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It’s cold, it’s dark and it’s that time of year when your sleepover tally heads into overdrive. With this in mind, creating a child’s bedroom that is cosy, welcoming and can accommodate a mini guest or two at the drop of a hat will help you sail through the winter with ease. As a child, there is nothing quite like being invited to stay over at a friend’s home. Eager to discover new experiences and escape the beady eyes of parents for a night, exciting is an understatement! If you happen to be the hostess, it’s important to make your little guests feel safe and comfortable in a bedroom th..
Sleep is as essential as eating and drinking. It keeps you calm, your mind alert and recharges your body to enable you to get up and face each day. As adults we know how too little sleep can affect our productivity at work as well as our mood at home. Our children are no different, yet we may think nothing of it when bedtime is occasionally pushed back or naps are missed. In reality, such instances could impact all areas of your child’s life. What are the benefits of a good night’s sleep? Feeling alert! How groggy or on the ball your child appears on any given day..
Children are busy little creatures who often respond well to a little structure when it comes to activities. So why not give your child a helping hand by creating functional spaces in their very own bedroom? Zoning is a way of ensuring that no space is wasted and also helps hone your child’s organisational skills. But the best bit? You don’t need oodles of space to do it! Zone out A child’s life is usually compartmentalised into three main areas - sleep, work and play. With this in mind, their bedroom should naturally follow suit. Whatever size room your ch..
The internet is a fantastic tool for accessing news, entertainment and limitless information about anything and everything. But it’s also a place where danger lurks – and plenty of it. In fact today we hear much more about these dangers than we do anything positive the world wide web has to offer. As a parent, grooming has got to be somewhere near, or at the top of that list, along with sexual content and violence. So what can we do to protect our children that we’re not doing already? With little chance of cyberspace taking a back seat any time soon, it makes sense to stay one step ahead i..
Whether your child is going to school for the first time or returning after the summer break, you will need to be super prepared. The autumn term can be long and tiring for little ones so making sure you and your child are ready - both mentally and physically - is crucial. From PE kits to pencil cases there’s plenty to keep you on your toes as you count down to the big day! The checklist… Creating a checklist of tasks you must complete is always going to be useful. You may feel there isn’t that much to remember when it comes to school but you’re guaranteed to be caught out ..
School holidays are upon us which means it’s time to start planning some quality entertainment for the long – and with any luck, hot - weeks ahead. This isn’t an easy thing to do for working mums of course, but if you have managed to get a few days off we can help you make the most of them. The great outdoors Getting children to play outside is a lot harder than it used to be thanks to games consoles, ipads and endless movie streaming services! If it’s pouring down and you don’t fancy pressing ahead with that day at the seaside then fair enough. But if the weather is good ..
There’s no need to spend thousands on new furniture or luxurious wallpaper to make your child’s bedroom spring to life. A few simple tweaks will do all that for you. It won’t hurt to start with a blank canvas so before you embark on a major shopping spree, get rid of any unwanted clothes, toys, bedding and general paraphernalia. Once you’ve bagged it all up and shipped it out, you’ll be ready to bring in the new! Sumptuous fabrics and striking patterns could be all it takes to transform a neutrally painted bedroom into a cosy and welcoming space. Or a string of twinkling fairy lights ove..
Children’s bedroom furniture may often seem like an afterthought when redecorating the home. A simple enough task and one that won’t need much discussion. However, it’s worth considering that your child’s room is probably the most used room in the home. It’s a place where toys are stored and friends hang out, not to mention the small matter of sleep. Making sure your child’s bedroom is well equipped with the right furniture to ensure comfort in work and play is in everybody’s interests! A sturdy bed and spacious wardrobe or chest of drawers cover sleep and storage. If you have enough sp..
Bedtime can be fraught, not least if your child protests at the mere mention of pyjamas! However, throw a story into the mix and there’s a good chance your little one will be wide eyed and ready before you can say Dumbledore. Nightly bedtime reading, if only for a few minutes, is well worth the effort. Not only does it mean precious time together, it will also calm and settle your child preparing them for a good night’s sleep. So grab a book, get comfy and begin… Short on time? If you don’t have much time to spare, it’s pointless embarking on the chapter of a book. ..
What could be more enticing than a beautifully made bed with squishy plumped up pillows at the end of a tiring day? Nothing springs to mind. The thought of your child climbing into a crumpled, unmade crib doesn’t really appeal and can mean a restless start to their slumber which won’t benefit anyone, least of all you! Granted, the world wouldn’t stop turning if we didn’t make our childrens’ beds each morning, but it would certainly seem a lot less organised. Experts tell us that a made bed means less mess in a child’s mind as well as in their bedroom. In view of this, perhaps it’s ti..
If you have a lively little boy who enjoys the sort of games that turn you into a human shield for all things breakable, do not despair. It’s a fact that many children have now moved away from energetic play and settled down with devices instead, leading to countless problems with health and education. So the longer you can encourage your child to be active during their downtime the better! With this in mind, don’t lose heart when the rough and tumble starts, embrace it instead. Join in the fun and find ways to make sure your child has a safe and robust place to play whilst leaving your hom..
No one likes packing up Christmas for another year. Taking down decorations, hoovering up thousands of pine needles and attempting to cram reams of fairy lights back into their original boxes “Surely they didn’t come in those?”... After you’ve put away the hoover and settled down with a well-deserved cuppa, the house looks so bare you fear someone has stolen your furniture. However, rather than lament the end of the holiday season, think of it as the perfect opportunity to freshen up your home instead – not least your child’s bedroom. Out with the old! Before y..
There are few things more pleasurable than seeing your child’s delighted face on Christmas morning. Reward for all the hard slog you’ve no doubt put in beforehand! Although a time of joy and celebration, Christmas can bring the best of us to our knees. People to see, places to go, presents to organise, finding space for that stockpile of food…the list goes on. You might think that amongst all this chaos, the last thing you’ll have time for is a festive bedroom makeover. Think again. Making sure your child has a bedroom filled with Christmas cheer could be the best 30 minutes you’ll ..
Sleep is our saviour. It’s the silent tonic, our rest and repair. As adults we are slaves to a good night’s sleep and those of us who aren’t lucky enough to always enjoy such a luxury will stop at nothing until we do! So if we are so obsessed with the idea of uninterrupted slumber, knowing exactly how the lack of sleep affects our mood, energy levels and performance, spare a thought for our growing children. They have developing minds and bodies to cope with not to mention school work, extracurricular activities and any other ‘life pressures’ that little ones so often feel but can’t articul..