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Children thrive when there is a routine

The Kiddies were on holiday until this week. They had their spring break earlier this year, and were back to school this Monday. Usually during the holidays, we have a very flexible routine. There is more time to get things done, so I usually have a relaxed approach to our routine. This works okay for the first 2 days or so, and then it usually becomes really chaotic. Children thrive when there is a routine in place as they know what is expected and what needs to be done. But when there is none, things can easily get crazy, which leads to tantrums, more tantrums, use of the naughty step and over tiredness.

 

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The Importance of Routines

Many families still have the go with the flow approach when it comes to raising up kids and running the home. The children eat whenever, sleep whenever they decide to fall asleep and pretty much do whatever they want to do at home, with no clear set times for anything. They don’t see the importance of having a routine. Instead, they prefer to let things happen “naturally”, which usually never works in the real world.

Here are some of the reasons why having a routine for your children is really important –

 

Security

Routines give children a sense of security. It also help them develop self-discipline which is a life skill we all need to prosper. I have had a routine for the twins since they were 3 months old. The routine has been tweaked here and there from time to time, as they have grown older. I can’t imagine us not having a routine. A routine helps the child feel safe and secure, which helps them handle day-to-day life better.

 

Structure

Having a routine offers the child structure. This helps them manage themselves and their surroundings better. I feel better when my days have some form of structure. Structured days are always very productive for me, and it works the same way for kids. Having a routine, and knowing what needs to be done, and planning towards takes away power struggles you may be experiencing with your children.

 

 

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Responsibility

Children learn to be more responsible and take charge of their activities when they have a routine. They know they need to lay their beds when they wake up for example, because that is the first thing they do with mum everyday. When there is a routine, you don’t need to go on and on about what needs to be done because the children know already. Children corporate better when there is a routine, which means fewer tantrums, stress and anxiety for everyone involved.

 

Have you experienced the power of having a routine? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

 

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Giveaway – Win a Bundle of the New and Improved Johnson’s Baby Products

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Today, I am giving away a bundle of the new Johnson’s Baby products. This new range is so amazing. We are trying some of the products for kids as well. I will be writing up a review post on our thoughts on the products soon, so keep reading. This bundle I am giving away courtesy of Johnson and Johnson includes four 500ml products for your baby – Bedtime Lotion, Baby Shampoo, Bedtime Bath and Top-to-Toe Wash.

 

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JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Lotion

I love the bright new packaging of all the products. A good change is needed every now and again, and this change is good. This Johnson’s Bedtime Lotion promises to moisturise baby’s delicate skin. It is free from parabens, dyes and phthalates, which is amazing. This lotion has been formulated to reduce the risk of allergies. It is available in 300ml and 500ml.

 

JOHNSON’S® TOP-TO-TOE® Wash

This Top-to-Toe Wash for babies is free from dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, alcohol, and soap. It is mild and gentle enough for the newborn skin. With the no more tears formula, this wash is as gentle as water to the eyes. It is available in 500ml.

 

JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Bath

The JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Bath is also free from parabens, sulphates and dyes. It gently cleanses baby skin leaving it clean and moisturised. The soothing NaturalCalm essences help baby sleep better. It is available in 300ml and 500ml.

 

JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo

JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo is free from dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, alcohol, and soap, which is great. The NO MORE TEARS® formula means hair wash would be tears free.

 

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Giveaway Rules

Here are the rules of the giveaway –

  1. Follow Fashion and Style Police on Twitter if you are not following already.
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  4. Leave me a comment telling me why you want to win this bundle. Remember to include your Twitter name in the comment so I know how to find you.

You can also follow Fashion and Style Police on Facebook to keep up with my daily posts.

 

This Johnson’s Baby Products giveaway will run for 2 weeks. It ends May 1 at 10pm. It is open to UK residents over 18 years. The winner will be randomly selected.

Good luck.

 

3 tips for ageing healthy

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Ageing is not something we can fight, but we can control how we age if we have a healthy lifestyle. I could go on and on with healthy lifestyle tips but I am going to keep this post simple and straight to the point. Having a healthy lifestyle will help us age better and we can start making these simple lifestyle changes today.

Here they are –

 

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3 tips for ageing healthy

Stay Active

Staying active is one of the most important ways to age healthy. Regardless of how old you are, you need to ensure you stay active. Being idle is the fastest way to put on weight and it plays on your mental health too, which is not good for your overall health. Being outdoors at least once a day does help. I work from home but the school run takes me out everyday. Plus, I also make sure I get enough steps indoors and outdoors by being busy, running errands, and just staying active.

If mobility is an issue, you can look at getting Mobility Scooter to get you around.

 

Get enough sleep

Good sleep is very important. We need to ensure we get enough hours of sleep to function properly. Lack of sleep makes me grumpy and very disoriented and I am sure it is the same for many. Which is why sleep is very important. The trick to sleeping well is to ensure your bedding and bedroom is very comfy. So fresh smelling bedding and comfy pillows and mattress helps. Also, making sure the room is the right temperature helps too! I know I struggle to drift off when the room is too hot or too cold.

Most ground floor rooms tend to be cold during the winter season. But that may be your only option if you struggle to get up and down the stairs. Having said that, stairlifts can help a lot when it comes to getting you up and down the stairs, if you are struggling. So it may make sense to invest in that if needed, and get some decent sleep.

 

Watch diet

You are what you eat and drink, so paying attention to your diet is very important. A healthy diet would help you live longer and it also protects you being ill. Having a balanced diet rich in all the essential nutrients is the way to go. Don’t forget to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water everyday, and don’t survive on tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol. It sounds bizarre, but I know many people who hardly drink water.

 

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These healthy lifestyle tips sound like a no brainer, but we can easily neglect our health and take them for granted. We need to pay attention to all aspects of our life and make the necessary lifestyle changes so we can age healthy and live a happier life.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you have any important healthy lifestyle tip to share? Please share in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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