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Nourishing, Inspiring, Playful and Supportive - NIPS. By Lauren Burlinson

Clare Cox

Nourishing, Inspiring, Playful and Supportive - NIPS. By Lauren Burlinson

Many thanks to Lauren the founder of NIPS for this months guest blog post. NIPS is a non-profit community organisation which aims to create events for adults and children. Lauren explains why she created NIPS and her plans for the future, you can find out more on her Facebook page Be.nips or Instagram @be.nips.   'I have found having children and becoming a proper grown up mind-boggling. I was fiercely independent before I had children so to go from that, to living in a new place with a kid who was having fits and bad acid reflux attacks incredibly challenging....

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Acting Out - www.actingoutdrama.com

Clare Cox

Acting Out - www.actingoutdrama.com

A big thank-you to Angela Lockhart-Dibble and Jacqui Ham from Acting for our second guest blog post.   'We at Acting Out are huge advocates of drama as a way to grow children’s self- esteem, having been running for nearly 5 years, parents have told us and we can see for ourselves the difference drama has made to children attending our classes and appearing in our shows. Within our drama classes, we have seen children who were very quiet, slowly finding their voices and enjoying performing, some of the children that have joined our classes are unable to find words...

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Fine Around Food - By Belle Nutrition (www.belleamatt.com)

Clare Cox

Fine Around Food - By Belle Nutrition (www.belleamatt.com)

  Nourishing our kids for both their physical and emotional needs requires tackling on two levels: firstly ideas on what to feed them and then further strategies on how to get them to eat it! Nutritional experiences in early life have long lasting consequences so its well worth investing time in making positive moments out of meal times. A combination of the main carers attitude around food and the child’s personality will shape what type of eater the child will become in their early years before media and peers become major influencers too. So let’s bring some fun and creativity...

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Supporting your child’s mental health

Clare Cox

Supporting your child’s mental health

Today is World Mental Health Day. Did you know that 1 in 10 children age 5-16 have a mental health problem and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. Having good mental health is key to the healthy development and wellbeing of every child. Children need good mental health not only to be able to deal with every day challenges and adapt to change, but so they can feel good about themselves, build healthy relationships with others and enjoy life. This is an excerpt from a Mental Health Foundation article about things that can help keep children mentally well. These...

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Let's get physical

Clare Cox

Let's get physical

As today is National Fitness Day I thought I'd share an article I came across that explains why physical activity not only keeps our children fit it is also beneficial to their mental health. It explains how physical activity allows children to have a better outlook on life by building confidence, managing anxiety and increasing self-esteem. You can read the full article on the www.healthline.com.  I've always encouraged Kitty to take exercise whether that's walking to school or swimming from a very early age - an important life skill in my view. She's now joined a local netball club with some of...

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