Being a savvy online shopper

Many of us now do much of our shopping online. This is especially true at Christmas, where it can e all too much to have to face the busy supermarkets or high street stores to get wat we need.

When shopping online you need to be a little bit savvy in terms of secure and also to get a bargain. Firstly never do any online shopping without using a secured connection. If you do online shopping and input card details on a unsecured network you risk your details being compromised and sued for online fraud.

When looking for an item, for example a vacuum cleaner, you may already know what make and model you want but don’t know where the best place is to get it from. Performing a quick search online will often list a number of retails selling the item and the price they are selling it for. This allows you to quickly compare and see where you will get the best price.

With online shopping you may also be able to read reviews on a product before you buy it. This can be extremely helpful and can give you an insight in to how good the product is in the eyes of the public.


Buying educational books to help your child at school

Many parents find it difficult to know how to help their child with their school work. As methods of teaching change, it is worrying to know whether or not you are helping or hindering your child by trying to explain how to solve a mathematics problem, which grammar to use in an essay or how to research a particular topic. This is when educational workbooks can be very useful.

Publishers make sure that the books they produce are up to date with current Government guidelines and so parents can be assured that the content is relevant to the age and development of their child. When choosing a book, look at the recommended age and key stage. Books with reward stickers and certificates can give your child the incentive to complete the workbook.

If you are still unsure whether a particular book is going to be helpful, it is always a good idea to ask your child’s teacher who may be able to view the book online and advise you further.

Helping with your child’s learning

With many young children starting school in September, there are parents all over the country worrying about how they can help their child in their education. Teachers have a huge task of teaching each and every pupil how to read and write as well as other skills such as social skills.

As a parent there is still plenty you can do to help your child in their learning journey.  More or less as soon as your child starts school, they will be given books to bring home. Taking 5 or 10 mins every day to hear them read and discuss the book with them can make a huge difference to how they progress at school and the early stages are often very important.

If your child enjoys reading and writing or maths or science then you could get them a fun activity book to complete at home with you.

Using books as a tool

Books are used for many reasons. For some books are purely for enjoyment, they like to read stories that are fiction to allow them time to unwind, switch off and let their imagination get carried away. For others, books are a great source of learning and can offer a wide range of subjects to study.

Book scan be great as a tool to help you explain a tricky subject to children. Sometimes there are certain times when we need to explain something to a child that is normally quite complicated in a simple way. Often by reading a book with them that shows a similar situation and allowing them to discuss it can be enough for them to be able to take it in and also to not worry, knowing that other people go through the same thing. Books like these are often used in situations where one parent has gone away of to explain the loss of a loved one.

Shopping with children

Some adults love shopping and some adults hate it, but if you have children you will know that almost any shopping trip can fast become a nightmare.

If you are shopping for more than 30 mins or so, many children start to play up and get frustrated and this can make days out shopping very unenjoyable. If at all possible I would recommend not taking children shopping with you if you know you are going to be a long time but if you have to then try and make sure you have regular breaks where they can sit down with a drink and maybe a snack. Sometimes just a ten min break is enough to settle them again for another few hours.

Some people try to bribe their children with a promise of gifts etc if they behave but this can quickly make a very expensive trip every time.