven or that bad people get their comeuppance in Hell. They don’t have the looming threat of eternal damnation keeping them in line, they simply have to self-moderate and apply what we’ve passed on in terms of ‘how to be a good person’. Anyone who knows our girls knows that they’re both really decent little people, with kind hearts and mindful attitudes (again, I’m talking about Sausage here more than BB, she’s still a work in progress!), both of which have been achieved without religion. It makes me really proud of Sausage to know that, when she’s being a good person, it’s not for the sake of a Heavenly trade-off, it’s because she’s a genuinely good person.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dissing people who’ve got faith and pass it on to their children; I’m all for personal choice and as long as people respect my right to live without faith, I’ll respect their right to have it. All I’m saying is, religion must make certain aspects of child-rearing a lot simpler.

What do you think? Are you raising faithless pragmatists? How do you broach the difficult subjects without making things seem too stark or scary? Do you use the phrase “going to Heaven” even though you don’t believe it? I’d love to hear your views, please leave me a comment below.

Travellers Joy Hungry Horse Review

Yesterday, we were invited along to our local Hungry Horse (the Traveller’s Joy in Rayleigh) to take a look at the new menu and have a family meal. We took my mother in law with us again, just like last year, so that we could see how it suited three generations of the family, and I have to say, it was a bit of a mixed bag.

Parking upon our arrival was a tricky affair as the car park was absolutely stuffed, although the fact that the place was so busy on a Tuesday afternoon is probably because it’s half term and it’s a very family-friendly venue, so the parking situation, whilst a bit annoying, was by no means their fault.

We were seated promptly and had our drinks order taken and were left to make our choices from the menu. Unfortunately, our server failed to tell us that the restaurant had no mashed potato, beef chilli or pulled pork, which was slightly annoying as two of our choices were meals which involved these items so we had to quickly scan the menu again to amend our choices, which I hate doing.

Our food arrived promptly and was hot and well-presented when it arrived; I ordered The Triple Rib Stacker, Husband had a Full Monty Mixed Grill, MIL ordered the Hand-Battered Fish & Chips and Sausage had the Cheese & Tomato Pizza served with a jacket potato and baked beans (BB had fallen asleep on the way there and slept almost the whole way through the meal and so missed out on our little treat). As was to be expected from previous visits to a Hungry Horse, all of the portions were huge but the quality of the meals was very varied.

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My ribs were absolutely delicious – the meat fell off of the bones and the sauce was beautiful. The coleslaw was really fresh-tasting and crunchy and the chips were cooked perfectly. I wasn’t a huge fan of the beans, but that’s just personal preference. If I had one minor complaint it was that my mini corn cob wasn’t served with a skewer or fork in the end to hold it with, so I felt rather self-conscious eating it with my hands in a restaurant.

MIL loved her fish and chips – I tasted her cod and it was really well cooked with a lovely crisp batter which wasn’t too thick. The little pot of tartare sauce was tasty and her peas tasted fresh. I was actually super impressed; MIL usually has a fairly moderate appetite and doesn’t like to feel too ful but she really soldiered through this massive portion and ate way more than I thought she would, which I think is a testament to how much she enjoyed it!

Husband’s mixed grill, on the other hand, was not such a positive experience. The piece of rump steak, which he ordered medium rare, was on the cremated side of well done and was really not a good quality piece of meat. On a couple of occasions, he looked rather green around the gills after taking a forkful and realising it consisted mainly of fat and gristle, and on one occasion actually excused himself to go to the bathroom to spit the meat into a hanky. The gammon was nice and well-cooked, as were the sausages, although the chicken breast was incredibly dry and the tomato looked as though it had been chucked on a grill for about 2 seconds and was basically raw and cold.

Sausage’s meal obviously came from the kids menu and although the choice is massive, I wasn’t hugely impressed with the quality of her meal. The pizza was (I’m pretty sure) a Chicago Town microwave pizza but it looked rather over-cooked and her jacket potato and beans looked more than a little bit sorry for themselves. I mean, I’m glad that there are kids options which don’t only come in nugget form and accompanied by chips but the overall quality wasn’t great. Having said that, Sausage demolished it, so perhaps my adult standards aren’t matched up to what a kid expects or finds appetising?

Not to be deterred by Husband’s bad experience, us ladies ordered dessert, with MIL going for the Jam Doughnut Pudding with Custard and the girls and I sharing The Ultimate BIG Candymania. MIL really enjoyed her pudding, which was warm and hearty and would have been perfect for a cold winter afternoon. The girls and I gave it our best but didn’t even come close to finishing our sundae, which probably would have comfortably served about 8 people but it was very tasty and the perfect thing to have as a treat.

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All in all, I’d say that our experience this time was mostly positive, however I was really disappointed with the quality of Husband’s meal. The young ladies who were serving us were really attentive and polite, although forgetting to tell us about the items which were off the menu hampered us a little in the beginning. We’d go back to the Traveller’s Joy Hungry Horse again given the value of the meals; our food would have cost £44.94, not including drinks, which is great value for three adults and a child, in my opinion, but I think Husband would be avoiding the steak next time around. Thanks to the Travellers Joy for having us and providing us with the meal for the purposes of this review.

Our Favourite Halloween Crafts

Sausage is a huge fan of Halloween. In fact, just the other day, she told me that Halloween was actually her favourite, ahead of Christmas; if a kid chooses something ahead of a holiday which involves copious amounts of presents, you know it’s serious! I do my best to indulge her love of Halloween with costumes and pumpkins and a yearly viewing of Ghostbusters, but this year the goalposts have changed. This year, we’re living in a village which actually DOES STUFF for Halloween!

On Saturday evening, we’ll pop over to the other half of the village to meet in the Mission Hall. From there we’ll indulge in a supper of hot dogs before all the families go trick or treating together! Sausage is beside herself with excitement as we’ve never done trick or treating before. Houses who wish to be involved are to place a pumpkin outside, so we thought we’d go one step further and make some awesome Halloween crafts for our display, and we’ve been searching blogs for inspiration. Here are our favourites:

These glowing ghosts over at Adventures of Adam are so simple, yet wonderfully effective and would make a lovely window display for Halloween night.


These tissue paper pumpkins from Parenthood Highs and Lows are wonderfully easy to make and look fab, and I reckon even Burrito Baby could get involved with making them.

Tissue paper Pumpkins

As someone with a Pokemon FANATIC as a daughter, I know for a fact that we’ll be making this at some point this week! Go to In The Playroom for full instructions.


Another craft which would look fantastic as part of a window display and is super simple to do are these clothes peg mummies from Thinly Spread. Their googly eyes and wavy arms don’t make them look too scary, making them perfect for toddlers and little ones.

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If you’re looking for some fun, spooky treats to give out to Trick or Treaters, these brilliant spider cakes from Pink Oddy are just the thing and they’re great fun for the kids to make, too.


We love a bit of bunting in our house and this super-simple Halloween version from Daisies and Pie is a great addition to any Halloween house, especially if you’re throwing a party.


I’ve been wanting to make these Jelly Worms for ages as they make the perfect gruesome Halloween sweets, but I’ve never got around to it. Luckily, The Gingerbread House has a great tutorial to help you make your own.

Jelly Worms

These lanterns would be the perfect accompaniment to Trick or Treating, especially if you used battery powered tealights or glowsticks, as the tutorial from Mum in the Madhouse suggests.


These sugar skull dolls from Zing Zing Tree could not be more appropriate for us this year as Sausage is going to be dressed as a real-life Day of the Dead Senorita this year, so these will definitely be being made by us!


Sausage and I were a bit late to the Hama beading party but now we’ve discovered them, we’re massive fans. This spooky glow-in-the-dark Hama craft from Hannah Spannah would be brilliant to hang in windows or on gate posts on the night itself.

Halloween Hama

If you have a little one (or even yourself) who isn’t keen on the full dress-up experience, then these autumnal Halloween masks from Dilly Drops could be the perfect solution.

Halloween Masks

Finally, these pop-up ghosts from Diary of a First Child make a really gentle ‘trick’ if people aren’t in the giving mood but you don’t want to go full-on and egg people’s houses! People will find it so adorable that they’re bound to muster up a treat after seeing them!

Pop Up Ghost

What will you be making this week?

Five Tips to Help You Care for an Asthmatic Child

If you have never suffered with asthma yourself or have never been close to somebody who does, learning that your child has asthma can be something that is quite scary. However, with the help of your child’s healthcare providers, you can ensure that you deal with your child’s condition in the best possible way, even if you have never experienced a similar situation before. One of the most efficient ways to keep control of your child’s asthma and minimize their risk of having an asthma attack is to have an up to date asthma action plan. This plan should include a number of factors such as when your child will need to take their asthma medication along with what to do if their condition worsens. We’ve put together some helpful tips that you may find useful for looking after your child.
Tracking Triggers
The vast majority of asthmatics will have a number of different triggers, which are factors that contribute to their asthma worsening or even an asthma attack occurring. One of the best ways to help you understand what your child’s triggers are is to write them down, i.e. if your child always tends to have an asthma attack when in an area where dust has gathered up, dust is most likely a trigger for them. There are a number of triggers that are common in most asthma suffers, and you should be provided with a list of these by your healthcare provider. Alternatively, there are a number of healthcare software vendors which provide tracking software for asthmatics in the form of a smartphone or tablet application, as well as allowing you to order and pay for your child’s medication at home.
Keep to a Routine
If your child has been given a preventer inhaler from their healthcare provider it is important that they take it every day, even when they feel well and are not having any asthmatic symptoms. Keeping an action plan for your child’s asthma will tell you how many puffs they need to take each morning and evening. It’s a good idea to keep your child’s inhaler in the bathroom, so that they can get into the habit of taking it as they brush their teeth when they wake up in the morning and before they go to bed at night. Although as a parent you may feel uneasy about getting your child to take medication every day even when they don’t feel unwell, it’s important to remember that the preventer inhaler is key to ensuring that your child’s asthma is kept under control – meaning they’re less likely to react as much to their asthma triggers or feel out of breath as easily.
Keep the Action Plan Handy
It’s important that you keep your child’s asthma action plan handy and in a place where it’s easy to find, as it will have all the information included to tell you and other family members everything that you need to know to help your child stay well with their asthma. It’s also a good idea to make copies of the written action plan in order to give them to school, childminders, clubs, groups and anybody else who make look after your child when you are not there. You might also want to consider taking a photograph of the plan or making an electronic copy of it to store on your smartphone, so you’ve always got it with you. If your child is old enough, you should also give them their own copy in order to teach them to get into good habits regarding looking after their asthma.
Go For Regular Reviews
Taking your child for an asthma review will give you both the opportunity to speak with healthcare providers about the condition and how your child is getting on with managing it. Even if your child is feeling well and reacting positively to the medication that they’ve been given, you should still take them along for a regular review in order for their healthcare provider to check their asthma action plan and make any necessary changes to it, including any changes to the dosage of their asthma medication whether more or less.

Watch Out For Allergies
You should also be careful to watch out for any other allergies that your child may have, especially hay fever or food allergies which could also become a trigger for an asthma attack. Almost half of children who suffer with asthma will also suffer with some sort of allergy as well, and if you are worried about any allergies that you think your child has, you may want to speak to your healthcare provider about carrying out an allergy test.
When it comes to dealing with asthma, prevention is crucial.