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Benefits of Reading Bedtime Stories Plus a Giveaway

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Reading bedtime stories to children is really important. My children love reading, they read everyday. Believe it or not, the first thing they do when they wake up is to grab a book from their bookshelves to read. I know they are awake in the morning when I hear them reading their favourite books. So reading comes naturally to my kids. They enjoy reading various books and I enjoy reading to them. The importance of reading can never be overemphasised, and I am glad to see the twins have inherited my love for reading. I enjoy reading bedtime stories to my kids. It is one of my favourite parts of the day and I cherish our bonding time.

 

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Ditch the tech and read actual books

I read to the kiddies every night. Bedtime stories are very important, and I make sure we never miss this family bonding time. Even when we are away on holiday, I make sure to take a couple of books with us for bedtime reading. The benefits of reading bedtime stories are numerous, which is why it is so important to read a bedtime story everyday. Reading actual books is the right way to do this. The kiddies have their tablets and Leapfrogs with eBooks but when it comes to everyday reading and bedtime stories, we make sure to read a book and ditch the tech.

 

The benefits of reading bedtime stories and Pyjamarama campaign

Francesca Simon, a bestselling author, comments on how important it is to read books to our children : “Reading a bedtime story together is one of the best experiences a child and parent can share, and something tech cannot replace. The many evenings I spent immersed in books with my son, Joshua, until he was 11, not only inspired me to become a children’s author, but are also some of our best shared memories and gave my son the confidence, curiosity and thirst for learning that has set him up for life”.

Just ten minutes of reading a book together a day makes such a massive difference in the lives of the little ones. It helps build children’s language and understanding, imagination, spelling, resilience and confidence. It is also a great way for a family to bond. Which is why I am working with BookTrust to raise awareness about the joy of the bedtime story by celebrating Pyjamarama, a nationwide fundraising campaign by BookTrust on 7th June. Brits are asked to donate £1 to wear their pyjamas all day on Friday 7th June. Money raised will go towards helping BookTrust ensure that every child experiences the amazing benefits of access to books and reading.

 

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What your donation can do
  • £25 could provide 15 pre-school children living in women’s refuge centres with their own bookpack
  • £50 could provide 6 families from deprived communities with additional support through theirchildren’s centre to develop a reading habit
  • £100 could help us work with a struggling secondary school to support teenagers re-engage with reading
  • £1,000 could enable us to support 740 children with a disability that impacts motor skills, providing them with specially created touch and feel books, finger puppets and guidance for parents

 

Giveaway Details

Now for the giveaway information, BookTrust has offered to gift a reader a Ben and Holly 5 Figure Pack & Little Library.

 

 

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To take part in this giveaway, you need to do the following –

  1. Follow me on Twitter and Retweet this post.
  2. Follow my new YouTube channel.
  3. Leave a comment telling me why reading to children is so important. Please remember to include your Twitter name so I know where to find you.

You can also stay up to date with my blog posts and vlogs on my Facebook page – Fashion and Style Police.

 

The giveaway will run for 2 weeks. It ends 6 June at 10pm. The winner will be contacted via Twitter so please ensure you leave your Twitter name. It is open to UK residents only.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the day.

 

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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.

 

Why Boredom is Sometimes Good for Kids

As a parent, one of the things I feared was when my kids get bored. So, I had toys, educational cartoons and nursery rhymes ready on standby for the minute my kids start to complain about boredom.

I thought that I if I kept my kids entertained and far away from the clutches of boredom, it would be for their own good. That was until I learned that boredom was actually good for my kids.

You may find it hard to believe. I know I had a hard time believing it too. But after experimenting it on my kids, I saw that my kids were more capable than I thought at handling boredom and using it for good.

 

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Here are some reasons why boredom is sometimes good for your kids.

 

Boredom boosts creativity

As adults we know that creativity is something that is highly appreciated while building a career. So why not start helping our kids develop that skill right now?

Studies have shown that people get creative when they are bored. Boredom helps kids get to exercise their ability to imagine. This helps to spark their creativity and develop the skill to be creative which is what they will need when they grow to be adults.

Kids have powerful imaginations and boredom gives them that space to exercise their muscle to imagine.

 

Boredom helps kids shape their world views

Sometimes kids give the most profound insights. And when asked where they got those ideas from, they say they came up with it themselves or deduced it from what they observed.

I remember a kid running to tell his mother that seeking happiness is what makes life worthwhile. I found this shocking because that piece of insight is something you would never expect a child to come up with.

Boredom gets kids thinking. That period when boredom strikes could be the best time for your kids to come up with thoughts and ideas that will help shape their world views. Sometimes having that reflective moment helps kids process what they learn and produce ideas that will help them when they grow up.

 

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Boredom helps kids to start taking responsibility over their life

This may seem like a big one, but boredom could be just the thing your child needs to start taking control over their life. Let’s face it: You won’t always be around to entertain your kids. When you allow them to get bored, they’ll find ways to entertain themselves.

They also start to learn that they need to be there for themselves and motivate themselves. Hovering around your kids trying your best to entertain them when they’re bored only teaches them that they’re the centre of the world. This could turn your kids into being selfish and even narcissistic several years down the line. This, however, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play with your kids. What I mean is that you should also give your kids the chance to figure a way around boredom by themselves.

Allowing them to handle problems like boredom on their own, teaches them that they have what it takes to change a negative situation around for the better. And nothing teaches that better than kids experiencing it themselves.

 

 

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