the characters support children in developing their manners.
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the characters support children in developing their manners.
Age range 4-10
Available from http://www.amazon.co.uk
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Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know.
The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.
“There is considerable evidence that heatwaves are dangerous and can kill,” says Graham Bickler of Public Health England. In August 2003, temperatures hit 38ºC (101ºF) during a nine-day heatwave, the highest recorded in the UK.
“In the 2003 heatwave, there were 2,000 to 3,000 excess deaths [more than usual] in England. Across Europe, there were around 30,000 excess deaths.”
Public Health England’s heatwave plan 2014 (PDF, 1.19Mb) has advice on how to cope during a heatwave. Knowing how to keep cool during long periods of hot weather can help save lives.
“Most of the information is common sense,” says Bickler. “It’s not rocket science, but it can have a dramatic effect.”
An average temperature of 30°C by day and 15°C overnight would trigger a health alert (this figure varies slightly around the UK). These temperatures can have a significant effect on people’s health if they last for at least two days and the night in between.
The Meteorological Office has a warning system that issues alerts if a heatwave is likely. Level one is the minimum alert and is in place from June 1 until September 15 (which is the period that heatwave alerts are likely to be raised).
The main risks posed by a heatwave are:
A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people in extreme heat are:
The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:
If you’re worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority.
Environmental health workers can visit a home to inspect it for hazards to health, including excess heat. Find your local authority on the GOV.UK website.
If someone feels unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest. Give them plenty of fluids to drink.
Seek medical help if symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps get worse or don’t go away.
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It all happens when I go to bed
Weird things enter my head
I visit some very strange places
I see animals with very weird faces
In one of my weirdest dreams
I saw a snake eating ice cream
Although I must admit
It’s better than having to babysit
My weird little sis
whilst my dad goes to the pub
And drags along my mum
When I babysit
I don not recognise my sister
She changes into something else
She wears wigs she collects on her shelf
She pretends to be a film star
Riding around in a fancy car
Although I must admit
I’d rather do that than babysit
She really drove me up the wall
When her friend decided to call
Dad had said let no-one through the door
Or he’d said “There will be war”
So when the doorbell rang
Then came a bang! Bang! Bang!
I rushed upstairs to bury my head
Under the pillow on my bed
Before I knew I’d fallen asleep
I’d entered a forest, so deep
Then before my very eyes
I saw to my surprise
Mum and dad going to war
With the largest dinosaur
Then I saw the very same snake
But this time he was eating a cream cake
Then I heard a bang! bang! Bang!
Someone hovered over me
It was my dad
By GILLIAN SIMS
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Limericks are special types of poems that follow a set pattern.They have only 5 lines and usually start with “There once was….” or something similar. The first, second and third lines rhyme and have 8 syllables. The third and fourth lines rhyme and have only 5 syllables.
Here are some limericks that Year 5 wrote about Pirates:
|There once was a pirate named Jill.
Who crashed her ship by a hill.
She fell out of a tree.
She grazed her knee.
That clumsy old pirate called Jill.
By Alex A
There once a pirate named Joe
|There ones was a pirate named Rex,
He had a bird that pecks,
He fired his gun,
And had a lot of fun,
That silly old pirate named Rex.
There once was a pirate named Ted,
All day he�d sleep in bed,
There once was a pirate named Franklin
|There once was a pirate Harry
Who hated a man called Larry
He went to the ships
And swayed his hips
That silly old pirate called Harry.
There once was a pirate called Bill
|There once was a pirate named Jack
Who had a broken back
He fell off his chair
And went into mid air
That poor old pirate called Jack
There once lived a captain Ben
|There once was a pirate named Moe,
Who was a silly old fellow,
He fell into the lake
and ripped his cape,
That silly old pirate named Moe.
There once was a pirate named Jack
|There was a pirate named Wayne
He loved to feel the pain
He wasn�t very smart
He got hit with a dart
That stupid old pirate named Wayne
There once was a pirate called Brad
|There once was a pirate called Flynn
He did a really bad sin
He found a penny
Got a girlfriend called Jenny
That lucky old pirate called Flynn
There once was a pirate named Bill
|There once was a pirate named Jack,
Who liked to wear his big blak hat,
He looked overboard,
Then he was bald,
That stupid old pirate named Jack.
There once was a pirate named Mack,
|There once was a pirate named Hook,
Who was a really great cook,
He made apple pies,
With heaps of flies,
That silly old pirate named Hook.
There once was a pirate named Lee.
There once was a pirate named Jack,
There once was a pirate named Plum
They were once the world to us. Then it happened?we grew up
MY BROTHER called me, ?We need to have a meeting.?
I asked, ?What about??
?It?s about mom.?
That was the only time I was told what was to happen. Mom would have surgery that week. My brothers knew about it a couple of weeks back. But no one told me. That night, I heard the whole story, and why I was the last to know. Mom thought I had too much in my hands already so that the news about her might only cause me more stress.
It?s really no surprise why some parents choose not to tell their children their health problems. I know theirs is a valid reason but sometimes we wish we could?ve been told earlier, so that it doesn?t come to us as a shock.
Mom has had her share of challenges and ups and downs. Ever since my father passed away 30 years ago, we?ve felt how she?s missed dad. She has devoted her life to rearing us the best way she could. Since my brothers and I got married, she has always been supportive even in the smallest things.
And, of course, there were occasional disagreements that brought to light the generation gap.
But these were also the times I have learned the most.
Creating the gap
This gap happens not only between us and our children, but also between us and our own parents. From birth, we have lived under their guidance and rules. They were the world to us. Then it happened?we grew up.
When we step into another stage of our lives (whether it?s career, starting a family or going through a major change), we often feel that we are independent enough to make our own decisions.
The fact that we and our parents are adults prods us to expect that they should be able to think like we do. And when conflicts arise, we evaluate them from our own perspective of how an adult should behave.
Imagine a shelf already filled with books. When new books start to arrive, and space has to be made for them on that shelf, what happens? Whether you remove the old books or retain your favorites, still, some books must go. Some of us may have unconsciously likened the old and less favorite books to our own parents.
Reasons for being
We sometimes take them for granted, without considering that at their age, they have worries too: health, memory gaps and even less mobility?there are a lot of things they can?t do anymore.
They may look back on their lives, how they fared in their youth, maybe even feel some regret. In all this, whether they admit it or not, they turn to us for comfort.
They may not be the decision-makers anymore, but our parents still wish to be heard and acknowledged. If they tend to be tactless and callous, it?s because they feel left out. Even in their infirmity, they hope they remain a vital presence in our lives.
Come to think of it, aren?t these the same things we need? Some of us usually forget because we are focused on our spouse and children, responsibilities, financial obligations and other concerns. We take our parents for granted because now we have our own world, even if they had a hand in giving us that world to begin with. I don?t think we want this to happen to us when the time comes.
It really doesn?t cost anything to tell our parents: ?Thank you?; ?I really appreciate this?; ?I love you, Mom.?
It won?t cost you to make them feel you love them just by holding their hand while you cross the street, while you?re talking with them, giving them compliments, hugging them when you are happy or sad, looking at them lovingly while answering their questions, or even while arguing, not raising your voice and just calmly explaining your side.
Whatever happens, always listen first?hard to do because we always anticipate what they will say so that what comes out of our mouths is not pleasant to hear. If their suggestion is, indeed, better, let us accept it and thank them.
Let us be more patient and understanding when we evaluate a situation?why could he/she have said that? How will he/she respond if I answer back this or that way? Is there a need he/she is trying to fulfill? What would be the proper response to avoid misunderstanding?
We can?t control how our parents think, but we can control how we respond. Then we learn.
I admire those who have amazing relationship with their parents; whose relationship is based on trust, communication and unselfishness; those who are able to spend much time with each other and have the opportunity to bridge that gap.
There are so many things I still want to do for my mom. I know many factors limit me, but I could start with this.
My life?s bookshelf brims with books, some of which I haven?t even read but had planned to. Now, I will look at my shelf and check if I honestly need to read all these other books. If not, they go; so that the Book of Mom could have more space.
DO YOUR KIDS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR GENEROSITY?
WHY NOT TELL US WHAT YOU THINK ?
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Benefits/needs: At the most basic level of parenting, are benefits. Benefits are things that children should reasonably expect from a parent: food, shelter, clothing, love, encouragement, nurturing and compassion. Benefits aren’t earned or lost. Benefits are things children cannot provide for themselves or by themselves. Benefits are every child’s birthrights. Naturally each family system interpretsbenefits a little differently. And every family is more or less able to benefit their child. Surprisingly, however, most families are pretty unilateral about what they consider to be the benefits owed to children.
Gifts: Gifts are things that a parent does not owe to the child. Gifts are given out of love or generosity, not compulsion or need. A child does not earn gifts. There are no strings attached to gifts, either to the child or to the parent. Parents should not expect children to earn presents. And children should not expect parents to give presents. There is no issue of deserving or not deserving with a gift.
Prizes: Prizes are things that children win. Prizes are random and therefore impossible to earn. No control or choice affect the winning of a prize. Since no one has any idea who will win the prize, there should be no expectations involved. Prizes are given in lottery style.
Awards: Awards are a hybrid of prize and reward. Awards are earned, but they have a random nature also. Awards are earned based upon a competition amongst participants. The participant puts as much effort into his product, but success is tentative. Contests, sporting competitions, norm-referenced (high stakes) tests, merit-based pay and curved grading scales are examples of award systems. The award system is the only system in which there are winners and losers. In order for some to win, others must logically lose.
Rewards: rewards are defined as anything that must be earned. Rewards involve a cause and effect relationship, or an ‘if-then’ situation. Rewards must be a direct one-to-one correspondence. Rewardsare a sort of bargain or transaction. To earn a reward something positive must be done, or something negative refrained from. The key difference between rewards and all other given things is that the child has complete control over whether she earns the reward. It is completely her choice.
It’s obvious from these definitions, that it is important that children understand why they are receiving something. Children need to know how to earn a reward or receive an award. If something is earned by contest, it’s important to understand if the contest is a lottery prize or an earned award. Gifts should be understood as gifts, not benefits or rewards. Because our culture has skewed these concepts, ‘kids today’ reflect misunderstandings in their thinking. Kids today aren’t lazier or more selfish. Kids today don’t have a poor work ethic. Kids today are misinformed and have been confused by us adults. Getting these concepts straight as adults helps us discipline our children properly.
Look for my upcoming articles that explain more about the interaction of rewards, awards, prizes, gifts and benefits in parenting, education and child development.
HOW DO WE COPE ? WHAT CAN WE DO?
MAKE A COMMENT IT MAY JUST HELP SOMEONE
We all enjoy delicious food,
Makes us happy, fixes our mood.
It’s all about the juicy taste,
Doesn’t matter, where the food is placed.
We should consider, nutritional support,
We shall need it, if we engage in a sport.
Energy; food provides – plenty
Need a bit more, if we’re over twenty.
A great dish, we should all savor,
Eat slowly, as we taste the flavor.
Choose our very favorite cuisine,
Is it red? Or is it green?
I bought a new banana suit
and new banana shoes.
I stickered up my body with
I also bought banana socks,
a big banana hat,
banana scarf and jewelry,
banana this and that.
Around my face I wrapped
a yellow handkerchief/bandana,
then walked into the market
like an over-sized banana.
I filled a cart with every last
banana in the store,
and when I’d gotten all of them
I headed for the door.
The managers all stopped and stared.
They nearly flipped their lids.
But I just smiled and said to them,
“I’m rescuing my kids.”
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You don’t need to be a gourmet chef to prepare food for a birthday party. In fact, its the opposite! All you need to win a child over is simple and fun party food. Being creative can be easy. Kids taste with their eyes first. If the food doesn’t look appealing then good luck getting them to eat it. Try creative and decorative food. If it’s bright orange or looks like bugs they’ll probably eat it!
Some other great kids party food tips:
1) Keep the food familiar and simple. A party is not the time to try something new. Keep it familiar.
2) Creative naming is always a great way to get kids to eat. Taste is not most important, fun is what kids want, even in food. Fun names are a great way to get them interested.
3) Finger friendly food eliminates the need for utensils which helps to minimize accidents. Plus kids love to play with their food!
4) Make the food interesting. Fun shapes and colors are attractive to kids. Kids are more likely to eat when the food is appealing to their eye. Remember, appealing to THEIR eye is the key, not your eye.
Great Kids Party Food recipes to follow!
Check back often, we’ll be updating this Kids Party Food page often!
Hotdog Worms – (Excellent to use as a kids Halloween Party Food)
Hotdog buns or hamburger buns
Condiments – Mustard, ketchup, relish
1) Cut hotdogs into thin slices and score the edges (a couple cuts per slice).
2) Boil the hotdogs. They will curl while they boil.
3) Serve the squiggly worms on buns (hamburger or hotdog buns will work) with the condiments.
If you’re throwing a Halloween party then check out these creepy, crawly, FUN Halloween Party Food Recipes!
Worm Ice Cubes (A fun and entertaining kids party food)
1) Put the gummy worms in the ice cube tray and fill with water. Be sure to have the worms spilling out of the top of the water.
2) Freeze into ice cubes.
3) When serving drinks use the worm ice cubes.
Note: You can also do this with Jell-O. Follow the same directions except use Jell-O mix instead of water and set Jell-O in refrigerator instead of freezer.
Chocolate Frozen Bananas
32 oz semi sweet chocolate
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Sprinkles or Coconut, or peanuts (or topping of your choice)
1) Take 1 firm, ripe banana and cut 1 inch off both ends.
2) Insert the popsicle stick into the cut end, pushing the stick in halfway.
3) Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place the bananas on the sheet pan and freeze for 1 hour.
4) Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir occasionally.
5) Once the banana’s are frozen take one at a time and dip it in the chocolate to coat.
6) Then roll the banana in the sprinkles or topping of your choice.
7) Return the dipped bananas to the sheet pan and freeze.
8) Once bananas and chocolate are frozen they are ready to serve.
Birthday Party Fruit Punch
1/2 part Hawaiian Punch
1/2 part Ginger Ale or 7Up
1 quart of your favorite sherbert
1) Mix the fruit punch and soda together. Then add the sherbert.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
1 Kiwi in chunks
1/3 cup mango in chunks
1/3 mango juice
1/3 plain yogurt
Add ice cubes (around 5)
Put all the ingredients in a blender for a couple minutes and serve.
Yummy Kids Party Food Mix
12 oz package of corn and rice cereal
5 oz toasted slivered almonds
6 oz toasted walnuts
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
M&Ms (how much you desire)
1) Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2) In a bowl, mix cereal, almonds and walnuts.
3) In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and mix with the dark corn syrup and light brown sugar. Pour the mixture over the cereal and nuts mixture. Stir and shake to coat.
4) Pour the coated mixture onto a baking sheet. Cook 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.
5) Remove from oven and break apart while warm and then let cool completely.
6) When cool add M&Ms.
Classic Rice Krispie Treats (a classic kids party food!)
1/4 cup butter
1 (10 oz., about 40) pkg. regular marshmallows or 3 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
1) In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and continue to stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat.
2) Stir in the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal coating them well.
3) Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, press the mixture evenly into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan which has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with wax paper. Allow to cool.
4) When cool cut into squares or rectangles.
Note: If you want to add a twist to the classic Rice Krispie Treat then drizzle with melted white or brown chocolate or frost.
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup Water
Any color food coloring
8 Wooden Skewers
1) Line two baking sheet pans with aluminum foil.
2) Slide 2 grapes and 2 strawberries on a skewer, be sure to cover one end with the fruit. Repeat until you use all the fruit and skewers.
3) Combine sugar and water in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir with a wooden spoon.
4) Bring to a boil over medium heat, stop stirring and continue boiling until a candy thermometer reaches 250 degrees. If you don’t have a candy thermometer then drop a small portion of the sugar mixture into a bowl of ice water and if it becomes hard the sugar mixture is done. Will take about 7 minutes.
5) Remove from the heat and stir in a few drops of the food coloring. Carefully dip the skewered fruit into the sugar to cover completely. Transfer the dipped fruit to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with the sprinkles if desired and allow to cool completely before serving.
Corn Tortillas (soft)
Cheddar, Jack or American Cheese
1) Shred or slice cheese.
2) Soften the tortillas in the microwave in the following way: layer the tortillas on a plate with a moistened paper towel between each layer, microwave for approximately 30 seconds or until tortillas are soft.
3) Place cheese on 1/2 of each tortilla and fold. Microwave until cheese is melted.
4) Open tortillas and add salsa.
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