Month: August 2014

When should kids stop using strollers?When should kids stop using strollers?

Actor Adam Sandler and wife Jackie were recently snapped pushing their daughters, Sunny, five, and eight-year-old Sadie in a double buggy whilst walking in Toronto. Not many everyday parents choose to transport their school-aged children in a device intended for toddlers, but they’re also unlikely to have to dodge fans and sign autographs while taking a Sunday stroll. Dad Sandler confessed to being a naturally nervous parent in a recent interview with the Huffington Post. “I’m a worrier,” he said. “I’ve learned in life now that when your kid is upset you’re rocked until they’re not upset anymore. “You’re always nervous because you want your kid to be happy. “Now, I understand why my folks were always saying, ‘Be nice and be safe. Make sure everyone in the family is OK. That’s the most important thing.’” The Sandler family’s celebrity status may give them an extra reason to want to keep their kids close, but is there any harm in allowing older children to ride in pushchairs? Is it encouraging a lazy lifestyle or are there some situations where it could be considered sensible? Please share your thoughts by commenting below. For full Daily Mail article visit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2658690/Adam-Sandler-wife-Jackie-daughters-age-eight-five-stroller.html    ...

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Older children in urgent need of foster carers

Forster carers and councillors in Essex and Suffolk are asking more people to consider fostering older children.As part of the Fostering Network’s national campaign, Essex County Council are hoping to recruit 100 new foster carers to help support children in desperate need of stability. They are especially interested in speaking to people who might be able to offer care to teenagers, sibling groups of three or more, and children with disabilities. Dick Madden, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for children’s services told the East Anglian Daily Times: “Foster Care Fortnight is about challenging the stereotypes about who can and can’t foster and encouraging people of all backgrounds and skills to come forward. “If you are interested in finding out more about fostering then call in to one of our many events for a chat and meet some of our existing carers.” For more information please call Essex County Council’s Fostering Service on 0800 801 530 or visit www.essex.gov.uk/fostering.  Read the full East Anglian Daily Times article here: http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk_essex_foster_care_fortnight_urges_people_to_come_forward_and_care_for_a_vulnerable_older_child_1_3599476    ...

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Rainy Day Ideas for Toddlers

We love getting outside, so what can we do with excitable little kids when it’s chucking it down? Luckily we have some fun and easy indoor rainy day ideas for toddlers that will help keep boredom at bay. Rainy day ideas for toddlers (and big kids!) Build a city –  tape out the structure of your city and get building Credit: messymotherhood.com Make a Marble Run – the wobblier the better! Credit: www.learnwithplayathome.com Colour Scavenger Hunt – hand your child a bucket/container and ask them to find 10 orange items Related Content: 10 Clever Cardboard Box Craft Ideas Alphabet cookies – baking...

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Off-route bus hits mum and baby’s car

Bus drivers may not generally be renowned for their curtesy, but one First employee left a mother and baby in tears after driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Kylie Bradnum and her son Rocky were parked on Orwell Road in Dovercourt when the 104 First bus scrapped along the side of her Audi, despite Kylie’s pleas for it to stop. A spokesman for First said: “We are aware of the incident that took place in Orwell Road, Dovercourt on Wednesday, July 16. “The incident is being investigated internally, and our local insurance team are liaising with the...

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Football ban for Epping Primary School

Epping Primary School has temporarily banned children from playing football at lunchtime due to bad behaviour and ‘inappropriate language’. In a letter sent to parents, chair of governors, Julie Taylor, wrote: “Unfortunately this term there have been a number of incidents where some pupils have not adhered to the game rules, used inappropriate language and have been rude and disrespectful to members of staff. “They were made aware that if the situation did not improve then football would be stopped.” Angered by the ban, one parent told BBC Essex: “It’s their free time, they should be allowed to do whatever they want within reason. “They’re really upset about it. “They’re all watching the World Cup and they can’t play football.” Do you think that the poor behaviour of some professional footballers is rubbing off on children? Should the teaching of sportsmanship and self-control be a stronger element of primary school PE lessons? Please share your views by commenting below. For full BBC article visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-28092574  ...

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