Helping Your Child Become More Resilient

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When we’re stressed our body changes to allow us to think faster, be more alert and to be capable of handling what comes our way. If it’s not controlled properly, or if we are in a state of stress for a long time, it can cause us to become annoyed, angry and upset. These are the basics of understanding resilience, and even as adults there are times where we can fail to stand up for ourselves.

It doesn’t mean it’s not impossible, though, and through practice and developing thought processes we can continue to be resilient through many struggles. These are things that should also be taught to your children, and to do that we’ve put together a guide with this girls prep school to show you where to begin.

Show who already supports them
They’ll have a lot of family members around them who want to see them do well, so it’ll be a great way for them to know about what support they already have around them. A lot of a child’s development is reliant on their self-esteem, positivity and motivation around others, which is often influenced by who helps them around the home and who they know they can turn to.

Show them that it’s okay to ask for help A huge part of understanding resilience means that it’s knowing who to call on if you’re in trouble. As children we want to know that our parents can help us when we need them, and showing that it’s okay to ask for that help when they need it will give them a huge boost in confidence.

Encourage free playtime
Time for a child to have fun alone or with friends will give them the chance to manage their behaviour, cognitive functions and independence skills. Activities like playing in a sand pit, going to the park with friends, playing with their own toys or using memory games as practice will keep your child stimulated as they learn.

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Historic Newspapers - Personalised Burnley FC Newspaper Book

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Father's Day is right around the corner - this year is flying by. I don't know about you but I really struggle when it comes to gifts for the men in my family. Thankfully, Historic Newspapers got in touch, suggesting one of their personalised Football history books to gift to someone special this Father's Day. I'd never seen their products before and thought, wow - what a unique idea!

Nick and I decided to order one of the football history books for his step-dad who is a huge Burnley FC supporter. I know, I know - someone has to support them, haha. Ordering on the website was very quick and stress-free. I simply selected the book that I wanted to order, then personalised by typing the giftees name, and by adding a personal message.

You can also upload a photo, and select a certain cover which vary in price - it's great and as I've already mentioned, very easy to do. The A4 leatherette with colour pages - £39.99, A3 brown leatherette with colour pages - £44.99, and last but not least the A3 luxury black leather, with colour pages, and free embossing - £59.99. There are additional extras too such as embossing, or gift boxes for £5 each.

This personalised Burnley FC history book is a must-have for all Clarets. The history starts in 1913, and the earliest newspaper reports are so fascinating - it's like stepping back in time. It's great to learn about some of the teams most memorable matches, and key players. Having all these newspaper clippings in one book is so special - it's quite incredible to flick through and watch the clubs history unfold before your very eyes. I have to say, seeing Sean Dyche at the end really made me smile! 

I can't recommend this book enough - it's going to be a gift that is enjoyed for many, many years. 
Nick's stepdad is going to be made up with this incredible, and thoughtful gift. Visit the website to take a look at Historic Newspapers full range of football history books.

Would someone in your family like a football history book? What team do they support?

Masha and the Bear Doll & Winter Bear Treehouse Playset - Review

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Masha and the Bear is a favourite in our house! I don't get it myself - it seems a bit wild but the kids cannot get enough of the chaos! With this in mind, I was delighted to accept a couple of toys from the range to review - and to visit our local Entertainer store to see them in-store.

The first toy we decided to open was the Masha and the Bear Winter Bear Treehouse Playset. Suitable for children from 3 years it retails at a respectable £20.00. Included with the set is the house itself, Masha figure, Bear figure, snowman, and over 15 other accessories - including Bears infamous armchair, and juggling set.

It's quite a compact playset and once opened up all the attached furniture pieces such as the stove, and fridge folds down nicely. The smaller accessories can fit inside the breadbin, in the pan, or chest - it's a lovely touch and one which keeps children engaged in play. As a parent, I must say that I was a little disappointed that the figures and accessories don't all fit inside neatly once put away. It means that many of the pieces have to be stored separately, and will be prone to being lost. If the playset was a little larger everything would be able to fit inside - it would have made it perfect.

Our favourite part of the Masha and the Bear Winter Bear Treehouse Playset has to be the figures - they are so like the show and articulated at the hips. I keep finding them inside Ava's rucksack as she likes to take them to and fro. Overall, it's a fabulous little set and who can argue with the price?

Next, we have the Masha and the Bear 23cm which is suitable for children from 3 years of age and retails at £20.00 - however, it's currently in the sale. Masha looked super cute in the box and Ava couldn't wait to get her out of the box. The doll is a lovely size and weight for young children like Ava to carry around and she really likes how you could pull down her headscarf, to expose her little pineapple ponytail. You can grab both toys online, and in-store from The Entertainer.

Exploring Moral Values with Your Child

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Parenting is undoubtedly a challenge. Not only must we put food on the table for our children, ensure there’s a safe place for them to call home, and help them with their homework, but we must also help them become good people with a valuable set of morals to live by. What you teach your child while they’re young will help guide them and determine whether or not they grow into good, kind adults. Here are some tips from an independent school in Essex on exploring moral values with your child…

Discuss the concept of respect with your child. Ask them if they know what it means and provide some examples of respectful and disrespectful behaviour. For example, the man in the shop who was yelling at the staff was portraying his anger in a disrespectful way, which only made the problem worse. When your child said “thank you for having me” after spending time at someone else’s house, they were displaying respectful behaviour. When your child has a temper tantrum and shouts at you, point out that they are being disrespectful, so that they understand the difference. Teach your child that all people should be treated with respect, as we are all equals.

Being polite is similar to being respectful, in that both require us to remember our manners. Remind your child to say please, thank you, and sorry when necessary until they remember to say it without your prompt. Explain to them that when people are talking, it’s polite to listen rather than butting in and talking over people. Teach them that if they are impolite and unpleasant, people will be less likely to want to be their friend.

As mentioned above, saying thank you is important, but gratitude extends beyond this. Help your child understand the concept of gratitude by asking them to share a few things they appreciate each day. This will help them develop an optimistic attitude, as they will be more inclined to focus on the good things that happen to them rather than the bad. It will also help them acknowledge the kind things that other people do for them.

When your child is playing with their siblings or friends, teach them the importance of sharing. The same applies when they are eating a bag of sweets or another treat; offering to others is a kind thing to do. Let your child know that sharing is kind and if they share with other people, those people are more likely to share back.

Of course, there are lots more moral values that you can explore with your child, many of which you’re probably teaching them without even realising. They will also learn various moral values and social skills from their teachers, peers, and other influential people in their lives, but it’s crucial that you try to be a good role model nonetheless.

The Magical World of Mermaids Personalised Children's Book - In The Book - Review & Giveaway

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Long before I became a parent I knew that I wanted my children to be bookworms - just like me. In fact, one of the first items I bought when pregnant was a book for the baby. Books are extremely important to my family and between us, we must have hundreds. Ava in particular loves curling up with a book, despite her only being four and unable to read yet she is mesmerised by them. I can't wait until she starts school and starts to learn to read but until then I'll continue to be her favourite storyteller.

With this in mind, I was delighted when In The Book got in touch. They asked if we would like to choose a book to review and to receive a little feedback on their website. I decided to let Ava pick one out this time and with such a fantastic selection to choose from she really took her time. It was easy to browse through the categories as everything is streamlined and very clear. As soon as Ava set eyes on The Magical World of Mermaids book that was it - that was the book for her. Little did she know, it was going to be personalised too!

When ordering it couldn't be any more straightforward. You simply choose a story from the dozens available, add your child's name, then add a personalised message and a photo - easy peasy! Delivery was fast and I fully understand why the website, and end product have such rave reviews. The book itself is stunning to look at and the story is so endearing. I sat on the sofa to read it to Ava and her eyes lit up when she spotted her photo on the last couple of pages - it really surprised her. She now thinks she's famous as she's in her very own book!

It's quickly become one of her favourite books and I've lost count of the number of times she's asked me to read it to her. It is going to make the most lovely keepsake too. We will definitely be ordering another book in the future. The Magical World of Mermaids book costs £19.99 in the softback, and £24.99 in the hardback edition. Visit their website to see their full range of books. How would you like to win a copy of this book? Enter using the Gleam for below - good luck!

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Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style

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To help your child get the most out of their education it may be useful to identify their unique learning style and tailor exercises and activities to suit. There are three main learning styles: visual, kinaesthetic and auditory. Children will lean more towards one of these styles and deciphering which category they fall into can help to unlock their learning potential. An independent school in Buckinghamshire has shared the following information about the three-common learning, to help you maximise your child’s academic success.

Visual learners tend to retain and recall information better if they see it written down or presented to them with images or charts. They usually like things such as drawing, reading, and painting. Visual learners may struggle to concentrate on spoken explanations and find it more difficult to recall information they have heard rather than seen. Tip for visual learners: Have them create flashcards, mind maps, and brightly coloured posters when learning new information.

Kinaesthetic learners process information best if they can be physically engaged with the subject matter. They may benefit from acting things out or creating or building things to help them retain information. Kinaesthetic learners usually enjoy sport, dance, drama or other physical activities. They may struggle with traditional, classroom-based learning methods which focus on reading, writing, or listening to verbal explanations. Tip for kinaesthetic learners: To secure fresh knowledge have them teach what they have just learned to someone else. This will allow them to actively engage with the information they are covering.

Auditory learners are better at understanding spoken instructions than written ones and have better recall if they have heard something out loud. They generally enjoy music and singing and are often quite talkative. Auditory learners find it difficult to retain the information they have read and may find it difficult to concentrate when reading. Tip for auditory learners: Recording themselves reading out loud and then listening back to the information is a great way for auditory learners to cement their knowledge. Both speaking out loud initially and then listening back will suit their learning style and help them to understand the topic they are covering.