Smartphones may have been the most gamechanging invention this side of the millennium, but their influence over our lives–particularly family life–hasn’t been entirely positive. So the growing call to counter digitised distraction, and save our relationships, comes as no surprise.
The law of averages dictates that at some point, threadworms will probably become your family’s dirty little secret…and unless you want a plague of vermiform pestilence in your household, you have to treat them. Here’s how.
If the benefits of better sleep are many–improved mood, sharpened memory and attention, decreased risk of childhood obesity, to name a few–then how do we get our little ones to sleep better? The answer is confoundingly simple: routine.
Kids are hardwired to be finicky and fussy when it comes to food; it’s a protective mechanism, and our casual attitude towards mealtimes is only because we’ve had years of exposure to a variety of tastes–our palates are desensitised to the pleasant surprise (or nasty shock) delivered by a heap of different foods.
So your lil’ bundle of adventure is on the move–presumably, he’s also thoroughly-versed in his stash of ‘educational’ playthings, and is, quite frankly, bored. Now he’s on a raiding mission (and good luck stopping him). If you want to pre-empt disaster and danger, but not shell out on new gaudy gear to temporarily amuse, here’s five of the best–i.e. free–household ‘toys’ that’ll provide your precocious tot hours of mind-boggling pleasure. You’re welcome.