Month: March 2014

Queen’s speech will tell parents to love their children or face jail

In June, the Queen is expected to announce a new law – dubbed the Cinderella Law – which would make it an offence “to deliberately ignore a child or deprive them of love”. According to the Daily Mail, parents could face jail for up to 10 years if they are found to “deliberately harm a child’s intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development”. Robert Buckland, a Tory MP has been campaigning on the issue and he says: “We need a clear, concise and workable definition of child maltreatment… Emotional neglect must be outlawed.” What do you think about this? At Essex Baby we’re 100% behind all laws that protect children and enable them to grow into healthy, happy, balanced individuals, but we do wonder how this would be policed? It seems like mistakes could be made as assessing emotional behaviour could surely be open to all types of misinterpretation? There have been lots of very serious cases in recent years of children being physically abused and social services not catching it or preventing it. If there have been cases where the law hasn’t been effective, will the Cinderella Law simply take social workers away from the physical abuse cases that need attention? Or is the government proposing extra social workers? We’re a little perplexed at Essex Baby over this law and we’d love to hear other people’s opinions. Parents of...

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The Essex Baby Easter Holidays Events Guide

School holidays are just around the corner! If you’re looking for inspiration for fun things to do with your children, take a look at our events guide. We’ve listed our pick of the best Easter egg hunts, days out, shows and plays, outdoors events, parties, and museum activities across Essex. Have a great couple of weeks! If you would like to add to our Essex Easter events, please send details to emma@essexbaby.co.uk Essex Easter events running throughout the holidays Busy Bunny Easter Trail at Weald Country Park Fri 25 March – Sun 10 April 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm Visitor Centre, Weald...

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Making mischief

It’s April Fools’ Day tomorrow! Do you have any pranks planned for your other half… or your children perhaps?!! For all the mischievous mummies in Essex, take a look at our tips for playing jokes on your family tomorrow morning. Go on, you know you want to! Tip no. 1 – all the colours of the milk If your child likes to have cereal for his breakfast, pop a few drops of food colouring into the bottom of his bowl before adding the cereal and milk. Watch his jaw drop as the milk changes colour before his eyes! Tip no. 2 – good old fashioned whoopee cushion fun Place a whoopee cushion underneath your baby’s highchair seat cover, and watch your older child laugh with glee when you sit your baby down! You can try this with the car seat too! Tip no. 3 – size matters If you get your children’s clothes ready the night before, choose some clothes that they have grown out of, and the next morning, have some giggles why they try to fit into too-small clothes! Whilst they’re getting dressed, pretend to be astounded at just how much they’ve grown overnight! Tip no. 4 – liquid fun If you’re feeling particularly mischievous, sneak up to your child’s bedroom when they’re sound asleep and draw a moustache on their face. Liquid eyeliner should do the...

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Funding for lollipop ladies in Essex could be axed

According to the Braintree & Witham Times, Essex County Council are considering cutting school crossing patrol services across Essex in a bid to save money. A consultation has commenced and Rodney Bass, the County Councillor responsible for highways, has promised that no plans will be implemented before views of the lollipop men and women, and the schools they serve, are heard. Mrs Harrison, a mum from Black Notley, walks her two children to school each day, using the school crossing patrol services. She says: “I hope the council don’t do away with it because it will be really dangerous and they’ll end up with blood on their hands.” Do you use a school crossing patrol? Would you be happy for the council to cut this service to save other services you use? Are you a lollipop man/woman? If so, what are your thoughts? Please let us know by commenting below. We’ll then invite members of Essex County Council to read your opinions. Source: http://www.braintreeandwithamtimes.co.uk/news/11075271.Parent_fears_council____will_have_blood_on_its_hands____if_lollipop_lady_cash_cut/?ref=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter...

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Desperate not to leave my baby

The looming deadline of returning to work after being on maternity leave can leave lots of women feeling heartbroken and desperate at the thought of having to leave their baby every day. If this is how you’re feeling read this article from a mum who has been through it. If you’ve already returned to work and you’re getting through it, please tell us about your experiences and provide some reassurance for new mums. When I was on maternity leave with my first son and a few months away from returning to work I started to get frantic, scared, angry and upset about the prospect of leaving my baby. This beautiful little creature with his chubby cheeks and dimpled smile, who had been a part of me in my womb and my little shadow ever since he was born. I just couldn’t bear the thought that he’d be in someone else’s care, someone else’s shadow and I just kept wishing someone would knock on the door and tell me I’d won the lottery so that I didn’t have to return to work and leave him. It wasn’t fair… He was my baby… Some other women didn’t have to leave theirs, why did I have to leave mine? At that time a friend of mine told me that when her sister had been faced with the prospect of returning to work...

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