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We all know the feeling right? We pick the kids up from school and eagerly begin asking how their day was anticipating these long detailed responses full of glee and excitement. More often than not, we get, "Fine", "OK", "Boring", "Can't remember". The truth is, our kids have just completed 4 - 7 days of school and guess what, the last thing they want to do is talk about it too! It doesn't mean they aren't happy or enjoying school - it just means they're a bit fed up with it. Start with allowing your child som "me time" so to speak. Time to decompress from all the activities of the day, ideas including picking a snack, a short burst of screen time or playing outside for a bit.
Getting children to talk about school (or other events they participate in away from you) requires being more specific with your questions. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're talking to your child about school:
Who doesn't love Cake Pops! From kiddies to grown-ups, these cakes on sticks have made quite an impression since they first hit the dessert table. The creative minds at the Vida Downtown boutique hotel have shared this simple yet delicious recipe with us that will be the talk of your next kids' birthday or tea with the moms!
2 ½ cups flour
Calling all witches and wizards, ghosts and ghouls, are you ready to come out to play at some of Abu Dhabi's most spook-tacular events?
We're bravely rounding up all the gruesome gatherings so you know what's happening and where for Halloween. Keep your evil eyes on this page as we keep it updated (if you're not too scared that is!) or subscribe to our newsletter and get all the dreadful details straight to your cauldrons!
It's almost Halloween! Which games and traditions do you remember from your childhood? Check out these awesome games to play at home with your family (and burn off some of that sugar...)
1. Spider Web Walking:
Back to school, means higher stress levels and more exposure to germs and infections. YAYA Multi + Minerals vitamin makes a great choice for children to help maintain peak health! And, because they are free from preservatives, gluten and gelatin, you can be sure they're good for your little ones.
YAYA Vitamin contains seven vitamins and nine minerals, including:
· Vitamin A essential for skeletal and soft tissue development
· Vitamin B for Red blood cells formation and nervous system development
· Vitamin C for resistance against infections and immunity increase
· Vitamin D for bone development
· Vitamin E as an antioxidant
· Folic Acid, Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium are also essential minerals for healthy tissue development.
Most people feel like they don't have enough time to read books. Every day, you have work, exercise, family responsibilities, cooking, cleaning, and tons of other things you have to do. Unless you're a book lover, reading is probably the last thing you want to do at the end of the day. But...you know you should read books. Or, you want to become a book lover but aren't sure how to fit it into your schedule.
There's one simple tactic that will help you read at least 1 BOOK A MONTH without completely changing your current schedule. What it will change is your reading life! Here it is:
It's that time of the year when teachers bid farewell to their students, hoping that children don't forget everything that they have learned during the past school year. It's also that time of the year when parents take on the challenge of keeping their children both physically busy and mentally active during the holidays. Ironically, a lot of parents resort to technology to keep their children out of trouble; however are unknowingly feeding to an unhealthy addiction that can lead to behavioral problems.
School holidays provide a break from school work and a chance to refresh for the new academic year. It is also the perfect opportunity to develop a "summer plan" for the whole family to follow. As parents, it is important to find the right balance between entertainment and creative engagement. Keeping kids engaged both physically and mentally during the summer holidays can improve their performance ahead of the next academic year. Being active strengthens their muscles and bones and ensures that their bodies are capable of running day-to-day activities. It is also important to remember that children's activity levels in their early stages can have an effect on them for the rest of their lives. Several studies have indicated that physically active children have better mental health, with higher self-esteem and levels of alertness than inactive children.
Plan it right and you could happily spend a day at the beach with your baby! Yes, you need to worry about the heat and sunburn, but nothing that SPF, shade, hats and a little preparation can't fix!
1. Bring an inflatable pool with shade for playtime.
When learning is easier, life is better! So make the most of this summer by unlocking the potential in your child. How? Through brain training! Did you know that targeted mental exercises - done in the right way - can raise IQ and improve the way the brain thinks, learns, reads, concentrates, and remembers? It's true, and more and more scientific studies are backing it up.
The founders of Dots&Links For Skills Development Center recognised the growing need for such training in Abu Dhabi through their work in local schools. When tutoring and extra attention in the classrooms wasn't enough, students and families needed a real solution.
With your new addition to the family, dining out and meals in general may have changed dynamics. Less of the leisurely meals catching up with your spouse or friends and more of purely functional, dashing through food in between feedings. Venturing out for a meal however can be very therapeutic for a new mom if done right and will help bring back a sense of pre-baby normalcy that can be a life saver early on! Here are some useful tips to venturing out for a meal with your little one in tow.
Timing is everything
- Reduce idle time, when Baby is your dinner guest. This may mean making a reservation so you don't need to wait in a queue or going at non-peak times when the kitchen is less chaotic. Either way, you'll be more likely to enjoy your meal when you don't have to wait long for your food to arrive and while there are fewer people eyeing your every move.
- Don't feel like you have to stick to dinner. If you're dining out for the first time with your newly mobile tot, for example, you might want to start with a breakfast, lunch or tea and cake, when meals are quicker, restaurants are quieter and the witching hour is still hours away.
- Work around your baby's schedule. You don't want your little one exhausted or famished when you get to the restaurant, or it's going to be too hard to keep you and your little one happy and occupied for the duration of your meal. If you've got a new-born, your best bet is to plan to dine out while he's sleeping happily in the car seat in the booth with you.