5 Family-Friendly Activities To Keep Your Kids Engaged and Active

During the lockdown, without to ability to take your children to leisure venues such as museums and pools, and unable to visit friends or family, it can be hard to keep your children engaged and active. Bellow, is a compiled list of family-friendly activities to help keep your children happy and healthy over lockdown.

Board Games

Board games can be fun for all the family. Just as long as no one gets too competitive! Depending on the game, it can be a great way to improve your child’s deductive reasoning skills as well as a way to have quality time together as a family. Perhaps choose one evening a week to spend together playing. A good routine can also help add some more sense to your child’s understanding of lockdown.

A number of fun age-appropriate board games include:

  • Cluedo
  • Agricola (Family Edition)
  • Ticket to Ride

Wii

Now whilst we are probably spending too much time looking at our screens during the lockdown, we can choose which screens we look at and for what reason. Whilst other video games on other consoles require little more than the movement of your fingers, games made for the Wii console are often made with movement in mind. Created specifically for children and families, having fun whilst fighting off aliens or playing against one another in a virtual game of tennis can be a great bonding experience for the entire family.

Some active Wii games include:

  • Wii sports
  • Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
  • Just Dance

Quizzes

During the lockdown, plenty of us has had quiz nights over zoom with our friends or co-workers. So why not have one with your family? A regular quiz night can be a great way to increase your child’s and your own general knowledge whilst learning together as a team. There are plenty of age-appropriate quizzes online. You can even gradually increase the difficulty. Just make sure you get the correct level answers! Another great way to increase your child’s engagement is to have them be the ones making the quizzes for you and other family members to answer. And every so often you could have a quiz dedicated to their favorite subject, TV show, or recent fascination.

Cooking

Teaching your children how to cook can not only be engaging, it can also teach your child vital skills that they will need later in life. There are plenty of simple and child-friendly recipes online as well as in family-oriented cookbooks to take inspiration from. Cooking is also far more physical than people realize and can also be a great way to improve motor skills in young children.

Gardening

With Spring nearly upon us, it is time to get our green fingers ready! Growing your own plants, especially fruit and vegetables, can be a great way to teach children responsibility as well as the importance of eating healthily. It is also a very physical task and as such is a great way to keep the whole family active as lockdown continues.

How to Properly Baby Proof your Home

In the months waiting for your baby’s arrival, it can be easy to forget about the importance of baby proofing your home, this results in a rush job when you realize the dangers that may be present within your house. There are many things that can be done to reduce the risk of accidents and help bring peace of mind for your babies safety. As your child gets older they are only going to get more mobile and curious so you should try and make sure everything is covered as soon as you can. Below are a few helpful hints in regards to areas of the home you should take the time to make safe in preparation for your baby’s arrival.

 

Corner Guards

The amount of hard corners within any home is very surprising, every piece of furniture, every kitchen work surface, every table, and every door features a hard corner that poses a risk for a small child. In order to combat this danger, you should go out and buy corner covers to reduce the risk of a serious accident. As your baby gets older and starts trying to crawl and walk it is likely that they are going to fall over, without baby proofing the doors and furniture in your home you are seriously increasing the risk of your baby getting injured.

 

Baby Gates

Baby gates are an essential item in the task to baby proof your home, as your baby gets more mobile you are going to want to limit them to an area of the house so that they can safely learn and explore without the risk of them getting somewhere they shouldn’t be and more importantly somewhere that they could hurt themselves. The stairs are another part of the home that will need a baby gate as your child could be seriously injured if they were to wander upstairs and fall, this is something that could easily be avoided if you go out and buy a few gates prior to your baby’s arrival. Baby gates come in a range of sizes with extra-wide-baby-gates available to fit the larger spaces in your home.

 

Plug Sockets

Covering the plug sockets is one that parents often forget when they come to baby-proof their home, I don’t know what it is about babies and plug sockets but they seem mesmerized with the concept and love to play with the switches. This is obviously a big safety risk and electronics should not be accessible by your children. In order to combat this issue, you can buy plastic plug-in covers to be used when the plugs are not in use. You should do your best to deter your children away from the plug sockets either by using covers, moving furniture, or teaching them the dangers of messing around with electricity.

 

Cleaning Products

A final item to consider when it comes to baby-proofing your home is the storage of household cleaning products and chemicals, these are obviously very dangerous and should be kept out of the reach of children. A great way to ensure your child is safe from household chemicals would be to ensure that everything related to cleaning is kept in one space of the house, that way you can keep track of where everything is and reduce the risk of an incident. Washing up products and laundry detergents should be kept in a high cupboard out of reach from little hands, you should also keep your products in their original packaging as many of them come with a childproof container so that you have another precaution in place for your baby’s safety.

At What Age Should You Upgrade From Crib to Bed

For any new parent, buying a new crib can be one of the most exciting parts of any pregnancy journey, it makes the idea of having a new baby feel like a real experiment and so it’s not unheard of for new parents to splash a bit of cash when picking the perfect new crib for the baby. Once your baby arrives, watching them fall asleep every night in their beautiful crib is a nice consultation for having to deal with the hardships of parenting, but it can be difficult to decide when the best time to move your child from a crib to a bed is. There are a number of factors that can influence when the best time to move to a bed is, so here are some handy tips on what time would be the right one for you to make the transition.

 

Age

 

The general age that many parents agree to be the best time to move your baby into a bed is around 2 years old. At this stage, your child should have developed some good cognitive responses and thus will be able to safely react to any incidents such as falling off the bed.

 

Other factors

 

Size

Not every baby develops at the same rate and so your child may not meet the requirements. The reason that size is such an important factor to consider when thinking about moving your baby into a new bed as when they get larger, cots can become more dangerous for babies. This is because cots are more elevated than a bed and so if your child was to manage to climb over the rails, which adventurous children are likely to do, they may fall and injure themselves seriously.  If your child is still small and is showing no interest in climbing out of the cot, then it would be worth getting the most out of the cot that you already have instead of buying a new bed.

 

Your Cot

Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t notice that many cribs are actually adjustable. The bed element can be lowered which will make it safer for you to keep your child in it. The bigger your baby gets, the lower down the bed element of the crib should be. This will prevent them from pulling themselves over the rails and potentially harming themselves. Once again, this will save you a bit of money as it means that you can prolong the time that your baby is in the crib. If you are someone who has not yet got a crib and is still in the research part of your pregnancy, it may be worth investing in an adjustable crib from the very start as many parents miss the opportunity to do so.

 

Child’s Behaviour

While also considering the size of your child you should also take their behavior into consideration, if they’re a child that is quite hyperactive and prone to making a mess, a bed may not be a good solution. Beds give your child more freedom to get up to mischief in the night and so a cot can help prevent this.

 

What bed should I get my child

 

If you have decided that it is time to move your child into a bed it is important that you get the right one. First of all, don’t get them a bed that is too big. There are specifically made toddler beds that can prevent any falling. Due to the delicacy of your baby, you should make sure that they have as much comfort as possible, considering investing in a bamboo mattress as these can be really great for supporting your child’s spine and will also mean that they will be able to fall asleep quickly due to comfort.

How to Help Your Kid Prepare for Becoming a Lawyer

New York City is the city that never sleeps. And a city as busy as New York is a bustling mega center for lawyers. A respected and lucrative profession, law is a brilliant field for any to pursue. So if your child is looking to move into the field of law in New York, here are a few ways you can help them best prepare for what will be a difficult, yet rewards career path.

Personal Tutor

This is the most effective thing you as a parent cant provide for your child studying law. A personal tutor will allow them to go that step further with their studies. It is proven that one on one face time with an education professional improves results. They will be able to take things at their own pace, tackle topics that they are struggling with and get a unique insight into the world of law from a pro. With so many options, and everyone clambering to get the best tutoring in New York, don’t delay on this one and invest in it ASAP.

Routine

Children need structure. It aids their development and keeps them focused. And law is all about structure. So making sure your household is running on an organised, productive and nurturing routine is vital. Perhaps you limit the time they can spend on entertainment devices until a certain amount of studying is done. Try and have dinner at the same time every day. If they have chores to do, make sure they do them consistently and usually at the same time. This will install a deep sense of routine and order within them that will benefit their studies and eventual practice of law greatly.

How to Give Your 8 Year Old Daughter the Best Birthday Party Ever

When it comes to planning the perfect day for your little girl, it can be difficult to think of activities that will keep a room full of children entertained. Every detail matters, from the decor to the music, here are a few tips on how to give your 8 Year old the best birthday ever.

 

Food

Food is one of the most important parts of throwing a good party and when it comes to children’s parties, you have the opportunity to be creative. Match your food to the theme of the party, if it’s a princess party then put together some princess cakes to really excite the children. The possibilities are endless, but be careful of serving food with too much sugar as you might get some of the children crashing before the party is over.

 

Decor

Nothing will set the scene of a party better than some colorful decorations. Ask your child what theme they would like, this means you can cater to what your child enjoys and impress their guests. This won’t cost a fortune either as you can do a lot of this at home, like printing pictures of your child’s favorite characters to hang up.

 

Goody bag

Goody bags are what all children look forward to at the party and is a great way to thank people for coming. Fill them with fun and unique items like toys and sweets. A new trend in goody bags is personalized items that the kids can show off after the party. I recommend a fun little wrist band as children will love to wear them and there is a lot of customization potential. A good place to purchase this would be sites like SleekWristbands.com.

 

Music

People underestimate the importance of a good party playlist. You need to remember to include the party classics like the cha cha slide that will get everyone moving, but you also need to cater to what the children like. Ask your child some of their favorite songs and check what is popular  in the charts and you really can’t go wrong. After all, you don’t want a room full of still children.

 

If you follow these tips you are sure to throw your 8 Year old the best party. However it is important to remember that not every child is the same and you should really ask them what they want their party to be like to get the best result.

6 Awesome Interactive Games to Play With Your Kids

Aside from entertainment including technology like watching TV or playing video games, it can be difficult to think of interactive games to engage your children. Interactive games can be brilliant for improving your child’s cognitive thinking and physical ability as you can play games that exercise their brains and their bodies.

 

1-  Scavenger Hunts

There is nothing that children love more than the excitement of a scavenger hunt. This is a good way to get the kids moving for a couple of hours and brings out a healthy competitive side of them. It would also be a good way to treat your children for helping out around the house or doing well at school as you could make the final scavenged item a big prize. One element of scavenger hunts that would be engaging for your child would be adding a riddle element to your hunt. This would really exercise your child’s mind as they would have to be quick on their feet and think of answers quickly in order to find the items.  A scavenger hunt would also be a great bonding exercise for your children as you can put them into teams in order to solve the hunt, perhaps even inviting some of their friends over.

 

2- Memory Games –

Memory games are always engaging for children as it once again brings out their competitive sides. There are many forms of memory games, from matching cards to removing objects from a set. Either way, it’s a sure fire way to gain the attention of your children.  Developing your child’s memory at a young age will be very beneficial to their education in the future, as it will help them with exams when they are older.  This is something that schools do with continuous testing, this will be a funner for your child and it will be a refreshing break from the hard work they do in school. Once again, if you do Memory games in teams, you could help to solidify their relationships with friends and improve their team working abilities.

 

3- Games that challenge your child’s ideals.

This would have the same kind of vibe as Would you rather? Which is a fun game for people of all ages. Obviously you wouldn’t give your children the same questions that you give your friends, but it can still be a very fun exercise. Once again this is the kind of game that gets your child thinking. It also gives them a chance to question their morality, which most games for children do not do. This is a really good way to develop your children’s personality and teach them about what is wrong and right. Would you rather is also a fantastic way to get to know your children, you’ll find out what scares them or even what makes them laugh, which will really solidify your bond.

 

4- Pictionary

Pictionary is a great creative outlet for children while also being a fun family game to spend an evening doing. This will not only test your child’s artistic abilities, but it will encourage them to work under time constraints – something that they will really benefit from in the future. Once again, to play this game you will need to work in teams, which will improve your child’s ability to work with other people.

 

5- Hide and Seek

Every child loves hide and seek. It comes with the excitement of having to catch/ run from friends.  Your child has to also think tactically when playing this game and will encourage cognitive development. It’s also just a very enjoyable game which lots of children will be interested in taking part of as it really doesn’t require too much work and costs absolutely nothing to do. You can also make it interesting by making it a game of sardines which means your children will have to work together to stay hidden.

6-  Simon says

Simon says is also a very popular game among children and will improve their ability to  listen to instructions. Once again, this will be good practice for when they’re in school, where they will often have to listen to instructions. It again brings out some healthy competition among your children and can be made funny through the use of some silly movements. It is also completely free and you can do it wherever you want.