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Month: August 2017

Gifford Circus – A circus like no other

Giffords Circus – A real treat Every year since my daughter was two years old, (she is now 11) her grandparents have treated the family to tickets to see Giffords Circus. And it is a treat. Giffords is unlike any circus I remember as a child. The tent is a very intimate performance space which allows the audience to immerse themselves completely in the story unfolding before their eyes. There is a live, quirky band who accompany the action at all times. The music sets the pace and enhances the overall magical atmosphere. This year has been no different,...

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Wrapped in cotton wool is good, but not too tight!

For me, bringing up children is like taking off on a plane. It’s that uneasy sensation when the wheels first leave the runway and although your head says it will almost certainly be fine, the pit of your stomach says otherwise. Wrapping my children in cotton wool or rather just keeping them safe has always been uppermost in my thoughts. I consider myself a worrier and have always been risk-averse, but I am fully aware of it and don’t think I have done my children any long-term damage. I also don’t think I am that unusual these days. So,...

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Sensory play for children – the slimy way!

SLIME is great for sensory play and children love it but it’s taking over my life! I have an 11-year-old daughter which means that currently, slime has taken over my entire kitchen! When I open the fridge door, I am met with handwritten notes instructing me to “Please do not touch” and “Slime needs to be kept airtight.” COOKING UP THE SLIME Homemade slime seems to have taken on a life of its own in ordinary kitchens across the country. Blue slime, green slime, gooey slime, scented slime and my all time favourite glittery slime. The one thing they all...

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Do you suffer from the back to school blues?

Going back to school after the long, lazy, summer holidays is always tricky. The pace of life has slowed, mornings have become part of the previous night and homework is but a distant memory. I absolutely hate the last week of the summer holidays. We are nearly out of it in our house with only one child left in school, but I still get that inevitable mood slump as the end approaches. It is like the ‘Sunday afternoon’ feeling but somuch worse. Bringing back memories of our own childhood I think many parents feel it too. Firstly, because they...

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Fidget Spinners – why the controversy?

Many children with attention disorders find it difficult to sit still for any length of time. In a traditional classroom setting, this is often expected, and any fidgeting is discouraged. As you may know or can imagine, this can be a very challenging environment for a child with an attention disorder, often resulting in anxiety or disciplinary consequences if not managed properly, making school life very difficult. At the school where I work, we allowed Fidget Spinners for children with attention disorders, autism and anxiety. Unfortunately, they soon became popular with the students without an attention disorder, and so we...

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