Finding a genre of book that your child can enjoy

Reading is so especially important to a child’s learning and education. It is important to get them to read as often as possible as this will help with them with many aspects of their education and social skills.

It may be that your child says that they do not like reading, but often it is just that they haven’t found the right genre of book yet. Sometimes some of the books they have from school may be a little boring. It is worth trying to get a few different sorts of books and get your child to read at least a chapter or two of each. Some children like silly or funny books, some like books with pictures in and others may like mystery books or puzzle solving. Often children will like books by the same author, so if your child does find a book they enjoy, have a look to see if they have written any others.

Some books are fun to read but not all that good in terms of the way they are written. Some books don’t use the correct punctuation which can throw children sometimes, especially when they are quite young and just learning about punctuation at school.

Is high street shopping going to become a thing of the past?

Unfortunately, this last twelve months has been extremely hard for many businesses within the retail sector and this has seen a lot of them having to shut their doors for good. Shops that have struggled to trade online or rely on passing trade have experienced periods of no sales at all and although they have been given some support, for many, it was simply not enough. It is likely that as the shops start to open up again as we come out of lockdown, we will see more and more gaps on the high street where high street stores and independent retails are no more. Over the last few days we have heard that retails Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Oasis will not be reopening after lockdown and has been bought out by Boohoo, an online retailer. Could it be that over the next few years more and more retails switch to online shopping? There are advantages and disadvantages of this to customers and retailers themselves. For the retailers, their overheads can be a lot less as they do not have to pay to rent premises for their shop, but then they have to invest a lot more in their marketing to attract people to their website. For consumers, not being able to handle the item and try clothing on is what often puts many off buying items online, but as many of us have had to get used to this new way of shopping recently, it may be that some never return to shopping on the high street.

Shopping online – is it the new way forward?

So many shops are still having to keep their doors closed due to the Covid-19 restrictions and therefore if they do not trade online, they simply miss out of any sales during this time. Lots of people do not like shopping online and although they may of put it off for a while, there may of come a time when they have to. Shopping online has many benefits; it allows you to compare prices easily and order from the comfort of your home. There are also some down sides to shopping online such as having to often pay a delivery fee (even for cheaper items), having to wait to have your item delivered and maybe finding out that an item you thought was on its way is actually out of stock. As we all know, sizes can vary from shop to shop and even product to product so it can be hard to ensure you select the right size without being able to see the product. You should be able to return most items bought online but you may have to pay to return it as not all shops offer free returns. This is definitely something you should check before purchasing.

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?

Christmas shopping has been quite strange this year with many of the shops having to close at certain times throughout the last few months. It has also meant that some areas of the country have seen more shops close than others and this has made Christmas shopping a bit of a nightmare. The run up to Christmas is also a bit manic with people saying out to by last minute gifts or to fill their freezers with party food, but this year has been even worse. Due to social distancing, many people have had to cue to get in and out of shops and then queue again to pay for items. This can add hours of time on to your shopping trip and you may find rather than of doing it all in one day, you have had to go back to the shops time and time again.

If you haven’t finished your shopping yet then you may want to get moving as some shops already seem to be clearing away the Christmas gifts and decorations. If you are ordering presents only, bear in mind that they may not arrive before Christmas if sent using the normal postal service as they seem to be experiencing massive delays.

Start up your own book club and make new friends

Many people enjoy settling down with a good book and are eager to talk about their current read especially if it is absorbing so what better way to do this than start a book club.

The main idea of a book club is that everyone reads the same book and then either meets up in person to talk about it or online if meeting up is not possible. Some novels have ideas for discussions at the end of the book that can be used to stimulate debate and provoke thoughts into character motives, plot lines and author intent giving the group a good starting point for discussion.

Another way to organise a book club is to use it as a way of swapping books that have been enjoyed. Obviously, discussions about the book could only take place once every member has read the book to avoid any spoilers. Members could however provide a brief synopsis of the book whilst not revealing any twists that the story may contain.

Joining a book club is a good way to make new friends with similar interests as yourself and it is certainly worth finding out if such a club exists if you move to a new area.