• How can exercise help my kids sleep better?
    • How can exercise help my kids sleep better?

      Posted on July 28, 2015

      Two of the chief concerns that parents often have about their children are that they aren’t getting enough exercise, and that they aren’t sleeping well. Sleep and exercise might be two activities that are poles apart, but they actually help each

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    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children
    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children

      Posted on July 29, 2012

      According to a study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, two thirds of obese children exhibit a problem with their health which is a contributor to heart disease. High cholesterol, blood sugar and high blood pressure may already be present by 12 years of age.

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    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits
    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits

      Posted on July 19, 2012

      A recent study from Canada has shown that the number of hours spent watching TV between two years and four years old can have a detrimental effect on the size of a child’s waistline by the age of 10. The study, which was published in a BioMed Central journal, looked at the television habits of 1,314 children. One extra hour of TV viewing each week at age four could affect the muscle fitness of a child aged 10 and also increase the size of their waste by half a millimetre.

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  • North West children spoiled over Christmas

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Rachel on January 11, 2011

    A report on BBC 1’s ‘The One Show’ last night revealed how children in the North West were spoiled over Christmas to such an extent that their parents were going into debt to pay for it all. One woman from Ellesmere Port admitted to still be in debt for a portion of the £1,500 she spent on Christmas last year, and that she was determined not to go into debt for Christmas 2010. By saving money in advance and sticking to a budget she managed to avoid placing any money on her credit cards, and thus avoided debt altogether for this Christmas.

    However, another woman wasn’t so lucky. A single mother in receipt of benefits admitted to buying everything that her young toddler pointed at on the TV screen, or in the Argos catalogue, totalling over £600 worth of presents alone. The woman’s son received presents such as a ride on motorbike, a Thomas the Tank Engine Train Set and a ride on quad bike – because she couldn’t decide whether to choose from a range of electronic motorbikes or cheap quad bikes.

    While this sort of indulgence may seem harmless, as we all like to spoil our children from time to time, going into debt for them is not the answer as it gives children an unrealistic idea of what money is about, and how the world works. In The One Show studio was Davina McCall, who herself is fairly well off it has to be said, and she admitted to buying her children just one present each at Christmas. Davina stated that, because she has a large extended family, her children all received presents from other family members so do not require large amounts of gifts at Christmas.

    It’s interesting to see that millionaire Davina McCall can show restraint at Christmas, whereas the woman on benefits in the report lavished her son with gifts. Educating your children on dealing with your finances is every bit as important as dealing with your children’s health – something that Davina also knows a thing or two about with her latest workout DVD, and her new ITV show that began last night ‘The Biggest Loser’, which aims to get people to change their lifestyles to become fitter.

    How much do you spend on your children at Christmas?

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