Should you get your child in to fashion?

Fashion is often one of those things that you either love or hate. Some people live by fashion trends where as other purposely dress the opposite to fashion trends that are currently on the high street. When it comes to children, parents may like their child to have on trend clothing and foot wear or they may think that they are too young to be worrying about fashion and would rather they just wear whatever is comfortable.

Some fashions for adults may not be appropriate for children and each parent has to decide for themselves what they allow their child to wear.

If you find that your child is becoming a little bit too concerned with fashions and with named brand labels then you may want to start to teach them about the value of money. Some parents offer their child one pair of trainers for example, but say if the child wants a more expensive pair then they need to save up their own money to put towards it. This will make the child really think if they want the item or not and if they want to spend their money that they may have been saving for a while on a pair of trainers. Really the important thing is that your child feels comfortable and happy in what they wear regardless of what everyone else is wearing.

Doing your weekly food shop online?

Not many people enjoy the weekly food shop. It often consists of spending a fortune of food and drink which you then have to find a space for when you get home. It can take up a good hour or so of your day and you may end up spending a lot more than you had hoped.

Online food shopping has been around for some time now, but recently more supermarkets are offering delivery to a wider location.

There are a number of advantages to doing your online shop. Firstly you can do it from the comfort of your home and take your time. You can add items to your basket throughout the week, and then just select your delivery time and check out when you are ready to place your order.

The other advantage of shopping online is that it can help reduce what you spend. You will know exactly what it is going to cost you before you checkout so there will be no horrible surprises. You can also shop the deals in an instant and see cheaper alternatives that you may have missed in the store. You can choose a convenient time for it to be delivered and so can stay at home and get other household chores done whilst you wait or relax with a cuppa.

Buying electrical goods abroad

When you go on holiday you may decide to treat yourself to a new gadget.  Often you may find that prices are cheaper abroad then they are in the UK especially for electrical goods.  It is important to remember that not every country has as strict safety checks on electrical goods as we do here in England.

You may find a lot of counterfeit goods abroad which may be sold to you as genuine.  This is not only very often illegal but may mean that you end up with something that does not work properly or worse still is dangerous.

When buying electrical goods abroad be sure to check for all the safety standards marks.  If the item is supposed to be genuine but is a lot cheaper than you would expect to pay the chances are something is amiss.

If you do wish to buy electrical goods abroad then be sure to buy it from a reputable retailer ideally one that has branches in the UK also.  Check to see if you have any warranty with the manufacture as you may struggle to return the item if it becomes faulty or damaged.

Games to aid education at home

Education is massively important to a child. Not only will it help them progress through their school life and on to finding a career but it will also help them in general with many day to day activities that they will have to do.

As a parent you may think that education is for school but you may not realise the impact home life can have on. Children whose parents spend a little bit of time with them on a regular basis, reading, writing and doing maths often excel in these subjects at school.

If you want to help with your child’s education but do not want them to have to do worksheets or working out of a book then why not try some games? There are a number of games on the market which are aimed at being educational as well as fun.

Orchard games are a popular choice as they create fun and stimulating games for children that can be easily set up and are enjoyable. They range from counting and simple maths to problem solving and spelling.

Find a game that is age appropriate to your child and have a go. You may be surprised how much they enjoy it, spending time with you, whilst not really realising they are actually learning at the same time.

Preparing your child for key stage 1 SATS

Key stage one stats are due to be completed in June and many parents worry about what they need to do in order to help their child prepare for it. Your child should not have to worry about these early assessments but preparing them and talking to them about it can help to give them more confidence when the tests are placed in front of them. You can print off copies of old test papers from the government website that you can go through with your child so they can see what types of questions they may have to answer.
The most important thing is to teach your child to read the questions properly. In the maths SATs paper for example, the questions can change quickly from addition to subtraction to divide etc. If they assume that all the questions are addition they may lose out on marks for questions they knew the answer to.
If your child is really concerned about the SATs, speak to their teacher who will be able to talk to the child or give you advice on what you can do to help. SATs in key stage one are often more a reflection on the teacher than the pupil as it shows how well they have been taught.