What To Do When Your Child Hurts Themselves

If your children are anything like mine, then they are very accident prone. Well, Jack is – Olivia isn’t mobile enough yet so we are yet to see if she is. He can be very clumsy so is often taking tumbles – but sometimes these aren’t always his fault! It is important to teach our kids to stay safe when away from home – this guide from the NSPCC is very helpful – but sometimes this can’t always be helped.

We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful village but sometimes the state of the place leaves a lot to be desired. There’s always pot holes in the road that take ages to be filled or workmen digging up part of the path. Jack is at school between September and July like every other child – and I can guarantee not a week goes by when there isn’t work being done on our route to school. Now, baring in mind our route to school is straight across the common from our road, slightly up one road and then down one more road to the school – this is quite a short route to school yet there is always work being carried out and the workmen aren’t always helpful. I’ve seen them leave tools around – so easy for children and even adults to trip over on the school run – and I’ve seen them with holes in the ground not properly fenced off. Jack is old enough to know not to go to close but toddlers aren’t. It is incredibly dangerous.

It is often spoken about letting our children take more risks but sometimes the risks are there without us even noticing! I now have a few things I do when Jack hurts himself to assess the situation. Tell me if you do the same.

See How Hurt He Is

If Jack comes over to me crying and/or claiming to be hurt, I always check his face, hands and legs for any cuts or bruises and stem the bleeding if there is any. I also ask him if it is going to fall off – this is our way of getting him to admit whether it actually does hurt or whether he’s playing on it a bit. I will still comfort him – and won’t tell him off – if he is playing on it a bit however it is extremely important to know the severity of it which is why we do this.

Assess The Situation

Whose fault is it? Was Jack simply not looking where he was going or was it caused by something else? Normally it is a case of Jack tripping over his own feet or just not looking where he was going but he has been hurt before by outside sources – the aforementioned workmen leaving their tools out. Yes, Jack should have seen them before he tripped over them but he shouldn’t have to expect them to be there – they shouldn’t be there in the first place. If he’d encountered a more serious injury from something caused by an outside source, I would definitely consider contacting the solicitors at InjuryClaims.co.uk – we shouldn’t have to expect to avoid things that shouldn’t be there in the first place.They should know to be more careful – especially with children around – and perhaps they will learn not to do it again this way.

Take Action

Your child may just need a cuddle and a kiss and they will be fine. Sometimes they may need a plaster or a bandage to stem the bleeding and sometimes the injury can be more severe. It can be easy to miss certain injuries so if you believe something to be wrong, no matter how small, consider contacting out of hours to see what they say – someone I know’s son recently broke a bone but none of them (including him) noticed – it was only after he awoke the next day that he did. If the accident and injury wasn’t caused by your child, perhaps think about taking action so these outside sources know to be more careful and not do it again. Whatever you decide to do is completely up to you – just make sure you are informed with all the facts beforehand.

When your child hurts themselves, what do you do? Do you use the ‘is it going to fall off?’ phrase like me with your child? Do you find that other people just aren’t careful either, just like in my area? Make sure you aren’t doing any of these six things when your child hurts themselves though!

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Get Your Voice Heard With The New Hatch App From C Space

I received compensation from C Space to thank me for my post.

Ever wished you could share an idea directly with a brand to help create positive change? C Space specialises in bringing the customer and the brand closer together through their online research opportunities. How great is that?

To make sure all consumers were heard, C Space created an app called Hatch by C Space where consumers can participate in influencing change with multiple brands that are important to them, like Twitter, Unilever, Colgate, or Godiva, among others. In the app you can interact with others like you, engage in activities, surveys and discussions that interest you. What’s even better – for each research activity you participate in, you earn an Amazon gift code! Handy in the run up to Christmas, right?

Hatch by C Space was only available to US and Mexico before but it is now live in the UK too – why not download today to start earning rewards and influencing big brands. Below are links to download on iTunes and Google Play. Please use referral code UKLaunch1 when signing up – this is my referral link and I would be ever so grateful!

You can find the iTunes Hatch here and the Google Play Hatch here. Don’t forget to use referral code: UKLaunch1. You know how much I love a good survey – so I will be airing my thoughts on the app! Why don’t you join me?

Keeping Kids Busy & Active This Summer With Sun-Pat

The summer holidays can drag on and we often find it difficult to think of new and exciting things for our children to do. We’ve still got tons on our list to do but sometimes you just have no idea what you can do. Sun-Pat know exactly how important it is to keep kids busy this summer and sent us a fantastic sports kit so we can have some fun keeping active this summer.

Jack loves sports – he is always full of energy – so he was excited to see what was in the bag. We were sent a cricket bat, ball and stumps; a football and a skipping rope. Three completely different ways of keeping active that also provide hours of fun.

 

Knowing that other kids are just like Jack and want to get outside this summer, Sun-Pat are holding the Fuelling Families giveaway where you too can win a sports kit for your child – they have 420 to give away. They are even giving away a free downloadable Fuelling Families guide too – you can enter the giveaway and download your guide here. There are 42 cheap or free activity ideas for you these summer holidays.

So how do we keep Jack active and busy in the summer?

We like to get out and about as much as possible. Whether that is playing sports like above – sometimes Jack goes to the driving range with his Daddy and he’s also about to start golf lessons – or whether we go the park, we like to make sure the children are out in the open air as much as possible.

We also visit our local wildlife park – we can often spend hours walking around the park without realising just how far we’ve walked. We also like to go for walks as much as possible too – we are lucky enough to live in a beautiful village with lots of greenery so we have plenty of places to go for a walk.

We also keep Jack busy by challenging his mind. Whether that is him doing the Summer reading challenge like he is at the local library, doing puzzles or setting up some sums or some spelling tests (education doesn’t stop just because it is the summer holidays!), we like to make sure he always has a lot to do. We’ve even visited the cinema so far this summer – and that has certainly kept us busy!

Jack loves keeping busy during the holidays – he hates doing nothing and always wants to be out. Why don’t you head over to the Sun-Pat website and enter for your own kit today?

This post was written in collaboration with Sun-Pat Fuelling Families.

Everything You Need to Know About LED Lighting in a Family Home

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Running a family home can be expensive. The bills can soon pile up, and money can get tight. It’s only natural that you want to do everything you can to save money, so have you considered investing in LED lighting? The startup cost can be off-putting (although more online lighting retailers are reducing the price of LEDs) but the benefits soon outweigh the initial cost.

Kitchen

A kitchen is one of the most versatile areas of your home. You use it for cooking, eating and socialising as a family, so it makes sense that your lighting needs to be versatile too. In the areas where you prep food, you need bright task lighting. In your eating area, you need ambient lighting. If you use the kitchen to socialise, you’ll need mood lighting to set the tone. That’s a lot to ask of a set of lighting if you just rely on the standard ceiling spotlights. LED bulbs allow you to customise your light. You should go for cool lighting in areas where you cook, with undercabinet lighting. Warm bulbs with a dimmable switch should be used in areas where you eat and socialise. You can even get creative by using plinth lights to light up your worktops, giving the illusion that they are floating.

Bedroom

The bedroom is somewhere where you relax, and your lighting should reflect that. Dimmable wall lighting can work great, and you should avoid blue lighting which can trick your body into thinking it is daylight, disrupting sleep. You can use bedside lamps for reading.

Living Room

Much like the kitchen, the living room has different functions – it could be movie night with your partner, board games with friends or chilling alone with a book. A great structure for your living room lighting is to go for a tall floor lamp with wall lighting. Like the bedroom, you should avoid blue light which can produce serotonin. With LED you can experiment – why not try adding a colour-changing panel behind your TV for the wow factor.

Bathroom

One of the main problems that can occur with bathroom lighting is shadows. This mainly happens when your sole source of lighting in the room comes from the ceiling. To counteract this, focus the lighting around the mirror instead. LEDs work great in the bathroom as they switch on instantly, and the bulbs last much longer than a halogen bulb, so you barely ever need to change them.

Study

Your study should be a highly productive space, and LED lighting can help with that. Use cool white lighting as this will make you feel more focused and alert. Remember to place lighting in an area that won’t cause glare on your screen.

Outside

Outdoor lighting is imperative to keep your home safe and secure. If you have children, you want to keep your decking and paths well-lit to avoid any risk of them falling. LED lighting works well in the garden as it lasts longer, and isn’t as delicate as other types of bulbs, so is generally quite weatherproof.

Cost-saving

There are plenty of benefits to having LED lighting in your home. It lasts longer (for over a decade!), you can customise the colour of the bulb and it comes in a variety of unique styles. LED bulbs convert almost all of their energy to light rather than heat, so they are much more energy efficient. This means that you should see a reduction in your energy bills.

If you’re thinking about trying out LED lighting, why not try it in one room? Then, as each of your halogen/fluorescent bulbs breaks, replace them with LED.

The Key Features of a Fab Living Room

There is no doubt that the living room is one of the most important ones in your home. It is a place where you can gather together as a family to enjoy some fun times together; a place where you can invite friends over to catch up; and a place where you can unwind at the end of a busy day. So, a room this important needs some thought into how you are going to make it the best area you possibly can. Of course, the actual furnishings and features are important, but a great living room is also created by how you choose to design it and the ways in which you get the most out of the space you have. Coming up, we’re going to look at some of the key features of a fab living room and discuss each one in more detail.

A Social Seating Arrangement

When you are choosing where you want to position your furniture, you want everything to be arranged in a way that helps to spark off conversation. This is definitely not going to be the case is everything is pushed back against the walls and everyone has to shout to hear each other! So, try to position your furniture so it is facing each other while not putting too much distance in between the different items. At the same time, you also want to make the room easy to navigate comfortably so there is definitely a balance to be struck.

A Mix of Art and Personal Items

One of the best ways that you can add a personal touch to your living room is with the artwork and family photos that you select. But try not to cram in too much and leave some negative space which will give the eyes natural resting points. If you have a particularly interesting piece of art or photo, you could make this the focal point of the room by hanging it somewhere that is instantly noticeable from the moment someone walks into the room.

Choose Your Furniture Carefully

You should choose your furniture carefully as you will likely be living with it for a long period of time. So, whether you go for modern furniture or something more classic, you should make sure that you are 100 percent happy. Every piece that you have should serve a function, and try to avoid adding extra items that you don’t like all that much just to fill up the space. Whenever you choose a new piece, think about it carefully to make sure that it fits in with the overall style that you are trying to create.

Make Changes and Evolutions Over Time

Of course, you won’t want to be changing your furniture every couple of years but there are plenty of other additions that you can make to your living room over time. You may want to give it a lick of paint to freshen up the space. You may just want to add some new cushions or throw rugs which can help to give the furniture a new look without going through the expense of actually changing it. In today’s digital world, we often forget to actually have photos developed, so don’t forget to do this so you always have new mementos to look at and bring back fond memories.

Make it Cosy and Welcoming

The whole point of a living room is that it actually feels lived in. So, you don’t want the space to feel like it has just been lifted straight out of a design magazine. Everyone has their own quirks and personal touches that they want to add to the room. It may well be that you have an overflowing toy chest in the corner or some bean bags scattered around the room, but the point is that this is a room that you can well and truly call your own.

Bring in Some House Plants

If you are looking to add some more life to your living room, there is no better way of doing this than with some house plants. Not only do they look great from a design point of view, but they also have a number of other benefits which are worth mentioning. First of all, they play a big role in reducing carbon dioxide levels in the room and they have also been shown to reduce certain pollutant levels including benzene and nitrogen dioxide. On top of this, they can also reduce airborne dust levels and keep air temperatures down as well.

Storage is Important

As we talked about at the start, you want the living room to be a relaxing and comfortable room which is certainly going to be much more challenging if there is clutter all over the place. So, this is where creative storage solutions come in handy. First of all, you should aim to clear anything out that isn’t used on a regular basis and move it to more traditional storage locations like closets or the garage. And anything that you do want to keep should be stored on shelves, drawers or cabinets.

Highlight with the Lighting

One thing that you certainly want your living room to be is well lit. A good option that allows you to throw light on key features is track lighting or maybe recessed lighting. Ultimately, you don’t want it shining directly overhead as this could feel like a spotlight. Lamps are a good idea as they act as design features as well as sources of lighting. However, don’t put one directly next to the TV as this already gives out light. Big windows are also great in the living room as they allow plenty of natural light inside.

So, give some of these tips a go to see what a difference they could make to your living room. And after you have finished, you can sit back and relax, basking in the glory of the wonderful space that you have created!     

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