#Aceforschool challenge

Hey readers,

We are now near the end of the first term and I as a parent have already had to deal with tricky stains from the lovely mud kitchen (an area full of mud and water) to art stains plentiful of them. Therefore I have to battle the challenge of trying to remove them tough old stains on the uniform.

Here are my tips on how to deal with a smooth school evening.

#ACEforschool challenge

Routine.

First, of all establish a routine as it is important to lay down the rules. First thing is first when we get home is to make sure that the boys take off their school uniform and get changed into there play clothes.

Drink.

I don’t know if it is just my kid in the fact that he needs reminding to have a drink. It is amazing to see the difference after they have had a drink and are much calmer. If I don’t remind my son he won’t have one. Luckily my youngest is the opposition but still it is good to keep on track of things.

Playtime.

Allow your children to have some fun and unwind. It took me a long time to not get stressed about homework and stuff. They actually perform much better when they are calm.

Check.

This is a mum task for me is to check the uniform for stains. It is amazing the array of different stuff that occurs on the uniform from paint to tomato ketchup they are there. My eldest also attend after-school clubs and one is netball, gardening and street dance. My son isn’t the sort to just sit still and he loves to get his hands dirty. Therefore school uniform has to be checked every day haha.

I tested out the ACE range that was sent to me from BritMums.

I used the stain remover spray to use instantly to hit them tough stains quickly and leave them in to soak.

Measuring cup from the bottle for the Ace for colours.

After some time of soaking the clothing in the stain remover, I then put the garments into the washing machine with 100ml of the ACE for colours laundry fabric stain remover. I find sorting out the clothing soon as I can then it will reduce the stain.

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Before spraying the target area with Ace stain remover spray.
After.

The combination of the spray and fabric stain remover really worked well at erasing them tough stains. I am very impressed.

Homework.

Making sure that there is time for homework is important because there is nothing worse than trying to do the homework on the morning of the due in date *ahem*.

Here is some detail of both the ACE products below.

Ace for colours helps make the laundry is a fabric stain remover that you can put on your laundry to help get rid of stains and eliminates odours. It keeps whites bright and colours shine.

Ace stain remover spray is a spray that you spray on the affected area of clothing and leave it to soak to help get rid of the stubborn stains. Perfect for school uniform which happens frequently when my boys come home with stains to show how much fun they have had at home.

Here is a picture of my boys together who don’t sit still for a minute 🙂

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Cheers for reading X

“This post is an entry for the BritMums #ACEforSchool Challenge, sponsored by ACE. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper. http://www.acecleanuk.co.uk/ or to buy head to your local Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s.”

Why I am against smacking children

Hey readers,

Last week The Association of Educational Psychologists said that they want to ban parents from smacking children at home.

Smacking is banned in schools however parents can smack their child at home as long as it is deemed reasonable.

silhouette photo of boy standing near glass wall

I 100% agree that smacking anywhere should be banned because it is physical violence regardless of the amount of strength you do it. I don’t see how children learn from being smacked by their parents, all it does is make them lie better. To me, that is not good for anyone.

I don’t think children learn from smacking if anything I think it can have an impact on their mental health and increase the chances of anxiety. This is because they will be scared in case at any moment the risk of doing anything wrong and that to have negative consequences.

Having this form of violence (in my eyes) can make a child feel really sad. This can make their home life feel crap because of knowing that if they do anything wrong regardless of it was intentionally an accident there is the risk they get hit.

I think hitting is a negative way to parent and it doesn’t solve any problems. It is much better to have other ways to teach the child right from wrong.

If children learn from their parents then they will believe that it is ok to hit someone and then there is the risk that they too may one day hit another person.

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I don’t think it is fair that someone bigger then the child can go along and imitate and inflict pain on another. When will it stop, how will it end if it continues where do parents draw the line? How do you know if the parent gets fed up and thinks well got to hit the child harder to get the message through? This situation can escalate in a very toxic homelife impacting on the child’s mental health and other areas such as education.

I think if you want to earn respect from a child it doesn’t work if you hit them if anything it could result in the child hating the parent. It certainly wouldn’t want them to come to the parent and talk about any concerns they may have, as they don’t know how the parent will respond. Then this may cause a negative relationship between the child and parent, that can be damaging for the child.

I myself have been in similar situations and there is nothing worse as a child when you are petrified of going home to the horrible environment. You literally are scared and anxious at school. The anxiety gets worse closer to the end of the day. For me, I couldn’t probably concentrate on my school work because I was filled with dread and worried if I had done anything wrong therefore leading to being hit. It is the most horrible feeling in the world. The anxiety doesn’t just stop there it carries on all the time constant in the background. It is horrible to live like that and that is why I want smacking banned in the home.

Cheers for reading X

Adjusting

Hey readers,

My word of the week is

because my youngest has started full days at school this week and to say he is tired after school is an understatement. I was ambitious one day this week and took him to the library after school thinking he might enjoy it. Turns out nothing but winching and eventually a full down meltdown, joy I certainly learned from that experience. He is defiantly not used to full days like he does now.

I have been to the dentist which I hate but I had to have a filling which sucks, but it is done now. My dentist is social as well when he has fingers in my mouth, why. I can’t answer him coherently.

I have been loving also the darker nights. It feels so much cosy to sit and wrap up with a throw.

I hope you have had a good week.

Cheers for reading X

school

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

This is because it is the return of school and my eldest is going into Year 2 and my youngest started reception.

My youngest was super excited to start school and he absolutely loves it. Although he’s only been doing half days this week until next week and it will be the whole day.

I think one of the reasons why my youngest is so excited because he just loves to be just like his eldest brother. I am pleased to report that he has adapted well and we’ve had no tears which are really good.

For me, it’s slightly strange as it’s so quiet but it is nice to go back to the routine and get things done without having children to entertain. I am amazed at how much easy is to do chores without children about and getting them done in half the time.

I’m not used to the alarm clocks mind and getting up so early so we will slightly tired by the end of the week.

Hope you have had a good week

Cheers for reading X

Wales

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

this is becuase we have been to Wales for a few days this week to see my husband relatives and a little mini break as well.

I am so glad a few days off normal life becuase I just felt a bit monotomonoud.

We have visited the beach, which nothing beats good old fresh sea air. Lovely walks around the Welsh countryside and just a generally change of scenery. The boys have loved going away and to them it feels like an adventure. Seeing new things and doing something different is always fun for my boys.

We went to visit a copper mine so that was a something different and a good experience to see how things have changed over time.

Let’s not forget to mention my boys love of getting to stay for at a Premier Inn which to them is the ultimate treat.

Hope you have had a good week.

cheers for reading X