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Needles are never pleasant but there are a few steps that might ease the ‘ouch’ factor

Needles are never pleasant but there are a few steps that might ease the ‘ouch’ factor

For babies, cuddle them closely. Feeding before or afterwards can offer quick comfort. For toddler and older children, give them notice of what will be happening. A surprise shot could lead to fear or mistrust around doctor’s visits. Explain that they will be getting an injection to keep them healthy. It helps to also explain that the shot takes a ... Read More »

Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

While children look forward to the long summer break with great excitement, the reality can sometimes lead to the dreaded complaint—I’m Bored! Here are a few tips to help you cope. Embace It! Evidence suggests that boredom can be good for children. It allows them time to think, to become comfortable in their own company and to use their creativity ... Read More »

Top Tips for Helping your Teen Stay Healthy

Top Tips for Helping your Teen Stay Healthy

  Provide Lots of Healthy Food and Snacks. Many teenagers have voracious appetites-it may feel like a full time job keeping them fed. If you have lots of filling, healthy snacks on hand (think fruit, cut up vegetables, hummus and pita, wholegrain bagels and peanut butter, wholegrain pasta with tomato sauce), they will be more likely to reach for these ... Read More »

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

It’s the time of year when many families pack up the kids, the beach gear, the kitchen sink and head off for a long drive. Whether it’s an hour to the local beach or a car and boat trip overseas, below are some tips to keep everyone smiling. Safety First. Make sure all car seats are fitted correctly, and the ... Read More »

Top tips for throwing children’s birthday parties

Top tips for throwing children’s birthday parties

In an era where children’s parties seem to have grown out of all proportion, reduce your stress level with these handy pointers: Keep it in perspective – yes you want to celebrate your child and ensure they have a great time, but you also don’t want them to develop unrealistic expectations about what a birthday actually is Set a budget ... Read More »

Top tips for Packing Healthy Picnics

Top tips for Packing Healthy Picnics

In the true spirit of making hay while the sun shines, what better way to spend time with your children than on a picnic? Whether it’s in your back garden, the local park or on a beach, there are a few ways to elevate your picnic from the ordinary to the memorable: Include your child in the planning – where ... Read More »

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

The summer stretches before, and many children and teens will have lots of free time. Reading can be such a great pleasure and open up new worlds, but it can sometimes take the back seat to screens. There is overwhelming evidence that talking and reading to babies and young children is critical to their development, but how do we help ... Read More »

Enjoying the Summer without Breaking the Bank

Enjoying the Summer without Breaking the Bank

With the longest stretch of warm (even hot!) weather in recent memory upon us, there have been plenty of opportunities to get out and about as a family—taking leisurely evening walks, catching up with neighbours as the children play, dusting off the backyard pool. As the school holidays approach, however, talk often turns to summer holidays, and pressure can mount ... Read More »

Tackling Child Obesity

Tackling Child Obesity

Don’t Worry – Help is on hand! We all want our children to grow up to be happy, healthy adults. But it can sometimes be hard to know how. Unfortunately, more and more of our children are carrying extra weight – which is increasing their risk of health conditions like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and even cancer later in ... Read More »

Six Golden Rules

Six Golden Rules

Six Golden Rules for a healthy lifestyle The family who eats together is healthier: It’s a fact that young people who eat with their families consume fewer higher calorie drinks, more fruit and vegetables, and less fat both at home and in meals away from home. High Five for fruit and veg: Five portions of fruit and vegetables boost intake ... Read More »