Category Archive: Parents Speak

May 25

What type of parent are you ?

All parents want their children to be happy. We should aim to love them for who they are, not who we would like them to be, nor for what they achieve. What kind of parent are you? The experts tell us that the most all round and happy child comes from the parenting style that …

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Apr 26

Does your pre-teen have a Facebook page?

It’s all too easy for 11 / 12 ‘somethings’ to want to be part of the social network scene – why? – because their peers do and it appears it’s the way most now communicate. I wonder why that is – I know technology is second nature to kids nowadays but how sad it is …

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Mar 08

How things have changed! ( parenting trends compared between 70′s and now.)

My mum often says to me ‘that never happened in my day’ or ‘ I don’t know how you do it life was never so complicated when you were children’. Things definitely have changed over the decades – parenting can be tough and busy. Here are some statistics comparing the social trends of the 70’s …

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Feb 11

Tales of a ‘culture starved’ generation: should school be the only place to learn about art?

Do you rely on school to teach your offspring about Picasso, Monet or Van Gogh? Have you ever taken them to the museum, the cinema, or the theatre? If not, then they could be amongst the millions of a new ‘culture starved’ generation of British children who have never been to an art gallery, theatre …

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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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Dec 06

A book worth reading – the story of the ethical elephants

  I discovered this beautifully illustrated and exciting adventure book called Afindica which I read to my daughter. She adored the elephants and became captivated by their charm and presence.   Afindica would make a wonderful Christmas present and it also offers a strong moral standing – helping to save the elephants while also giving …

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Nov 24

Mums are the backbone of the family unit.

Did you know that on average a mum spends the equivalent of 1,135 days or five and a half years doing chores from housework to homework and they spend up to 2,180 hours and 52 minutes or more than 90 days in the kitchen!!!

Oct 18

The average age of a child’s first unsupervised drink is just under 14 years old

   Early intervention is best. It is vitally important to educate your child about the effects of alcohol before they become teenagers. Giving children the facts about alcohol from an early age ensures they have accurate information to understand or challenge what their friends tell them and to make responsible drinking decisions when they are faced …

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Oct 14

Did your parents tell you the same lies that you tell your kids?

My little girl creates the most comical monkey face and all the sounds that go with it – however someone  had mentioned that when the wind blows her face will remain that way ….. she asked nervously on the way to school this morning how she could tell when the wind would be changing direction … What white …

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Jul 14

Fathers incentivise children with double pocket money

I recently had two quite unrelated conversations with Dads about their children’s pocket money. I expected to have a conversation about difficult times and how in this economic climate children should learn to expect less. But instead they both talked about the need to educate their kids in learning more about how to handle money …

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