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Struggles of a Working Parent: How to Balance your Time

Struggles of a Working Parent: How to Balance your Time

Posted on 17/02/2022 by Room to Grow
Parent Health

Going back to work after having a child is tough. You’ve had a wonderful, tiring and eye-opening time while you’ve had leave from work and have been getting to know your new arrival. Tearing yourself away can be emotionally difficult, but the time constraints and practical arrangements that have to be made when you go […]

How to make sure your kid is safe online

How To Make Sure Your Kids Are Safe Online

Posted on 11/02/2022 by Room to Grow
Parent Health, Room to Grow

February 11th 2014 is Safer Internet Day – no you don’t get a day off work for this, nor do the kids get the day off school.   However, as we all seem to spend more and more time online in this Digital Age we live in, this is a day organised by the UK Safer […]

Siblings Sharing a Room

The Pros and Cons of Siblings Sharing Bedrooms

Posted on 01/11/2021 by Room to Grow
Parent Health, Room to Grow

There are many differing opinions about whether or not it is a good idea for siblings to share a bedroom. Teachers will comment that, when asking a yawning child in their class why they are so tired, the reply is usually related to disturbed sleep because of a sibling keeping them awake. On the other hand, many parents will comment that their children thrive in a shared bedroom environment. Some families have no choice but to have siblings sharing a bedroom due to a lack of rooms (or unexpected twins or triplets!) If you’re thinking about whether or not your children need a bedroom of their own, you may wish to know some of the advantages and disadvantages of sharing.

Family gathered at table

New School Year – Take Some Time to Talk About it

Posted on 19/09/2021 by Room to Grow
Health, Parent Health, Room to Grow

This is the week when kids across the UK go back to school for the beginning of a whole new school year. Many little ones will be going to school for the very first time, with parents shedding a tear whilst taking photos of their little darlings in their fresh new school uniforms for the first time. For other children, it will be the start of a new school, the giant step to secondary school where education becomes even more of a serious business. Some kids will be starting at a new school due to the family moving home over the summer – this can be a bit of an awkward time, especially if the child feels like the new kid in the class that already has established friendships and tight groups. Whatever the circumstance, a new school year is always a fresh new start – a time for the kids to settle in as they mean to go on, doing their best to learn what they need to know to get a great education.

Bedtime For Babies

Bedtime for Babies – What is Best?

Posted on 28/08/2021 by Room to Grow
Health, Parent Health, Room to Grow, Sleep

Bedtime in a family home should be a quiet and nurturing time, an enjoyable time for both parents and kids as the little ones wind down from their busy day and get ready for the Land of Nod. However, not all families will enjoy this civilized, picture book style of bedtime and many of us will be familiar with the pleading and whining that accompany bedtime, especially during these long summer nights when it gets dark later.

Middle Child Day

Middle Child Day: What is Middle Child Syndrome?

Posted on 12/08/2021 by Room to Grow
Parent Health

Every year on August 12, National Middle Child Day is celebrated in countries around the world. This day honours middle children, who could often feel like their position has presented some challenges. The first born in the family is often the leader with a strong personality. The youngest child is considered the “baby” for most […]

Mum, Can We Have a Pet Please?

Mum, Can We Have a Pet Please?

Posted on 31/07/2021 by Room to Grow
Parent Health, Room to Grow

Every parent hears these dreaded words at some point – “Can we have a pet please?”. If you’re a family that already has pets, then this won’t come as a shock to you – you already incorporate pets into your life and will probably have no problem taking on one more. Especially if the one more is something small like a goldfish.

Lunchbox – School Dinners

Lunchbox – School Dinners

Posted on 30/07/2021 by Room to Grow
Nutrition, Parent Health, Room to Grow

We all know nowadays how important it is that kids eat healthy food – we’re bombarded with information in the media on a daily basis about how important it is to develop good eating habits. However, kids can be faddy and sometimes making sure that they get all the right stuff they need can be a difficult job for parents. This is to say nothing of the worry and angst thinking your little one is not eating properly.

Your Child’s First Plane Journey

Your Child’s First Plane Journey

Posted on 26/07/2021 by Room to Grow
Parent Health, Room to Grow, Safety

You finally booked your family holiday, now you just need to get there. You may be nervous about flying with your children for the first time, but it can be a fun experience for all of you with a little planning ahead of time. Babies are relatively easy and will sleep much of the way and older children can entertain themselves with in-flight movies and games on the tablet. Younger children can be more difficult to fly with, but these tips will help you get to your holiday without a hitch.

Changing Tables – Are they necessary?

Changing Tables – Are they necessary?

Posted on 24/07/2021 by Room to Grow
Parent Health, Room to Grow, Safety

We all know that having a baby is a pretty expensive undertaking, especially when it’s the first baby in the family and you have no hand-me downs and need to get everything brand new. Of course, friends and family usually want to chip in and buy a present for your new addition to the family and most will ask you what you need, rather than rush out and buy what they like. However, if this is your first baby, chances are that you won’t know what you need. All families are different and live different lifestyles, meaning that what you need for your baby will depend on your lifestyle. We’re taking a look today at whether changing tables are necessary or whether you can make do without one.

Testing Five Year Olds – is it a Good Idea?

Testing Five Year Olds – is it a Good Idea?

Posted on 24/07/2021 by Room to Grow
Parent Health, Room to Grow

Recent news that children as young as five may have to take a formal baseline test as part of a new drive to support pupils is alarming, to say the very least. Yes, education is important, especially early years education – it lays the foundation for a well-rounded education that carries on into adulthood. Kids who learn to learn effectively seem to do much better academically than their classmates. However, as an early years education specialist, I greeted news of baseline testing with horror.

Apps and Gadgets to make Parenting Easier

Fantastic Gadgets and Apps That Make Parenting Easier

Posted on 28/06/2021 by Room to Grow
Parent Health

Parenting has never been easy, but since parenting has gone high-tech it has become safer and often more fun. There are many apps and gadgets out there from which to choose. This article presents some of the best fantastic gadgets and apps that make parenting easier. A Tracker for You and Your Baby When you […]

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