Is My Child Ready for Nursery?

Is My Child Ready for Nursery?

If you’re wondering whether or not to send your child to nursery, you are not the only one. Lots of parents wonder if their child is old enough for nursery; it can actually be quite a stressful experience for parents while they try to make childcare arrangements. Read on for some advice from a private nursery school in Hertfordshire

There are lots of reasons why parents choose to send their children to nursery. For some, it’s because work commitments leave them no choice. For others, it’s simply to help their child develop confidence and other important social skills. Whatever your reason for considering nursery, it’s important to know that there is no right or wrong age to send your child. Every child is different and every family has a unique set of requirements; you have to do what is right for your family as a whole.

Most nurseries accept babies from three months but if you don’t think they’re ready, you might want to consider a parent and baby group. This will introduce them to the idea of nursery from a young age by giving them the opportunity to learn and explore, while socialising with other children.

When the time comes for you to visit some nurseries, be sure to take your little one along with you. This will allow you to see how they interact with the environment and the staff. Ask lots of questions about day-to-day life at the nursery and what sort of things they facilitate. For example, do they provide food and drink or will you need to pack a lunchbox? What time do they let the children eat or nap? Essentially, you need to figure out if the nursery will suit your child’s current routine so that you can determine whether or not it’s the right time for them to go. 

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Should I Encourage My Child to Go to University?

Should I Encourage My Child to Go to University?

Parenting is tough; none of us truly know if we’re doing the right thing by our children, we just try our best to muddle through. One example of this is university and understanding whether or not it’s the best option for your son or daughter. There are lots of things to consider when it comes to university, as discussed by a Sixth Form in Hertfordshire, and there is no right or wrong answer.

Every student has a different reason for going to university; the experience is unique for everyone. The main reason, of course, is for young people to explore their favourite subject and progress in their education, so that they can pursue a career in that particular field. Others go to university for the social side and to experience living away from home. 

You should only encourage your child to go to university if you think they will benefit from it in some way. For example, if they want to become a doctor they will most certainly need a medical degree. If you think they have some growing up to do, university will help them learn to budget, cook, do laundry and generally look after themselves without your supervision.

At university, students will need to be able to motivate themselves because they are responsible for their own learning experience. With that in mind, your child might be better suited to a vocational qualification or apprenticeship, where they get hands-on experience in a chosen career.

Don’t let the tuition put you off encouraging your child to attend university, as there are loans in place to help. Do lots of research about university and weigh up all of the pros and cons. The better your education about the benefits of university, the easier it will be to help you and your child come to a conclusion.

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How to Improve Your Relationship with a Teenager

How to Improve Your Relationship with a Teenager

Parents of teenagers will know how challenging it can be at times. Teens often become withdrawn and start to explore their independence, which can be tough for mums and dads. Hormones are raging, school work becomes tough and the mood in the house just doesn’t feel the same. There are lots of ways to combat the challenges that come with having a teenage son or daughter and ensure your relationship with them doesn’t suffer, as discussed below by a senior school in London.

Teens often feel like they’re being criticised all the time, which is what can lead to a lot of the tension within a family unit. Try to recognise your teen’s strengths and praise them often, rather than constantly pointing out their flaws. Adolescents need recognition and reassurance just as much as younger children, especially during a time when confidence is hugely important. 

As well as praising your teen, it’s also important to show that you trust them and the decisions they make. Whilst they were young, you probably put a lot of effort into teaching them how to be independent, so don’t be surprised now that they want to explore their freedom. If they feel like you don’t trust and respect their privacy, they are more likely to rebel against you and your relationship will suffer. For example, if you tell them they can’t be friends with one of their unruly classmates for fear they will be influenced, then they will feel more inclined to befriend that person.

If you feel like your relationship with your teen is a little rocky, try and find something you both enjoy doing and do it together. Sharing similar interests is a great way to not only spend some quality time together but also build a stronger bond. Some examples could be playing a sport together, going for a dog walk, or just watching a movie you both like. Sharing the simplest activities together, like eating dinner as a family, can truly help you all connect and learn about each other. 

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BabyN' Goes to Diggerland Theme Park- Kent, UK

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

Located in Strood, we went to Diggerland Kent for some family fun and thrill last weekend. The weather was perfect for some outdoor action, and this UK theme park is somewhere I’ve been wanting to go since some time, but have been waiting for BabyN’ to be old enough so he could enjoy the rides too. He’s a huge fan of diggers and construction equipment and loves playing with them outdoors, especially in sand. 

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

At the entrance, we were provided a ride height chart to ensure we're aware of the rides BabyN' could sit on. Most of the rides are included in the entrance ticket, however there are a few coin operated rides such as the Dodgems, Cars and Quads too. Also, there are a few rides such as Spindizzy that's not advised for expectant mothers to ride on. 

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

Diggerland Kent also has a cafe for visitors to sit or stop for a bite or a drink after all that digging. With both covered seating in the restaurant and tables with benches in open spaces, the visitors can either purchase food from the cafe or can enjoy their own picnic. A variety of food caters to all kinds of people with different dietary requirements such as Vegan, Halal or Gluten free options. 

Prior to the visit, I wasn't sure about the theme park having a Halal menu, but was glad to know they had a decent menu for their Muslim visitors to choose from and these included options for both adults and kids (burgers, hot dog, shawarma, kebab, nuggets, to name a few!). 

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

The indoor play area for kids includes a soft play area, jumping jack, coin operated rides and massage chairs (£1 for 3 mins) for adults to sit and relax. Just outside the soft play area was some space for the little ones to enjoy.

We had an amazing fulfilled day at Diggerland Kent, and it is definitely a great family friendly attraction for everyone. I would however advise taking kids at least 90 cm or more to make the most of what the park has to offer. 

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

Besides Kent, Diggerland is also located in Durham, Devon and Yorkshire, perfect for both girls and boys alike. Also, if you check-in on Facebook once at the attraction, you can be in a chance to win a family ticket and the diggers also get a free certificate at the exit. Moreover, Diggerland also has a gift shop with lots of JCB toys, clothing, and other things that can purchased to keep as a memory. You can watch the VLOG of our trip to Diggerland UK theme park on my YouTube Channel too. 

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

 Diggerland Theme Park UK

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Lamb Bihari Boti Recipe - Perfect for a BBQ Party!

Lamb Bihari Boti Recipe

Since the sun is now shining brightly, and summer holidays will soon begin, most of you would be hosting BBQ parties for family and friends. In my family, this is the most awaited season as we get to enjoy some delicious meaty treats with some fancy mocktails and summer desserts. Although we plan for a variety of different items in the menu, adding lamb is definitely a must and the ‘Lamb Bihari Boti’ is an absolute favourite amongst everyone! 

The tender meaty kebabs marinated with lots of different spices and condiments, are really flavourful and something everyone enjoys the most! 

The Major Ingredient - The Lamb! 

Lamb is one of the most exciting ingredients that can be used to create lot of different recipes. 

Lamb Try it, Love it

The EU funded Lamb Try it, Love it campaign has enabled people to discover the unique flavours of lamb at their convenience. The protein packed premium lamb produced by European farmers ensures the use of sustainable practices and is a praiseworthy contribution to the local economies. 

Variety of Cuts of Lamb

Being a versatile ingredient, lamb can be used to prepare lots of dishes and the availability of different cuts enables us to create incredible lamb dishes that aren't just quick and easy to prepare, but the health benefits are immense too! 

Health Benefits of Lamb

Lamb contains essential nutrients and proteins as well as 7 vitamins and minerals including vitamin B12 and niacin that leads to a healthy lifestyle. Once you try it, you're definitely going to love it! For more information on the campaign and for interesting new recipes, check out lamb try it, love it.


INGREDIENTS FOR LAMB BOTI KEBAB:
(Serves 4-6)
1 kg lamb meat (cut in thin strips) 
350 grams finely sliced onion (fried & blended into a paste) 
150 grams ginger paste
1 medium finely sliced onion, blended into a paste
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
1 tsp Salt, or as required 
1/2 tsp White cumin powder
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
1/2 tsp Black pepper
150 grams Papaya paste 
1 tbsp yogurt 
1 tsp Bihari Kebab spice mix (any brand you prefer) 
Half cup cooking oil (to be added to the meat)

Lamb Bihari Boti Recipe

Lamb Bihari Boti Recipe

Lamb Bihari Boti Recipe

INSTRUCTIONS:
Fry the onions until brown, cool them, and blend them into a paste before adding it to the meat. 
Add few drops of oil, and blend ginger (do not add water), then add it to the lamb strips. 
Add 100 grams papaya paste (Ready made papaya paste is easily available at Asian stores, otherwise fresh papaya can be used to make a paste).
Add all the other ingredients in the meat, and mix well. 
Cover the dish with a cling film and refrigerate it for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
2-3 hours before BBQ, add 50 grams papaya paste and mix well.
For the BBQ, use skewers to thread the meat.
For longer strips, thread it at least 3-4 times so the meat doesn't fall off the skewer while on BBQ (thread once per inch of meat strip).
Cook the lamb strips for 20-30 minutes on good constant heat, or as required depending on how you like consuming the meat, either well done or rare. I prefer mine well done, so that takes up to 30 minutes to cook.
Lamb Bihari Boti Recipe

Lamb Bihari Boti Recipe

Lamb Bihari Boti Recipe

Tips:
Make sure there is no access water in the marinade. 
Serve the lamb boti kebabs hot in a skewer with parathas (Indian flatbread, either homemade or store bought) and assorted chutneys. My personal favourite is the yogurt dip, either the one prepared with tamarind sauce, cumin powder and salt or the green mint yogurt dip.
While cooking the meat on BBQ, make sure to grease the meat with some cooking oil and spray a bit of water to ensure the meat stays soft and juicy.
Quantity of the meat needed to serve guests can also vary depending on how extensive the menu of the BBQ party is.
For guidance, we were 8 people, and had 4 different BBQ items including Bihari Boti, Tikka, Seekh Kebabs and Malai Boti (1 kg each item) along with corns, bread and dips. All this food was enough for our party and everyone easily enjoyed generous portions.

Lamb Bihari Boti Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20-30 mins 
Serves: 4-6

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The Top Garden Trends in 2019



Is your garden looking a bit drab and dreary? One of the most popular pastimes for homeowners in the coming months of the year is maintaining and enjoying the benefits of a healthy garden, and in 2019 there are a myriad of different new ideas that you can try in preparation for the good weather.

It doesn’t have to be the Chelsea flower show out there, but gardening might be worth taking a stab at before summer arrives, as it can help you make the most of the outdoors, rather than locking yourself inside all day. For inspiration, take a look at our list of the top garden trends for 2019.

Climate Change Gardening

Climate change and global warming are becoming real issues, with the differences in weather getting more drastic each year, and so it may become even harder to grow and sustain certain plants that struggle in droughts or extreme cold. To combat this obstacle, many gardening experts are recommending some different techniques and plants that can help your garden to become more naturally resilient. 

To best prepare for what might quite literally be an oncoming storm, figure out what sort of garden you might have, and how your chosen plants will fit in with the space. For example, if you have areas of soil that can become dry too quickly or overly waterlogged when raining, choose a plant that would suit. Lavender, for example, can cope well with slightly dryer soils, and it will allow a little bit more of a hands-off approach.

Inviting the Outdoors Indoors

Providing you’ve taken your antihistamines, inviting the summer into your home is not only a growing trend in 2019, with natural colours and aesthetics proving popular, but there can also be health benefits. Plants are often favoured in an office environment, as they are proven to reduce toxins in the air, optimising productivity in the process.

City-centre living is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, meaning that a lot of people don't necessarily have direct access to their own gardening space. There are many unique and innovative ideas to look to if you fall into the same category, as incorporating the garden into the city is an idea that is being adopted widely. Property investment company RW Invest, for example, feature rooftop gardens in their Sky Gardens apartment building, and a rooftop spa in their Parliament Square offering, both fitted with luxury furniture and a brilliant view of the city, making the most of the natural light. 

Self-sustaining Garden

One thing you could try this summer, if wanting to get a little bit more hands-on with your gardening, is growing your own fruit and vegetables. Not only is this trend becoming increasingly popular due to veganism, which has (quadrupled in the UK within the last five years), but it's a rewarding way of beginning to become self-sustainable, and it can be a fun learning activity to do with children.

Again, for those working with restricted space, you could do some research on the types of foods that grow naturally in boxes and compact spaces. Tomatoes and herbs are some examples of foods that don’t need an excessive amount of room.

Inviting in Wildlife

Making your home more accommodating to natural wildlife is not only good for the environment, giving insects and animals more safe places to stay, but it's an excellent way to make your garden a bit more lively and exciting. Bird boxes and baths, for example, are relatively inexpensive, and can attract a variety of different exciting patterns and colours of bird that you may have never seen before.


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Family Friendly Stay at Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Located in the heart of Crawley town centre, Arora Hotel Gatwick is perfect for both leisure or business travelers. Just 8 minutes by drive, the hotel guests can arrive at the Gatwick Airport which makes it absolutely hassle free and quick to get to the airport. For business travelers, having Manor Royal Business Park and K2 Leisure Centre within walking distance from the hotel is definitely an advantage. 

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Transport links to the Gatwick Airport and to the town centre are brilliant with easy access to M23/A23 and M25 motorways, direct access to Crawley Main Line Train Station platform and it's only a short journey to Gatwick Airport by direct bus transfer.

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley, a four star deluxe hotel features comfortable accommodation with 432 rooms including Superior, Premier, Family bedrooms and penthouse. Also, the hotel provides meeting, conference, training and banqueting facilities along with a restaurant and internet cafe, free WiFi access and a Health and Fitness Club for the guests. Moreover, the hotel also provides on site parking and Park & Fly packages for 4, 8 or 15 days.

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

With magnificent fountains at the entrance and a 4 storey waterfall, the hotel is an impressive venue for both business or personal requirements. On the hotel’s website, anyone can check the best available rates for the desired room, giving flexibility to travel. 

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

The secure on-site underground car parking available at the hotel can easily accommodate 200 cars at £10 per day. Moreover, scheduled transport services and hotel airport shuttle makes it really convenient for the travellers to get to the airport. When using the hotel’s car park, the reception validates the card every time the car needs to leave. 

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

We had a very smooth check-in and stayed in the family room that had all the amenities we wanted for the stay. The room was equipped with a TV, a room fridge with complimentary still and sparkling water bottles, lots of storage space and ample space for BabyN’ to run around. There were also comfortable bath robes and towels and all the necessary toiletries in the bathroom with both a bath and shower, and a separate WC.
Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley




Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley



Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Open 7 days a week, the restaurant at the hotel has a contemporary design, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner using fantastic produce from Sussex and surrounding counties. 

We had breakfast the next morning at the restaurant where the buffet with both hot and cold breakfast items was served. Besides the hot food including scrambled eggs, beans and mushrooms, there were also some delicious freshly baked goodies such as cupcakes, buttery croissants and assorted pastries as well as fresh fruits. The variety of juices was perfect and I especially enjoyed eating the sweet watermelon slices. 

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Just as the check-in, our check-out was also like a breeze. The hotel also has a gym for the guests to use, and a shop where they can purchase souvenirs or any other items. Also, they have brochures of all the nearby popular attractions, which are always handy especially for tourists.

We had a brilliant stay at the hotel, and I would definitely recommend Arora Hotel Gatwick for a family friendly stay! 

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Important Information - Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Parking: Complimentary for hotel guests 
Breakfast: Buffet styled English breakfast (hot and cold items) 
Amenities: Gym
In-room amenities: Hair dryer, iron, fan, kettle, toiletries & tea/coffee provided
Location: Southgate Avenue, Crawley - West Sussex RH10 6LW United Kingdom


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