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Should You Talk To Your Kids About The Coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic is all over the news and, eventually, if they haven’t already, your children are going to ask you about it. When they do ask about the coronavirus, what are you going to say? Today’s nursery age children are much more knowledgeable than those of just a couple of decades ago and, with the help of the internet, they seem to understand more at a younger age.

Keeping that in mind, when you do talk to them about the coronavirus pandemic, you need to make sure that you know what you are going to say and how you are going to say it. That way, you don’t excite their fears and cause them to become even more anxious than they already are.

If you are looking for ways to talk to your kids about the coronavirus pandemic, we are going to show you how. Let’s take a look:

Talking To Your Kids About The Coronavirus Pandemic

Stay Calm – children can sense your emotions, especially your stress and anxiety. Stay calm when talking to your kids about the coronavirus pandemic and take breaks if you need to.

Make The Conversation Age Appropriate – very young children can become easily confused and overly anxious when talking to them about the coronavirus. Keep this in mind when discussing COVID-19 with them. Be sure to explain just how serious the coronavirus pandemic is and why it is so important that they wash their hands frequently.

Reassure Your Children – stay positive when talking to your children and reassure them that they are safe and that you are doing everything that you can to protect them from the coronavirus.

Listen To Your Child – when talking to your children about the coronavirus, listen to them and let them ask any questions they might have. Be sure to notice their reactions to what you are telling them and tone down the conversation if you have to. Avoid frightening them while still being truthful.

Keep Them Updated – keep your children updated about the coronavirus pandemic and share positive news stories with them.

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Ideas For A FREE Fun Family Weekend

As any family knows, entertaining the kids for the weekend can get very expensive, very quickly. Something as simple as dinner and a film for four can easily cost £200 including popcorn and other snacks at the theatre. And seeing a football match has become a major undertaking as many families can expect to pay upwards of £1,000 to see their favourite team play their biggest rival. And, while there is nothing wrong with splurging from time to time, we still have to look for family-friendly, and budget-friendly, ways to keep our family entertained. And did I mention that it has to be fun?

If you are looking for ideas for a free fun family weekend, keep reading because we are going to share some with you now. Let’s take a look:

FREE Fun Family Weekend Activities

  • Neighbourhood festivals or street fairs.
  • Visit a local park and bring along a picnic lunch.
  • Invite friends or neighbours over for game night.
  • Take nature photographs. You don’t need expensive photography gear, as most smartphones offer a wide range of features that will make your family look like professional photographers in no time!
  • Write letters to loved ones and elderly family members who live far away. With the age of the email and SMS, a handwritten letter can mean a lot.
  • Go for a long drive through the countryside.
  • Visit a free museum or art gallery. This can be as fun and exciting learning adventure for the whole family.
  • Ride your bicycle along local bike trails.
  • Organise your family photo albums by decade.
  • Go for a run as a family. Children learn important health habits from their parents and exercising together can teach them the importance of staying active and fit.
  • Cook together as a family and try out new dishes. You have to make dinner anyway, why not make it fun?
  • Do a fun family craft or teach your children a new craft skill such as decoupage or how to knit or sew.
  • Learn something new by researching it online while teaching your children how to use the internet safely.
  • Go to a library to check out interesting books.
  • Volunteer at a local shelter and teach your children the value of helping others.

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5 Top Tips For Creating Healthy Family Habits In 2020

Creating a healthy environment at home is always a great idea, especially when we start a new year. There are many unhealthy things that we often do without thinking, like munching on a jar of cookies while watching TV after dinner or overindulging in dinner itself. This can make it can be difficult to encourage family members to do healthier activities and adopt healthy habits. To ensure that everyone is on board with creating new healthy family habits in 2020, you need to follow through on your resolutions or new goals. Here are some ways to start healthy habits for your family:

5 Tips For Creating Healthy Family Habits

Play Outside- one way to be healthier is to get moving more often. Adults and children need to do moderate physical activity a minimum of four times each week. As a start, you can take the family for a walk around the neighborhood for 30 minutes. A trip to the beach or riding bike is a physical activity that can make the whole family healthier.  Make this a weekly habit for your family.

Prepare Meals At Home With Everyone- cooking at home is a good way to stay healthier, but it’s even better to involve the whole family when cooking. Take children to the grocery store and tell them to read labels to choose healthier products. Discuss with the whole family about what recipe to choose and ingredients to use. If children get involved in the shopping, prep, cooking and cleaning, they will be more interested in cooking and making healthier food choices.

Eat Together At Least Once A Day- by eating together, you will have the opportunity to connect and catch up. It’s also a good opportunity to take the focus away from eating and make it more about family time. Parents can set healthy examples by eating more veggies and fruits, instead of fried and fatty foods. This habit should start right from when your child starts eating solids.

Keep Exercise Fun- it is better to keep exercise fun, so everyone will be happy to participate. Staying active should be a lifelong habit, because any routine will become dull in no time. Parents should always try something else and be creative in making things fun to do.

Communicate Often- families who communicate well are usually healthier. Good communication will not only ensure quality time, but could make it easier for the whole family to agree on many healthier decisions. Families can eat better, exercise, get enough sleep and reduce their stress levels if they just communicate more often.

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7 Easy Festive Crafts For Little Fingers

The holiday season is all about friends and family gathering together to share this fun, festive time of year. With colourful holiday decorations and children on winter break, the holidays can certainly be a lot of fun. But for parents, keeping their little ones occupied during the holiday break can be challenging. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a challenge, as children can usually entertain themselves and parents can plan some fun and festive holiday crafts that their children will love doing.

If you have young children and they are looking for something to do this holiday season, keep reading as we are going to share some of our favourite holiday crafts that are perfect for little fingers.

Let’s take a look at some festive crafts that you can do with your child during the holidays:

Tissue Paper Christmas Wreath- with some colourful tissue paper, glue sticks and some imagination, your children can create beautiful holiday wreaths that are not only festive, but easy to make.

Felt Ornaments- kids love making holiday ornaments and felt is a popular choice for younger children. You do the cutting and the can create a wide range of ornaments, snowflakes, holiday shapes and more. From Christmas trees and snowmen, to dreidels, the Star Of David and more, felt ornaments are easy to make and a lot of fun.

Paper Plate Grinch- kids can make the popular Grinch character using paper plates, craft paper and markers. Then, they can hang them in their room, on your art wall or on the fridge!

Hanukkah Luminaries- a great way to light up your walkway for those holiday parties and family get togethers, Hanukkah luminaries are the perfect craft for both young and older children. Paint a Star of David onto white paper bags, fill them with plastic faux tea lights and create a beautiful pathway this Hanukkah.

Watercolour Dreidel Craft- kids can cut dreidel shapes out of watercolour paper and use their imagination to paint colourful dreidels which they can string together to create a beautiful holiday garland.

Pinecone Christmas Trees- this is an easy craft that offers incredible results. Children use pinecones to make beautiful Christmas trees by adding washable green paint, some colourful beads for ornaments and shiny ribbon as garland.

Craft Stick Snowflakes- perfect for little fingers, craft stick snowflakes can be made into a wide range of different shapes and patterns. They can paint their snowflakes and add glitter while the paint is still wet for an extra sparkly effect.

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Mighty Oaks Nursery is offering 15 hours and 30 hours FREE day nursery places in Leicester. We offer baby care, toddler care, pre-school care, after school clubs and holidays clubs. Our Nursery is a very safe and well maintained.

Our childcare day nursery in Meridian park, Leicester is most convenient for parents who live or work in Thorpe Astley, Braunstone town, Meridian business park, Meridian leisure park, Fosse Park shopping area, Leicester Forest East, Hinckley Road, Kirby Muxloe, New Lubbersthorpe, Glen Parva, Rowley Fields, Wigston, Enderby, Blaby, Narborough, Whetstone and the LE19 Postcode. Please contact us on 0116-289-9369 or send an email to info@mightyoaksnursery.co.uk, to find out about our nursery fees and enrolment procedure.