Here’s How You Can Make Memories With Your Kids

Us mummies know that children grow up far too quickly. One second they’re toddlers, the next they are teenagers. While we are always happy to see our children growing and thriving, for us, there is a sense of nostalgia that comes as our little ones start to grow up.

As kids grow so quickly, I think that making memories with them is incredibly important. Making memories with your children isn’t just important for you, but also for them. We all have those fond memories of fun that we had with our parents, and it’s only natural that we want to provide our kids with the same.

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To help you create some amazing memories with your little ones, I have put together a list of some fun, memory making ideas, below:

Go camping

I don’t know about you, but some of my happiest childhood memories are going on family trips during the summer holidays. If you can get a few days off of work, why not plan a trip that the kids will love?

Taking the kids away doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you choose to go camping. Camping is fun, full of adventure, and best of all, memorable. Kids love spending time outside, so taking them on a camping trip is perfect for them.

To make your trip even more memorable, why not book the whole family onto some exciting activities? From horse riding excursions to white water rafting, there are lots of fun, memorable activities that you could choose from.

Have a family photoshoot done

A great way to create a memory that will last forever of you and your children is having a professional family photoshoot. Not only will the photoshoot itself be fun and enjoyable, but you will also have the amazing photo that you can keep forever.

As well as traditional family photo shoots, you could also consider booking a unique photoshoot. Many photographers offer lots of unusual photoshoot ideas so that you can have the perfect family photo.

If you love the idea of having a photograph taken outside, then get in touch with family photographer, Hillary Pittsenbargar. She is one of many photographers willing to shoot in various locations and can capture natural photographs that are ideal for making memories.

Bake with your kids

I always remember being a child and baking with my mother – I absolutely loved it. For me, making cakes with my mum was one of my happiest memories, which is why I love spending time baking with my little ones.

A great way to make memories with your children is taking the time to bake with them. Whether that’s making cookies or brownies that doesn’t matter, just as long as you spend time cooking with them. I always find that my kids enjoy baking a lot more when I allow them to choose what we make and make baking fun.

As mums, we know that our kids grow up way too fast, which is why making memories with them is so important. There are lots of ways you can make memories with your little ones; the key is having fun and spending time as a family.

Make A Perfect Playroom For Your Kids With These Easy Tips!

There’s a decent chance you’ll have a spare room in your house somewhere. Or an attic/basement that’s not being used to its full potential. Instead of letting so much space go to waste, why not convert one of these rooms into a playroom? It will be a perfect little place for your kids to play with their toys and let their imaginations run wild.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You think it’s going to be too hard to design a playroom, you’ve never done this before! Fear not, fellow parents, I’ve got some tips for you to make life easier:

Ceiling

Just because you don’t look up all the time, doesn’t mean you should neglect the ceiling. Decorate it with as much care as you would any other part of the room! Maybe go all Michelangelo and paint something on the ceiling. If you’re good with arty things, this can be a great idea.

It could also be an idea to get a ceiling feature, like a Hunter Fan. I think this would be good for a playroom because it can cool down your kids so they don’t get hot and bothered while playing in the summer. If you’ve gone for a themed wallpaper, then make sure your ceiling fits in with the design of the theme too. Whatever you choose to do, don’t decorate the entire room and leave the ceiling blank!

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Floor

The floor is arguably the most important part of the playroom. If you don’t have enough floor space, then your kids aren’t going to have room to play. Map out how much space you need before you think about adding things, such as furniture. If you only have one child, you’ll need less floor space than someone with two children. It’s something you’ll figure out just by sight. It may be a good idea to put minimal furniture in the room, just so there’s more playing space.

Also, think about what flooring you want for the playroom. In my opinion, there’s only one option here. If you’re making a playroom for your children, you need to have a carpeted floor. It’s soft, and won’t hurt them if they fall over. Plus, it will keep the room a lot warmer, which is good during the cold months of the year.

Walls

A key part of the playrooms design will be the wallpaper. Decorate the room with the finest wallpaper full of your kids favourite TV characters. There are lots of superhero themed wallpapers about that will be perfect for your young avengers! Alternatively, you can just go for a simple coloured wallpaper. Choose a colour that gives off a nice, playful feel to the room. No kid should have a playroom that’s covered in black, gloomy wallpaper.

Another idea for the walls would be to paint a mural on one of them. This could be anything you like, a cartoon adaptation of your children is something that springs to mind. You could paint them next to their favourite heroes! Or, if you can’t paint, hire someone that can and they’ll do it for you.

 

Take A Look At This Guide To Mothering A Toddler

Life as a mother is hard. Nobody would dare say it isn’t. There are plenty of times when the job seems to get that much harder, though! It can be particularly tough during those times that your child needs the most attention for their own safety. We all know that looking after a newborn is the toughest job in the world. You have to feed them every couple of hours, change their nappies and get them clean.

Newborns really take it out of you, because you have to be so vigilant. With little to no sleep, this is incredibly tough. Small babies are so fragile and delicate. With no sleep and a dramatically altered body, you can be the clumsiest person in the house! That is, until your newborn reaches toddlerhood. As a toddler, there could be dozens of bumps a day, as he tries to find his feet.

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Once your child reaches those wobbly days of toddlerhood, your vigilance and fear of harm kicks back in. Within just a few days, they can be off and running, getting into things you never dreamed were possible. It’s around this time that you are probably thinking about changing things around in the house, to help make life a little safer for him.

Starting with his bedroom, it could now be time to do away with the cot. Instead, a bed with protective barrier may be a better option. Once he starts to climb over the bars of the cot, it is just safer to remove them altogether. If you are buying a new bed and toddler bedding, you may want to consider a waterproof mattress protector for when you start toilet training.

You may be installing extra stair gates too. The doorway to the kitchen and the top of the stairs are new places to consider safety. Shoes and slippers now need to be functional and not just a matter of warmth. You may want to consider having your child’s feet measured professionally to be sure the shoes you are buying are a good fit.

Your garden space may now present lots of hazards you hadn’t considered before. Now your little one is unlikely to stay where you put him, you will have to be with him at all times. It’s a great time to teach him about some of the hazards around him. Plants can be ‘spiky ouch’, and steps can be ‘bumps’. Teaching him to ‘bump’ down the stairs one at a time on his bottom is a safer approach than walking. It’s unlikely he can reach the handrail securely.

Now he is beginning to walk, you may choose to get rid of your pushchair. This is a bold move, but it will help him learn to walk farther more quickly. Of course, your pace will be dramatically slowed down. And the distance you can cover is greatly reduced. It will be worth it in the end for a strong and confident walker.

Toddlerhood is one of the toughest times for a mother. Soon they’ll be running around confidently. But in the meantime, you may feel like you need eyes in the back of your head! Enjoy it while it lasts.

 

5 Retro Games Kids Will Love

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Everyone seems to be jumping on the retro bandwagon these days, but kids just love a great game regardless of whether it’s fashionable or not. Active games like bulldog or learning how to play marbles are fun ways to keep them fully absorbed. They also make your life easier as you don’t have to worry about the pitfalls associated with lots of time spent online!

Here are some fun ideas that will keep them occupied for hours…

  1. Bulldog – you don’t need any equipment for this game, and it will burn off tonnes of excess energy! One person is the ‘bulldog’ and stands in the middle of your garden/ marked square/ church hall. Everyone else lines up along one side, and has to race past the ‘bulldog’ without getting caught. Anyone who is caught stands in the middle and joins the ‘bulldog’ in catching people, until there’s only one runner left.
  2. Marbles – these are inexpensive and versatile, and bring the word ‘retro’ to a whole new level: marbles were being played by Ancient Egyptian kids, as far back as 4000BC. You may find your kids just marvelling over the colours and swirls of their favourites, but there are lots of variations on how to play marbles. A simple game is to outline a circle on the floor with string, putting around 5 marbles in the centre. Roll another marble towards the ring, trying to knock out as many of the original marbles as possible. You can find a more detailed description on how to play marbles here.
  3. Roller skating – it’s an increasingly popular retro pastime for adults, but kids also love a good roller disco. It’s a great active option that’s social and good for balance, and they’ll be completely engrossed in working on their moves (learning to stop is always a challenge). A group trip to the local roller disco also makes for an easy party. They can dress up in their smartest ‘50s frocks and jeans, and nibble on retro party food like jelly and ice cream, to refuel after all of the skating.
  4. What’s the time Mr Wolf? – a noisy, fun game kids can easily run themselves, leaving the adults to have a quiet cup of tea. It’s very simple: one kid is the wolf, and stands with their back to a wall. Everyone else lines up about 10 feet away, and asks “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” The ‘wolf’ turns around and replies with a time, like “It’s four o’clock,” which means everyone else advances four steps. At any point, the ‘wolf’ can reply, “It’s diner time!” which is a cue for everyone to run away shrieking as the ‘wolf’ tries to catch someone.
  5. Cat’s cradle – a good activity for a rainy day, this can develop into an addiction as kids try to work out new ways to tangle their (and often your) hands up with string. All you need is a piece of string with the ends tied together to make a circle. Advance from cat’s cradle to the Eiffel Tower or Jacob’s Ladder!

5 Apps to Keep Your Kids Educated and Safe Online

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Kids love technology. Instead of TVs and video games, they find their entertainment on tablets and smartphones. But how do you make sure they’re staying safe online and utilizing those devices for more than just entertainment?

Because apps tend to be a little more accessible than a web browser for children, it’s likely their online experience will start in that category. As parents and caregivers, it’s your responsibility to ensure your children experience a variety of activities. Not only that, but you’re the sole guarantors of their safety.

To keep your kids safe and learning, check out these must-have apps for parents of toddlers, tweens and teens:

mamaBear

For the helicopter in you, the mamaBear app allows you to keep a close eye on your children and what they’re doing. It’s no secret that with new technology comes new opportunities to get into trouble; sometimes kids are going to need someone looking over their shoulder to make sure they’re not getting into something they shouldn’t.

The mamaBear app allows you to keep an eye on your children’s Facebook feed, and soon Twitter and Instagram as well. Cyberbullying has become an increasing concern, so this app allows you to step in without being asked (many times kids simply don’t want to bring it up).

If your kids are on the move, this app also allows you to track them via GPS, and even have them check in when they leave or arrive at destinations. If you’re the forgetful type, it will even remind you when it’s time to pick them up. There’s also an SOS feature for when they’re in real trouble.

If your kids are a bit older, you’ll have the opportunity to monitor how fast they’re driving too. Just because they didn’t get caught by the cops doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t give them a good talking to. Just make sure you don’t take this app’s features overboard; it’s definitely possible to be overbearing.

PBS Kids Video

When you’re not following your kids around, it might be nice for them to relax and enjoy some quality programming from PBS. Now, instead of being glued to the tube, they can be attached to your tablet or phone watching reruns of “The Cat and the Hat” or any number of PBS’s lineup of quality kids programming.

It’s an app that gets straight to it. Kids love to watch PBS’s programming, and PBS does a great job of making certain that all their shows are packed with educational lessons and helpful tools for living. Best of all, there’s little chance anything inappropriate will pop up on PBS, so you can feel safe knowing your kids are watching something good. Oh, and it’s also free.

ExpressVPN

Even assuming you’re monitoring your kids’ activities online, that doesn’t necessarily make them immune from foul play. If anything, your kids are that much more vulnerable to security risks because they’re less likely to be able to see around corners and make educated decisions.

So what exactly is ExpressVPN? It’s a virtual private network (VPN) that keeps anyone and everyone (both you AND the kids) a whole lot safer when using the net. A VPN acts as a medium between you and the rest of the net, transmitting your data and requests anonymously through an encrypted network. Then, when data is sent back, that information is also encrypted and returned to you safely.

Effectively this means malicious individuals such as hackers are less likely to intercept you or your children’s activities and upload dangerous malware. These sorts can create all kinds of problems for you and your family, sometimes going as far as breaking your device or stealing your (or your kids’) information.

ExpressVPN is one of the best VPN services available because it does not interfere with your connection speed and keeps your information secure. While not free, its services are definitely worth the small monthly cost.

Reading Rainbow

You probably haven’t seen this one since grade school; not only does Reading Rainbow still exist, but now it even has an app! Though it’s a subscription service, Reading Rainbow gives you and your kids access to hundreds of books. Books aren’t all they have to offer; they also have a library of educational videos to watch just like back when you were a kid.

We like this one because it gives you a real opportunity to bring story time into the tech era. With a bunch of books to choose from, your kids can either read on their own, or you can read together without being stuck reading the same book every night before bed.

Mad Libs

If you haven’t played this one, now’s your chance to try it as an app. Mad Libs is finally available on both iPhone and Android platforms. The free version has 21 different words to pick from (and they claim to be adding new free content all the time) with the option to purchase additional content separately. It’s a simple game, but it’s fun for both children and adults.

The premise of the game is simple: a story with blank spaces is generated, and it’s your job to fill in those spaces with words you have available. It sounds simple, and that’s because it is. The real charm of Mad Libs is in filling the blanks with words that make sense but are entertaining for everyone listening. Normally Mad Libs is a game you play with a group of people, but the app also allows children to play on their own.

This is one you may want to check out for yourself because the words being used don’t necessarily have to be elementary.

Be Safe, Have Fun

Though technology continues to offer us new challenges, bright minds come up with novel solutions every day. Despite the difficulties of ensuring your child’s safety while using the net, there are plenty of tools available to help. They are no replacement for you, but it sure feels great to have a helping hand here and there.

As always, keep an eye on what your kids are consuming. Fancy VPNs and monitoring apps work wonders, but only if you’re staying engaged. Just be sure you don’t smother anyone in the process!

Getting Back to Basics: Games our Grandparents Played

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There’s no denying we’re living in a digital era­ ­– even our kids are now being described as ‘digital natives’. They know about superheroes from movies, not comic books, and Ofcom reports that more than a third of children aged between 5 and 15 own their own tablet computer.

In between juggling work and family life, it’s not easy to find the time to lure the kids away from their video games. When was the last time you took the kids on a nature walk through the park, or play a board game? Do you even remember how to play marbles?

If you’re beginning to realise just how precious quality time (away from a screen) can be, we’re here to remind you of a few of the good old-fashioned games our grandparents used to play when they were younger; games that are still more than capable of entertaining and educating our little ones today!

Marbles

Marbles can be traced all the way back to the Romans, but it was during the 1800s that they really became a popular game for little boys and girls.

  • How to Play Marbles

If you can’t remember how to play marbles, don’t worry – it’s simple to teach your kids. Use a piece of chalk to draw a circle on the ground – any size (the bigger the circle, the more challenging the game), but around 90cm in diameter is standard. Place marbles in the centre of the circle, with each player keeping their biggest marble as their ‘shooter’. Players take turns to try and knock as many marbles out of the circle by flicking their shooter with their thumb. The rules are straightforward – if you knock a marble out, take another turn. The player who has collected the most marbles when the circle is emptied is declared the winner.

Hopscotch

Scotch hopper ­– now known as ‘hopscotch’ ­– became very popular in wartime Britain because it could be played for free. All you needed was a small piece of chalk and a lightweight stone or rock.

  • How to Play Hopscotch

Using a piece of chalk, draw a hopscotch course on the floor – there should be 10 numbered squares in total. Throw a small beanbag (much safer than a stone!) to land in one of the squares, then hop your way along the course. Only one foot should be on the floor at a time, except where two squares are side-by-side. Hop over the box containing the beanbag, turn at square 10, and hop back. Pick up your beanbag on your return, but still hop over the space that it landed in.

Jacks

‘Jacks’ is a relatively modern term for a very old game. So old, in fact, that the game is referenced in many Greek epics including the Odyssey.

  • How to Play Jacks

The first player holds the jacks in their hand and softly throws them to scatter around. The first player gently throws a rubber ball up into the air, attempting to pick up a jack before the ball bounces, and then catch the ball after one bounce in the same hand as the jack. They then move the jack to the other hand, and repeat until all jacks have been collected. Continue by picking up two at a time, and then three at a time and so on. The player’s turn ends if they fail to pick up a jack, fail to catch the ball after one bounce, or if they drop the jack. The game continues until a player has successfully collected all jacks in one go.

If you often read advice for kids, you’ll know that many experts recommend an ‘everything in moderation’ approach. This means that you don’t need to ban your kids from watching TV or playing video games, but that it’s important for children to spend time playing outdoors, too. This allows them to get more exercise, learn more about nature, and express their creativity. So the next time you’ve got a sunny weekend, get out into the garden and give these great, old-fashioned games a try!

The Healthiest Takeaway Options for You and Your Little Ones

Now and then we like to treat ourselves (and our children) to a takeaway. Fast food isn’t something that should be scoffed every day. However, there’s no harm in having something naughty every once in a while. You may be surprised to learn that there are some healthier options out there too. It’s not all just greasy burgers and salty chips. To prove my point, here are the healthiest takeaway options for you and your little ones.

Chinese Food

Many people believe Chinese to be the healthiest of all the takeaway options. After all, there’s plenty of vegetables in there. Plus, don’t we all make stir fries at home? And they’re supposed to be healthy! Chinese takeaways can be filled with battered goodies and sugary sauces, however. If you want a better option, try to steer clear of anything battered. Look for wok-fried or steamed dishes instead. Fish is always a good choice. As is steamed rice. Don’t forget to go for the meal that has plenty of veggies in, too. Avoiding salty and sugary sauces is the way to go with Chinese food.

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Indian Food

Most Indian takeaway dishes contain several grams more fat than the recommended daily allowance. Hardly a healthy treat then! However, there are ways to bring all that fat content down. Primarily, go for the dishes that are sauce-free. Like Tandoori chicken, for example. Many of the sauces are packed with cream and artificial colours. So, keep away from anything that looks unnaturally red or orange. You should also only pick one carbohydrate filled side dish, such as rice or a naan bread. Don’t be greedy and go for both!

Fast Food

There are so many fast food chains out there, many of which claim to be a healthier option. Subway, we’re looking at you. Did you know there are 1,640 calories in a McDonald’s Big Tasty Burger with large fries and a banana milkshake? Even those bananas won’t save you. Go for mini portions, such as a KFC mini fillet instead. The complete KFC menu is listed on fastfoodmenuprice.com if you want to have a nose. Swap your fries for something healthier, such as a side order of corn. And ignore those ‘go large’ offers at all costs.

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Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? You’d be hard pushed to find someone who doesn’t admit this is their weakness. Plus, it seems to be a kids’ party staple. Unfortunately, that takeaway pizza is probably one of the most fattening things you can scoff. Especially as most of us can get through a fair few slices, with sides. Your worst options are meat feasts and stuffed crusts. We won’t even get into how many calories are in those delicious dips. If you want a healthier version, then you’re best off making pizza at home. It doesn’t take too long to rustle up, and it’s fun for the kids too.

So, if you are going to treat your family to a takeaway, then it’s best to plan ahead. Make healthier choices for you and your children, so that you don’t feel so guilty afterwards. And remember, these should be a treat. Not an everyday occurrence!

 

Connecting with your children through inspirational figures

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While young children are developing, it is important that they be exposed to inspirational figures that can help them strive to be better and more productive citizens. Inspirational figures can help children set goals that will help others around them. Here are a few individuals who will inspire everyone to do better:

Jennifer Atiku

Jennifer is heavily involved with eradicating AIDS and HIV in Africa, through the Gede Organization. It is her belief that better education, counselling and medical care can combat the terrible effects this disease is having on the African people. Her status allows her to reach out to a wide range of potential benefactors that share her beliefs and goals. Jennifer was recently called to the bar for her law degree and her husband could not be prouder of his wife’s accomplishment, as seen at http://www.36ng.com.ng/2014/11/25/atiku-celebrates-as-his-wife-prof-jamilah-atiku-abubakar-gets-called-to-the-bar/.

Roshaneh Zafar

Roshaneh has dedicated herself to helping empower women by encouraging them and giving them support in entrepreneurial endeavours. She founded the Kashf Foundation, which provides microloans to women in Pakistan. Over $225 million has been loaned to women who are often turned down for any financial help. Women who never considered themselves as ever being business owners are now the proud heads of successful businesses. Their leadership will go on to make sure that other girls will realize their potential.

Andeisha Farid

In Afghanistan, women and children often do not have access to good education. After college, Andeisha moved to Kabul and in 2007 started the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization. The group has ten orphanages that house an average of 45 children each, and offers them the opportunity of an education that can put them on the fast track to success.

Helping children and teens set goals

Over the years, the interests of a child can change a lot; core values can however persist. Teaching children to set goals for themselves and help others at a young age can be very beneficial to them later on. You can help them by being a good example yourself. There are many volunteer opportunities and projects in which children and teens can play a role. Young children can help you pick out food to donate to a homeless shelter, or visit elderly people in your community. If a child looks up to an inspirational figure, then explain how they came to be that way. You might say that they went to college first to gain the skills they needed and that is why it is important to do well in school, or how they realized that others were less fortunate and needed help.

Determination and problem solving

It is also important to highlight that inspirational figures are very determined people who are typically problem solvers. Staying calm and making a plan to conquer a problem is critical to achieving a goal. Determination should also not get in the way of a feeling of compassion for others. This means being able to effectively communicate and work with others who have differing opinions and backgrounds.

Car safety is essential for families

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The safety of the vehicles you use within your family is very important. When purchasing a vehicle this is one of the main concerns. Luckily, vehicles are safer than ever due to modern safety regulations. You may wonder how cars became so safe. The answer is complicated but there is no question that motor racing, especially Formula One, has played a large role in developing the essential safety features we take for granted every day. In the past, Formula One had a high rate of injuries and fatalities. Now there is rarely even a serious injury and while fatalities do happen, they are rare. This is due to the improved tyres, better handling and other innovations.

Safety comes first with true auto gurus

Max Mosley has long been an advocate of better safety standards for automobiles. He currently serves as the chairman for the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP). Recently he has voiced his concern over substandard vehicles that have failed important crash tests, and their impending release to millions of people throughout India. The Global NCAP calls for Datsun Go withdrawal so that the new small car is not released to families that deserve better safety standards. This goes to prove that consumers need to be proactive in researching the safety of the vehicles they use to transport their friends and family. Below are some things to consider when purchasing a safe vehicle for the transport of your loved ones:

Is it too old to meet your standards of safety?

Older or classic cars can be fun to drive and own, however they do not have the safety features of a modern vehicle unless some customization has been done. This means there are no air bags and seat belts may be non-existent or in poor repair. Older cars can seem like a bargain at times, especially if they have been well maintained, but you need to understand that safety should probably be more important than money when choosing transportation for your loved ones.

Buy from a reputable establishment

It is important to buy your vehicle from a reputable dealer or have it inspected before purchase when buying privately. Purchasing a vehicle from a dealer often means you have a warranty, whereas if you purchase from an individual there is usually no warranty. Don’t be afraid to ask about safety features and be careful to verify when the air bags were checked. Air bags do not stay in deployable condition forever and although you are not supposed to sell a vehicle that has had air bags deployed and not replaced, it can happen and you don’t want to be a victim.

Take your time

Purchasing a vehicle of any sort is a big commitment. You need to be sure that you are getting the right vehicle for your needs, with the latest safety features. Look at multiple vehicles and do some research, such as reading reviews before making a final choice. It is a lot better to buy a suitable car than to deal with the consequences of a bad purchase later.

Are You a High-Tech or a Low-Tech Parent?

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Technology is a big dilemma we all face when it comes to parenting: how much is too much? What kind of parental controls are best? What skills will they need in the future – and how many of those can technology help you learn? It’s especially tricky because there are no examples to compare against – we can’t even refer to our own experiences, because technology was nowhere near as big a part of daily life during our childhoods. So, do you stock the latest in travel gear and learning tech, or do you keep them entertained with simple activities like card tricks for kids?

How Do They Play?

First up, which kinds of toys do you encourage your child to play with: sophisticated robotic pets that also become friends or the simple classics like cards, which teach sleight of hand?

High-Tech option: Robotic pets, from swimming goldfish to robotic dinosaurs that “eat”, roar and take naps. Some are essentially fluffy robotic pet substitutes, sometimes with an impressive level of artificial intelligence, that can help kids learn through interactive games, as well as adapting to their likes and dislikes. However, because you can always turn them off on demand, they don’t help your child build empathy and connection the same way a live pet would.

Low-Tech option: Learning card tricks for kids. These can help develop numeracy skills, speed and dexterity. Playing with friends can also develop social skills such as leadership and communication. If you have a budding magician in the house, get them started with some simple card tricks for kids from here.

How Do They Learn?

With technology increasingly part of the curriculum in schools, when is it too soon to introduce your child to technology, and will it help them understand the increasingly complex world around them any better than simple, age-old learning tools?

High-Tech: Programming toys. Investing in robotic devices that explore simple programming skills, like giving instructions and basic coding, can give your child an edge when it comes to computing. These toys are designed to give them a deeper understanding of technology than just the attractive screen we usually see.

Low-Tech: Blocks. Colourful building blocks can actually help younger kids improve much more than just spatial awareness: studies have shown that they can help little ones solve computation problems and use a number line, developing logical skills and numeracy.

How Do They Travel?

Many people see themselves as a mix of both high-tech and low-tech parent, and nowhere is this more apparent than travel, where high-tech solutions are often embraced alongside lower-tech ones.

High-Tech: Convertible buggies, like the OmniO rider, which can fold from rucksack to buggy and back in seconds. It’s designed to save on hassle and time.

Low-Tech: Slings. These are especially good when they’re very young, and like to be kept close to mummy or daddy. It’ll also keep them at just the right temperature.

Whether you adopt a high or low-tech parenting style really comes down to personal choice, and ultimately I believe most parents have to work on a trial and error basis when searching for the best balance for their little ones.