World Sleep Day

Maggie's Top Tips

 

Maggie’s Top Summer Travel Tips

 

Summer holidays are always a time our whole family looks forward to! We love traveling and exploring with the kids, but it can be stressful at times. Having four kids of my own, I have learned a few things along the way on how to make traveling and flying that little bit easier with the little ones in toe.

 

Here are my top tips for traveling this summer!

 

  1. Preparation is key! I know it may seem obvious, but it is so easy to leave things to the last minute. I make sure to pack ample baby wipes (always pack more than you think you’ll need), pack each child their own bag, and make each child a ‘travel kit’ with games, colouring, books and anything else they are into.
  2. Try to stick to routines as much as possible. I try and get the kids sleeping at their regular bed times and eating at normal times so their body clocks don’t go too out of wack. This can be unavoidable if your travel destination is in a completely different time zone, but at least try and stick to it on the plane.
  3. Pack plenty of snacks. Trust me, you’ll need them! I prefer bringing savoury snacks like cheese sticks, crackers, pretzels and rice cakes. Try to keep the sweets to a minimum to avoid a sugar rush on the plane.
  4. Bring medicine. The last thing you want is to be in a foreign country with a sick child and no medication. I pack a mini first aid kit with a few band-aids, cough syrup and ear-drops.
  5. Remember that travelling is fun and the adventure begins as soon as you leave the house. Enjoy the ride and the kids will follow.

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s Top Tips for Father’s Day

In our family, Father’s Day is our chance to show Daddy just how much he means to us! Check out our crafty and creative ideas below to help make Daddy feel extra special…

1.      BREAKFAST is a great way to spoil Daddy from the moment he wakes up! Why not pick his favourite breakfast food and all have a family breakfast together? Or let us do that hard work and head down to the club to treat Dad to our scrummy breakfast menu?!

2.      A HAND-MADE CARD is something that Daddy can treasure forever. We have a selection of our own designs in the club to get you started, or why not get creative and design your own. We love this idea using handprints to show Dad that he is the world’s best Dad, ‘hands down!’  Just get the little ones to draw an outline of their hands, cut them out, stick onto a card then colour and decorate however they like!

3

3.      A PERSONALISED GIFT is a wonderful way to show Daddy how special he is. Sign up to our Father’s Day workshops on Friday 15th June, where we will be making an awesome marble pen and a delicious turkey sausage roll – which do you think your Daddy will love?

4.      A BIG DAY OUT is a great way to make the most of family time and also explore some of the amazing things Hong Kong has to offer. Our favourites include checking out the animals at the Zoological & Botanical Gardens, getting cultural at a museum or even getting active and learning to surf!

5.      A VISIT TO MAGGIE & ROSE is the perfect end to a very special Father’s Day. We have some awesome Father’s Day stalls from 11 am, followed by a delicious BBQ and free-flow drinks packages from 5 pm!

 

Maggie's Top Tips

Top Tips For Raising Gritty Kids!

Teaching kids not to give up, dream big and build resilience as all down to a little thing called ‘grit’. Fostering grit in your child builds a positive mindset and gives your little one confidence in what they can achieve, despite having failed in the past. No one has succeeded without failing at least a few times!

Here are my top tips to nurturing grittier kids:

  1. Celebrate persistence and the process your child has gone through to achieve their outcome, rather than just the result. Praising their effort rather than talent helps your child to not give up so quickly on their goals.
  2. Talk to your kids about your own failures. Set backs, struggles and frustration are all part of the journey. Let them know it is ok to fail and to not be deterred from the journey to their goal.
  3. Cultivate individual interests and passions. It is much harder to be gritty when doing something your kids don’t enjoy, so make sure they have a real interest in their activities.
  4. Offer help to achieve their goals. Rather than rescuing your child when they have a science project due the next day, teach them to take the steps in completing it on their own. Work with them, but resist the impulse to step in and do it yourself. This way they will feel a sense of accomplishment and having completed it through their own hard work.
  5. Encourage and teach self-encouragement. Use positive affirmations and encouraging words to motivate your child and keep them feeling positive. This will help their inner voice comfort rather than criticize when times get tough.

 

Maggie’s Top Summer Travel Tips

 

Summer holidays are always a time our whole family looks forward to! We love traveling and exploring with the kids, but it can be stressful at times. Having four kids of my own, I have learned a few things along the way on how to make traveling and flying that little bit easier with the little ones in toe.

 

Here are my top tips for traveling this summer!

 

  1. Preparation is key! I know it may seem obvious, but it is so easy to leave things to the last minute. I make sure to pack ample baby wipes (always pack more than you think you’ll need), pack each child their own bag, and make each child a ‘travel kit’ with games, colouring, books and anything else they are into.
  2. Try to stick to routines as much as possible. I try and get the kids sleeping at their regular bed times and eating at normal times so their body clocks don’t go too out of wack. This can be unavoidable if your travel destination is in a completely different time zone, but at least try and stick to it on the plane.
  3. Pack plenty of snacks. Trust me, you’ll need them! I prefer bringing savoury snacks like cheese sticks, crackers, pretzels and rice cakes. Try to keep the sweets to a minimum to avoid a sugar rush on the plane.
  4. Bring medicine. The last thing you want is to be in a foreign country with a sick child and no medication. I pack a mini first aid kit with a few band-aids, cough syrup and ear-drops.
  5. Remember that travelling is fun and the adventure begins as soon as you leave the house. Enjoy the ride and the kids will follow.

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s Top Tips for Father’s Day

In our family, Father’s Day is our chance to show Daddy just how much he means to us! Check out our crafty and creative ideas below to help make Daddy feel extra special…

1.      BREAKFAST is a great way to spoil Daddy from the moment he wakes up! Why not pick his favourite breakfast food and all have a family breakfast together? Or let us do that hard work and head down to the club to treat Dad to our scrummy breakfast menu?!

2.      A HAND-MADE CARD is something that Daddy can treasure forever. We have a selection of our own designs in the club to get you started, or why not get creative and design your own. We love this idea using handprints to show Dad that he is the world’s best Dad, ‘hands down!’  Just get the little ones to draw an outline of their hands, cut them out, stick onto a card then colour and decorate however they like!

3

3.      A PERSONALISED GIFT is a wonderful way to show Daddy how special he is. Sign up to our Father’s Day workshops on Friday 15th June, where we will be making an awesome marble pen and a delicious turkey sausage roll – which do you think your Daddy will love?

4.      A BIG DAY OUT is a great way to make the most of family time and also explore some of the amazing things Hong Kong has to offer. Our favourites include checking out the animals at the Zoological & Botanical Gardens, getting cultural at a museum or even getting active and learning to surf!

5.      A VISIT TO MAGGIE & ROSE is the perfect end to a very special Father’s Day. We have some awesome Father’s Day stalls from 11 am, followed by a delicious BBQ and free-flow drinks packages from 5 pm!

 

Maggie's Top Tips

Top Tips For Raising Gritty Kids!

Teaching kids not to give up, dream big and build resilience as all down to a little thing called ‘grit’. Fostering grit in your child builds a positive mindset and gives your little one confidence in what they can achieve, despite having failed in the past. No one has succeeded without failing at least a few times!

Here are my top tips to nurturing grittier kids:

  1. Celebrate persistence and the process your child has gone through to achieve their outcome, rather than just the result. Praising their effort rather than talent helps your child to not give up so quickly on their goals.
  2. Talk to your kids about your own failures. Set backs, struggles and frustration are all part of the journey. Let them know it is ok to fail and to not be deterred from the journey to their goal.
  3. Cultivate individual interests and passions. It is much harder to be gritty when doing something your kids don’t enjoy, so make sure they have a real interest in their activities.
  4. Offer help to achieve their goals. Rather than rescuing your child when they have a science project due the next day, teach them to take the steps in completing it on their own. Work with them, but resist the impulse to step in and do it yourself. This way they will feel a sense of accomplishment and having completed it through their own hard work.
  5. Encourage and teach self-encouragement. Use positive affirmations and encouraging words to motivate your child and keep them feeling positive. This will help their inner voice comfort rather than criticize when times get tough.

 MAGGIE’S TOP 5 TIPS

FOR ENCOURAGING IMAGINATIVE PLAY

We as adults can often under-value the role of imaginative play in our children’s lives. Play is a child’s way of engaging and making sense of the world. Role play may appear to be a very simple activity, yet within it young children learn important life skills such as how to communicate, cooperate and share with others.

A child’s imagination is an amazing thing – especially when it’s properly nurtured. As children grow, the ability to think creatively and use their imagination will help them learn and develop their personalities. Here are five tips to get kids using their imagination through creative play, or as we like to call it – Make & Make Believe:

  1. Let your kids be kids!

I whole-heartedly believe that kids should be allowed to be kids. As adults we get so caught up in being busy and often forget to be silly and have fun.  Encouraging our children to play and have fun together will develop healthy connections and choices in life. 

  1. Don’t spend lots of money!

You’ll find that the simplest items found at home will act as perfect props to spark the imagination.  Cardboard boxes can become anything – from computers, to cash registers, and even beds for sick animals and dollies.  Cupboards and drawers in the kitchen can be filled with synthetic pots and utensils that kids can re-invent into other things.

  1. Create a make-believe box!

Dressing-up is irresistible to young children to start an imaginative adventure.  Create a box filled with toys and objects to encourage your child’s fantasy world. You can include anything: from washing baskets to fake flowers, old telephones, stuffed animals and dolls, to blankets, plastic crockery and cutlery. Don’t forget to add a dress-up bag full of clothes, scarves, hats, handbags, shoes and wigs.

  1. Play with them!

When your child brings you a pretend cup of tea, play along and ask for something like a drop of milk. Ring them up on their pretend phone to order 2 large pizzas for delivery.  Get down on their level, show an interest in what they are doing and play along – this helps to develop the story and encourage the imagination, letting your child and their creativity lead the charge.

  1. Encourage ‘arty’ activities and getting messy!

Art is a creative expression that also nurtures imagination. Through painting, sculpture, collage, clay or drawing, children can express emotions and ideas, make decisions, and best of all – get messy! Creative thinking while manipulating play dough, creating ‘recipes’ by mixing dirt or flour and water, working with anything arty, splashing in “puddles”, or even pretending to fly, can further child development and above all, lets them relax and have fun!

MAGGIE’S TOP 3 TIPS

FOR CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES [AT HOME]!

 

At this time of year, I always seem to be saying to myself ‘where has the year gone?!’ Christmas is coming up – and in particular the dark, cold winter days in London… Wherever we are, I love nothing more than cosying up indoors with the kids, but after a while we need to take some serious action to ensure we eliminate boredom. Make time to get off the couch and get creative with these fun Christmas-inspired activities for all the family…

  1. DIY advent ‘activity’ calendar

Instead of sweets and chocolates, I print little cards to place inside a reusable advent calendar with pockets. Each card lists an activity we can do together each day. However, some can be ‘choose a special Christmas goodie’ to keep it simple sometimes! Most activities are ones we already do, so it’s a no brainer to include them. It’s so fun for the kids to have a surprise each day – instead of scoffing more sweets. It simplifies the holidays, giving us ready-made ideas for daily activities, such as: decorate the tree, shop for gifts, unwrap a book to read, check out the neighborhood lights, make a craft.

2. Cook together!

Christmas is all about family traditions and cooking together seems to be a dying tradition among modern families – due to the convenience of ready-made meals, ordering-in and just a general lack of home time. If there is a time to get together and make an effort – this is it.  See here for the best Christmas Pudding recipe you will ever find – designed to get the kids involved! Encourage them to join in, let everyone take a turn stirring and making a wish. This recipe has been designed with kids in mind and has tick boxes for them to take part in the fun [recipe attached / included as image].

3. Make decorations!

For a quick and creative activity and to produce the perfect last minute decorative wreath for your front door, cut out a circular shape – recycle anything you have lying around – grab lots of green tissue paper and scrunch up small pieces by hand, sticking them on to your circle one by one with a little bit of white/clear glue. Hang with a festively red ribbon and add anything extra you like to embellish your wreath. Happiness is homemade!

Maggie’s Top 5 Tips | How Music Can Benefit Children

They say that music is a universal language. Regardless of where you are from or what your background, a good melody is something that everyone can enjoy and understand.

For children, music provides many, many benefits. There are lots of good things about letting your child listen to and interact with music. Here are a few reasons and tips that I love for why your child should put down the remote and pick up something musical!

1. Play music to boost brain power!

By developing an early love of music it helps children to develop skills needed for learning by stimulating different parts of the brain. Music increases concentration, confidence, cognitive and memory skills – in other words, it builds a firm foundation for education and as a parent, that is the best thing you can do for your child. But above all else it is fun! Play them anything from nursery rhymes to cool grown-up beats.

2. Build their confidence

Interacting with music or picking up any ‘instrument’ can help your child break out of their social shell. Children who take music classes or become involved in a musical group learn key life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards (and the fun!) that come from playing together. Through movement and music your child is discovering themselves and how to confidently express themselves in front of their peers.

3. Repetition is good!

Smaller children love to dance and move to music. The key is the repetition of songs, which encourage the use of words and memorisation. Silly songs will make them laugh. Try singing a familiar song and inserting a different word in the place of the correct word, like “Mary had a little spider” instead of lamb. Let them reproduce rhythms by clapping or tapping and shaking objects.

4. Let them express themselves!

Music is a great way to let children express themselves – it gives pleasure and can help communicate emotions – plus, they can make lots of noise! Kids are naturally curious and excited about musical instruments so let them play – you can even get them to help you make homemade instruments such as shakers made from dry rice or pasta in an old jam jar or any pot with a sealed lid.

5. Play musical games!

Kids of all ages love to move about to music and get silly. Try old favourites such as musical statues – challenging them to freeze when the music stops; musical chairs (or cushions) – getting them to sit down where they are as the music stops; move like the music to express their emotions and also dancing with props. Whatever games you choose the kids will have fun but at the same time learn important skills through play!