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Kids Section – Surviving Pre School

The kids are wrapping up pre school in the next few days and I am super excited. Surviving pre school was a roller coaster. They have been at pre school for almost 2 years now. And they are heading off to BIG school in Sept, yay!  We are all super excited for them going to Reception. They are the older ones in their class, so they are quite prepared for the big change. But I think I will need to prepare myself a little more. And get the tissues ready for their graduation ceremony. I am sure there will be LOTS of happy tears flowing down.

Surviving pre school was tricky but easy at the same time. It was easy in the sense that the kiddies love school in general and well quite happy to be there. But it was also tricky because they are kids at the end of the day. And on some days, they can’t be bothered to play pre school.

 

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These 2 cuties have grown before my very eyes. I remember their first few months in pre school and how they decided they were no longer interested in going when the novelty wore off. Learning to feed, potty training and increasing their vocabulary all happened are some of the big changes that happened in the last few years. I am already looking forward to see how they would both excel at Reception and beyond.

I know it is still quite early but we have already started getting ready for primary school. So the uniform shopping has started, as well as all the other back to school essentials. I recently reviewed some name sticker labels, which we will be sticking on all their belongings in time for September. I like to plan well in advance and get everything done early to avoid the last-minute chaos.

 

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How we survived pre school

School can be hard work for kids, parents and teachers. Which is why it makes sense to take certain precautions. Here are some ways that helped us survive pre school.

 

We stayed on top of vaccinations and hygiene

I made sure we stayed on top of all our vaccinations. School is a breeding ground for all sorts of illness. So being on top of all vaccinations and keep the kids very clean does help reduce the chances of them getting very ill. Daily baths are important especially when they go to school. I find it shockingly that some kids only baths once or twice a week. A quick face and hand wash does not count as a proper bath. It won’t get rid of all the dirt they have rolled in during the day at school.

 

Buy cheap clothes and shoes

Buying cheap clothes and shoes for the kids to wear to pre school or nursery is a way to survive it. Trust me on this one. Your bank balance would thank you for it.  You won’t want your kids messing up their pricey pieces with paints and dirt. So ensure you send them to school with cheap play clothes and shoes you don’t mind them ruining.

 

Ensure the kids get the right amount of sleep and eat healthy

Bedtime is 7pm. It has been 7pm since the kiddies were babies and it has definitely helped their growth and development. Kids love routine, so that has been a plus as well. The right amount of sleep and a balanced diet does help children and adults deal with the demands of life. So ensure your kids get these basic requirements.

 

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We are looking forward to Reception and the changes it brings. Bring it on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dopamine dressing: does it really work?

Dopamine dressing is to do with wearing certain clothes to improve your mood. From injecting a splash of colour into your wardrobe to brighten up your day, to buying t-shirts with positive slogans on intended to make you and people around you smile. But, does it really work? Together with QUIZ, retailers of evening dresses, we find out more:

 

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What power does colour have?

When it comes to colour psychology, the research shouldn’t be underestimated. Studies have shown that different coloured objects and clothing can have different effects on individuals.

In one research project, students were presented with a coloured participant number that was either red, green or black. Results showed that students who were given a red number scored a significant 20% lower than those who presented with a green or black number.

What about when it comes to clothing? People can view the wearer in different ways, depending on what colour they’ve got on:

  • Red — demonstrates power and a strong social status, as well as gives the wearer more confidence. It can indicate good health and financial stability, too.
  • White — perceived to be the least arrogant colour and gives the impression that the wearer is optimistic.
  • Black — gives the impression of self-assurance and intelligence.

And, in sports, researchers discovered that red can lead people to act with greater speed and force. And, studies showed that sports teams dressed in mostly black kits, were more likely to receive penalties.

As we can see, colour can affect our psyche and tweak our moods and actions both positively and negatively. So, what about when it comes to dressing for your own happiness?

 

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Find out what makes you happy

It’s possible that it all depends on what you associate with being happy.

Consider colour differences across culture for example. Like the colour red? In China, this hue is a symbolism of good luck, yet in Africa it’s associated with death. Interestingly, in the African nation of Nigeria, it has connections with aggression and vitality.

Or, if you think of happiness when you see yellow, it’s likely that being around this colour will make you feel this way. This idea is supported by one experiment involving a coat. Here, participants were all handed the same white coat — the only difference was that some were told it was a painter’s coat, and others were told it was a doctor’s. When asked to complete tasks, results revealed that those who were told it was a doctor’s coat performed better. It’s likely that the connotations that they associated with a professional uniform were more positive and motivational than those associated with the painter’s coat.

There is the theory of power dressing too. Some women feel more confident in trouser suits or skirt and jacket combos when surrounded by men who are donning a similar outfit in the form of a three-piece suit.

Take time out to find which clothes are confidence and happiness boosters for you, then it’s likely that dressing in these garments will make you feel that way.

 

Wear clothes to complement your shape

Another way to boost your mood is to complement your shape with the clothes you wear. What you’re wearing will not only highlight your best features, but also make you feel comfortable. Here are some tips for perfectly dressing your body shape:

  • Pear-shaped — if you have a pear-shaped frame, you carry weight mostly in the lower areas of your body. You can elongate your legs with a straight or bootcut jeans. Avoid high-waisted trousers though, as these can make you look shorter.
  • Apple-shaped — this is where you carry weight around the middle. Bring focus to your legs with a straight-leg trouser and pair with heels.
  • Petite — it can be hard to find clothes that don’t overpower you if you’re petite. High-waisted trousers and crop tops are good if you’re this size, as they can create the illusion that you’re taller and show off your small physique!
  • Tall — if you want to extenuate your legs even further, you should go for a low-rise trouser with a skinny leg.

 

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And there we have it, the things that you wear do influence the way that you feel. Putting colours and shapes aside, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable in the clothes that you wear. This will ensure your confidence shines through — a guaranteed mood booster!

 

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