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.

Back To School With Sambro

When Jack goes back to school, he is going to be in Year 1. He is growing up so quickly – and of course with it being August, we are starting to buy all the back to school things he needs. It is always good to be prepared so when we were asked if we would like to review a Lego Batman 3D backpack, we just had to say yes. Lego and superheroes? Jack has recently seen the film and loved it – and as it features two of his favourite things, I knew a related backpack would go down a storm.

Sold by Sambro on Very among other retailers for around the £16 mark, the backpack is actually a 2 in 1 backpack. As well as being a front pocket, the circular pocket at the front also doubles up as a detachable lunch bag – extremely handy if your child takes packed lunches into school! The backpack has adjustable straps and has a carry handle on each of the two sections.

The detail on the rucksack is incredible. There is a Lego print on pretty much all of the bag including the back, sides and straps. The 3D element is also incredible – it really seems as if Batman is flying out of the backpack towards you! The colours are intense and I am very impressed.

Storage wise, this is fantastic. There is plenty of space for all your child’s school essentials and then even more – handy if your child needs to store their coat or jumper somewhere – you know it will all fit. As well as being a pocket, the lunch bag part is fully insulated with foil so that you can guarantee that your child’s lunch is kept as fresh as possible whilst stored in their bag during school time. You can be confident in the fact that your child’s food will still be as tip-top as it was when you put it in there.

As you can see, Jack is incredibly chuffed with his new backpack. As I mentioned, it features two of his favourite things – Lego and superheroes, what’s not to love? One thing I feel I should mention is the size of it – the backpack itself is quite large (perhaps because of how much storage it has to offer and the 2-in-1 detachable element) so this may be better suited to someone a little older than Jack, perhaps 7 or 8 plus. He is 5 and quite tall for his age and this was quite big for him – the straps adjusted well but as you can see in the pictures above, the backpack itself is the size of Jack’s upper body!

All in all, Jack is extremely happy with his new backpack and can’t wait to use it. He’s also very happy with the lovely set of stationery Sambro also kindly sent him which will set him up perfectly for September. Sambro have yet again pulled it out the bag with the products they have to offer – perhaps you will be picking something up for your child for September?

Item sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.