Education 

Hey readers,

Today I just want to talk about the fact that I am against children doing exams in primary school. I don’t see the point of it to cause that added stress for children. I think it is unhealthy especially when tests start at the age of 7, I mean come on really we need this.

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I think schools focus too much on meeting targets for whose benefit?! Of course the government to try and see if we get children to a certain level. But this is added pressure and stress for children, they spend enough time at school to then have to go home and do more homework.

Can you actually believe now there are SATS for children aged 7, I mean come on let kids be kids. I am not surprised kids get more anxious when they are being judged on their ability. We should let kids play instead of trying to push information down their throat. I believe children learn more through play then sitting there trying to recite facts. Ok, some thrive of this don’t get me wrong but as a whole I think it is wrong to test children at such an early age.

I want my  child to have happy memories of going to primary school instead of thinking I didn’t do so very well with my tests I has to do.

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There is so much more pressure on teachers with how well they are rewarded as a direct outcome of the performance of children doing exams. Teachers are under a lot of stress and I believe that stress not only placed on teachers but also some parents.

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Since my son started school last year there is an assembly each week and each child gets a certificate for attending school, for being the best reader or for this and that. I think it is wrong because there are many other reasons why children aren’t achieving or they are ill and they can come away feeling rubbish they didn’t achieve what the other children did. My son didn’t get a reward for sports day and he was really down. Ok, competitives good but I don’t believe in social pressure to perform to a certain level.

I have however, due to my autism felt the pressure to do certain tasks like read. As there are no clear instructions I tend to try and get my child to read. There are times when he is not in a good place mentally to do this task. This type of pressure isn’t good for the parent (me) or the child (my son). It can also cause friction in the relationship at such a young age.

Cheers for reading X

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Gingery Oaty Biscuits

Hey readers,

Looking for a easy recipe to do with the kids that takes  less than 30 minutes then look no further with these gingery oaty biscuits.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 150g oats
  • 100g self-raising  flour
  • 1 heaped tsp of ginger
  • 1 tbsp of golden sugar
  • 75g determa sugar
  • Butter + a bit more for the greaseproof paper

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Method 

1. Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 170c. Then spread some butter on to some  greaseproof paper and then place on to a tray.

2. Measure out the ingredients.

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3. Put the butter, sugar and golden syrup into a pan on a low heat in order to melt the ingredients.

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4. Stir the rest of the ingredients into the melted mixture.

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5. Shape the mixture into little balls and place them on to the tray. I found that flattening down with a spatula helps give an even bake.

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6. Place the biscuits into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until golden.

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7. Remove the biscuits from the oven and place on to a rack to cool down.

8. Enjoy.

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Cheers for reading X

 

The Essential Toddler Packing List

Hey readers,

 Just returned from my week away to Norfolk with the family. I felt compelled to write about essential items that I found useful to pack when doing the daughting prospect of packing items for toddlers.
So I have got my top ten list of useful items:-

  1. First things first the STROLLER,  I found a very important item for any parent going away with a tot. Not only is it a great transporter for my son who is in the transactional period of walking and sitting in the  pushchair to help his little tired legs. It can also be really useful when hitting the beach to have as a carrier of all the essential crap like three buckets and spades, four towels and a handful of fruit shots ;). Finally, the stroller can also be transformed into a high chair as we went to the Indian restaurant one night on our holiday and they had NO highchairs. That saved our lives I can tell you and a lot of mess was not made as a result of the stroller lifesaver!
  2. SPARE CLOTHING – always good to have additional items to make the holiday go smoother as accidents happen (a lot). Alough we were at a self-catering and we did have a washing machine which was brilliant. Though you could if you can and deal with the added stress  go to a good old launderette.
  3. NAPPIES – DS2 is slowly learning about the potty but not their yet and don’t want the hassle of a dry cleaners bill at the end of the holiday so therefore lots and lots and lots of nappies are packed. I would even care to say I packed to many but in my defense it is better to pack too much then too little!
  4. MEDICATION –  I found paracemol/ibrofen satches handy and less room in the suitcase plus easier to administrate. Then there is plasters because kids have bumps and antiseptic wipes. My DS2 is periodically teething and has about four teeth to go.  I am aware with past experience from my eldest they are the most painfullst. So having teething gel, teether, teething powder makes life easier whilst on holiday as you never know when something will happen. We know sods law if you don’t have something that it  will happen.
  5. WET WIPES – can’t get enough of this bad boys and I sure have enough of the dame things knocking about. Great for any cleaning useage for quick effective treatment. We want less stress on holiday and more relaxtion is key to good ‘in.
  6. TOILETRIES – you typical items of shampoo, coditioner, shower gel etc are great especial as you can get travel sized items in the shops. Watch out Boots have some good offers from time to time with buy 3 for 2. Though if your more frugal then empty travel bottles topped up with your own items at home can save space and money. 
  7. Very important to have all sets of FOOTWEAR – as I am in UK so bound to be a mixed bag of unpredictable weather. I packed for my boys there Clark’s shoes, sandals and wellies.
  8. Make sure you have your child’s PJS as it will help them sleep better with familiarity and comfortableness.
  9. With children it is always a good idea to have some form of entertainment with you that you child likes to play with. The type of toys I took were Lego travel set and sticker books. As I know the boys love these and will help when they are board or frustrated. 
  10. Make sure you pack a BOOK as this is part of my boys bedtime routine and again echoes the idea of  famility which can help settle your child in a strange and different environment. As like many children they are not fans of change.
I hope you find this helpful aand Thank you for reading X
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Ikea magical charm

Hey readers,

As a parent some of the things I look for is activities to keep little ones occupied whether that be indoors or out. Nothing beats having time out from the home to get a break from the role of being entertainer. One of the simple but very effective family days out for me personally is that big grey, blue and yellow striking building commonly know as IKEA!!!! 
It is one of my eldest sons favourite days out so much so that he begs me to take him there and goes ape s**t when we go past the building.
I had a brain wave and thought why not write righ down reasons why I love  this magnetically enchanted kingdom that young children gravitate towards. Therefore I have listed my top reasons why Ikea is simply the best.

  • Let’s start with food, very essential criteria on any family day out and what is there not to love about cheap hot dogs, meatballs and ice cream where you can use a machine to release the lid of fatty yuminess. 
  • If you not got a Ikea family card then you must as not only do you get discounts but also free coffee and tea, win-win!
  • The whole atmosphere wreaks of families as you get the sense of child friendly ness with the layout being bright, playful with it’s tunnels for kids to run around or the fact you can get a complimentary nappy for FREE for young ‘uns speaks volumes.
  • It is great for kids to be free in a magical area where they can play kitchens, jump on beds and pretend to work in an office or like my son imitating his daddy using the computers. 
  • There is free family fun on during the holiday times whether that be making bird boxes or at Christmas seeing Santa Claus, that will make a child’s day therefore meaning your a top parent!
  • Baby care room is excellent thinking with the decor being fun and playful, little and large toilets, hop hops and the like. Makes any parent with a child go to the toilet or changing a nappy a lot lot easier. And as parents like anything making a task smooth and less stress.
  • There is four hour free parking that is family friendly nagain making it easier enjoyable experience for everyone.
  • Essentially it is a cheap day out and everyone is happy what more could you want.
Now you have heard all these wonderfulness go  explore and have fun.
Cheers for reading X
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