We were sent this to help us in getting back to school. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
We were recently sent a fantastic back to school bundle to help us get ready to get back to school and to also talk about our dreams and aspirations for the year ahead. Jack has one dream for the year ahead – and it is something that we have already seen in practice in his classroom – he wants to learn more to do with history.
My child is a proper little history buff and has spent the summer watching Horrible Histories on Netflix and reading his Horrible Histories books. He’s decided his ‘superpower’ in class is History as it is something he loves learning about and he already knows a lot.
Jack got sent a lovely variety of options -some aren’t really his thing such as the bow which he is passing on to his sister but it was such a lovely selection to get him ready for back to school.
Now if you don’t know about Moj Moj, they retail at £3.99 at Smyths. They are super squishy characters who are a lot of fun. They have fun, collectible themes and seeing as Jack loves squishy toys, were the perfect gift for him as he geared up to get back to school.
We received a lovely rucksack, a gorgeous water bottle, a ruler, some erasers, an alarm clock, a bow and of course, some delicious sweets – as well as a few Moj Moj packets for us to open. As we opened, we discussed his hopes and dreams for the year ahead.
History was his main one but he also wishes to continue being good at sports, he wants to still have fun and play with his friends and get to make more friends. All really good hopes and dreams, right?
Moj Moj have over 95 different characters to collect and we were so happy to start our collection with these six fabulous characters – we had three packets and you get two characters in a pack. As you would expect from collectibles such as this, there are rare and ultra characters to collect – will you get them in your pack?
Jack is now settling down into Year 2 quite well and is soon to be starting his after school clubs back up. He would like to say thank you to Moj Moj for his back to school package, he really appreciated it.
It doesn’t seem possible you’re now in year two. That you are in the final year of infants school. It seems like just yesterday you were starting nursery at this school yet here you are four years later.
I’ve tried explaining to you that year 2 is going to be a little more structured than previous years – less learning through play – but I don’t think you quite believe me yet. You’ve relished your first piece of home learning – just as you have done every year as you already knew what it would be – decorate your home learning book!
You’ve been enjoying school lunches – as always, and especially on a Friday – and are still getting used to having your Daddy now working at the school. It must be very strange.
You’ve taken to year 2 since you started a few days ago like a duck to water and can’t wait to learn, it seems. You’ve moved up to level 18 in your reading and when asked what you thought your subject strengths were, said History – I can’t wait to see how you get on with your learning this year. It will be interesting to see what your favourite subject is by the end of it.
I hope year 2 is everything you want it to be – this time next year, you’ll be starting at the junior school!
Welcoming a new baby into the family is always such a wonderful and unforgettable experience — but the journey isn’t always easy. Knowing what to do and when to do it to look after your little one can be tricky, especially if you’re a new parent with no prior experience.
There is some help out there though. Just by using your smartphone, you can get advice and guidance on everything to do with being a new parent — from feeding tips to nearby play groups where you can meet other new mums and babies. Why not check out this guide to the top new parent apps and make life as a new mum or dad that little bit easier?
Ovia Parenting — Baby Tracker
This is a one-stop app for all things ‘new baby’. With the Ovia Parenting app, you can track your child’s development using a checklist, share precious photos of your newborn with your family and friends and you can read new articles on children’s health to keep up-to-date with the latest in children’s welfare.
The tracker is more personal and private than Facebook or Instagram, and new parents love being able to invite friends and family to follow their babies’ updates and videos knowing that privacy is there! You can even get a family calendar where you can log all those key development dates and check-up appointments so everyone knows where to be and when to be there. Being a customisable app, Ovia Parenting can be completely personal to you and your baby. If you’re feeling unsure about anything, you also have the option of asking anonymous questions to a community of other parents and children carers via the app. So handy when you’ve got a wealth of questions to ask.
Sound Sleeper: White Noise
One of the trickiest parts of new parenting is getting used to your new sleeping pattern – or lack of it. While some babies drift off easily, others need extra help and getting newborns back off to sleep after waking up in the early hours is exhausting for mums and dads. That’s where the Sound Sleeper: White Noise app comes in really handy.
You can choose from a wide range of soothing sounds to make falling asleep simpler for your little one — including modern and traditional lullabies, as well as white noises such as ‘rain’, ‘womb’, ‘fan’, and others. There is also a handy sleep tracker mode that will monitor your baby’s downtime and help you develop and maintain good sleeping habits.
The app was developed by new parents and designed with first-hand experience of tackling the issue of bedtime. It turns on at the sound of your baby’s first cry — meaning you don’t even have to switch it on in the middle of the night which is very handy when you’re incredibly tired — and you can even record your own sounds if you know there’s a special tune or noise that helps your baby sleep.
Many apps are aimed at new mothers, but fathers are just as in need of help and guidance when it comes to taking care of a newborn, don’t you think? If you’re a new dad and are feeling unsure or apprehensive, download DadPad for tips and peace of mind!
You can scroll through and select the concern you’re most worried about or just get a refresher on key, baby-caring activities — like bathing and holding your newborn. There are loads of advice articles, including ones to help you support your partner and look after yourself, and there are tips on bonding with your new addition to the family. Since parents, midwives and healthcare professionals have all been involved in creating content for this app, all you learn will be useful, relevant and accurate.
DadPad is part of the Maternity Transformation Programme’sBetter Births strategy, so information you receive via the app will relate to your local health authority or NHS Trust which is fantastic.
Baby Monitor 3G
Being able to watch over your baby without creeping into their nursery and disturbing them sounds like an ideal scenario for many new parents — and it’s possible with the Baby Monitor 3G app.
It delivers quality audio and video, and the Baby Monitor 3G app is available on your phone, tablet and desktop, letting you keep track of every noise and movement your baby makes for your peace of mind. It takes less than a minute to set up, you just need to place one device in your child’s room and keep the other near you to start watching over your little one via live HD video. The app works from anywhere. You even have the option to talk to your baby, too which is ideal when they need soothing back to sleep by the recognisable tone of your voice.
So many have already downloaded Baby Monitor 3G. It has even won the AppStore Best of the Year award in several European countries. Did you know you can even create an activity log for your baby’s sleeping habits and play lullabies to them via your device’s music library?
Claimed to be the ‘number one app for mums’, Mush is a godsend for new mothers who are keen to find support and friendship from other local parents. Being a new mum can sometimes feel isolating, as your whole day seems to revolve around your newborn. With Mush, you can make a profile in just a minute before scrolling to find nearby mothers that you can connect with and arrange a get-together.
If you have a question or concern, chances are many of the other new mums on Mush do, too! From what double buggy to buy to fit your family, to how to make the transition from milk to baby food; this app lets you ask questions and get first-hand advice from other users. Or you can simply browse the range of advice articles to help ease your concerns.
If you have children aged between 0 and 11 years, the Hoop app is most definitely for you. Keeping babies entertained is one thing, but if you have older kids, finding the perfect activity is even more difficult – incredibly difficult, in fact.
Using the app, you can find everything from toddler groups and dance workshops, to messy play venues and soft play fun for all ages. It brings together all the kid-friendly activities in your area and separated into recommended ages, you can scroll through more than 70,000 listed venues until you land on the perfect one for your family. There are also plenty of free options listed on this app, too. The app is already used by around 750,000 families, this app is a must for busy parents who need child-friendly entertainment fast!
Get downloading today and make life as a new parent a little simpler!
We all know that cartoons are the biggest source of entertainment for kids. But being a parent, have you ever wondered how these cartoons affect your child? There are so many channels which broadcast cartoons only, round the clock. So, children have the liberty to watch cartoons whenever they want. Here are some of the general effects of cartoons on children.
Aids in learning:
You must be aware of the fact that children learn from their surroundings. The more they watch cartoons the more they get disconnected from the real world and start living in their own imaginary world. Mostly, children start watching cartoons from very early ages like seven or eight months old. It is probably due to the fact that whenever the baby is crying and we switch on cartoons they stop; as a result parents start using cartoons as a mean to calm the baby. This little step is the start of cartoon addiction in kids. Watching TV in moderation is a good thing too, it can help children especially preschoolers in learning new things like; alphabets, counting and fruits names etc. There are so many toddler cartoons like Dora the explorer and Go Diego go that help children in learning new words everyday just by watching them. Same is the case for school going kids, they can learn a lot about science and wildlife from watching appropriate programs.
Aggressive content can promote violence:
Being a parent, your most important duty is to maintain a balance in your children’s lives. You shouldn’t allow them to watch too much cartoons or TV. Another important factor to consider here, is the content that your children see on TVs. You should regularly monitor the cartoons or TV programs your children watch, if your kids are watching cartoons that have too much fighting or are aggressive, there will be a chance that your kid can become more violent. Kids who watch cartoons more than three to four hours a day are more prone to violence and they start imitating what they saw on TV in real life too. An effective way to monitor your child’s activities is by installing apps like webwatcher these apps enable parents to monitor their children’s full activities across the internet.
Cartoons as well as other TV shows have a very strong impact on a child’s development. Children try to copy whatever they see on TV in real life. So, the impact of cartoons as positive or negative completely depends on what you allow your children to see. If your children are exposed to educational type cartoons than they can learn a lot but if they watch aggressive type cartoons they can develop anger issues and become more violent.
Jack is a very imaginative little soul, always coming up with stories and drawing weird and wonderful things. When he was given the opportunity to create his very own dream pet thanks to Petplan, no matter how wacky it was, I knew it would be something he would relish doing and really delve deep into his imagination.
He sat down and thought for ages before he started to scribble away at the paper, finally coming up with his dream pet, Bob the Great Flying Snake. He has always loved snakes – he’s the first to hold them at zoo events or at his friend’s animal parties so I wasn’t surprised to see a snake featuring. The detail of the wings and colour and even his name ‘Bob’ had me chuckling – how fun does Bob look?
Jack was very excited with this task from Petplan – a company who have understood from the start that pet owners have specific needs when it comes to finding the right policy and who work with and support more animal rehoming charities than any other pet insurance providers, working with more than 1200 charities throughout the UK. They are one of the few who offer genuine lifetime policies and also offer 12 month policies that are designed to suit all needs.
What I hadn’t actually told him yet was the super exciting news that his dream pet was going to be turned into a soft toy – unique to him as he had, of course, designed it!
Whilst we don’t have any pets right now, Jack is always begging us to get something – he is desperate for a dog but knows we can’t have one in this property and is aware they need a lot of looking after. We are trying to ensure he knows what he is letting himself in for when it comes to having a pet – it is important to be a responsible pet owner. In the meantime though, a unique soft toy of his dream pet was always going to be popular and once I told him, he asked me every morning when it was going to arrive. I reminded him that it was custom made so may take some time so was pleasantly surprised at just how quick an email arrived to say it was ready!
I didn’t tell him, I picked up the parcel from the post office and picked him up from school with it in the car – he saw the parcel and got so excited and couldn’t wait to get home and open it up and see his dream pet.
Are you ready to meet Bob?
I couldn’t believe just how well Petplan had captured Bob and turned him into the soft toy that Jack has barely put down since it arrived. The colours, the details – everything is exactly as Jack drew it and how he imagined. You can imagine just how excited Jack was and Bob has been the first thing being shown to visitors whenever they come round!
It is important to keep pets healthy and owners happy so you should definitely consider Petplan Pet Insurance for peace of mind as a responsible pet owner. I have many friends and family who use them and are very happy with the service.
Creating Jack’s dream pet has been such a fun experience for him. From the beginning when he created Bob for the first time which encouraged him to sit down, design and draw and use his imagination; to the waiting for his toy to turn up and the anticipation as we waited; to the arrival and the excitement as he opened the parcel; to finally getting to hold Bob in his hands.
He has had such a fun time during this experience and is enjoying spending time with Bob – I’ve heard him playing with his sister and Bob and making up stories about where they are visiting and what troubles they get into. It is great to see that his great flying snake is helping him to use his imagination even more – it is so important to be creative and imaginative, especially as a child.
What would your dream pet be?
This post has been possible thanks to Petplan, but all thoughts are my own