Monthly Archives: October 2015

Help your child to be a success

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Being is with little kids is a pure blast! I really mean that. I also love watching other folks have experiences with these little folks too. It is soooooooooooo entertaining because I can smell ‘little kid fear’ at a hundred yards. Like a starving wolf getting a sniff of congealed pizza, I sniff it out everywhere. It’s always the eyes of the adult that gives ‘little kid fear’ away.

Let me explain, ‘little kid fear’ is when you take a child somewhere maybe on a train or in a restaurant and you are slightly worried how your little angel is going to act. I use trains and restaurants because they are my favourite place for watching people with little kids.

This is what I see a lot of on trains. People get on with a little kid and I can tell by the things that they say to the child that they think that just being on the train is going to fascinate the said child for the whole journey. After about one minute, the child is no longer excited by this as basically it is just sitting in a chair looking out at fields. We have to see things as they see them.

It’s the same with restaurants, sitting at a chair eating is no different to a little kid from eating at home, it doesn’t matter how tasty the food is, the child doesn’t really care that much when they are waiting for it arrive or they have finished.

I know that to many people this is all common sense but I also understand that to many puzzled folks it is not and that is why I am writing about it. However, there is a simple trick that helps on trains and in restaurants and that is to be armed with some stories.

You may snort and shake your head but most kids love stories. When my son was little I never went anywhere without a book of stories and a pile of cds in the car. It may be a faff to have to sit reading a story while you are waiting for your meal to arrive but at least your child will most likely sit like a model citizen if you have got them hanging on every word.

While you are eating, you can talk about the story. Ask your child if they liked the main character and if not, why not. Ask them if they would like to do what the character did. You get the idea, have a good yak about what happened in the tale. Basically, if little kids are part of a conversation they will respond and enjoy it. This usually means good behaviour.

Meanwhile, if you are short of a place to get some great stories from, you should go to Alfie Dog Fiction where I’m the featured writer at the moment.

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6 Great Ways To Cheer Yourself Up This Hallowe’en.

On October 19th, my lovely friend Ross Mountney wrote a post about keeping ourselves cheery during the darker months.  She then asked if anyone had any other ideas for keeping the dark weather grumps at bay. Of course we do. However, they are our own special brand. We hope they raise a smile, if not, please complain to the government, not us, as they are to blame for a lot.

Beauty treatments are a must

It's imperative that you keep your hands looking good during the colder months.

It’s imperative that you keep your hands looking good during the colder months.

Always dress your best

People visit more during the dark nights so make sure that you are always ready to receive visitors and make an impression.

People visit more during the dark nights so make sure that you are always ready to receive visitors and make an impression.

Keep your home looking cheery and welcoming

A well thought out display can transform a room.

A well thought out display can transform a room.

Read some uplifting literature

A light read will help you to sleep.

A light read will help you to sleep.

Get out to new and interesting places

 

Graveyards offer stimulating finds like this tree stump bursting with toadstools.

Graveyards offer stimulating finds like this tree stump bursting with toadstools.

Have a hound of a time

Find a suitable friend to keep you happy.

Find a suitable friend to keep you happy.

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