In this issue by wuyunyi


									Edition 06 • July/August 2010
The local magazine for families with children 0-12 years


In this issue
>School’s Out! - Fairy
 and Hero camps and
 loads more ideas for
 summer activities
>‘Can do’ with Down’s
>WIN Postman Pat
 tickets and a Riverford
 Organic BBQ Box
           Covering: Poynton, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Knutsford, Prestbury, Macclesfield, Congleton,
                 Holmes Chapel, Sandbach, Northwich, Crewe, Nantwich and surrounding areas
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 Locally speaking                                                                                                                                                                                                       get in touch:                                                                    Locally speaking
                                                                                                                             The Just So countdown begins…                                                              Teddies raise cash for Neonatal Unit                                                       WIN TICKETS to Postman Pat’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “A Very Royal Mission”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Honey the Bear joined the children to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     enjoy story time, burn off energy on                                                            This brand new live show comes to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the bouncy castle and enjoy the                                                              the Winsford Lifestyle Centre and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sunshine. The Neonatal unit provides                                                         Manchester Opera House in August, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     facilities and specialist care for over                                                      Families Cheshire has 2 family tickets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     70 children each year. Organiser                                                             (2 adults, 2 children) for one performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Caroline Howarth, whose son Tom                                                              at each venue to give away.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     spent five days in the unit, says the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     money raised should be enough to                                                               3 August:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     buy two privacy screens and six chairs.                                                        Winsford Lifestyle Centre:

 Welcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “I’d like to thank all the families for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     their support and also the local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1pm show

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     businesses who helped sponsor the             A pre-school favourite amongst children          4 August:
 School’s (nearly) out – AGAIN. We’re sure we never had this much time off                                                                                                                                                                                           event.” If you’d still like to make a         and parents alike, Postman Pat® and              Manchester Opera House:
 school when we were young! Luckily, we live in a county full of amazing places                                                                                                                                                                                      donation to this worthy cause, please         his trusty sidekick Jess the Cat® have           1pm show
 to explore – and with a little imagination, there’s also so much we can do in                                                                                                                                                                                       call Caroline on 07889 955 899 or             captivated audiences around the globe
 our own homes. Don’t miss our Surviving Summer feature starting on page 6                                                   There are just two months left until         hundreds of children – some of whom           Local families have helped to raise          01565 652 854.                                for almost 30 years. Here’s your chance to        To be in with a chance to win, simply
 – while we can’t guarantee how good the weather will be, we can guarantee                                                   the Just So Festival – the weekend           might just be fussy eaters – the organisers   nearly £600 for the Macclesfield                                                           join Pat and his friends in 90 minutes of      go to the competition section on
 you’ll find some inspiration come rain or shine to help you stay relatively                                                 camping festival aimed entirely at           have gone out of their way to make sure       General Hospital Neonatal Unit at a                                                        fun, participation and special surprises - a and fill
 sane over the summer break.                                                                                                 families – gets underway for the first       nobody will be going hungry. Look out for     recent Teddy Bear’s picnic in Knutsford.                                                   brilliant introduction to live theatre for     in the online form. The closing date for
 We all know parenting isn’t easy, and there’s really no such thing as a super mum or                                        time ever. Held from 20 – 22 August,         PieMinister, The Proper Pizza Company,                                                                                                   children and suitable for all the family.      entries is Friday 23 July.
 dad. It’s time to shrug off that inferiority complex and celebrate just being “good                                         the festival promises to be “a               the Thali Café, the Baked Potato Shop,
 enough” – see page 13. And as the Down’s Syndrome Association celebrates its 40th                                           magical experience where art,                Snugbury’s Ice Cream, mm Deli, Attic Tea,
 anniversary, on page 12 you can read more about this genetic condition that affects
 around 600 babies each year in the UK.
                                                                                                                             music and literature are embedded
                                                                                                                             and entwined in a beautiful and
                                                                                                                                                                          Smooth Criminal and Happy Herefords
                                                                                                                                                                          – a truly gastronomical line-up.              NCT Cheeky Monkey’s Tea Party                                                              which will be used to extend the opening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   hours of the helpline. Every penny you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Look us up online!
    Wherever your journey takes you this summer, be sure to buckle up, travel safely                                         wondrous landscape”.                            For more information about all the                                                                                                    raise helps. As little as £50 will enable
 and make the most of your precious family time together.                                                                       Held in a beautiful woodland              entertainment on offer over the weekend,                                                                                                 them to help 12 new parents cope with
                                                                                                                             environment at Barnswood, near Leek in       visit, and                                                                                                     the challenge of becoming a parent, so
                                                                                                                             Staffordshire, the weekend will be jam       book your tickets straight away to make                                                                                                  please help the NCT to be there for them.
                                                                                                                             packed with a broad range of musical,        sure you don’t miss out. Under 5’s go                                                                                                        The Cheeky Monkeys Tea Party is open
                                                                                                                             theatrical, visual and aural performances.   free. Weekend tickets are already sold                                                                                                   to everyone and it is very easy to run.
                    Jayne Keep                                                      Caryl Hall                                  The food vendors are now all booked,      out, but day passes are still available,                                                                                                 Your party can be small (get together with
                                                                                                                             and given that they’ll be catering for       and must be purchased in advance.                                                                                                        a couple of friends and families) or BIG
 PS Just as we were getting ready to go to press, we celebrated the arrival of a new member                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in size (invite the WHOLE town to your
 of the family – Logan Keep, brother to Lily and Isabella.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         party). Some ideas for your party are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have a barbeque bash, a picnic party,
                                                                                                                             Barnardo’s needs your pre-loved teddies!                                                                                                                                              cream tea or a dress up themed party but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   you can make your event as genuinely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Have you visited the new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Families Cheshire website yet?
 In this issue                                                                                                               Children’s charity Barnardo’s is             which went everywhere with them.                                                                                                         individual as you want. To help you get           It’s packed with really useful
                                                                                                                             appealing to children in Cheshire to         “Why not take this as an opportunity                                                                                                     started, the NCT provides you with lots of        information to help you make your
 02: Welcome                                                 06:   Surviving summer                                          dig deep into their toy boxes to help        to dig out the other toys you may be                                                                                                     ideas for your party such as quizzes, arts        life that little bit easier.
 03: Locally speaking                                        11:   Go organic                                                change other children’s lives, by            storing that don’t have sentimental value                                                                                                and crafts and monkey-themed games for                Find your local clubs and classes,
 04: Parents’ place                                          12:   Family support                                            donating their pre-loved teddies they        or that your children no longer play with.    Let’s get together and be Cheeky             of parenthood. The helpline is staffed by     children, or why not try one of our cake          party entertainers and suppliers,
                                                             16:   Education                                                 no longer play with.                         It’s the perfect chance to de-clutter and     this summer!                                 experienced NCT postnatal leaders and         recipes from        nurseries and childcare providers –
                                                                                                                                 The bears will be sold at Barnardo’s     pass on any unwanted gifts that may be           The NCT (National Childbirth Trust),      by listening and responding to individual     All you need to do is:                            and make use of our extensive library
                                                                                                                             shops across Cheshire in a bid to raise      hiding at the back of a cupboard, all         the UK’s largest parenting charity, is       concerns they help parents to see their       • Register at        of articles on a range of parenting
                                                                                                                             cash for the thousands of vulnerable         going to a great cause.”                      calling on everyone to hold a Cheeky         difficulties in context, appreciate the           to receive your party pack                    topics – from pregnancy to education,
 Next issue: September/October 2010.                          Design: Through Creative, The Old School,
                                                              Byron Street, Macclesfield SK11 7QA.                           children and young people the charity            Barnardo’s shops in Alderley Edge,        Monkeys Tea Party and help raise funds       positive things that they are achieving and   • Invite all your friends and family              childcare to child friendly travel. By
 Circulation: 17,500 copies of Families Cheshire are                                                                         supports in the North West.                  Cheadle, Congleton, Chester, Knutsford,       for the NCT’s Postnatal line.                help them to move forward in the best         • Have fun                                        taking 2 minutes to register with your
                                                              Tel: 01625 500 939
 available through nurseries, schools, libraries, selected
                                                                                                                                 As well as pre-loved teddies, the        Hanley, Macclesfield, Sandbach, Widnes,          Cheeky Monkeys Tea Parties are            way for themselves and their baby.                                                              name and postcode, you can be sure
 shops and other points throughout Cheshire. If you           Print: Paramount Print Group, Bramhall Technology
 would like free copies for your organisation, please         Park, Pepper Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5BW             charity also accepts unwanted presents       Wilmslow and Winsford will accept the         held every summer between May and                Belinda Phipps, the charity’s Chief       If you have any questions please feel free        that you’re always shown the relevant
 let us know.                                                 Tel: 0161 456 6866                   that children have received and have         unwanted teddies along with any other         September. The parties provide a fantastic   Executive explains why the new helpline       to contact the Cheeky Monkeys Tea Party           LOCAL information relating to any given
 Contact details: Families Cheshire,                          Families Cheshire is part of the Families group, established
                                                                                                                             been consigned to the back of the            toys, books and games.                        opportunity for parents and kids across      is so important. “Life with a new baby can    coordinator on 020 8752 2388 or send              topic. See the full list of what’s on
 PO Box 581, Macclesfield, SK10 9FN                           in 1990 and headed by Families South West. All                 cupboard or bottom of the toy box.               Barnardo’s Head of Retail North, Paul     the country to get together with friends,    be an amazing experience. However, for        an email to             locally in the upcoming weeks. Enter
 Tel: 01625 801 801                franchised magazines in the group are independently                Actress, children's campaigner and       Guest, added: “By donating good quality       family and the local community and raise     some it can be quite a daunting               Let’s go bananas!                                 our exclusive competitions. Start a
                                                              owned and operated under license.                              Vice President of Barnardo’s, Floella        unwanted toys, everyone can do their bit      money to aid the vital work of the NCT.      whirlwind, leaving new parents feeling                                                          local forum debate or just email us to
 Advertising/artwork:      We take every care preparing the magazine, but the             Benjamin OBE, said: “This Barnardo’s         to help Barnardo’s carry on its vital work       This year the NCT Cheeky Monkeys          nervous or lacking in confidence. Our                                                           tell us what you think. We’re looking
 Events, diary dates, out & about:                            publishers and distributors can’t be held responsible          appeal sounds so much fun and one            across the North West, at the same time       Tea Parties are raising funds to support     new helpline will be open to all parents                                                        forward to seeing you online!                                for the claims of advertisers, the accuracy of the             that will spark many fond memories for       as giving other children the chance to        the development of the NCT Postnatal         so they can call us and get support when                                              
                                                              contents nor for any consequences.
 Cover photograph by: teneight, Fence House,                                                                                 people. I never had toys when I was a        purchase a special toy.” To find your         Line. The helpline has been set up by the    they need it most.”
 84 Buxton Road, Macclesfield SK10 1JS.                                                                                      little girl but both my children had         nearest store visit                           NCT to support parents in their early days       Their aim is to raise £50,000 this year
 Tel: 01625 500488                                                                                 dozens of toys and had their favourites

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 Parents’ place                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Parents’ place
                                              and faced with the prospect of starting                                                                                                                                                            Parenting pet hates: Saving a cute outfit
 Dads in business                             another career. Some years earlier, my            Lamaze antenatal                                                                                  Parent2parent                                  for Zoe to wear out, only to have it covered   Mums beat the                               Babies & Kids in
                                              wife and I had been hunting for a                 by Jayne Keep                                                                                                                                    in vomit just before we’re about to leave!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                credit crunch                               the City
                                              personalised bookcase for our son,                When you’ve already had one or two                As we moved on through some                                                                    Most embarrassing moment: Zoe is                                                           Reviewed by Jayne Keep
                                              Jack, and when we failed to find what             children, you may wonder if it’s really           amazingly simple interactive                                                                   not talking yet, so I’m not sure that I
                                              we wanted, we had one made for him. Even          worth booking into an antenatal class.            demonstrations involving ping pong                                                             have anything that qualifies – although I
                                              back then, I saw the business potential           After all, you’ve “been there, done that”.        balls with balloons and straws with                                                            was embarrassed when we were at the
                                              in the idea, and some ten years on I had          I went along to a Lamaze course run               oranges I found my level of                                                                    garden centre and I stopped someone
                                              the opportunity to make that idea a reality.      by Glo Family and discovered there                understanding greatly increased and I                                                          for advice only to have Zoe break wind                                                     RRP £4.99
                                              I started by doing extensive online market        is always more to learn.                          certainly began to feel more prepared                                                          with flourish to the astonishment of all                                                   By Jo Maxwell, Louise Taylor and Vanessa
                                              research and then arranged a couple of focus         Our course leader was a lovely lady            for the big event and the early days with                                                      within earshot! Why did they look at me                                                    Redmond
                                              group meetings with some mums. Once               called Eveline Mirfin, a midwife of many          another new baby.                                                                              so strangely?                                                                              Published by Babies in the City Limited
                                              I had confirmed the viability of my proposed      years who now works as a Lamaze                       Throughout the course, Eveline really                                                      Favourite family holiday spot: Our             Being a mum is all about juggling – and     (Tel: 0161 438 2086. email:
                                              business, I set the wheels in motion to           childbirth educator. I was contacted by           made a point of getting us to focus on                                                         main holiday is in South Africa every          two mums have become experts at   
                                              manufacture and sell Sezitall shelving units.     Eveline prior to attending the course so          what is important on a personal level.                                                         year – we took Zoe for the first time          balancing young children, the demands
                                              What does the future hold for the                 that she could take a full history of my          She made us see that we have a choice                                                          when she was just 9 weeks old                  of everyday life and designing and              Put together by three local mums, this
                                              business? The business is still young so my       previous pregnancies/births and I was             in our experience of labour and made us                                                        (surprisingly she travelled really well        developing a new product. Designed by       fantastic guide covers a whole variety of
                                              plan is to continue to grow it at a manageable    asked to disclose any 'baggage' I was             feel confident in our choices.                                                                 and took the 30 odd hours travelling in        mums, for mums, FootprintBags are           attractions such as zoos, parks, museums,
                                              rate with emphasis on raising awareness           carrying with regards to the birth so that            Partners were certainly not left out as     Nikki Constable lives in Stapeley              her stride) – and I am sure this is going      made to meet the need to find an            restaurants, theme parks and much more.
 David Finney, owner, Sezitall                of the Sezitall name as a quality brand.          the course could be tailored to meet my           they got involved in the making of birth        with her husband Dave, and their               to become a favourite holiday for her as       alternative to plastic bags. They come in   The mums and their team of other mum
                                              What is the best bit about what you               needs and address my personal issues.             choices and assisted with some practical        daughter Zoe (6 months).                       she gets older – the adventure of it plus,     packs of multiple shopping bags for a       helpers have personally visited all of the
 Tell us a bit about yourself. I am 53        do? I see my family far more than when               On arrival I was presented with a              exercises on birth balls and learnt ways        Favourite shop: Next (or anywhere              seeing her Gran and other family there.        supermarket shop or smaller ones for        places mentioned in the guide with their
 and not as young as I'd like to be! I have   I worked for the family building firm.            gorgeous goodie bag which contained               to help comfort their partners through          else that has a good bargain to offer!)        We also love camping – anywhere and            mums on the go, both of which can hook      children and now report honestly back to
 been married to Teresa since 1994. We        Any bad bits? I do spend a lot of time on my      course notes and a whole array of                 labour. I think such a course is                Favourite park: Ellesmere Lake in              everywhere!                                    onto a pushchair or trolley. You need       you so you can make a more informed
 live in Whitegate, in mid-Cheshire with      laptop and it seems to be seven days a week!      goodies from Green & Blacks chocolate,            invaluable for partners to attend so they       Shropshire                                     Best children’s book: She loves her            never pick up another plastic bag again!    choice on where to go before you pack up
 our three wonderful boys, Jack 14, Ben       How do you fit work around family                 to a jar of herbal soak for tired aching          really understand the stages of labour          Favourite children’s club/class: I             flashcard style books and spends ages          From £5.00 at         the car and part with your cash.
 11, and Max 8. I love golf and football      life? Working from home gives me the              feet, a Lamaze toy for baby, vouchers for         and how they can help along the way.            have to admit I’ve not gone to any             looking at the pictures and can even                                                           The guide covers the Manchester and
 especially Leeds United! The boys all do     flexibility to help out with day-to-day family    local mum and baby related business                   I thoroughly enjoyed the course and         classes yet – but in preparation for           turn the pages already (says her                                                           Cheshire area. It’s nicely laid out in
 karate, and we all enjoy walking...except
 Jack who says "it's a waste of his life"
                                              things such as school runs and out of
                                              school activities. Having said that, I couldn’t
                                                                                                and The Official Lamaze Guide. All
                                                                                                presented in a fab cloth Glo Family bag.
                                                                                                                                                  came away feeling as if I understood the
                                                                                                                                                  process of labour much better, which in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Zoe’s arrival we went to the NCT
                                                                                                                                                                                                  antenatal classes – they were fantastic,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 boasting daddy).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Best children’s DVD or video: Not got
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New online help                             sections, with similar places grouped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            together so it’s easy for you to find what
 and would rather play on his PlayStation!
 Camping holidays are the flavour of the
                                              run the business without the continued
                                              support of my wife and three wonderful boys.
                                                                                                   After introductions we moved swiftly
                                                                                                into a fun card game to see just how much
                                                                                                                                                  turn made me feel far more prepared and
                                                                                                                                                  calm about it. I have since read the Lamaze
                                                                                                                                                                                                  took us through all the important things
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and were also a chance to meet other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to this stage yet – although I have to say
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that Zoe already recognises the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                for tax credit                              you’re looking for. The reviews are simple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and to the point and contain a good level of
 month, and the boys love to camp out         What advice would you give to other               we knew by checking our knowledge of              book that was included in my goodie bag         parents-to-be.                                 difference between the BBC news (no            claimants                                   detail on pricing, opening times and where
 on the back lawn in all weathers!            parents looking to work for                       some of the very odd words associated             and have gone back several times to the         Favourite day out: A spur of the               effect on howling) and CBeebies (aids                                                      you can find more information. Personal
 What is your business? Sezitall              themselves? I’d encourage all budding             with childbirth. As a mum already, and            course handouts. I certainly learnt much more   moment, relaxed picnic with family and         momentary lapse of howling).                   HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has             favourites are clearly stamped which
 provides personalised shelving units         entrepreneurs to go for it, it won’t be easy,     one who loves to read endless parenting           than I did on the NHS course I attended         friends – warm weather, fresh air, loads       Most played with toys: A big colourful         launched a series of new online videos      makes it that much easier to find places
 ideally suited for children’s rooms.         but you don’t know what you can achieve           magazines, I found this a straight forward        first time around and would recommend           of laughs, yummy food – what more can          set of car keys, her taglet and basically      to help tax credit claimants through        that really are worth visiting. Certainly a
 The shelving units are sold through          until you try!                                    task and wondered if the rest of the course       the Lamaze approach to other pregnant           you ask for?                                   anything else that is bright and she can       the annual renewal process. Every           book worth picking up and one I will use
 my online shop           David is offering free delivery (worth around     would be just a refresher for me rather           women without doubt.                            Favourite child friendly restaurant:           pick up easily.                                year, claimants must renew their tax        again in the future.
 How did you get started? When the            £20) to Families Cheshire readers – simply        than very informative. I soon found that          Glo Family 0844 800 738                         Our dining room? We’re lucky enough to         Biggest waste of money: I bought               credit awards by 31 July, or their
 family building business folded, I found     quote “Families Cheshire” when you place          was not to be the case.                                                have grandparents living close by who          Zoe’s bouncer and swing chairs from            payments stop.
 myself at an unexpected crossroads,          your order.                                                                                                                      lovingly babysit when we want to go out        one of the NCT Nearly New Sales – for              The interactive, bite-sized videos
                                                                                                                                                                                                  – having said that we’ve taken Zoe to a        the amount of time she’ll be able to use       take viewers through the renewal
                                                                                                                                                                                                  few places (Cronkinson’s, McCormick's,         them (up to 6 months) I think it would         process step-by-step, offering the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Rising Sun, the Peacock) and had           have been a waste to buy them new.             chance to tailor the help to their own
                                                                                                   Once upon a time                                                                               no problems (I think this is because she       Most successful recipe/food: Not got           circumstances. The videos cover key
                                                                                                                  therewasalittleagencywithbigideas...                                     is not mobile yet and a pretty placid baby).   to solids yet – but I’m willing to bet that    areas such as: checking the accuracy
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Proudest eco-friendly moment: Filling          my Gran’s macaroni cheese is going to          of the information in your renewals pack;
                                                                                                                                                                                                  our grey bin every two weeks, recycling        go down a treat in time!                       notifying HMRC of any changes in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  our glass bottles and emptying my              Why you like living where you do: We’re        circumstances you haven’t already
                                                                                                                                                                                                  wardrobe of unwanted clothing and              close enough to walk into Nantwich when        reported during the year; and providing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  shoes for the charity bags (I should           the weather is good, but live in a quiet       details of your previous year’s income.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  have done this ages ago, and now have          part of our estate so it doesn’t feel like         The videos are available – as well
                                                                                                                                                                                                  a rule – for every item purchased,             we live in town.                               as lots of other help and information
                                                                                                                                                                                                  something needs to go).                        Anything else to share: Zoe brings             on tax credit renewals – from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Best planet saving tip: Turn off lights        such joy to our lives. I can’t believe how     DirectGov website at
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and equipment not in use (saves money          fast she is growing – and it is with great     renewyourtaxcredits. If you are
                                                                                                                                                                                                  too!), recycle whatever you can – all the      wonder that we watch her develop, and          currently on ‘nil awards’, or are
                                                                                                                                                                                                  small things add up.                           turn into her own little person. I can’t       receiving only the full family element of Professional performance training in a fun
                                                                                                                                                                                                  No parent should be without: A well            really remember what life was like             Child Tax Credit, you will only receive    environment at Knutsford Leisure Centre
                                                                                                                                                                          t: 01625 500 939        stocked nappy changing bag, an i-Go            before she arrived – and although we           a statement of your 2009/2010 award,          Sundays (term times) 10am - 1pm
                                                                                                                                                               e:        baby carrier (if you’re going to travel with   have ups and downs, some good days,            and your claims will automatically                   For ages 5-16 years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  a small baby – expensive but worth it!), and   and some bad, I really wouldn’t change         be renewed. However if you notice                 Call 07780 850357
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the dates of the NCT Nearly New Sales.         anything for the world!                        any errors, you must tell the HMRC         
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 Surviving summer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Surviving summer

                                                                                                                                                                                             Days in
  Aaaah, summer!                                                                                                                                                                             Join the Summer Reading Challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             have something that that they can do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             without you in future. Look at “Green
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Board Games” for something different.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Make your own piñata. You’ll need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               a large balloon, lots of paper mache,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               paints – and don’t forget to put the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 WIN an Organic BBQ box from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Riverford) and make some fruity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cocktails. Then pretend you’re in an exotic
  Blue skies, sunshine, long, lazy days, happy                                                                                                                                               at your local library. ‘Space Hop’ is the       Their Brainbox All Around The World               sweets in after you pop the balloon –             location and laugh at all the poor travellers
  children, fun fun fun! Or possibly not. If the thought                                                                                                                                     theme this year and the challenge is            geography game is a great one just                and then do more paper mache.                     stuck in airports or on motorways.
  of the upcoming summer holidays fills you with                                                                                                                                             simple – children read six or more              before you go on holiday! Available               Do a big jigsaw (at least 1,000 pieces)           Get to know your neighbours. For the
  dread, here’s loads of inspiration to keep the kids                                                                                                                                        books during the holidays with rewards          from                       – it could fill your whole holiday!               second year running, The Eden Project
  happy, no matter what the weather. And it doesn’t                                                                                                                                          to collect along the way, plus a certificate    Get experimenting. Let them try out               Make playdough or slime (see “HOW                 has a "big lunch" planned for July 18th.
  have to cost a fortune, either.                                                                                                                                                            or medal for all who complete the Challenge.    some simple science experiments at                TO” section on page 9)                            The aim is for people to have lunch with
                                                                                                                                                                                             There is also an interactive website,           home – Usborne Books’ 100 Science                 Make stone monsters. Gather some                  their neighbours (i.e. get to know the
                                                                                                                                                                                   , where children             Experiments has simple experiments                stones and paint them. Once dry, stick            people who live on the OTHER side of
                                                                                                                                                                                             can talk about their favourite books and find   using easily sourced materials.                   on some goggly eyes and paint on a                the street!) - in their street, parks, gardens
                                                                                                                                                                                             out about top authors and illustrators.                                  teeth-baring mouth. You can then give             etc - apparently last year about a million
 Sunny days out                                Delamere Forest or in the Peak District
                                               National Park, Buxton (,
                                                                                                   Lick a local ice cream. And make a
                                                                                                   day out of it. Try Hilly Billy Ice Cream in
                                                                                                                                                 August at 4pm, ages 6+ and Kirsten
                                                                                                                                                 O’Brien’s Smart Art on Wed 11 August
                                                                                                                                                                                             Create your own cinema. Get a good
                                                                                                                                                                                             DVD (Nanny Mcphee & the Big Bang is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Make a recycled collage. You’ll need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a huge sheet of paper (or smaller ones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               them away as paperweights.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Have a beach/pool party. You’ll need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 people around the country did it. It will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 take some organising – so form a committee.
 Head to the park. Walk to your local one,     or get adventurous at The Crocky Trail,             Wildboarclough (,           at 4pm) or Grosvenor Park Open Air          out on 19 July), make the popcorn,              stuck together) then use all your old craft       shorts and shades, ice lollies, Hawaii            Get the children involved nearer the time
 or venture further afield. Take a picnic,     Cotton Abbotts, Waverton                            Cheshire Farm Ice cream in Tattenhall         Theatre, Chester                            close the curtains – and don’t forget the       bits and pieces, paints, crayons, pencils         Five O music or The Beach Boys,                   painting banners, baking buns, making
 invite your friends – the more the merrier.   (                            (,                        interval ice cream or hotdogs.                  and anything from the recycling bin.              smoothie cocktails with umbrellas (and            salads, organising races etc. Go to
 Organise a mini sports day (at home           Try geocaching – it’s so much fun.                  Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream at        (try Hercules for ages 7+ on from 22        Have a cake decorating competition              Make some chalk drawings. Buy extra               Pina Coladas for the grown-ups!). And    for some great
 if your garden’s big enough). You’ll          Read the article in our Jan/Feb 2010                New Westage Farm, Great Budworth              July – 5 August).                           with prizes for the most colourful, the         fat chalks that don’t break easily and create     don’t forget the sunscreen.                       ideas for making bunting, food to make
 need hard-boiled eggs, spoons (for the        issue (visit             (, Dunham              Get your skates (or ski’s) on.              most creative and the most outrageous           your own Mary Poppins picture to jump into        Make your own ice lollies.                        and grow etc.
 egg and spoon race), bags or sacks (for       to view this back issue online) or go to            Massey Farm Ice Cream from Ash Farm,          Blisteringly hot summer day? Cool off       (or invent your own categories) – you’ll        – if it’s raining you’ll need some black paper.   Something that can be done on a rainy
 the sack race), scarves (for the three                                 Dunham Massey (0161 928 1230),                at the ice rink. Silver Blades Ice Rink,    need a basic cup cake recipe then all           Make a really big joint picture. This             afternoon but enjoyed on a sunny day                photo: ctalbot
 legged race), a tunnel and anything to        Visit a garden. From spring to late                 Snugburys at Park Farm, Nantwich              Altrincham                                  the hundreds and thousands, food                is a good one for using up all those old          outside in the garden. Or try freezing
 jump over (for the obstacle course), and      summer the National Gardens Scheme                  (, Granelli’s in          ( Or           colouring, writing icing, edible silver         felt pens, stickers, crayons and paints that      smoothies (nutritious and a way to get
 a load of energetic kids.                     opens over 3,500 public and private                 Macclesfield (www.granellis-                  try various snowy pursuits at The Chill     balls, sprinkles, smarties, dolly mixture       you need to replace. You will need a roll         one of their five-a-day down their throats).
 Spend a day in the woods. Walk or             gardens in England and Wales for charity. , or Backford              Factore (             and tooty fruities that you can muster.         of paper (both IKEA and ELC have them).           Make a Garden Obstacle course
 cycle in Macclesfield Forest                  Go to to find one that is            Belles Jersey Ice Cream at Acres Farm,        Get the wind up. Find your nearest          Let them loose with the face paint              Roll out an extra long bit and have a party       – line up 4 or 5 chairs for children to
 (, try          open near you. Children under 16 go free.           Backford, Chester (01244 851374).             big wide open space and go fly a kite.      – and if you’re really brave, let them          of kids doing their bit to make a giant           wriggle under, followed by a paddling
 out Target Archery Sessions or take in a      Pick your own fruit & veg. Far more                 Introduce the children to Open Air                                                        paint your face too.                            picture. Hang it up on the washing line.          pool to splash through, place bricks at
 Flying Display at Delamere Forest             fun than a trip to the supermarket. Visit           Theatre at Gawsworth Hall                                                                 Make a cardboard castle. You’ll                 Water painting. Using a bucket of                 intervals for kids to use as stepping
 (  to find a           (High                                                               either need a good plan, lots of cardboard,     water and big (wallpaper) brushes get             stones, arrange a rope in a twirly shape
 Swing from the treetops at Go Ape in          local farm.                                         School Hits, Prom Night on Sunday 4                                                       sticky tape and patience or you can buy         little ones to paint the garden fence,            to tip toe through and set out bin bags
                                                                                                                                                                                             a kit from               wall or patio. Simple and mess-free but           to have a sack race and a football to kick
                                                                                                                                                                                             Cards and Board Games. The summer               great fun. Or get the paints outside and          or bounce ten times.
                                                                                                                                                                                             holidays are the time to spend long             try hand/foot/finger painting on the              Camp out. Pitch a tent in the garden,
                                                                                                                                                                                             evenings playing cards - and if you             largest paper you can find – try the back         fill the paddling pool and sand pit, light
 Rainy days out                                ( or
                                               learn more about the Silk industry at the
                                                                                                   voucher for a free drink from the
                                                                                                   April/May issue of Families Cheshire.
                                                                                                                                                 stadium and museum tours.
                                                                                                                                                 Go behind the scenes at BBC
                                                                                                                                                                                             teach them now, then your children will         of unused old wallpaper. Then get out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the sprinkler hose to clean everyone off!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the BBQ (Have a look at page 11 and

 Go back in time. Visit the Nantwich           Macclesfield Silk Museum                            Paint a pot. How about a quiet session        Manchester. Lean how TV and radio
 Museum (            (                     painting pottery at a local ceramics          programmes are made and visit the
 to learn more about this Cheshire town.       Burn off some energy. Love them or                  café? Local ones include The Ceramic          interactive studio where you can have a
 And don’t forget to visit The Weaver Hall     loathe them, indoor play areas are here             Experience, Congleton                         go at presenting the weather and star in
 Museum (formerly The Salt Museum)             for a reason and kids love them. Try                (,               your very own radio drama, complete                                                            We’re sure that like most busy parents, you are keen to find ways of
 there too (             Fun4All in Macclesfield and Chester                 Brookside Pottery, Poynton                    with sound effects. Age 12+ only, and                                                          entertaining your children over the long summer break. Whether your child
 – the seaside comes to town on 11 &           (, Funsters in Crewe              (, The               must be accompanied by an adult.                                                               already attends Little Kickers classes, or you would just like him / her to
 12 August or chill out with the South         ( ,                   Playful Potter                                Go to the theatre. The Little Big Club,                                                        have a fun introduction to football over the summer, we would like to invite
 Pole displays on 25 & 26 August. Try          Polar Palace in Winsford                            (, who will           Dangermouse and the Wizard of Oz are                                                           you to come along to one of the summer courses we are offering.
 the Grosvenor Museum                          (, or Pirate’s                come to your home or venue of choice,         on at the Stockport Plaza
 ( to                Paradise in Holmes Chapel                           Ceramic Café Chester                          (, Tin Pan
 learn more about Roman Chester, or            (                        (,               Ali (a Junior Production) at the
 take part in the Tudor Festival at Stretton   Watch it on the big screen. Shrek                   and The Spotty Pig Craft Café, Chester        Knutsford Little Theatre
 Water Mill near Farndon                       Forever After, Toy Story 3, Cats & Dogs 2 and       ( Paint, or             (,                                                                            Courses                                                                   Please contact
 ( 17 & 18        The Karate Kid are sure to cheer up a rainy day.    play with clay too at The Potter’s Barn,      Postman Pat at the Manchester Opera House
 July 12pm – 5pm. Free entry. Hat Works        Go for a very muddy walk where                      Hassall Green, Sandbach                       (                                                                         are available                                                                 Fiona Harvie
 in Stockport (            splashing in puddles is compulsory.                 (                   house) and Winsford Lifestyle Centre                                                                           for                                                                     01625 326177
 is the UK's only museum dedicated             You’ll need waterproofs, wellies, lots of           Get building at the Legoland Discovery        (
 solely to the hatting industry, hats and      chocolate and a hot bath afterwards.                Centre, Manchester                            - see page 3 to win tickets – or catch                                                                      kids aged
 headwear, and during holidays they offer      Take a little time for you. Visit Glo               (           Billy Elliot, The Musical at the Regent                                                                       2-5
 daily workshops for children and special      Family’s new home in Cheadle where                  For footy fans – take a Stadium Tour.         Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent                                                                                                                                                 

 family fun days. Discover the history of      both you and your little ones are taken             Old Trafford ( and             (
 Congleton at The Congleton Museum             care of. Don’t forget to take along your            Anfield ( offer         regent-theatre).

6 Families Cheshire |                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  | Families Cheshire 7
 Surviving summer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Surviving summer
 Big days out                                                                                                                                                                       Enrol the children into a workshop
                                             Alton Towers, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB   260 464). Take Part in Quarry Bank
                                                                                                                                    How to
                                                                                                                                                                                    – and give YOURSELF a holiday!
                                             (0871 222 3330,;   Mill’s “Passport to Fun”, running
 Walk on the wild side. Chester Zoo,         Camelot Theme Park (Camelot Theme       throughout August – collect 5 stickers
 Chester CH2 1EU (01244 380 280,             Park, Chorley, PR7 5LP (01257 453044,   from special events running at the mill        Make Playdough; Knowsley Safari             and win a prize.                                                                                                                                                                          especially for children as young as three     qualified and dedicated team of instructors.
 Park, Merseyside L34 4AN (0151 430 9009,    Fun on the farm. Tatton Park,                                                          1 cup salt                                                                                                                                 or four years old. I think this is why our        Activity camps are open to both;        Knutsford WA16 6QN (01625 374400,                                                      2 cups flour                                                                                                                               workshops have already been such a big        members and non members and
 Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port; Stockley                                                       4 tsps cream of tartar                                                                                                                     hit with the children and parents – we        include obstacle courses, team games,
 CH65 9LF (0151 357 8804,                    Farm, Arley, Northwich (01565                                                          2 tbsps cooking oil                                                                                                                        have even had children travelling from        exploration on all the equipment and plenty                 777323,                                                        2 cups water                                                                                                                               London, Holland and Germany to attend         of opportunity to make new friends.
 Get your under fives involved in the        Any excuse for chocolate. Cadbury                                                      Add in: food colouring, vanilla essence,                                                                                                   workshops in Yorkshire.”                          Or if you’re looking for a summer
 Barnado’s Big Toddle at Chester Zoo on      World’s Olympics Week 16-24                                                            mint essence, or other “smellies” you                                                                                                         Suzanne’s children’s entertainment         birthday party with a difference – The
 6-9 July, or at Knowsley Safari Park on     August. Bourneville, Birmingham                                                        have lurking in your cupboard.                                                                                                             company Make a Wish Entertainment,            Little Gym also offers instructor led
 6 July. All funds raised go towards         (0845 450 3599,                                                                        Method: Mix ingredients in a saucepan.                                                                                                     is based in Yorkshire and specialises in      private parties for 1 – 10 year olds,
 supporting Barnado’s Early Years work.                                                                Add colouring and/or scents. Cook on                                                                                                       producing magical fairytale events for        filled with games, obstacle courses,
 For more info call 01704 214372 or go       A trip back in time. National Trust                                                    medium heat for 3-5 mins until it                                                                                                          children suitable for private parties,        music and fun. Half Day Holiday Camps
 to                     ( Quarry                                                     becomes stiff. (It will, have faith). Store                                                                                                christenings, weddings, corporate             start from £12 for members and £13.50
 Ride the rollercoaster. Gulliver’s          Bank Mill, Styal (01625 445896);                                                       in an airtight container in the fridge.                                                                                                    events and holiday workshops.                 for non members. To find out more,
 World, Warrington WA5 9YZ (01925            Lyme Park, Disley (01663 762 023);                                                                                                                                                                                                   Suzanne started life in this company       go to, call
 444888,;            Dunham Massey, Altrincham (0161                                                                                                                                                                                                   as ‘Fairy Enchantica’ hosting entertainment   01782 214452 or email
 Drayton Manor, Tamworth B78 3TW             941 1025); English Heritage
                                                                                                                                    Make Slime                                                                                                                                 that children could participate in through
 (0844 472 1960,                             (                                                         Mix together cornflour, water and food          Little Kickers                                   For more information about Little         role play. She now has a list of over;                    Beeston Castle, Nr Tarporley (01829                                                    colouring. Make it into a game by hiding        Put your pre-schoolers (age 2 – 5)            Kickers classes throughout the year          100 characters to choose from, hires          Summer Filmmaking Holiday Project
                                                                                                                                    tiny dinosaurs in it.                           through their paces with Little Kickers’      (age 18 months – 5 years) and holiday        professional actors and character             Star in your own movie, shout 'Action!'
                                                                                                                                                                                    teams of qualified coaches this summer.       courses (age 2 – 5) in the Knutsford,        entertainers to play the roles and has        and 'Cut!', film your friends and dazzle
                                                                                                                                                                                    Local franchisee Fiona Harvie has just        Macclesfield & Poynton area please           entertained thousands of children every       your family at your very own film
                                                                                                                                                                                    launched holiday courses in Knutsford,        contact Fiona Harvie on 01625 326177         year, including the children of some          premiere! This Summer Holiday Project
                                                                                                                                                                                    Macclesfield & Poynton. Classes run for       or email        major celebrity clients.                      is the full filmmaking experience, and a
                                                                                                                                                                                    45 minutes, 5 days a week and provide         Further information can be found at             With such success in Yorkshire             great way to spend the summer
                                                                                                                                                                                    parents with the opportunity for a well-                     Suzanne has decided to bring her Fairy        holidays. Join Studio Film School for an
                                                                                                                                                                                    earned break. In addition to the basics                                                    & Hero Camp nearer to her family home.        action packed week of acting, directing,
                                                                                                                                                                                    of the beautiful game, children are also      Summer Fairy & Hero Camp                        “Since starting in 2005 I have had         camera operation, scriptwriting and
                                                                                                                                                                                    introduced to valuable early learning                                                      many requests from clients and friends        special effects as you make a film in a
                                                                                                                                                                                    concepts such as colours, numbers                                                          asking for more events in the Shropshire      week. Celebrate in style at an exclusive
                                                                                                                                                                                    and parts of the body, while important                                                     / Cheshire area,” said Suzanne. “We           screening event and awards ceremony
                                                                                                                                                                                    life skills such as taking turns,                                                          now regularly attend and entertain at         with your family and friends. The Summer
                                                                                                                                                                                    following instructions and sharing                                                         events in these areas so it will be great     Holiday Project runs from Monday 16 –
                                                                                                                                                                                    are gently introduced.                                                                     to give the local children the opportunity    Friday 20 August (10am – 4pm daily)
                                                                                                                                                                                        “Little Kickers’ main objective is                                                     to attend our workshops.                      in Wilmslow and costs £195 per place
                                                                                                                                                                                    providing children with a fun, positive                                                       For more information about Summer          (£175 for siblings). For more
                                                                                                                                                                                    introduction to sport in the hope that        Children across Cheshire will be             Fairy & Hero Camp and what Make a             information, call 01625 826934 or
                                                                                                                                                                                    this enthusiasm will stay with them as        delighted to hear that Yorkshire’s           Wish Entertainment has to offer contact       visit
                                                                                                                                                                                    they get older and into their teenage         famous Summer Fairy & Hero Camp              01924 281365 or visit the website
                                                                                                                                                                                    years”, says physiotherapist Fiona.           is arriving in the county this summer.             Council Run Holiday Camps
                                                                                                                                                                                    “Research has shown time and again            Suzanne Kaye-Vaughan has set up                                                            Try your local leisure centres for

    the ceramic
                                                                                                                                                                                    that it’s a child’s involvement in physical   Summer Fairy & Hero Camps, a new             The Little Gym - Stoke On Trent               holiday camps: Cheshire East Council
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                                                                                                                                                                                    biggest impact on whether they continue       she is taking around Britain and is          Gym’s motor skill development       
                                                                                                                         with Half & Full Day options available
    The perfect party venue                                                                                                                                                         with sport as they get older. Our motto       bringing to The Ryleys School, Alderley      programme and for children as young           Cheshire West and Chester Council
                                                                                                                                                                                    is ‘Play not Push’ and this underlines        Edge from 16th-20th August. Suzanne          as 4 months through to 12 years it will       0300 123 8 123
    • Pottery Painting                                                                                              Hours of fun in the gym & craft activities in
    • No Studio Fee
                                                                                                                                                                                    the company’s commitment to ensuring          explained: “The schools allow children       help build physical, mental, emotional
                                                                                                                   the party room during the summer holidays!
    • Glass Jewellery Making                                                                                                         (prices start from £12 per half day session)   that all children are provided with a         to learn about their favourite characters    and social skills that will lead to a
    • Clay Imprints                                                                                                                                                                 positive, non-competitive introduction        and develop skills in singing, dance,        lifetime of success.                          Phew!! There you have it. There are plenty
    • Silver Imprints                                                                                                                                                               to sport. Of course it would be great if      drama, crafts and sports. Each five-day          Their OFSTED registered half or full      of places to go and things to do. For
    • Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                    some Little Kickers were included in the      workshop runs from 9am-3pm daily             day themed activity camps for 3 – 10          detailed “what’s on” information, head to
    • Free Soft Play
    • Ample Free Parking                                                                                                                                                            2022 World Cup line-up, but that’s not        and finishes with a graduation show          year olds change every week to                our website
    • Open Evenings                                                                                                   The Little Gym Stoke-on-Trent                                 the main objective of the classes! All        for family and friends to attend.            stimulate physical fitness, motor skill &     BUT of course the summer holiday is
    • Open 7 days a week 9.30 - 5.00                                                                                      Come & Join in the Fun
                                                                                                                                                                                    children, irrespective of ability, should        Our holiday workshops are designed        gymnastics development, with craft            also all about mooching around, cloud
                                                                                                                            Call 01782 214452
                                                                                                                                           have the chance to develop a love of          to be a week full of magical fun for the     breaks providing the opportunity for          watching, lying in the garden doing
            West Heath Retail Park
               Sandbach Road,                                                                                                                       sport and through our classes and             children attending. It is sometimes hard     creativity and time to re-charge with         nothing much. Make sure you build in
            Congleton, CW12 4NB                                                                                  Fesitval Way, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5PU                     holiday courses I am hoping to help           to find fun and educational activities for   refreshments. Learning has never been         plenty of that too.
                                                                                                            (Next Door to Waterworld where free parking is available)
            01260 295455                                                   Please call for more information or to book your space
                                                                                                                                                                                    foster that in my local area.”                children to do during the holidays,          so much fun - all in the care of a

8 Families Cheshire |                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  | Families Cheshire 9
  Surviving Summer                                                                                                                                                                                    Go Organic
                                                    Power shopping: summer eating                                                                           it does say that animal husbandry and welfare
                                                                                                                                                            must be in line with regional, UK and EU
                                                                                                                                                                                                            contributing to animal welfare as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            LEAF-certified farmers need to have
                                                    As the season of the great British Barbeque            seemed as good a place to start shopping         requirements, it also states the following,     proven that, in addition to growing crops
                                                    approaches, Kate Birch looks at the                    as anywhere and I was heartened to see that      which suggests it is concerned with more        in a manner that is best for the
                                                    sustainable sourcing of meat and poultry.              there was a special subsection labelled          than that.                                      environment, they uphold the welfare of
                                                        I don’t want my barbeques to be at the             “Organic BBQ”. Imagine my dismay when                “All animals must be maintained in          their livestock.
                                                    expense of any animals’ well-being.                    I found only two items on offer here: lamb       good health and their welfare requirements         And our barbeques? Well let’s just say
                                                    According to Compassion in World Farming               kebabs and burgers. I did find other             must be met to ensure they are free from        that my husband is cooking up a storm…
                                                    (CIWF), chickens raised in overcrowded                 organic meat by going through each               hunger and thirst; from discomfort; from
                                                    industrial farming systems find their needs            individual product section but the search        pain, injury or disease; from fear and
                                                    to exercise, forage, dust bathe and perch
                                                    restricted. This causes “severe physical and
                                                                                                           could have been easier.
                                                                                                               Sainsbury’s on-line website is a little
                                                                                                                                                            distress and to express normal behaviour.”
                                                                                                                                                                I suspect the truth is somewhere in
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Win a Riverford
                                                    psychological discomfort.” Pigs kept indoors
                                                    become bored, frustrated and angry. They get
                                                                                                           easier to navigate from a green point of view.
                                                                                                           Asda’s is very well organised but like Ocado
                                                                                                                                                            between and would accept the logo but
                                                                                                                                                            look for other signs as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Organic BBQ Box
                                                    very stressed during transport and can die.            (for Waitrose) gives very little information.        But on the supermarkets’ on-line            Riverford delivers a range of different
                                                        Sheep may suffer neglect when part of                  Organic meat is generally expensive and      shopping sites, there are no other signs.       meat boxes (or make up your own
                                                    so-called ‘easy-care’ flocks, larger with              not always going to be a possible alternative.   With the exception of Sainsbury’s, I had        bespoke box from £25) to ensure you
                                                    fewer shepherds. To be fair, these, like most          Surely I could find other produce on-line that   to go to separate web sites to find even        and your family can enjoy great-tasting,
                                                    beef cattle, do lead a fairly natural life but         promoted environmentally friendly farming        the most basic information on their             top-quality organic meat alongside
                                                    those on sustainable farms experience                  but did not have the strict standards of the     ethical sourcing policies. Why? I wonder.       your seasonal Riverford Organic
                                                    minimal transportation and more humane                 Soil Association or Organic Farmers and          So what could I do?                             vegetables and fruit. To find out more
                                                    slaughtering techniques.                               Growers. I also was looking for compassionate    In the end I had to go to the CIWF’s            please visit
                                                        I hadn’t quite decided on my approach              meat, or sometimes called “happy meat.”          Guide to Good Food Shopping to show                 Now one Families Cheshire reader
                                                    until events decided things for me. A broken leg           My quest initially led me to Assured Food    me what non-organic supermarket meats           can win one of the new Riverford
                                                    and crutches for six weeks meant that I wasn’t         Standards and its Red Tractor logo. The logo     and poultry I could choose on-line. It          Organic Small BBQ Boxes.
                                                    going to be able to search the supermarkets            indicates that in addition to maintaining        rubber-stamped the following:-                      Perfect for a barbeque party for
                                                    for “ethically sourced” meat. Instead I was            hygiene standards, farmers have also             • All Waitrose chicken, turkey, duck,           family and friends, the new Riverford
                                                    going to have to try on-line grocery shopping.         protected the environment and upheld                 pork & British veal                         Organic Small BBQ Box is available
                                                    And whatever I chose was going to have to be           animal welfare. I therefore got somewhat         • Sainsbury’s British veal                      throughout the summer months and is
                                                    cooked by my husband, happily a barbeque               excited when I found the Red Tractor logo        • Tesco duck                                    packed full of enough delicious,
                                                    enthusiast with his own special kit.                   in the product descriptions for Sainsbury’s      And accepted that “most supermarkets            organic, top quality barbeque favourites
                                                    The organic barbeque                                   Taste the Difference burgers and British         have good basic standards for own-label         to satisfy between six and eight people.
                                                    Buying organic will not necessarily ensure             pork kebabs and ribs.                            beef and lamb.” I also decided to source        Simply pop it in the car, load up the
                                                    you are buying ‘happy’ meat but at least it                But CIWF and other agencies question         some of my meat separately from the rest        portable barbeque and head for the beach!
                                                    is a positive step towards the environment.            the Red Tractor’s relevance saying that it       of my groceries. I took my cue from                 The contents of the small BBQ Box
                                                    According to the Soil Association, Tesco               offers only the assurance that a farmer has      some of London’s top chefs and went to          will vary through the summer to offer a
                                                    is the leading organic retailer with over a            complied with minimum legal requirements.        Blackface Farm for a small barbeque pack,       choice of prime barbeque cuts such as
                                                    quarter of the multiple retail market so it            Go to the Red Tractor site though and, while     which fed 8 comfortably (In Cheshire, go        lamb chops, chicken wings or spare
                                                                                                                                                            to               ribs as well as family favourites like
                                                    Labels to look for and avoid                                                                            Finally, I determined that barbeques were       sausages and burgers.
                                                                                                                                                            not all about meat. We could start by           To be in with a chance of winning,
                                                                                                                                Good                        trying Meat-free Mondays and cook               simply go to our website:
                                                         Labelling                 What it means                  Ideal                    Beware
                                                                                                                           (Budget Choice)
                                                                                                                                                            vegetables instead. As a nation we eat far and
                                                                          Higher animal welfare specs than
                                                      Soil Association
                                                                             standard organic systems.              •                                       too much meat as it is. And if we sourced       fill in the online form, answering the
                                                                                                                                                            vegetables from Waitrose, (soon, we             following question: How much does a
                                                                              Organic feed or approved
                                                     Organic Farmers                                                                                        hope, to have the LEAF marque on all of         bespoke meat box cost from Riverford -
                                                        & Growers
                                                                            non-organic feed. Free range.           •
                                                                               Lower stocking levels.                                                       its vegetables and fruit), we could be          Organic?
                                                                               Legally applicable to
                                                                             poultry only. Free roaming.            •
                                                         RSPCA             Focuses solely on the welfare of
                                                      Freedom Food           farm animals raised for food                         •                                                                         fresh
                                                           LEAF           Soil Association Integrated Farm                                                                                                  summer eating
                                                       (Fruit & Veg       Management to create “affordable
                                                       & food crop            food in harmony with the                            •                                                                         organic vegboxes from
                                                      products only)               environment.”                                                                                                            £8.95 or make up your own
                                                                         Pigs born outside & brought indoors                                                                                                box from the full range
                                                      Outdoor Born*
                                                                                     for fattening                                •                                                                         including meat, milk, eggs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            juice and wine free delivery
                                                     Outdoor Reared* Pigs reared outside for half their lives                     •                                                                         0845 600 2311
                                                      Grass Fed or
                                                    Access to Pasture*
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                                                                            Maintaining hygiene standards,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   e r f or d
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  Family support                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Family support
  “Can do” with DS                                                                                                                                                                                Celebrate “good enough”                                                                                battling grandparents and in-laws offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         new parents often contradictory advice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            forms the basis of much of our present
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            understanding of child development. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         based on their own experiences of child            believed in the ‘Good-enough mother’,
  The Down’s Syndrome Association is a national charity that supports                                                                                                                             Kevin Ryan helps parents shrug off that inferiority complex.
                                                                                                                                                    Everyone with Down’s syndrome has                                                                                                                    rearing. Parenthood has always been a              who meets the child’s needs, yet gives it
                                                                                                                                                 some degree of learning disability along         Do you feel overwhelmed by                        Some say starting nursery early will help            battleground of competing ideas and                enough space to allow it to develop, as
  those affected by Down’s syndrome throughout the UK. Frances Loates                                                                            with physical characteristics which may          magazine articles, books, radio and               children’s development, others claim this            experience and the inexperienced can be            opposed to the ’Perfect mother’, who
  finds out more about them as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.                                                                            bring with them specific medical problems.       television programmes telling you                 will impair it. All say children should have         left confused and downhearted.                     obsessively meets the child’s needs, giving
                                                                                                                                                    Due to medical advances, the life             what you are doing is wrong? To be a              boundaries, and then fundamentally                       Do parents have to feel bad all the time?      it no space to develop. (Unfortunately, this
                                                                                                                                                 expectancy of someone with Down’s                parent in any era is to feel permanently          disagree where those boundaries should               In Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)              research was from the 1950s, when fathers
                                                                                                                                                 syndrome is now 60 to 65 years with recent       guilty it seems.                                  be. To be a parent is to feel guilty all the time    there is the concept that everyone does            were not yet seen as important for the early
                                                                                                                                                 research into the condition enabling a greater       A few months ago I caught an edition of       about your own perceived inadequacies                the best they can with the materials and           development of the child.) This developmental
                                                                                                                                                 understanding of the associated health issues.   Woman’s Hour on the radio, where nutritionists    and the suspicion that you are making the            knowledge that they have at that time.             space occurs in the mistakes a mother
                                                                                                                                                    With the right support, people with Down’s    were worrying that today’s mothers only           wrong choice against the often contradictory         Parents do the best they can with the              might make, allowing herself and the child
                                                                                                                                                 syndrome do make friends, most go to             knew how to cook nine dishes, and were            advice pumped out by the parental advice             information they have, decisions are made          to learn. Being ‘good enough’ allows for failures
                                                                                                                                                 mainstream school, have jobs and make            concerned about the effect that this limited      industry. It can seem so overwhelming.               for the right reasons at the time and can          and mistakes and it is only through these
                                                                                                                                                 decisions about their lives and futures.         culinary range might have on the development          Every view is met by a counter view from         be changed when better reasons are offered.        perceived shortcomings that learning occurs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  of their children. These experts were countered   an equally qualified expert or prestigious           We all act in good faith, but can feel unsettled       Experts offer advice and parents can
                                                                                                                                                 Get it right                                     by another guest, the comedian Annabella          organisation. Every month a piece of a new           when new information causes us to reflect          take and learn from them in a guilt free
                                                                                                                                                 More than many disabilities, this                Weir, who proudly admitted that she only          scientific research appears showing that             back on our actions. Hindsight can be a            environment. Yet sometimes it does feel as
                                                                                                                                                 syndrome seems prone to misconceptions.          knew how to cook four dishes and saw              something you believed was right now turns           torturous vision, imposing present knowledge       if there is a glut of experts weighing down
                                                                                                                                                 For example those with Down’s                    these new pronouncements as yet another           out to be wrong. Even where there seems to           on past decisions and leaving us finding           upon parents, constantly telling them that
                                                                                                                                                 syndrome do not ‘all look alike’ – they          stick to beat parents with.                       be universal agreement, such as the efficacy of      ourselves wanting. The past cannot be              they are not good enough. Parents should
                                                                                                                                                 can share certain characteristics but                Parents seemingly cannot do anything          breastfeeding, mothers who cannot breastfeed         changed and these feelings of guilt can            not be deterred. Stand up and shout: ‘We
                                                                                                                                                 always look more like Mum or Dad than            right. In the eyes of the media - everything      feel inadequate and guilty for letting their child   be alleviated by admitting to yourself that        are good enough!’
                                                                                                                                                 anyone else with the condition. What’s           they do is wrong. They are bombarded by           down. Nothing you do can ever seem right.            you were doing the best you could in the               Kevin Ryan is a coach at Moving On
                                                                                                                                                 more, people with Down’s syndrome are            reports and experts telling them what they            This may appear to be a very twenty-             circumstances you found yourself in.               Coaching based in Isleworth, but has clients
                                                                                                                                                 by no means necessarily all happy and            should do. Some say they should ignore            first century phenomenon, but in fact it is              Donald Winnicott, whose pioneering             across the UK. If you wish to know more you
                                                                                                                                                 affectionate and indeed no different from        their baby’s cries, others that they must         very ancient, as old as parenthood itself.           research in the 1950s into the developmental       can visit,
                                                                                                                                                 anyone else in their character traits and        respond to their child’s every murmur.            Family histories always have tales of                relationship between mother and baby,              email
                                                                                                                                                 varying moods.                                                                                                                                                                                             or phone 020 8400 9045.
                                                                                                                                                    When speaking about Down’s
                                                                                                                                                 syndrome it is important not to fall into the
                                                                                                                                                 trap of being offensive or plain inaccurate
                                                                                                                                                 so as not to perpetuate any myths about                                                                                                                                 In f         S


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                                                                                                                                                 the condition. This is especially

                                                                                                                                                 important when talking to your children.                                                                                                                         0800 408 2013

                                                                                                                                                 DON’T SAY                                                                                                                                                        Do you need information, advice or guidance for your
                                                                                                                                                 • Mongol                                                                                                                                                         family but don’t know who to ask?
                                                                                                                                                 • Suffers from OR is a victim of                                                                                                                                 Then call Cheshire East’s Family Information Service on
  From small beginnings as a local                school. Also that year legislation was            syndrome to live the life of their choice.     Down’s syndrome                                                                                                                                                0800 408 2013.
  support group for parents in 1970,              passed which ensured that those with                 Since 1970, the Down’s Syndrome           • A Down’s baby/person/child                                                                                                                                     Cheshire’s Family Information Service can help you or your family if you:
  The Down’s Syndrome Association                 Down’s syndrome had a right to access             Association has worked tirelessly to         • Retarded/mentally                                 9141 033 5480 :leT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Are looking for childcare
  (DSA) is now a national charity with            services within their own communities.            improve knowledge. As Carol Boys says,         handicapped/backward                              moc.seinit@erihsehc :liam-E
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Want to know more about your childcare options
  over 20 000 members across the                      Far from the lives led in long-stay           “Our work is not yet done and I look         • Disease/illness/handicap
                                                                                                                                                                                                     moc.seinit.www :beW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Would like advice on how to access Tax Credits, Childcare
  country and an impressive record.               hospitals which was the expectation earlier       forward to working with others in the        • Down’s (as an abbreviation)                                                                                                                                       Vouchers or Nursery Education Grant
     Carol Boys, Chief Executive, says, “Forty    in the 20th century, where parents were           learning disability arena to ensure that                                                                                                                                                                         Need support for children with additional needs and/or a
  years ago, people with Down’s syndrome          urged to consign their children with              opportunities for those with Down’s          DO SAY                                                                                                                                                              disability
  were fighting for the basic rights – to life,   learning disabilities, people with Down’s         syndrome continue to grow and flourish”.     • A person/baby/child with Down’s                                                                                                                                   Want information about parenting support
  medical treatment, education and to be          syndrome now lead full, rich and varied lives.                                                   syndrome or who has Down’s                                                                                                                                        Want to know more about
  an accepted member of society. The              Our society is a long way from being fully        What is Down’s syndrome?                       syndrome                                                                                                                                                          Need help or advice with a family matter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ……..and much more
  ability to engage in activities that help       inclusive for those with any form of disability   One in every 1000 babies, or 600 babies      • Learning disability
  define one’s sense of self were limited or      but recent progress has been impressive.          a year in the UK, is born with Down’s        • Condition OR genetic condition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  guidance service for families with children and young people 0 - 19
  non-existent; however, the DSA has led the          With much still to do, it is hoped that       syndrome, a genetic condition with those     • DS (as an abbreviation if necessary)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  years of age.
  case for change as an instrumental force        instead of a life of social exclusion, affected   affected carrying 47 instead of the usual
  expanding the range of opportunities at         families will one day feel part of the            46 pairs of chromosomes.                     The Down’s Syndrome Association’s
  both local and national levels.”                mainstream. The charity works endlessly              Down’s syndrome is not a disease.         website is                                                                                                                            0800 408 2013
     The changes in those 40 years have           for understanding of those with Down’s            People with Down’s syndrome are not ill         For parents who have just discovered
  been phenomenal, due a large extent to          syndrome among the general public.                and do not ‘suffer’ from this condition.     they are expecting a baby with Down’s
  the charity’s work. The 1971 Education          They provide information, counselling,               Although older mothers have a higher      syndrome, a new book published on 1st
  Act changed the status of children with         support and advocacy for those affected           individual chance of having a baby with      June could be helpful. Down’s Syndrome
  Down’s syndrome from the previous and           plus their families and professionals who         Down’s syndrome, more are born to            - The Essential Guide by Antonia Chitty
  quite outrageous label of ‘ineducable’          support them. Most of all they champion           younger mothers, reflecting the higher       and Victoria Dawson is published by
  and recognised their right to attend            the rights of people with Down’s                  birth rate in this age group.                Need2know books at £8.99.

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  A special service for    Independent support                                                                                                                                                           Cheshire Mediation - finding common ground
  those with special needs for families                                                                                                                                                                  Splitting up is not the end to your                Your children can be consulted               party, keeps the parties focused on the        to help you to reach a solution tailored
                                                                                                    The UK is unique in providing NHS                     • More opportunities for dads to be involved   parenting. It’s the time when your              confidentially by a specially trained           important issues and discusses the             to your family. This will leave your
  Do you have a special needs child in                Special People North prides itself on         health visitors (qualified nurses or                  With over twenty years experience as an        children need you more than ever.               mediator, and you and your ex-partner           options available. All this takes place in     children happier and more secure,
  the family and need some help during             maintaining the flexibility to provide their     midwives specialising in the health of                NHS health visitor, and three years as a       Divorce affects them just as much               can learn communication skills to help          a relaxed and informal setting.                knowing that both their parents will be
  the school holidays? Are you undecided           support workers when they are wanted and for     young children and families) for all                  specialist paediatric continence advisor,      as you – but it’s within your control           ease the tension inevitably felt by                Cheshire Mediation can help you not         there for them.
  on summer holiday arrangements?                  as long as they are wanted, during the day       families with pre-school children.                    Rosie of RosieHealth has a great deal of       to minimise the pain for them and               children in contact and residence               only with issues about your children but          Contact Cheshire Mediation on
      In response to demand from their             or night, week-days and week-ends, entirely          For new parents, the health visitor can be        experience with these common concerns:         to ensure their future security.                disputes. Children will often say that          also with those that relate to maintenance     07507 131 661 or 07909 540 368,
  clients, Special People North is launching       dependent on the family’s requirements.          a lifeline, particularly if they have a limited       • ‘baby blues’                                    Mediation is an opportunity for you          they don’t mind how often they see each         and the division of assets and debts.          or visit
  its latest service in time for the lengthy          Special People North provides support         network of support from family and friends.           • feeding issues                               to improve on your parenting skills even        parent as long as the arguments stop.              While many go through the court
  annual summer school holidays.                   workers and personal assistants for children     Advice or reassurance from a health visitor           • unsettled babies                             when separated. It aims to reduce stress           Mediation allows both parties to have        system, this can be both financially and
      From their extensive range of support        and young adults with special needs including    often removes the need for an appointment             • postnatal depression and parental stress     and encourage you to move on in a               their say and to control the outcome,           emotionally costly. Cheshire Mediation
  workers, Special People North can find           physical difficulties, learning difficulties     with the doctor, which parents can find               • bringing up baby alone                       positive way during this harrowing time.        whilst the mediator, as an impartial third      aims to reduce that cost to you both and
  the right person to accompany a family           and autistic spectrum disorders. Their support   rather formal, intimidating or rushed.                • relationship strains
  with special needs on holiday. Which             workers are carefully selected to meet               The health visiting service is changing; there    • introducing solid food
  means that the family has greater choices        your specific needs, ensuring the highest        are now fewer health visitors and less home           • sleep problems
  – including the opportunity and freedom
  to relax and spend precious time exactly
                                                   quality dependable domiciliary service.
                                                      For further information including their
                                                                                                    visits. Parents must often take their concerns to
                                                                                                    less qualified staff nurses and nursery nurses.
                                                                                                                                                          • fussy eaters
                                                                                                                                                          • habits and behaviour
                                                                                                                                                                                                         The power of NOW                                make the school run the following day. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         was so deep in thought that I hadn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cooking, ironing or dealing with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         paperwork. Whatever the job, do it with
                                                                                                                                                                                                         by Michelle Redmond
  how they want to. Special People North           extensive range of available services,               Some health visitors, responding to parents’      • eczema                                                                                       noticed my baby had crawled over to me          a smile on your face: use your time wisely
  understands how the dynamics of every            visit the NEW Special People North               desires for a one to one relationship with the        • potty training                               These days life is so taken up with             and was pulling at my trouser leg.              and savour each and every moment.
  family differ, just as every family wants        website,                most qualified professionals, are now offering        • constipation, daytime wetting                daily tasks that it can seem like we’re         Although I was there in body I was paying       Life's little chores CAN be enjoyed!
  something different from their holiday.          e-mail             an independent service. Increasing numbers               and bed-wetting                             climbing Mount Everest every day.               more attention to the past and future than      • When you watch your children
      Excursions and days out can also be          or telephone 07774 230168.                       of parents believe that the cost of this              As well as home visits, Rosie holds                We can sometimes lose track of time         to the present - my little boy needed my           play, take time to observe and
  covered and supported. For example: a                                                             service is outweighed by its advantages:              Saturday baby clinics and classes in Baby      altogether, rushing through the day trying      attention now. I decided then that if I            enjoy them; children grow quickly
  trip to a family event or a day at the                                                            • Establishing a relationship with one                Resuscitation and First Aid. To find out       to get as much done as possible until           could really focus my mind on what I was           so take a mental photograph and
  seaside. Due to Special People North’s                                                                professional                                      more, email               eventually our minds end up sprinting           doing then I could cook the dinner and             remember this precious moment.
  flexible approach, this can be either with the                                                    • More contact time, less waiting time                or phone 07961 614882.                         ahead into the future - planning it before it   enjoy the moment at the same time. Instead      • Invest in a notebook and write a “to do”
  rest of the family or on a one-to-one basis.                                                      • Daytime, evening and weekend support                                                               has even arrived. Other times we are so         of a chore, the potatoes became an activity.       list - then feel fantastic every time you
                                                                                                                                                                                                         preoccupied by what happened yesterday,         Why do we need to be mindful?                      cross a completed task off your list.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         last week or even last year we may as well      Life seems to move so much faster when          • Next time you are cooking dinner

                                                                                                                                                             RosieHealth                                 not be present at all. We are not mentally
                                                                                                                                                                                                         in the here and now, enjoying this moment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         we are living in the past or the future. It’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         very easy to overlook the joy in the now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            or washing clothes think of your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wonderful family who will eat your
           Advertise in                                                                                                                                     Health advice and support                    as it happens.                                  and so opportunities of the moment can pass        food or wear those clean clothes –
                                                                                                                                                         for families with young children                Paying attention to the present moment          us by. It is so easy to miss your children’s       it will put a smile on your face! ·
         Families Cheshire                                                                                                                               Rosie Gay                                       Recently whilst preparing dinner for my         news from school, their chatting through           When you make your way to work
                Call Jayne on: 01625 801801                                                                                                              Independent Health Visitor                      children I was peeling potatoes in haste,       their day. We need to value each moment            or school, notice the natural
             or email                                                                                                 07961 614882                                    my mind racing back and forth: I was            of each day because life is precious. Being        beauty of the outdoors and you
                                                                                                                                                                           mentally bashing myself for the dry             in the moment brings enjoyment into                will enjoy your journey more.
                                                                                                                                                                            cleaning I’d forgotten to collect and           whatever we are doing, even when it’s           • Just feel good in the moment for
                                                                                                                                                                                                         worrying about whether I was going to           mundane things such as cleaning,                   no reason at all!

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     Are left-handed children discriminated against?
     Thousands of left-handed children               diagnosed with conditions such as dyslexia       Middleton points to a string of creative   About Left Hand Bear:
     are struggling in the classroom                 because schools misunderstood common          greats from history who were also left-       Simon Middleton created Left Hand
     because teachers don’t understand               writing problems.                             handed: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci,      Bear in response to his own problems
     their problems, according to experts.               Southpaw musician and brand expert        Beethoven, Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix.   in sourcing left-handed instruments.
         Children are underachieving in subjects     Simon Middleton said, “At school I               Barack Obama, Mahatma Ghandhi,                 Left Hand Bear is the UK’s only
     such as English, science, computing,            wanted to learn to play the guitar and        Winston Churchill and Bill Clinton are        acoustic instrument retailer selling
     design technology and music because             piano but I found both utterly confusing.     among many other influential left-handers.    exclusively left-handed instruments
     of a lack of specialist equipment and           The layout of the keys rising in pitch from                                                 ( It sells a
     “ignorance” of left-handedness.                 left to right might be cross-wired, so to     About Anything Left Handed:                   range of banjos and mandolins from the
         Lauren Milsom, author of ‘Your              speak, for lefties. And left-handed guitars   Anything Left-Handed was the first            legendary Gold Tone brand from Titusville,
     Left-handed Child’ and co-owner of UK           simply weren’t available. The school          specialist left-handed business in the        Florida. They also stock their own
     online retailer ‘Anything Left Handed’,         offered no help to me. Of course, many        world and had a left-handed shop in           unique Left Hand Bear brand guitars: the
     speaking at a conference on left-handedness     people persist and succeed but there          central London from 1968 to 2006.             only exclusively lefty guitar collection in
     at Malvern College, estimated that “right-      must be many thousands who struggle.”         Their mail order operation supplies their     the world! “Left Hand Bear is a modest
     bias” still discriminated against one-in-           “I firmly believe that left-handedness    wide range of products to individuals         attempt to right the wrongs invested on
     10 children in the UK.                          can make you more creative because you        and businesses around the world. They         ‘lefties’. We have a small but growing range,
         “There is still a lot of ignorance about    are forced to find your own, innovative       also run the Left-Handers Club, a free        a passion for quality and a real small-
     this issue. Many teachers think it is enough    methods to succeed in a world that has        association of left-handers worldwide,        firm commitment to serve,” says Simon.
     to just tell left-handed children to rest the   not been designed for you,” said Mr           publishing newsletters for members and
     paper on the left of the desk and give them     Middleton, who is the author of ‘Build a      acting as a forum for their views and a
     some ambidextrous scissors,” she said.          Brand in 30 Days’ and the entrepreneur        focus for taking action where needed.
         She also suggested that left-handed         behind new left-hand-only acoustic            Visit
     children were more likely to be incorrectly     instrument brand Left Hand Bear.              for more information.

     Creating calm and confident kids                                                              A recent study completed by York
                                                                                                   University has discovered that
                                                                                                                                                 also things we as parents can do at
                                                                                                                                                 home. Try using simple relaxation
                                                                                                   almost half of our children feel              techniques with your child – children
                                                                                                   under pressure at school.                     can easily be taught how to develop a
                                                                                                      This research was furthered by the         state of being mindful (being totally
                                                                                                   BBC and the Good Child Inquiry of             present and focused in each moment
                                                                                                   2007-2008, when it was found that 49%         rather than worrying about the future),
                                                                                                   of children feel stressed, and the main       and this will in turn encourage them to
                                                                                                   reasons for this were school and peer         relax and de-stress. Everything from
                                                                                                   pressures. As a result, the Government        stretching and deep breathing will work
                                                                                                   has introduced schemes designed to            but go to for
                                                                                                   help maintain children’s wellbeing,           many more ideas on how to relieve the
                                                                                                   such as the Healthy Schools scheme            pressure on your child and help them
                                                                                                   and Every Child Matters, but there are        become a calm, confident person.

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