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Supernanny Jo Frost’s Best Tips on Getting Your Children to Help Out More

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We all need to get our errands done and the difference between having a good experience and not when kids are involved is exactly how much we get them involved. We all know what it’s like being home with the little ones and needing to get the laundry done, with your toddler all too eager to prize you away to do something else. 

Follow the advice of Supernanny Jo Frost to help stay on top of this and make sure your kids are involved as much as they can be. It is equally important for your children to understand that they also have a responsibility to play a part in living together as a family.

First – Assess how you can get your children involved:

  • Look at the task at hand and work out how your children can help. Look for tasks which will be achievable for them and also make your life easier. For example, separating the socks from the vests, taking out the food from the shopping bags, tidying up the bath toys as getting out of the bath.
  • Be mindful to keep the chores short and sweet depending on the age of the child.

For younger children:

  • For younger children, having them match up socks together is a great early educational game as well as allowing you to achieve your task of folding the laundry. It’s a win win!
  • The supermarket shop is a classic example of getting your children to know their food and simultaneously avoiding the public tantrums by keeping kids occupied. Have them cross off items on the shopping list as you go along and direct you to items that are still left to buy.

For older children:

  • For older children, give them an actual task to complete, or a daily job which is solely their responsibility.
  • This can range from peeling vegetables, setting the table, actually putting the clothes away,or being your second pair of hands while you work on any other chores around the house.
  • Have them take part in family fly-bys before you go to bed: straighten out the sofa cushions, fold the blankies and make good for the next day. Tidy away remote control units and tidy newspapers and magazines, either placing them to one side for the recycling bin or stowing them in a stand or basket.

Reward them!

  • Compliment the efforts of this teamwork and how it makes you feel. Expressing your gratitude is extremely rewarding for any child to hear how they have been of help to you. This also encourages the willingness to help again.
  • When the job is done feel free to reward your little ones. If they have a behaviour chart give them a star, or give them an incentive to work towards. You should always make a point to show them the positive end result – all hands lead to a job well done!

 

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Weirdest Things Discovered Inside British Sofas – Bag of Dead Skin + Dead Hamster Make List  

You may not want to be eating when you read this……..

New research has revealed that the average British household cleans out the inside of their sofa an average of every four to five years, allowing plenty of time for nail clippings, food and more disgusting debris to accumulate underneath where they sit.

 The detritus discovered down the back of Britain’s sofas ranges from the usual suspects of small change and food crumbs to one or two unexpected scares, according to new research by an interiors brand.

 www.hillarys.co.uk carried out the survey of 2,394 British parents aged 18 and over, all of whom stated that they live with their partner and at least one child under the age of 11 years old.

 Initially, all respondents were asked ‘When was the last time that you cleaned out the inside of your sofa (i.e. down the back/sides)?’ to which the average response was revealed as ‘four to five years ago’. All respondents who said one year or more were then asked why they didn’t do it more often, to which the most common responses were ‘I forget to do it’ (39%) and ‘I only tend to do it when I lose something and end up searching through the sofa, which is not often’ (33%).

 All respondents were then asked what they had found down the back of their sofa when either feeling around or giving it a clean. When provided with a list of possible responses and told to select all that applied, the most commonly found items were:

  •  Small change – 65%
  • Finger and toe nails – 51%
  • Food crumbs and chunks – 47%
  • Clumps of pet fur – 31%
  • Empty food wrappers – 26%

What’s more, when asked to state the more unusual or disgusting things that they’d found down the back of their sofa, some of the weirdest discoveries stated by respondents were revealed as follows:

  • A deceased hamster that had gone missing one month earlier
  • Nokia 3210
  • Years old, uneaten chicken nuggets from a popular fast food chain
  • Multiple pieces of dried up, chewed gum
  • A bag of dead skin

 

According to the poll, 10% confessed that they regularly tucked things into their sofa to keep them safe or so as not to be found by people coming into the room, with one third of those (35%) admitting that they’d forgotten that they’d done this until a later date. 

 Additionally, more than a third (34%) of the relevant respondents stated that they had, at least once, caught their child trying to hide food items within the sofa that they didn’t wanted to eat. A further 15% stated that they’d caught their partner trying to put/hide disgusting items down the side/back of the sofa, such as nail clippings.

Tara Hall, spokesperson for www.hillarys.co.uk, said:

“Knowing the grim reality of what lurks down the back of Britain’s sofas is enough to put anyone off rooting around for a lost pound.”

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Top secrets to stubborn stain removal – revealed

Stubborn stains come in all shapes and sizes from grass stains and food spillages on kids’ uniforms to makeup on mums’ tops and coffee stains on dads’ ties.  Unfortunately, as every parent knows, dirt, grime, grease and food stains can prove really tricky to remove from clothes.

Thankfully ACE provides a gentle way to remove tough stains, ensuring that the whole family’s clothes look pristine and spotless every time – and all at a fraction of the cost of the UK’s top-selling stain remover! 

ACE can be applied directly to stains or simply added to a wash to unleash its stain-fighting powers.

The stain experts from ACE reveal below the top secrets to banishing those stubborn stains for good:

1.  Take action to deal with the stain as soon as possible. The longer a stain is left the harder it can be to get it out. Getting kids to remove grubby sportswear and school clothes when they come home and then tackling the stains immediately with ACE will help to eradicate stains completely.

2.  Remove excess gunk, such as mud, ketchup or food remnants, from the offending items of clothing before starting to treat the stain with ACE stain remover. The best way to do this is to use a spatula or plastic spoon to remove the surplus grime otherwise there is a greater volume of stain power to deal with and this makes it much harder to get out.

3.  Blot the stain rather than rub it which only enables the mark to penetrate deeper into the fabric making it more difficult to remove. Use a white clean cloth and repeatedly press it into the stain in order to soak up any excess liquid. Once most of the liquid has been absorbed it is then time to apply ACE stain remover to really get to work on eliminating unsightly blotches.

4.  Treat the stain from underneath so that the water pressure is directing the mess off the mark and not deeper into the fabric. Applying ACE stain remover in this manner is a highly effective way to make stains disappear.

Perhaps the most illuminating fact about stain removal is that if the stain is prominent when the garment goes into the wash, then it is likely to be there when it comes out unless a stain-removing additive is used. The good news is that almost any stain can be removed but the real secret is to do the work and attack the mark with ACE before or during washing.

Kevin Day, from Robinson Young, UK distributor of ACE said,

“Children’s clothes can be a real magnet for mud, dirt and grime and it can be a tough job for parents to keep their kids’ uniforms and sportswear looking good for longer. ACE is particularly effective at removing stubborn stains and is formulated to tackle the eight most common stains caused by dirt, grease, makeup, body soils, food, drink, outdoor and enzymatics.”

ACE is currently available from Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, some branches of Asda and Poundland.  One litre of ACE Gentle Classic retails at £1.99 and ACE capsules retail at £3.99 for 14.  A 700ml bottle of ACE Gentle will be launching in Poundland in January 2015.