Month: June 2016

Home Office: Working from home with kids

It’s 1pm; Johnny’s had his nap, both children are fed, you’ve picked at their leftovers – time to put your feet up. Or not, if you’ve opted to work from home! This may be your regular working pattern, or you may have negotiated flexible working terms for the summer holidays as many people are being granted permission to work from home, allowing them more flexibility and a solution to the ever growing costs of childcare. Working from home with kids works well for some people; however, it’s not ideal for all. Everyone needs to try it for themselves and...

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Time saving exercise tips for busy parents

OK, so treadmills and crunches aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. But if you are looking to get into better shape or improve your fitness this year, there are a few things you can do to make it a little bit easier. The personal trainers at Nuffield Health have shared some top time saving exercise tips that will get you on the right track and keep you there – even when your schedule is against you. Time saving exercise tips 1. Head out early You may not like it, but getting up early to go to the gym really does...

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Why rewarding children with food could create emotional eaters

Parents who use food as reward could unintentionally be creating a generation of ‘emotional eaters’, a new study has concluded. Dr Claire Farrow from Aston University, along with her colleagues at Loughborough and Birmingham University, found that children who see snacks as ‘treats’ or rewards are more likely to use food to deal with their emotions in later life. Creating emotional eaters The long-term study looked at how parents fed their children between the ages of three to five years. The researchers then followed the same children until they were five to seven years old to see how different...

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A first look at the new Olympic Park slide, and it’s incredible!

Billed as the world’s tallest, longest, fastest tunnel slide, the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide in East London’s Olympic Park is a far cry from your average helter skelter. At 178m in length, it takes a full 40 seconds to make the journey from top to bottom, whizzing riders through the London skyscape at speeds of up to 15mph. Sections of the slide tunnel are transparent, allowing riders to catch glimpses of the surrounding landscape – the roof of the Olympic swimming pool, or the Stratford tower blocks. But this is not the place for admiring the view. You can see...

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Plans for 30 free childcare hours ‘in jeopardy’

David Cameron’s promise to give 30 free childcare hours to all preschool-age children may be in jeopardy due to a shortage of places. A report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that too few childminders and nurseries may decide to offer the extended hours because they are worried about losing money. The report says: “Private and voluntary providers report that the amount they currently get paid for providing free childcare is not enough to cover their costs and they therefore rely on charging parents for additional hours or other sources of income to meet them. “There is a...

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