When you have young children, you’re going to be on the ball with making sure they’re staying in their age range when it comes to media. However, when they’re fast growing (as most of them are!), there’s a lot of changes to be made in this walk of their life! So if you’re not too sure where to start with letting them expand a little more into games designed for older children, this list is here to help. Of course they’re still going to need monitoring, but the tween years are a steady balance between being a parent and allowing a little freedom!

Mobile Apps

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For Educational Purposes

One great way to get your kids interested in their school work, or any extra curricular activities, is by downloading a few good apps to their phone. When a kid is presented with a fun and interactive interface when it comes to enjoying a good book after school, they’re going to keep on reading!

It’s also a good way for the both of you to interact over a bit of homework. Kids are always going to need a bit of input from their parents, and often enough there’s not a more helpful way to do so than going through a good book together. You can laugh and joke over what you read, and also make sure proper notes are taken.

For Gaming

Everybody likes to waste a bit of time gaming on their phone, and kids are the ones who like to do it the most! That’s because it’s one of the most entertaining things you can do when you’re stuck in the backseat of a car or at home on the sofa. Yet, if you’re having no success in getting your kids to go outside, you can always boot up something fun on the iPad with them!

Try out the Final Fantasy 15 mobile app, as this is a good strategy game you can devote bags of time to together. It’s minimal in any kind of graphic violence, despite the theme, and is a good way to get the imaginative juices flowing.

For Watching Videos

Common apps such as youtube are the most popular of programs to download to a system, but did you know there’s a kid friendly version? If you’re worried about what your child might watch when they’re on their own with a tablet in front of them, make sure these settings are turned on before you let them loose!

You can also find a lot of creative content online here, and more official sites such as the BBC iPlayer is a good place for your child to access the kids channels that they miss when they’re at school. Let home time be fun time when you’ve got a good balance to it via this!

Using mobile technology is something we all do, and it can get quite addicting. Introduce family fun time via a piece of equipment to make the time more fulfilling, and a little less socially isolating.

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Buying a baby pushchair is quite like buying a new car, and to be frank, almost just as expensive. There are so many things to take into consideration when investing in such an item. How much storage space do you need? Do you live in a busy city, or the countryside with bumpy roads? Are you strictly buying the pushchair to suit a new born baby, or are you expecting to use it for longer? Fortunately, there are pushchairs out there to suit all needs and budgets (almost).

Prams

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A pram is a great choice for new-borns as it allows the baby to lie completely flat. A carrycot on wheels, prams can only be used for the first 6 months of the baby’s life, until they can start supporting their heads on their own. Lately new designs incorporate both a pram and a standard buggy in one, so you can get the best of both worlds.

Travel system

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This is a great option if you own a car and need a car seat for your baby. The travel system usually combines a standard buggy with a detachable car seat and sometimes they may even feature a pram or carrycot. However, car seats are a safety tool for transporting the baby while in a vehicle and should not be used on long walks, shopping trips or to sleep in at home. Leaving a child in a car seat for more than 2 hours could put his or her life and health in danger.

3-wheeler buggy

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As the name suggests the 3-wheeler buggy has (surprise surprise) 3 wheels, one in the front and 2 in the back. The wheel in the front can be either locked or let free to swivel. Depending on the potential use, size and weight, there are several types of 3-wheel buggies: urban 3-wheelers, twin or tandem 3-wheelrs, all-terrain pushchairs (ATP), jogger buggy and 3-wheeler travel systems.

Lightweight buggy

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The ‘stroller’ or lightweight buggy is great for those with a busy city life, who usually walk or take the bus around town. They can weigh less than 6kg (0.9 stone) and they can be folded, so they are more compact making them easy to carry and store. When your baby has reached toddlerhood, this buggy may not be suitable for him or her anymore. Another potential disadvantage is that you cannot overload it with bags or other items as, due to its light weight, it can easily be tipped over.

Standard buggy

 

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The standard 4-wheeler buggies are suitable for both new-borns and babies over the age of 6 months. They are slightly harder to manoeuvre than the 3-wheeled buggies, but there is not much in it. The prices for standard buggies can go from around £100 pounds to over £600 for a designer one.

Rear and forward-facing buggy

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This is a great option as it contains a reversible seat unit which allows parents to either have the baby facing them or forward. Some studies suggest that children prefer facing their parent while in the buggy. This makes them happier and more interactive.

Twin buggy

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Twin buggies can either be for twins or siblings of similar ages. Both children are free to look around and interact with each other. Pushing a twin buggy around all day can be very hard, therefore it is best to look for lightweight twin buggies which can weigh under 15 kg. (2.4 stone)

Tandem Buggy

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The tandem buggy is similar to the twin buggy in the sense that it allows you to carry 2 children at a time. However, with the tandem buggy they are essentially one on top of the other, rather than next to eachother. You can use this option with either a toddler and a new-born or two toddlers.

 

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The Show features over 200 exhibitors offering an unrivalled choice of top baby brands and products – including the UK’s widest range of buggies, pushchairs and car seats – all under one roof. There will also be innovative product launches and boutique, not-on-the-high-street brands.

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Your child has decided to go to university. It’s exciting. It’s scary, and it can be heartbreaking but there are ways you can help your child, and you, deal with them setting off on their new life.

Help Them Plan

There are plenty of ways to assist when it comes to sending your child off to continue their studying. From budgeting advice to planning where they are going to stay. From helping them to organise their reading lists to looking at Urbanest student accommodation near to their University.  Parents can become so submerged though n the idea of their child going away it masks what happens when they actually leave, and that can come as a bit of a shock.

No Good at Goodbye

It’s here. The day you knew was coming, the day you have been planning for months, yet all too soon it’s on your doorstep, and you don’t know how to feel. Although it’s very common for parents to feel emotional, even parents who have been avoiding the subject can’t help but feel a little sad. This is unavoidable, this day marking the end of what was normal family life and is moving the family dynamic into a whole new era. Of course,e you will continue to be a guiding light for your child yet the time for you to be at the centre of everything they are doing has come and gone. It’s a vast and often overwhelming occurrence, but there are ways to help all of you deal with the adjustment.

Plan the departure day as much as you can. Many parents drop their child off, seeing them into their accommodation or dorm and then walking away after that lingering cup of coffee. If you do decide on this route, then be prepared for how wrenching this can be. Your child will also feel this, though of course, they may be less inclined to show it.

No matter how you are feeling, try to remain upbeat about how fantastic your child’s choice is. They have committed to continue their studying and to expand their knowledge, and you should be very proud of that. If you can manage it, try to save your tears until they are out of sight. This will ultimately make it easier on both of you in the long run.

Returning Home To The Nest

The sense of loss you may feel is genuine and shouldn’t be overlooked or undermined. It is merely a sign that you have invested yourself entirely and been a fantastic parent so pat yourself on the back for that. You may want to remind yourself that you have raised and encouraged an independent and responsible adult, one prepared to better themselves. Well done.

Saying that there is no way around the fact that it hurts. You grieve. And you must give yourself and your partner time to do this. You may also find they are dealing with it better than you think you are or they should be and this may cause some resentment. Be kind to each other and try to be as comforting as possible.

Always On The End Of The Phone

It will be necessary for both of you once you have settled into your new routine not to be overly in your face in contacting your child. Tough as it is, you have to accept your child is an adult and as such will get on with things on their own as much as they can.  Of course, you will still be there for them at the end of the phone, but they will no longer perhaps share all the details of their days and nights. Before they leave, agree on how often you will aim for contact and how via email or phone or texts and try your best to stick to it.

As tough as it is, this could now be an exciting time for you both to start a new phase and look forward to exciting new futures.

3 Little Buttons

Many single mothers have heard of the troubles and issues that might arise when you decided to split from your partner. Finances were at the forefront in the beginning because giving your children the best future is the most important factor. However the more time went on, and the dust cleared, you may have suddenly realized that securing your children’s future financially isn’t the end all be all. Actually, making sure your relationship and bond with them is the most important thing in the long run. Regardless of what happens, your children will remember you spending time with them, getting to know their interests and hobbies and going the extra mile. Money is fleeting, and the future isn’t certain. Your children might not want to go down the academic route, and they may want to find something they like doing that won’t burden you or them with student debt. Therefore, bonding is actually irreplaceable as it cannot be bought.

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Going to the game

Football is quite easily the most popular sport in the world. Every year without slowing or faulting, hundreds of millions of fans go to watch their home teams playing the beautiful game. If you have sons or daughters, this is a great day out with a whole range of things to do. It isn’t just the match itself, and it’s the lead up to it that counts too. It starts the night before as the kids are full of anticipation. The drive there can be laden with songs and asking them things about their school life etc. it’s a perfect excuse to not spend a lot of money on food but get quite a good bang for buck treats of all kinds. If you look on TicketOffices, you can find especially cheaper tickets that have been cut down by 15% from the seller’s asking price. There are a whole range of events to choose from, from sport to music concerts with popular artists. If you snoop around, you’ll be able to find exclusive deals as well as discounts for shows and events that would otherwise be quite expensive.

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Teaching them to cook

One thing that parents in recent years have underestimated is the importance of teaching your children how to cook. This could be because the millennial generation is savvy with technology and there are so many online sources of educational cooking, which parents feel they’ll be okay in the end. However, think about what cooking is. It’s a two-fold necessity because one, cooking is a primal activity as it helps the tribe to bond and learn from each other, and two, it’s a necessity that sometimes cannot be learned just by watching a video of an expert doing it. Let your children choose what kind of cuisine they want to explore and every week cook something new together. Teach them the basics and pass down the recipes that you were taught by your parents. When you give them this life-tool, you’re helping them to be self-sustainable and self-reliant. It’s also fun for them because the pressure of doing it alone for the first time is taken away. Guiding them by the hand, you’re showing them that food is more than a takeaway.

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Reading them novels

Thanks to the advancement of technology, thousands of books can be stored in little eReaders like the Kindle. They’re essentially smaller versions of tablets that specialize in software that is focused on reading. Make it a routine to read to your children when they’re young. When we go to bed to go to sleep, our minds are the most active right at that point when our brain is trying to shut off. Getting to sleep can be a bit of a chore if you’ve had an energetic and exciting day which many children do. So, as a way to bond and calm down at the same time, reading novels to your children while sitting next to them in bed is great for strengthening your relationship. Allow them to pick their genre of choice and then sift through what they might find interesting. Many eReaders have great screen displays, so books with pictures are also available and not just in black and white either.

It’s not easy being a single parent whether you’re the father or mother. Children have so much going on in their life; it’s easier for you two to drift apart. However, if you take steps to get involved in their interests in sport you can find common ground. Teaching them how to cook meals that will come in handy to them when they’re away from home is something they’ll never forget and thank you for. Fanning the flames of their imagination by reading to them is subtle but incredibly effective of strengthening your bond together.