Family · Hobbies · Kids

5 Best Globber Scooters for Your Kids to Scoot Around With

5 Best Globber Scooters for Your Kids to Scoot Around With

If you want your kids to go out more and appreciate playtime with other kids, giving them a scooter is probably one of the best things that you can do. Scooters allow your kids to scoot around the neighbourhood and hopefully meet new friends and learn a few things here and there.

Speaking of scooters, there’s no better in the game than Globber scooters.

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Health · Kids

How To Ensure Your Children Receive The Best Health Care Possible

How To Ensure Your Children Receive The Best Health Care Possible

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No one wants to think about their child getting sick, but the fact of the matter is that it can happen at any time. When your child falls ill, you want to be sure that they are receiving the best possible care. This means finding a health care provider who is right for your family and ensuring that your children are up-to-date on their vaccinations. This blog post will discuss some tips for ensuring that your children receive the best health care possible.

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Christmas · Happiness · Kids · Learning · Music

Christmas Fun with Casio

As you’ll know, if you saw any of my posts on here or on social media, we’ve recently partnered with Casio to review their LK-S250 Home Learning Kit, which comes with an electric keyboard and everything else that BB needs to start learning to play. The kit also gives you access to online lessons which are designed to get even the most basic of beginners playing their instrument, which is a fantastic resource to have access to.

Casio LK-S250 Home Learning Kit

LK-250 Home Learning Kit

  • Touch sensitive, lighted keys
  • Power adapter
  • Adjustable height keyboard stand
  • Headphones for silent practice
  • FREE online lessons worth £49.99

While I’m not exactly fluent on any instrument myself, I do know quite a few of the basics, having grown up in quite a musical family, so I’ve been assisting BB with her learning as much as I can. She’s an incredibly capable little girl, but she lacks a bit of confidence in her own abilities at times, so sometimes she just wants someone with her while she navigates the lessons, which is totally understandable.

Unfiortunately, about three weeks ago I slammed my finger in the car door (as in, the door FULLY closed and I had to open it again to release my poor mangled finger 😱) and broke it. It was my left hand (I’m right handed) which was slightly better but as it was my index finger, it’s really limited how much I’ve been able to do. Fortunately, the splint is mostly off now and I can get back to helping BB with her lessons a bit more, but it was a painful couple of weeks.

My poor broken finger (ignore the tatty nail polish, please!)

Now that the girls are homeschooled, we try to keep as much creative stuff flowing as we can so that their lessons aren’t all strictly academic, so music and art lessons have become a regular thing. Sausage has her own keyboard already, so between the Gigajam lessons and some YouTube tutorials, the girls have been jamming together.

Last week, we decided that all of their homeschool lessons would be fun stuff, just like they’d be doing if they were in a mainstream school, and one of the things we decided to do was get them to learn some Christmas songs so that they could perform a mini concert for us, to get us all in the festive spirit. They learned to play Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Christmas Song and Jingle Bells, all in the space of two days and they’ve been practising them regularly, ever since.

Learning with the LK-S250 Home Learning Kit

We’re planning to have the carol concert on Christmas Eve and I’ve also got a surprise lined up for them – I’ve bought a chocolate fountain and we’re going to have a little buffet of things to dip in the melted chocolate to enjoy together after the concert. I’m really excited as I love nothing more than surprising them. When we collected Maureen from my breeder friend, we told them we were collecting a parcel and they had no idea we were getting a puppy until they were standing in a living room full of 10 week old dogs!

Anyway, I digress…

I’ll be recording the concert, for posterity, and also for the ‘gram so make sure to keep an eye on our social media if you want to see the girls performing their songs. In the meantime, I hope you all have a very merry, stress-free, COVID-free festive period and thanks again to Casio for working with us on this collaboration.

There’s still time to get your hands on a Casio LK-S250 Home Learning Kit, if you order within the next 24 hours! It’s got everything you need to start learning the keyboard and it’s only £249, which is truly an absolute bargain.

Family · Home · Kids

Moving With Kids: 5 Tips To Make It Easier And Less Stressful

Moving With Kids: 5 Tips To Make It Easier And Less StressfulMoving can be quite challenging and having your kids with you during this time can make the transition all the more difficult. Children feel safe at a home where they grew up in. They also feel comfortable with the neighborhood, school, and friends they already know. While moving can bring about a lot of excitement to kids, it can also bring out anxiety.

While it’s impossible to eliminate all the challenges you’ll have to face when moving with your children, there are tips that can assist you in making it easier and less stressful.

 

1. Inform Your Kids About The Move Early On

It’s essential that you inform them about the move in advance. You can have a family meeting to announce it. Whether moving is already kind of a regular occurrence or not for your family, it is still a big deal for everyoneespecially your kids. It’s guaranteed that you’ll get some reactions from everyone, but you can offer them pizza or any other food to help them stay calm during the announcement.

Having the meeting sooner than later is a good thing to do. Why? Because it can assist you in explaining to your children why are you moving and other details about the move. Taking the time to inform and talk to your kids about the move can help address the anxieties, frustrations, and concerns they have about the move. It can also help you reassure your children that everything is going to be alright.

2. Hire A Moving Company

If you want the move to be smooth and easy, you should consider hiring a moving company. Things can get very messy on moving day and it’s going to be more challenging for you if you have kids. But if you hire a moving company that can help you out, you’ll find it very convenient.

If you need to dispose of waste and old furniture before moving out, you can hire waste removal companies that can collect all kinds of rubbish for you. This even includes large appliances, toxic wastes, and yard wastes that must be removed before moving. You can visit https://www.dirtcheaprubbishremoval.com.au/ to see what a waste removal service can do for you.

3. Get Your Kids Involved

Involving all your children in the moving process is very beneficial. It can empower them and help prevent making them feel like they’re helpless. As you create a moving-to-do-list, make sure that you have tasks for your kids that they can easily handle. Even a small moving task such as packing their toys can make a big difference from their perspective.

Kids love to help out. Rather than telling them that they are too young to help on moving day, your children will love to hear that you have prepared some tasks for them! If your kids are old enough, you can have them help you pack, arrange toys, or pickup boxes.

You might want to give each of your child separate tasks such as packing up and cleaning the rooms, packing boxes, or takingcare of their younger siblings. These things will help keep them engaged and involved with the whole process.

4. Visit The New Place You’re Moving To

If you can, you should visit the new place you’re moving to along with your kids before the big day. A visit like this can give them an idea of the new place and make it familiar instead of being a mystery for them.

Before you make a visit, be sure to grab a copy of the local newspaper to find out about any kid-friendly activities that may be happening during your scheduled visit. Taking a look at the local kid’s playground or recreational center can help reassure your kids about the new place. They will start thinking that the new neighborhood is not so bad after all.

5. Have A Positive Mindset

On moving day, your mood could also affect your kids. So, if you’re cheerful and excited, they’ll also feel the same way. But if you’re too stressed and frustrated because things are not going according to plan, expect your kids to feel the same way too.

Final Thoughts

If you’re relocating with kids, the tips above can help you make the whole process easier and less stressful not just for them, but yours as well. Taking the time to prepare your children and hiring a moving company to help you out can make a lot of difference when you’re moving with kids.

Education · Kids

5 Unusual Extra Curricilar Activities for Kids

5 Unusual Extra Curricilar Activities for Kids
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Now that the girls are being homeschooled, we’re acutely aware of making sure they have a rich variety of extra curricular activities lined up so that they’re able to socialise with other kids AND learn the creative things that might not be covered by day-to-day schooling. However, anyone who knows my kids knows that they’re not your average “football and ballet” kind of kids and they need something a little out of the ordinary to focus their creativity on.

With that in mind, i thought I’d share with you some of the more unusual extra curricular activites we’ve stumbled upon while doing our research:

Musical Theatre

Lots of kids have singing lessons or drama lessons, but there’s a professional music school in Telford which actually offers Musical Theatre lessons, which incorporates acting, singing, dancing and stagecraft all in one! Sausage went to a musical theatre class when she was little and really enjoyed it, so it’s definitely something we’d consider again.

Parkour Clubs

When BB was about six months old, I was working on my laptop while she played on the ground next to me. All of a sudden, I saw her getting higher and higher and realised she was actually climbing up my clothes airer like a ladder! Since that day,  she’s been mad about climbing, throwing herself off of things and generally behaving  like a nutter, so when I recently found a class that teaches parkour to kids, I knew it’s something BB would love.

Quidditch Clubs

Any Harry Potter fan will recognize this game that, in the books and movies, requires players to compete on flying broomsticks. In 2005, some college students figured out how to adapt the game for earthbound Muggles. Now hundreds of colleges and high schools have their own Quidditch teams. There are even Kidditch teams for young players! BB is mad about Harry Potter so I can imagine her seriously digging this.

Cooking Classes

There’s not much that my two love more than cooking up a storm in the kitchen and they’re both pretty decent little chefs. Sausage even had a birthday party once where her and her guests attended a cookery class at our local Waitrose and it was great fun! There are quite a few clubs around now which teach kids to cook and I know this is the sort of thing where my two would thrive.

Lego Club

While Sausage is probaby too old to enjoy a Lego club, BB is at the prime age to use her imagination for this kind of thing! We do a fair bit of Lego building at home so turning it into a learning experience where’s she’d also get to socialise with her peers sounds like something we’d seriously consider. Lego clubs are popping up all over the place so if you’re looking for one near you, I’m sure a quick search will help you to find one.