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


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!



Win Meet the Artist books!

9781616892258Alexander Calder

Inside Alexander Calder

By Patricia Geis 

No artist can put a smile on your face quicker than Alexander Calder. A sense of playfulness animates all of his work-from his signature hanging mobiles to his endlessly creative toys, drawings and jewellery.Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist is an exciting hands-on introduction to this American sculptor. Calder’s whimsical world is brought to life by imaginative pop-ups, pull tabs, lift-the-flaps and cut-outs. A universe of artistic possibilities opens up as young readers explore Calder’s creative evolution, play with his toy designs and even create their own sculptural circus.

Pablo Picasso9781616892517

By Patricia Geis 

Picasso_view_1Pablo Picasso: Meet the Artist! takes young readers on an interactive journey through the remarkable life of the legendary Spanish painter. This engaging book uses a multitude of lift-the-flaps, cut-outs and pull tabs to explain how his art evolved over his lifetime-from his earliest painting at age seven to the great masterworks of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica. Readers are encouraged to make their own cubist collage using an enclosed sheet containing an eclectic collection of images.

Princeton Architectural Press and KidAround have 2 sets of these fantastic books up for grabs, for your chance to win email comps@kidaround.biz with the subject Meet the Artist books along with your full name, address and daytime contact number

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Win, Mummy & Me Books!

Parents know the value of spending ‘quality time’ with their children, and these two new titles from DK will provide perfect inspiration for activities to do together. They have been cleverly designed to encourage children to learn while they create – exploring materials, techniques and fun facts along the way.

MUMMY AND MEMummy & Me Cook

Mummy & Me: Cook is much more than a conventional recipe book. It’s a great introduction to cooking and learning about food with its blend of over 20 recipes and fun activities as well as fabulous food facts about everyday ingredients. Whip up yummy breakfast pancakes, scrummy smoothies, and delicious chocolate brownies together. Get to know staple ingredients like eggs, flour, and chocolate and find out what’s inside an egg, where vegetables grow, how flour is made, and other foodie facts. The book is full of fun activities, such as experiencing food with all five senses, designing dishes, and performing kitchen experiments. Plus, using measurements and amounts associated with cooking and following the clear step-by-step instructions is a great way for children to learn while having fun!

Mummy & Me CraftMUMMY AND ME

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of crafting with the colourful and inspiring Mummy & Me Craft. Full of 20 fun craft projects from felt creatures and paper jewellery, to origami and paint projects. Packed with exciting things to make and do, like animal masks, pom-pom creatures, wooden spoon puppets, and monster pencil toppers. Plus, little ones can learn about the materials they’re working with in fun fact sections that tell you what they are and where they come from. Painting, drawing, cutting and pasting, and using a range of crafting materials like scissors and glue sticks help children develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. They’ll also love the rewarding and accomplished feeling of completing and showing off their projects.

We have 2 sets of these books, up for grabs. To enter email comps@kidaround.biz with the subject Mummy & Me Books, along with your full name, address and daytime contact number.

For more children’s books and activity inspiration visit dk.com

Posted by Lauren Oliver



Buglife wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for Thurrock brownfields

5 banded weevil wasp Cerceris quinquefasciata (c) Mike EdwardsBuglife have secured £58,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the exciting Thurrock Stepping Stones project. The project will help protect Thurrock’s nationally important populations of invertebrates and bring people closer to the special wildlife on their doorstep, building on a £31,800 grant from the Veolia North Thames Trust.

Working in partnership with the Essex Wildlife Trust, Buglife will create 16 hectares of brownfield habitat for some of our rarest and most loved invertebrates, including the Shrill carder bee. A wide-ranging programme of habitat enhancements and events such as bug hunts will help the local community to explore the amazing wildlife at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park and Chafford Gorges Nature Park.

Jamie Robins, Buglife Project Officer said “Thurrock’s industrial heritage has left a legacy of brownfields which are incredibly valuable for rare and endangered bugs. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’ll be able to work with the Essex Wildlife Trust to make sure these former landfills and quarries remain havens for wildlife and the community”.Wildlife-rich former sand pit in Thurrock (c) Jamie Robins

Jamie said “There will be many opportunities to become involved with the project such as attending a wildlife walk, training workshop, or assisting with habitat management and surveys.”

Kate Brown, Development Office at the Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “We are delighted to support this project which will improve and maintain Thurrock’s brownfield heritage and diversity. This project will offer local communities the opportunity to learn about this natural heritage through a range of interesting events. We take a broad view of heritage, so any local groups with project ideas should get in touch.”

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Our New Competitions

We have just added two new competitions to our website!

Royal-Baby-BooksRoyal Baby Books – a selection of four books by the author Nicholas Allan

Shh don’t wake the Royal Baby!
The Royal Nappy
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
A Royal Fairytale

To be in with a chance of winning these books, please email, comps@kidaround.biz with the subject Royal Baby Books along with your Full Name, Address, and Daytime Contact Number

CartoonpsdA selection of six cartoon books.

Fish Head Steve by Jamie Smart
Super Animal Adventure Squad by James Turner
Good Dog Bad Dog by Dave Shelton
Mo-Bot High by Neill Cameron
Monkey Nuts by The Etherington Brothers
Vern and Lettuce by Sarah McIntyre

To be in with a chance of winning these books, please email, comps@kidaround.biz with the subject Cartoon Books along with your Full Name, Address, and Daytime Contact Number

These competitions close on Friday 7th February 2014.

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Office Space for Rent in Colchester

KidAround Offices on North Hill, Colchester

KidAround Offices on North Hill, Colchester

Looking for Office space in Colchester? Our Office rooms are now available to rent due to our subtenant deciding to relocate to Yorkshire. The office is centrally located on North Hill in Colchester’s Town Centre, which means its easily accessible by public transport. There are also public car parks nearby and parking on site- which is available by separate arrangement with its owner.

Room One

Room One

The two rooms are located on the top floor of the office. Room one is east-facing and measures 3.87m by 4.78m. There is a  sash window, carpet and radiator heating.

Room Two

Room Two

Room two is west-facing and measures 3.65m by 4.06m. It is also carpeted and has a sash window and heating. In addition this room has a large cupboard for storage/stationery etc. Both rooms share use of a kitchen and loos with the friendly KidAround team. There is also a meeting room which is available at no extra charge subject to availability. Some furniture is available, if so required.

The weekly rent of £90 per room is fully inclusive of rent, rates, heating and electricity. The agreement is on an easy-in, easy-out basis with a month’s notice. If both rooms are taken together, a discounted rent will be considered.

To arrange a viewing or for more details, please email Tracy Thomas on tracy.thomas@kidaround.biz or call 01206 54870

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Williams and Griffin Department Store- Charity of the Year 2014

Williams and Griffin Department Store are on the search to find their Charity of the Year for 2014.

Over the recent years they have supported many charities such as The Robin Cancer Trust, SESAW (Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare) and St Helena Hospice in to name just a few.

Thousands of pounds have been raised for all these wonderful causes. Many events take place in store over the year to raise funds for the store charity, for example at Customer Shopping Evenings, the unveiling of the Christmas Animated Window and activities run by Williams & Griffin staff throughout the year.

Each year a different charity is chosen.

Sally Thomas, Marketing Manager for the store commented “we are asking charities to put themselves forward if they are interested in working with us in 2014. Then a shortlist of charities goes into a ballot for our staff to vote. Therefore we would like to hear from the charities themselves or people locally as to their suggestions for this year”

If you would like to submit a suggestion please email at service@wandg.co.uk with ‘Charity of the Year 2014’ in the subject box by Friday 24th January 2014. If you can, please provide a brief overview about the charity.

Posted by Lauren Oliver 


Williams and Griffin