Thursday, 14 October 2021

Postnatal Depression and Me - My Journey

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Having a baby is probably one of the biggest changes and toughest challenges many of us will face. Take away the sleepless nights, financial responsibility and the fact you will probably never get anywhere on time again, its a huge toll on anyone's mental state too. Overnight you go from being responsible for only you, to suddenly becoming a parent, in charge of a whole new person and all of the emotions that go with your new role. 

Overnight you become the provider for a tiny new baby who is dependent on you for everything from eating to comfort. So with all that in mind, its not really surprising that more than one in ten women suffering with varying degrees of postnatal depression and anxiety. 

Monday, 11 October 2021

Supporting Your Child Through Their Exams

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Exams are a big part of any school child's time in education and getting through them can be a stressful and emotional time for everyone. A big part of a child’s development is navigating through their GCSEs and any future exams, A Levels, NVQs, BTEC courses and apprenticeships, depending on what your child wants to do in the future. All the stress, anxiety and often pressure, can take its toll on children if they feel overwhelmed with revision, managing studies and juggling how often they need to revise for exams across the summer. 

To help your child with their studies, here are some tips from this boarding school in Somerset to help your child get through their exams. 

Helping Your Child to Manage Their Emotions

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Being able to show emotion and feeling open and comfortable enough to show emotion is a big deal and its one we should all be doing, emotions are nothing to be ashamed of. However managing our emotions is one of the ways we’re able to handle stressful situations, overcome obstacles and learn to be resilient. Even as adults there are times when we have to learn to be in control and manage our emotions in certain situations such as perhaps work. But children won’t fully know how to do this for themselves just yet but that doesn't mean we shouldn't talk to children about emotions, encourage them to show and share their emotions and how to manage them too. 

From one of the best independent schools in Surrey, we take a look at the ways you can help your child to handle their emotions in school and in daily life.

Raising a Resilient Child

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Whilst we cannot shield our children from all of the hard, stressful stuff that happens in life, we can help them become more resilient and more able to deal with these types of situations. Resilience is key for helping children to develop and something to work upon as they grow older. Building resilience gives children the chance to be themselves, think independently and work on their own initiative. 

As parents, we should be giving them the tools to learn about resilience, which is why I’ve teamed up with a boarding school in Kent to show you tips on how to raise a resilient child.

Helping Your Child With Their Critical Thinking Skills

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Critical thinking is an important life skill that children will often begin to pick up from an early age. When we’re toddlers we learn to think critically through the toys we play, the things we hold and when we’re eating to name just a few ways. When we grow older and learn to think for ourselves, critical thinking encompasses a lot of decisions in school, being able to solve problems and choosing the right decision at the right time and choices we make as adults. 

In this guide from a boys prep school in London, we look at the ways we can help our children with their critical thinking skills, and how they define a person as they grow older.

Thursday, 7 October 2021

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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The tree's have begun turning a beautiful amber shade, the wind has a crisp, cold freshness to it and the darker evenings are drawing in. All of this can only mean one thing, autumn and winter are on there way and bringing with it a host of exciting days such as Halloween and Christmas to look forward to. But it also brings colder, wetter weather, less daytime light and sun as well as a lots of issues for many, including the winter blues. 

Many of us will find our mood decline as the winter months creep in and this can be for a number of reasons such as less sun, cold wet weather or just a lack of motivation due to the changes happening. Having the winter blues can make you feel sad during the autumn/winter months, they can leave you struggling to sleep and also with a lack of motivation too. 

Monday, 4 October 2021

The Best Campsites in Wales near a Beach

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Over recent years, camping and caravanning have become more and more popular here in the UK and as a family who love camping ourselves, one of our favourite places to visit is Wales, UK. It offers something for everyone and there are always plenty of campsites for tents, motorhomes or caravans to choose from. 

From the best campsites in Wales near a beach to family-friendly sites, to those closer to the action and adventure and those who want to be completely off-grid or even a pitch with sea views, you will find a site you love. 

To get a flavour for what’s possible to do in Wales, Bailey of Bristol has put together this article about some of the best places to see from some of the best campsites in Wales near a beach

One great way to find the perfect site in Wales for you is using either the Camping and Caravanning Club or the Caravan and Motorhome club. Both of which are designed to make any holiday with a tent, caravan or motorhome easier and stress-free. With finding the site you stay at made super easy thanks to these clubs, the only thing left to do is decide on the exciting activities you will do whilst you are away! For us, the lure of Wales is how beautiful it is, from forest walks, beautiful buildings and the most amazing beaches, everything is so picturesque! So below I am saying some of our favourite places to visit in Wales...

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Why has there been a peaked interest in Scottish homes?

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Over lockdown many people had more time on their hands to consider their living situation. For some it would have stirred up lots of questions and ideas about moving home and where their dream home or location to live in would be. Thousands of people spent months in tiny city apartments with minimal space, whilst others enjoyed their lushest gardens and the time to do some home improvements. One thing that did happen during the pandemic though is that it created a huge rise in interest in rural and coastal properties as people sought out more space, stunning views and a slower, quieter pace of life. People are definitely starting to consider more rural properties and locations more and looking to move away from city life and into the calm of the countryside.