A lot of planning must go into making the Christmas holidays special, but safety planning often falls by the wayside.
“Over the holiday periods we often do activities we don’t normally do during the year, exposing our children to different situations that may have the potential to put them at risk,” said Amanda Meynell, national manager of Child Matters, a Child Protection Education and Advisory Service.
Whether you’re going across town or across the country, travelling with children can be extremely stressful.
Angela Jacobsen was once a nanny to Madonna’s children, and she spent a lot of time travelling long distances with them. The following are some of her tips for minimising the stress and getting prepared…
To help ensure children under the age of 12 wear age-appropriate clothing, 10 large retail outlets have voluntarily agreed to guidelines on the design and marketing of children’s clothes.
The guidelines are put in place to ensure clothes available to children aren’t sexually suggestive, and that all fabric and cuts used are modest.
Karen Brooks of The Courier-Mail pines for the days when children were seen, but not heard.
According to Brooks, the distinction between adult space and a child’s place has become blurred due to modern society’s propensity to cater increasingly to the wants and needs of families with children.
Miguel Caballero is a fashion designer from Colombia, and has made clothes for world leaders, the rich and famous, and even royalty. This is because he specialises in something very unique: slim and stylish bulletproof garments.
Ever since the tragic slaying of 20 first-graders in Newtown, Connecticut, terrified parents have been coming to him for bulletproof clothing that their kids can wear to school.
Choosing the right members for your wedding party is very important, especially when it comes to the ring bearer and flower girl.
Kids are very unpredictable and, no matter how cute they look in their little tuxedos and flower girl dresses, they can lose their adorability quickly if they suddenly start acting up in the middle of your wedding ceremony.
Jan Hunt, director of The Natural Child project and author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart, provides some tips for parents on stress free shopping.
Remember that children have limits – If you are shopping with children, be alert to their needs: are they are tired, hungry, overexcited by the noise and confusion, or simply in need of fresh air and exercise, or a reassuring hug?
Arden Fair shopping Mall in Sacramento, California is handing out wrist snap on identity bracelets to parents with children, in a bid to improve security and provide quick location for children who get separated from families and are lost.
Shopping with kids can easily turn into an ordeal and many parents say that losing a child, even for just a few minutes, can be a gut wrenching experience.
A recent study by the Commonwealth Bank found Australian parents collectively hand over around $1.4 billion worth of pocket money annually. It works out to be about $10 per week each for children aged 4 – 15.
It’s not just pocket money that pours into the nation’s piggy banks. Around one in seven children tap into other ways to raise a bit more cash – the most popular being presents, the tooth fairy or as a reward for getting good marks at school. These appear to be lucrative sidelines, with Australian children each earning an average of about $276.18 from these sources over the past year.
Since conceiving a child at age 46, Collette Dinnigan warns other women not to leave pregnancy too late. In an interview in The Sun-Herald’s Sunday Life magazine, the fashion designer revealed that she finally conceived naturally after several years of unsuccessfully having IVF treatments.
Despite her good fortune, she still believes women aren’t naturally supposed to have children in their 40s and 50s and that pregnancy at her age is very unusual and difficult to achieve, so young women should be mindful. “In my 30s, I didn’t even realise that women’s eggs aged,” she said.