How to have a wonder-filled family adventure

How to Have a Wonder-filled Family Adventure

How to have a wonder-filled family adventure

What is wonder?  Is it being amazed at something?  Is it being in awe?  Is it experiencing something for the first time?  Is it doing something or going somewhere you’ve been before?

The answer is, surely all of the above?

How to Have a Wonder-filled Family Adventure

To have our wonder-filled family adventure, we chose to visit one of our favourite places.  Why is Ferry Meadows one of our favourite places?

 

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The benefits to children of learning music ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

The Benefits of Children Learning Music

The benefits to children of learning music

When I was a child, I learnt the guitar and violin.  And I remember that I enjoyed them both.  Nowadays, my guitar sometimes gets an ‘airing’.  I’d like for it be more often but at least it’s not collecting dust.

Since our 8 year old took up the violin, I’ve been tempted to learn again – with her.  It’s so nice to see her with the violin – she suits it very well and has taken to it very well too.  Quite apart from the fact that she enjoys playing, it’s good to know the benefits of learning music too, particularly for our children.

 

The Benefits of Children Learning Music

From an early age, our daughter has been stimulated; she’s creative and is thriving at school.  But hubby and I were keen to get her on to learning an instrument.  The first time she took the bow to the strings, I stopped in my tracks and it took my breath away.  Yes, I’m her Mum and biased by default but she really does suit it: her composure when she holds it, her control of the bow, how she gets right into ‘the zone’.  And what a lovely zone to get into.

When we find a second hand violin at the right price, I see no reason not to join her on her musical journey.

We’ve got a violin, a guitar and a piano in our home.  Out of al of these, my personal preference is the violin and it seems that’s our daughter’s too.  That’s fine by me because…

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Does your child play an instrument?  Please tell us in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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The benefits of school clubs vs the potential for overwhelm

How to get the School Club Balance right for Your Child Positive Parenting Wellbeing

The benefits of school clubs vs the potential for overwhelm

After months of encouraging our now 8 year old to join in with some school clubs, we found ourselves with an uber-enthuastic daughter on our hands!

Due to after-school childminding because of work commitments, she was limited to what she could do.  But come year 3, she wanted to try every club going – gymnastics, dance, science club, cheerleading, music, youth club… which was great but we had to fit homework in somewhere too.  How inconvenient!

We didn’t want our weekends taken over with homework.

When she asked if she could do this club and that club, we told her that if it fits around work and homework, no problem (so long as she got in!)

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How to write a letter to Santa (with free printable template)

How to Write a Letter to Father Christmas Santa wish list Christmas post

How to write a letter to Santa (with free printable template)

Christmas is a magical time.  It’s a time for planning, for preparing, for posting that letter to Santa!   Here’s a quick guide on how to write a letter to Santa.

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Share The Joy with Encouragement

Share The Joy With encouragement And The Kindness Calendar

Share The Joy with Encouragement

 Kindness is something that I really try to embed into my every day life.  And also into our 7 year old’s daily life (not forgetting hubby too!).  We’re only human and so some days take more effort, more thinking about.  But I’ve been following The Kindness Calendar from MakeTodayHappy and this week, my act of kindness that stood out was…

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Why we let our young daughter use makeup ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

How To Make A Father's Day Card With A Difference Create Make Do

Why we let our young daughter use makeup

As our daughter grows up (and up and up!), I’m most definitely realising that her baby days are long gone, and her toddler days too.  But I often find it really hard to let go and her her find her way, let her independence grow and let her discover the world around her in her way.

But it’s vital for their development isn’t it?

One area that we give her absolute free-rein is make-up.  She loves to experiment and I adore to see her ‘apply it’, seeing the end result of invariably blue or pink eyeshadow smudged all around her eyelids.  It’s an adorable part of a little girl being no-so-little and growing her make-believe fairy wings out.  Though it makes me sad and even pine for my beautiful newborn, I can equally see my beautiful, wonderful daughter blossoming and growing, expressing herself and becoming her.  To me, that’s just as important as remembering her baby and toddler days.

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How to make a Father’s Day card with a difference ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

How To Make A Father's Day Card With A Difference Create Make Do

How to make a Father’s Day card with a difference

There really is nothing like a home-made card from your child is there?

And when it’s a card for an occasion like Father’s Day, it’s somehow even more special!

Our 7 year old has got all creative and turned her Father’s Day card into a book-card.  A different take on the traditional card but if she’s happy, I’m happy!

How To Make A Father's Day Card With A Difference Create Make Do

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5 reasons to get caught up in the lego cards craze ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

5 Reasons To Get Caught Up In The Lego Cards Craze ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

 We’ve been well and truly caught up with the lego cards craze!

It all started when one of our daughter’s friends gave her a duplicate.  And that duplicate was a sparkly koala card.  “Aw it’s so cute!” were the words that animatedly came out of our 7 year old’s mouth.  Had she been given a duplicate of the odd-looking and sounding ‘alien villainess’, I’m not sure the craze would have taken off in quite the same way!…

But it did.

And we happen to shop at Sainsburys for our convenience.  So do other family members!

5 Reasons To Get Caught Up In The Lego Cards Craze ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

Just in case you’ve no idea what I’m talking about (which is quite possible if you’re not UK-based and/or don’t shop at Sainsburys and/or don’t have children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews to educate you on lego cards…) here are 5 reasons to get caught up in the craze:

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Pocket money – an alternative approach ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

How To Teach Your Child The Value Of Money Pocket Money Spending Saving Earning Jobs Parenting Kids Virtually All Sorts

Pocket money – an alternative approach

I recently introduced a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy and this week I’m talking about pocket money.  #IfShesHappyImHappy is all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!  You can read it here if you missed it.

How To Teach Your Child The Value Of Money Pocket Money Spending Saving Earning Jobs Parenting Kids Virtually All Sorts

Our approach to pocket money is probably not the most common one.  But perhaps it’s more common than I think.  Maybe you can tell me!…

Whichever way you look at it, money is something that our children will have to get to grips with in some form.  Be it physical money or by bank transfers or ‘plastic’.

Money makes the world go round…

Money is said to make the world go round and even if she has modest amounts of it when she’s older, hubby and I both agreed that our daughter needs to be empowered by it and not see it as a ‘problem’ or even worse, ‘dirty’.

We both agree that our daughter should understand that generally you have to work for it.  Yes, it’s nice to have some given to you, but more rewarding to have earned it.

To that end, we introduced weekly jobs for her.  In the early days, she earned 1p for each box she ticked on her weekly ‘job sheet’, of which there were 5 boxes a day.

So that’s potentially 5p a day, if she chose to do the job.  We’ve never put any pressure on her to do a ‘job’, simply telling her that she wouldn’t get her money if she didn’t do the job.  Of course, there are days when she’s sick and on holiday from school.  In which case, she gets her money anyway, because most people get sick pay and holiday pay after all!

So, what are her jobs?

We started with tidying, putting clothes in the linen basket and helping to hoover her bedroom.  That takes us up to the present day when she also sets the table for tea (by that I meaning putting the cutlery out.)

It works really well and there have only been a few occasions when she has ‘opted-out’.  At the end of each week, she counts how much money she’s earned by counting the boxes on her job sheet.  Sometimes we purposefully over pay or short-change her to see if she’s really counting and notices – which she does!  She’s honest when overpaid too!

What’s the point?

The point is not the jobs she has to complete but that she’s empowered, just like we are (generally!) in the real, grown-up world of work.  She has free-will and has experienced the consequences of choosing not to do a job (or 2…).  But she’s also felt empowered from earning her money.

Just the other day, we were out shopping, she saw something, knew she didn’t have enough money and said she would pay me back.  I felt mean by saying ‘no’ but otherwise, there’s little point in doing this little exercise at all…  It’s about earning money, maybe saving and spending as you earn it.  Not about spending it before you’ve earned it.

Unwittingly, our 7 year old is already learning about the value and power of earning money and that fuzzy feeling you get when you’ve saved for something or simply ‘earned’ something.

And that’s good enough for me because…

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  How do you approach pocket money?   Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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What Professions are Available in the Health Science Industry?

What Professions Are Available In The Health Science Industry?
What Professions are Available in the Health Science Industry?
The last decade has seen stunning growth in medical technology that has resulted in improved equipment, more facilities and an increase in the treatability of medical issues.This has had a huge overall impact on the medical industry, and with the plethora of doors that technology has opened in the industry we have also seen a growth in the number and options of health science jobs available.  So, what exactly can you do if you are looking to get into the health science sector? The options available in the industry are pretty vast, and while degrees will equip you to study in many different sectors, it’s important to decide where you want to work in order to find out what the best path will be for you.Before starting a health science degree, you should decide whether you want to work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental health care facilities
  • Rehab
  • Laboratories
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Clinics
  • Long-term care
  • Government offices

There are a number of different roles that can be performed at any of these institutions. Your role will be decided by your strengths and talents, and obviously where you would prefer to be placed.

The most common health science roles include clinician roles, administrative roles, and public sector roles.

Clinician roles

Clinician roles are for those who like a more hands-on, people’s person approach. They usually work in a healing or rehabilitation capacity. These clinician roles generally include (but are not limited to):

  • Physical therapists
  • Medical assistants
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physicians
  • Research scientist
  • Dental hygienist/technician
  • Before you decide that you want to take on a clinician role within the health science field, remember that you have to be good with people. You are also likely to come into contact with disease, injuries, bodily fluids and other aspects that simply come with the territory – you need to be able to handle this.

Administrative roles

Not everyone enjoys a hands-on approach, and may simply not have the same characteristics that make them enjoy working closely with people as much as others. This is where administrative roles come into the health science industry. They are the engine of the healthcare industry and make sure that facilities run smoothly. The roles in administrative capacities include:

  • Finance
  • IT department
  • Accounting
  • Marketing and public relations

Public sector roles

Some health science professionals prefer to work in a public sector capacity that deals with the healthcare in a more broad and overall spectrum, rather than at a molecular level. These are the roles often found in the public sector of health science:

As you can see there is a huge variety of professions that you can go into if you decide to study a health science degree. While we have seen a huge increase in the number of jobs created through advancing technology over the last decade – there is bound to be more still to come due to the ever-evolving nature of the industry.

The healthcare industry is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if you have what it takes to make the grade when it comes to tertiary education, then you are heading towards a career that will set you up for the rest of your life.

 

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