Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 31

Carbon monoxide poisoning ruins too many lives not to be taken seriously

CO-Gas Safety, an independent registered charity, was founded in January 1995 by Molly Maher. Molly is the mother to Gary Maher, who died of CO in 1985 and Sheree Maher, who is confined to a wheelchair as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of the same incident. More than 600 people have …

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Jan 29

Why is the sky blue?

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Why does it rain? Why is the sun yellow? Why is water wet? Ever felt puzzled by your children’s questions? You are not alone. According to a survey by The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair conducted among 2,000 parents, 65% of UK children are puzzling them with complex scientific queries and almost …

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Jan 26

What advice can you give a new parent?

I just love the idea of the KidStart Parent Challenge, which started today. KidStart have challenged two of their baby-free twenty-something recruits to look after 2 Realityworks RealCare babies for 5 days. Aside from the fact I am sure it will be amusing I think it’s a great way to show someone without kids what living …

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Jan 26

The cost of raising a child increases (again) to £218,024

We know that raising children, on top of often being emotionally draining and probably shaving a few years off our life expectancy, can also be an expensive hobby. Cue the latest survey from LV=, the friendly society, which shows that the cost of raising a child, from birth to their 21st birthday, has increased to …

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Jan 24

My child is scared of the dark…but electricity bills are soaring!

One day, out of the blue, my 4-year-old son decided that darkness was scary and requested to have the light on in the corridor at night, with the door open as wide as possible so he could check that is it indeed, on all night. I always promised myself I would never give in to …

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Jan 23

Road Safety Tips: Helping your children to be safe in traffic!

Every week, Great Britain has an average of 9 children (below 6 years of age) either seriously injured or killed. Irrespective of the nation, the data signals the significance of road safety for children. You cannot stop children from going outdoors for fear of accident. But you can educate them to follow guidelines and rules …

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Jan 23

Choosing an au-pair: the dos and don’ts

I am becoming a bit of an expert at choosing au-pairs. We’ve had four – the latest is spending her second year with us, and quite frankly, shows no signs of wanting to leave. People unfamiliar with this convenient, friendly, fun – and cheap – method of childcare often ask me ‘How do you select …

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Jan 18

My New Year’s resolution: be a better parent

StreetSmartKids are so excited to introduce childalert’s new mummy blogger Charlotte Kan. Charlotte is a free lance journalist with 10 Years experience in print, broadcast and internet media. She has two young boys of 4 and 21/2 years – what a handful! But being in the ‘deep end of motherhood she understands childalert and the …

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Jan 13

When your baby sleeps Mum must rest

My kids have a new cousin Louisa – very cute very beautiful but a headache for her new parents, especially at night. The problem is that Louisa will only fall asleep sucking a boob – so when she wakes up at night (four times…) she needs it again Her mum says  ‘I thought at x3 …

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