Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sick of travelling this summer?

There's nothing worse than hearing the words 'I feel sick' from the back of the car as you head off on your holidays, and since motion sickness is more common in children aged three to 12, it's something parents often face during summer travels. 

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Don't 'drive' yourself crazy over motion sickness...
In fact travel - or motion sickness - can strike when travelling by car, ship, plane or train, which makes any sort of long journey pretty difficult. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea and - of course - vomiting. It's thought it is caused by the mismatch of what the eyes are seeing (the things outside your car window moving for example) and what your inner ears, which help with balance, sense (the fact you are actually sitting still). 

Either way it's awful to experience it - and it's awful to try and comfort a poorly child, clean up after a poorly child - and still continue to your destination. It can make trips to relatives tiresome, exciting holiday plans seem a whole lot less fun and put the kibosh on certain types of trips altogether (a Disney cruise say).

But there are several ways to ease symptoms and make your trip far happier. Here's my Top Ten of Travel Sickness tips...

Monday, 18 July 2016

Family biking - what are your options?

There are some things that you have to give up when you have kids (sleep comes to mind for starters!). But how about when it comes to your favourite active pursuits like biking? Thankfully your kids can come right along with you, provided you invest in the proper gear for every age.

When your kids are very small, there are different ways to tote them around on a bike. A front carrier is a good option, as are both rear-mounted seats and attachable trailers. Once your kids have graduated to nearly preschool age, they may be ready for a bike tag-a-long - a one-wheeled structure that attaches to the back of your bike - or even another option that connects their bike to yours.

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Any and all of these options come with their own weight and age restrictions and recommendations. And as your kids move from one piece of equipment to the next, it’s important they understand not only rules of the road, but exactly what is the right safety gear - especially when it comes to helmets.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Flower power!

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As we head towards the school holidays, it's easy to feel frazzled by end of term chaos and upcoming changes in routine. For some children and parents it will herald the end of an era, as children move on to different stages in their lives - be that starting school, switching schools - or even leaving school for good. But there's an easy way to lift your mood, inspire creativity - and help you recover from dips in your health. A simple bunch of flowers! 

In fact, florist Flowers For Everyone have hit the nail on the head - a bouquet of blooms really can boost your health.

And here are just four of the ways foliage can make you feel good...