11/9/2023 0 Comments
As summer winds down and the days grow shorter, the familiar back-to-school season arrives. For many parents, it's a time of mixed emotions—relief for the return to routine, excitement for new adventures, but also concern for how their children will cope with the transition. One prevalent challenge that parents, teachers, and children often face during this period is children's anxiety about returning to school after the summer holidays.
Summer holidays offer a break from the structured school environment, giving kids the freedom to explore, relax, and rejuvenate. However, this change in routine can create apprehension about returning to school. Understanding and addressing this anxiety is essential for a smooth transition.
Recognizing Back-to-School Anxiety
Back-to-school anxiety is a normal response to change, but it can manifest differently in each child. Some common signs of this anxiety include:
Why the Anxiety?
Understanding the root causes of back-to-school anxiety is crucial for addressing it effectively. Common reasons include:
Supporting Your Child through Back-to-School Anxiety
Back-to-school anxiety is a common experience for many children, but with understanding, support, and open communication, parents and caregivers can help ease the transition. Remember that it's natural for children to feel nervous about returning to school, but providing a safe space for them to express their concerns and taking proactive steps to address their anxieties can set the stage for a successful and enjoyable school year. By working together, we can ensure that children start the new academic year with confidence and enthusiasm.
We are so excited to have opened the 2023 Green Bambini Awards. We are going to publish several blogs in the coming weeks on the topics of environmentally-friendly baby products and the importance of sustainable and ecological choices when we’re making our purchasing choices as a family!
I’ve recently been looking at upcoming green and organic festivals which are a great place to meet like-minded people, buy quality baby goods and learn more about the latest products on the market! Toda I want to give you a snapshot of events coming up in the next month!
Celebrating Nature: Organic Festivals in the UK Over the Next 4 Weeks
As the summer comes to an end, a series of vibrant and eco-conscious celebrations are set to take centre stage. Over the next four weeks, organic festivals across the country will unite communities in a shared appreciation for nature, sustainable living, and locally sourced delights. These festivals are not just events; they are platforms for fostering connections, promoting green practices, and celebrating the bounties of the Earth.
Organic Food and Farm Festival - Somerset
Date: August 31st - September 2nd
Location: Mendip Hills, Somerset
Kicking off the organic festival circuit is the Organic Food and Farm Festival, nestled in the scenic Mendip Hills of Somerset. This event is a haven for food enthusiasts, farmers, and families alike. Attendees can explore vibrant market stalls offering organic produce, artisanal cheeses, and freshly baked bread. Workshops and demonstrations by local farmers and chefs will showcase sustainable farming practices, inspiring attendees to embrace a more conscious approach to food.
Green Culture Festival - Edinburgh
Date: September 7th - 9th
Location: The Meadows, Edinburgh
Edinburgh's iconic Meadows will transform into a green oasis during the Green Culture Festival. Focused on promoting eco-friendly living and sustainability, this festival features an array of activities, including yoga sessions, workshops on upcycling and recycling, and live music performances with a strong environmental message. The festival aims to educate and inspire visitors to adopt greener habits in their daily lives.
Harvest Fest - Cotswolds
Date: September 15th - 17th
Location: Daylesford Organic Farm, Cotswolds
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Cotswolds, Harvest Fest at Daylesford Organic Farm is a celebration of the autumnal equinox and the farm's bountiful harvest. Visitors can partake in farm tours, engage in organic gardening workshops, and indulge in farm-to-table dining experiences. The festival promotes the importance of sustainable agriculture and the connection between land, food, and community.
NatureFest - Lake District
Date: September 23rd - 25th
Location: Keswick, Lake District
NatureFest in the Lake District is a three-day extravaganza dedicated to all things organic and outdoors. Guided hikes, foraging workshops, and talks by wildlife experts allow participants to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Lake District. This festival encourages attendees to reconnect with nature, fostering a deeper appreciation for the environment and the need to preserve it.
These organic festivals underscore the growing interest in sustainable living, conscious consumerism, and community engagement. By bringing together farmers, artisans, environmentalists, and curious individuals, these events provide a platform for education, advocacy, and celebration.
At a time when climate change and environmental degradation are at the forefront of global concerns, these festivals play a pivotal role in raising awareness about the importance of organic practices. They demonstrate that sustainable choices are not just beneficial for the planet but can also be delicious, educational, and enjoyable.
As the next four weeks unfold, these festivals offer a unique opportunity for individuals and families to connect with like-minded individuals, learn from experts, and experience the joy of supporting local businesses that prioritise ethical and eco-friendly practices. Whether it's indulging in organic cuisine, participating in workshops, or simply basking in the natural beauty of the surroundings, these festivals promise an unforgettable and enriching experience for all who attend.
Then, we took a look at the really innovative Rockit brand which combines ingenious ideas with the power to bring those ideas to life. They create products which really get babies to sleep including a pram which mimics the sensation of being walked even when the parents are taking a well-earned rest and a pram/cot attachment which simulates the sensation of being driven in a car in order to get the most resistant of sleepers to nod off!
Today, I’m excited to write about Pure Lakes who also have a very unique and inspiring story behind their brand!
We've put together a little blog about Mother's Day with an idea for a great present for a new mum!
While the American Mother’s Day originates from 1914 after a campaign by Anna Jarvis, whose own mother had died the previous May, the British version has religious origins. Christians were encouraged to visit the ‘mother church’ on the fourth Sunday of lent. Apologies if you already knew this! I didn't and had always wondered why it is celebrated on different dates, only after starting writing today’s blog did it occur to me to actually look up the history behind it!
Following his blog on bath books, our dad in Italy, Dan ruminates on reading books. Can he hunt down the best book for babies, toddlers, children?
If you read last week’s blog you may remember that I began by stating that I was going to write about books for babies before quickly getting distracted by some awesome bath books that I found and then running out of space! But I did promise that this week I would make up for it so here I am!
When I wrote about bath books, I was looking for books that were a little different from what I’d normally expect and I’d like to take the same approach today! My mission is to find beautiful baby books that have some really imaginative ideas so I’ll look for more unusual stories rather than the classics or my old favourites. I wonder what I’m going to find!
Today one of our 2022 Bambini Baby Award entrants has written a guest blog introducing the brilliant backstory to his Rockit Rocker baby products business as well as a fleeting encounter with Tom Cruise!
Nick (my brother-in-law) invented it in 2015 when his three-month-old daughter Abby always woke up in the pushchair when it stopped moving. He noticed this problem affected other weary parents and one evening had a lightbulb moment. He took an old printer apart, salvaged the motor and soldered together a simple control circuit. The resulting prototype worked and the very next day Abby remained asleep even when the pushchair stopped moving. Nick set about developing the prototype with help from myself and another friend and over the next couple of years we turned the original prototype into Rockit, a rocket shaped portable baby rocker that was launched to critical acclaim in 2017.
Here's the latest blog from our single dad of two boys living in Italy! If you produce bath toys why not enter this year's Bambini Baby Awards! Or if you have babies, toddlers or young children, check out our winners in June!
also means I know they’re going to the nursery/school clean the next day and that they’ll probably get off to sleep more easily. The main downsides are that it’s a pain keeping them mould-free and they need a thorough cleaning regularly. I have recently come across some beautiful mould-free ducks by Cuddledry which don’t have any holes for mould to grow inside of, are 100% safe for babies and are BPA Free. Rubber duckies are of course an essential for bath-time but these will save us from hours of scrubbing while providing peace of mind.
Another fantastic product that I know my kids would love is the Ducky Fishing Game from Trotters. Now the kids need to use their coordination to fish little duckies out of the bath using little wooden rods. These would also be great for the paddling pool in the summer and would make a super game for when friends come over to play!
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