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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Personalised Mother's Day Gifts from Funky Pigeon

AD // I'm a real sucker for personalised products - partly because my belongings very often go missing in this house, only to reappear a few months later in one of the girls' rooms (along with the excuse "but I thought it was mine!") - but I also think getting to choose something that suits your personality and your taste perfectly is extra special. The same goes for choosing something for someone special in your life; gifts are always appreciated so much when you've put lots of thought into them.

Last week Funky Pigeon very kindly offered to send me a little Mother's Day treat from their personalised range. I like simple, smart and functional things so picked out three items I knew would get plenty of use!

First of all I chose a 'K' tote bag. I always have a reusable bag with me, whether that's to carry my work things or for my shopping, and this one is large and made from a really thick and durable natural cotton so I know my laptop will be safe in there, or that it will hold plenty of shopping.

Being obsessed with stationery I also chose a monogrammed notebook. This one by Legami is the perfect size to slip into your handbag and comes in loads of different bright colours, although I think it looks looks super stylish in black. The cover is soft to touch and held shut with elastic binding, and the monogramming is engraved rather than printed which I think makes it look extra smart.

The pièce de résistance though has to be this personalised caran d'ache pen which I am head over heels in love with. It goes without saying that the quality is outstanding, and that colour! It has grabbed the attention of lots of my clients this past week, that's for sure. It's also refillable so you'd be doing your bit for the environment by using one of these, rather than a cheaper, throwaway ball point pen.

I have to admit, I didn't realise Funky Pigeon sold so many great gifts but I'll definitely be shopping there again in the future. They're a great place to look for presents for any occasion, and offer next day delivery so are handy for last minute shopping too.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Cornwall Is The UK's Number One Holiday Destination - And Here's Why Parents Love It

Obviously right now, given the current situation worldwide, travel is the least of our concerns, but daydreaming about possible future getaways is something that's going to keep me going over the coming weeks and months, and hopefully a trip back to Cornwall will be on the cards for me and my family at some point over the next year or two.

Cornwall is a little different from the rest of the country. While mainland Britain features dull towns and even gloomier skies, this small peninsular in the west offers something a little different.

Unlike the rest of Britain, for instance, it has a semi-tropical climate. Some parts of the county and the isles of Scilly, are full of palm trees.... can you imagine that in Yorkshire? What’s more, it also has its own culture, making it distinct from the rest of the country.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that Cornwall won the best UK destination in the British Travel Awards of 2016. It has a little bit of everything - especially for families.

The Accommodation Is Ideal For Parents And Children 
Cornwall has always been a prime tourist destination. For that reason, the region is packed out with versatile accommodation. Lodges with hot tubs in Cornwall are not uncommon. With these, you don’t have to worry about hotel meal times - catering facilities come as standard. Many also come with gardens and open green space, allowing you to stretch your legs.

Enjoy New Dining Experiences 
Believe it or not, Cornwall is fast becoming the culinary capital of England, outside of London. All sorts of high profile chefs have made it their home and now offer keen diners the chance to sample local delicacies cooked to Michelin-star standards.

For parents with children, Cornwall offers a bevvy of options, including cafes, open farms, and fashionable eateries in places like St Ives. Most places try to serve local produce.

You Can Spend Hours Marvelling At The Landscape 
The Cornish scenery is a sight to behold. The county’s coastline is arguably the most impressive in England, with enormous cliffs, rocky outcrops and giant, sandy beaches that stretch off into the distance.

Cornwall isn’t a particularly mountainous region, but that doesn’t matter. So long as you’re beside the sea, it won’t disappoint. Plus, you and the kids can easily pop out for ice cream.

The Eden Project 
The most famous attraction in Cornwall is the Eden Project - a series of giant glass domes that act like greenhouses. Inside, you’ll find an entire tropical ecosystem, maintained by the unique environment found within its structures. The site is an example of British engineering at its best and serves as excellent inspiration for children. Most kids will never have seen anything like it before!

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

How To Teach Children To Be Responsible

We’d all like to keep our kids close to us where they are safe forever, but that stops being possible as they get older and become more independent. When this happens, the best way to keep them safe out in the world is to teach them to be responsible. Children can start learning responsibility from a young age if you give them the tools and skills to be used out in the world when they’re ready. If your children are responsible, it means you can worry less about them when they’re away from home, whether they go out with a friend’s family or are walking home from school alone. Read this guide on The Best Ways to Give Your Kids More Freedom to find more ideas to help them manage without you.

Set Age-Appropriate Tasks 
Even very young children can help a little around the home. Think of something that your child can manage without too much difficulty, and give them clear instructions on what you want them to do. For example, ‘tidy your room’ can seem daunting to a child and they not know where to start. A clearer instruction like ‘put your toys back into the toy box when you’re done playing’ is easy to understand and achievable for even young children. As they get older, you can give them more challenging tasks like making their own bed, helping you to wash the car, or loading the dishwasher. Having chores to do teaches independence, responsibility, and helps your child understand what goes into keeping a home, which helps to keep family life smooth and happy.

Show And Tell 
When you do set your child tasks to complete, show them how to do it and explain it in simple terms. If you find it takes more than a few minutes to explain to them what to do, the task is probably too complicated for them. Instead, break the task down into smaller parts and ask them to take care of one part. For example, if they find setting the table confusing, ask them to put out the placemats, while an older child does the rest of the task.

Work Comes First 
Children have short attention spans, but they can learn that work has to be done first before they can do something fun. As a parent, help them to learn this by approaching it in an honest and fun way. For example, if they’re asking to go to the park, tell them that you want to go too, but first, you’ll both have to tidy up the plates from lunch. This approach isn’t bossy and instead helps them to understand that you’re asking them to be responsible in the same way that you are. Admit that you prefer the fun stuff too, but that sometimes these jobs need to be done first so you can enjoy yourself properly.

Make Chores Fun 
Even adults don’t like chores very much, and we all enjoy them more if we can make them fun or sociable. Find ways to make chores more enjoyable for your children. Young children just like being with you, so try and find chores you can do together. Make chores into a game, such as making a race out of putting the toys away. You’ll both enjoy the task more and the job will get down much faster. 

Avoid Threats 
It’s important to set clear rules, but it’s more effective to explain these rules in a positive way instead of turning to threats or ultimatums. Instead of saying that they won’t be allowed something or will have a toy taken away if they don’t complete a chore, phrase the thing they want as a reward instead. For example, instead of, ‘if you don’t tidy up your toys, then you can’t have a biscuit after lunch’, say ‘when you’ve finished tidying your toys away, you can have a biscuit.’

Set A Good Example 
The best way to show a child what it means to be responsible is to model that behaviour yourself. Take care of your own things and space, such as putting dirty clothes into the laundry basket instead of draping them on a chair, and doing the washing up straight after dinner instead of leaving it. Explain to the kids why you’re doing these things, such as telling them you’re putting things away so you can find them again or keep your home looking nice, or getting a task done before you’re too tired later.

Focus On The Effort, Not The Results 
Children may not approach a task in the same way that you do, and it’s easy to get frustrated and just step in and do it yourself. Try not to do this, as the only way for them to learn is to keep trying until they get the hang of it. If you criticise or take over, the child is less likely to want to help next time. 

Let go of details that don’t matter. For example, if your child’s task is to set the table for dinner, they may forget to put out spoons or get the knives and forks the wrong way round. If this sort of mistake happens, try breaking the task up into smaller parts, so they can learn each stage and get the hang of doing the job in the way that you want. Help with any difficult parts, and then let them do the rest. 

Praise their effort, and suggest any improvements in a positive, encouraging way. For example, say ‘thank you for setting the table. Why don’t you put out some glasses for everyone too so they can have a drink with dinner?’ They feel encouraged and have a clear, easy way to correct their mistake without feeling as though they have done something wrong.
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