Delayed gratification is one of the hardest money lessons I think. I want to avoid that "buy now, pay later" mentality that could mire the boys in credit card debt later on. So, as much as I can, I reinforce the idea that waiting pays off. But remember that postponement of pleasure is a grown-up characteristic, learned from grown-ups.
They have reinforced knees - yes how amazing is that, no more patching holey knees for me.
They do a slim fit - I have a super slim child and these look ace on him. No more flappy trousers!
They do different leg lengths - At last someone has realised that kids come in different heights.
They are different fits on offer including slim, skinny and generous fits.
They have adjustable waists. Does anyone elses childs slim out when they shoot upwards?
Set clear boundaries - The boys have areas that they are not allowed to go to on their own, they also have areas that they can only visit together or in groups. Set clear expectations and time limits - Both the boys have watches and can tell the time. If they are not back on time, then they are sanctioned. The Watch Hut has some fantastic kids watches. Make it easy for them to get in touch with you - and no I don't mean give them a mobile phone! Kids do not need mobile phones. We used walkie talkies when the boys were younger and I make sure I have mobile phone numbers for their friends parents. I also ensure that the boys know our numbers.As they boys have got older, more and more of their friends and peers have freedom too and it is not unusual to find 12 boys playing in our garden or making loom bands in the conservatory.
We printed our activities this year on vivid card 220 gsm from Viking Direct using our new HP Envy 5510. I was really impressed how easily it printed on card.
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The Natwest T20 Blast is a fast paced, big hitting, all-round entertainment package both on and off the pitch, involving some of the world’s top cricketers. With a quicker format and more lively game night experience, the Natwest T20 Blast experience takes on a modern twist and signifies the start of summerWe went to see Durham Jets hamer Derbyshire Falcons and it was a great afternoon. Yes we got a little wet, but that didn't dampen our spirits.
Tip: We sieve the berries once we have blended them as my boys are not fans of seeds.
Variations: soft fruit is great for ice lollies such as banana or mango. You can use any sort of liquid, such as soy or nut milks and coconut milk is delicious with strawberries or pineapple, peach, vanilla and greek yogurt.If you are looking for some more inspiration take a look at these: easy DIY popsicles, home made smoothies and freeze the leftovers, fruit and yogurt popsicles, three ingredient strawberry pops, simple juice lollies I am definitely making these avocado and kiwi pops. and Center Parcs have some great tips too.
Tip: If you make your lollies in a multiple mould, take them out and pop them all in a bag in the freezer one they have frozen, this way kids can help themselves easily and you are not trying to get them out whilst they wait impatiently!
Tip: when giving kids lollys give then a cup to put them in when they want to put them down, it saves finding puddles of melted juice everywhere!‘I’m a Center Parcs Family Blogger and visited Whinfell village with my family. If you want to enter to win a place as a wildcard winner just go to the challenge page to find out how