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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 »

Top Tips for Water Safety

Top Tips for Water Safety

Many of us will head toward water to enjoy the warm weather. Whether it’s a paddling pool in the back garden, a river, a lake or the ocean, below are some tips to make sure that your child is safe near water Make sure that an adult supervises children in or around water at all times. Even a shallow bath ... Read More »

Tops Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

Tops Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

While it feels like the Costa Del Limerick this week, don’t forget that you don’t need to be on a beach to be vigilant about sun safety. While, as a nation, we’re slightly obsessed about Vitamin D deficiency, it’s all about balance: Babies under 6 months should be kept in the shade and remember to watch out for tiny toes ... Read More »

Top 10 tips for new dads…..because babies don’t come with a manual

Top 10 tips for new dads…..because babies don’t come with a manual

Patience, unlimited patience. The more time you spend with your baby the more capable you’ll feel as a parent. The earlier you and your baby start getting to know one another the closer and better your relationship will be. For instance, when your baby is very small, bath-time can be very special. Try not to hand your baby over to ... Read More »