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We asked some of the MADE team about the last three things they bought…
Andrea Zanin Pink hair dye, a clothes horse and pineapple fruit juice...all in the name of root coverage, washing that dries and ‘home made’ ice lollies. It’s a mum’s life.
Caroline McClean Jack Wills leggings (for my daughter), toys cars (for son #2) and foundation (for me). That’s my idea of a girl’s best friend - you can keep your diamonds.
Marie Irvine Blue cake icing (for a 95th birthday cake - you’re never too old to party!), wellies for my youngest son, and a Clinique Chubby lipstick which I have to hide so my son doesn’t draw with it like a crayon.
When two lovely ladies I know were diagnosed with breast cancer at the start of the year I decided 2016 would be the year that I finally do the Moon Walk. With them across the Irish Sea I’m unable to help them or their families with practical things, so I thought this way I’d be doing something positive with them in mind. So far, four of my fabulous friends have signed up too and our little team of MADE Mums can be spotted multiple times a week walking around Edinburgh like we have never walked before! We would urge all MADE readers to get involved with this year’s Moon Walk too; either as a walker (there’s lots of distance choices), as a volunteer on the night, or by donating to this very worth cause. Go to www.walkthewalk.org for more info, and if you can, please donate to ‘The MADE Mums’. Thank you SO much!
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This is Morag. She is one of the finest examples of Scotlandâ€™s most iconic breed, with a string of wins to her credit. She is part of a select team chosen by her owners to bid for glory in the show-ring. Theyâ€™re bathed and shampooed before days of careful combing to untangle those famously rugged manes. Horns will be polished, hooves neatly manicured. But will Morag earn that final rosette before retiring to pastures new? Find out for yourself.
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Contents may / june
6 News 15 Competitions
Your chance to win
What Does a Dad Do?
By Andrea Zanin
Beautiful things in 40 shades
Mum’s New World
Being a mum again
24 Travelling with Children
Show them the world
Kids with ASN
Does Edinburgh support enough?
Leave it to Dad
By Graeme Easton
With Julian Clary
Food & Drink
from Lighter Parenting
Lose weight with Slissie
What to do May & June
For happy holidays
Out & About Tried & Tested
If you need advice…
Tamara Studios on trial…
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news Big Board Game Day 2016
Treehouse Treehouse in Stockbridge has just launched interactive book reading and storytelling sessions every Thursday morning at 10am, suitable for children aged 0-5. It’s completely free, so take a seat in their book & toy room and join in the fun. The amazing Amy will give you so many ideas for bringing books to life at home.
The NSPCC is calling on people to dust off their favourite board games and take part in the charity’s Big Board Game Day 2016. Taking place on Friday 27 May, and supported by Hasbro Gaming, the Big Board Game Day is a simple way to support the NSPCC’s fight for every childhood. All you need to do is get together with friends, family or colleagues and play your favourite board games. Register at www.nspcc.org.uk/boardgameday for your free fundraising pack.
Make a Masterpiece at The Queen’s Gallery Visit The Queen’s Gallery on Saturday 7 May (11am - 3pm) for a family friendly workshop inspired by the latest exhibition Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer. Explore the exhibition with a family activity trail then create your own masterpiece in a watercolour workshop led by local artist Gemma Coyle. This drop-in activity is free with your exhibition ticket or 1- Year Pass and is suitable for all ages.
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Royal Highland Show The Royal Highland Show returns this year from 23 - 26 June. In its 176th year, the event is a vibrant celebration of the very best of farming, food and rural life. New for this year is the Scottish Cheese and Scottish Ice Cream Championships – come see the heavyweights battle it out to see who takes home the creamy crown. For the foodies, visit Scotland’s Larder Live to visit over 100 producers offering up the best of Scotland’s tasty larder! Children 15 or younger go free and there’s so much to do including a visit to the Children’s Education Centre with lots exciting hands on activities including cooking, making flour and milking a cow! www.royalhighlandshow.org
After paediatric nurse at Edinburgh Sick Kids, Kirsten Chisholm,... Sick Kids, Kirsten Chisholm, was diagnosed with breast cancer, friend and colleague, Michelle Ouson pledged to do a sponsored scootathon to raise money to help Kirtsen and her two small children with the financial difficulties that will arise through her diagnosis. The nurses are also hosting a fundraising night at Leith Depot on 14th July with bands and DJs and are asking locals if they can help donate vouchers, meals and prizes to help raise funds. Any donations will be gratefully received, go to www.gofundme. com/26milekickscoot or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
For your little
Bookbugs… Bookbug Week 2016 will take place between 16 and 22 May, with hundreds of free story, song and rhyme events for families with babies and young children. The theme this year is Bookbug Around the World, an international theme that will inspire children and adults to explore songs and rhymes from around the globe. www.scottishbooktrust.com made MAY / JUNE 2016
news It’s a Puffaganza Puffin Fest returns to the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, for the third consecutive year from 20 to 30 May. The award-winning visitor attraction will host a family-friendly programme including Puffin Parties with Forth 1 and the RSPB; art workshops with the Edinburgh Sketcher and local artist Mandy Thomson; wildlife photography workshops, Express boat trips; guided walks plus the chance to zoom in on the live puffin action on the Firth of Forth islands with the interactive live cameras. There is also the chance for visitors to get FREE entry to Puffin Fest by creating their own LEGO* bricks puffin. www. seabird.org Puffin Fest is not sponsored,
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Festival of Cycling The Bike Curious Workshop, an event for families interested in exploring the different options for cycling with kids, will be held at Bangholm Outdoor Centre on Sunday 19 June, 10am - 12pm. Do you know your trailer from your tagalong and your bike seat from your bakfiets? Would you like to transport your family by bike but just don’t know where to start – or are you looking to graduate from a bike seat to a trailer or a tandem? Worried a new addition to the family might put a crimp in your pedalling style? Come along to try out various solutions and get the low down on cycling with kids. www.edfoc.org.uk
Xercise4Kids Budget gym operator, Xercise4Less, has launched new initiative, Xercise4Kids, that sees the gym chain offer four free gym classes each week to children aged 3-5. The new concept aims to encourage physical activity amongst children and their parents to help tackle the childhood obesity problem in the UK. Classes are 45 minutes and take both the children and parents on a storytelling journey through four different themes. www.xercise4less.co.uk/xercise4kids/
ADRENALINE, EXCITEMENT, EXERCISE AND FAMILY FUN
From trampolines,slack lines and climbing ropes to scooters, skates, skateboards and bikes, Ozone has world-class facilities for every skill level. Everyone from absolute beginners to the truly experienced can do their thing, 7 days a week. Find out about the huge range of leisure and party options for every member of your family by visiting our websites: www.ozoneactionsports.com www.ryzeedinburgh.com www.transgressionpark.com Or pop along for a shot, a look or a coffee and cake !
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news Father’s Day Fun Dads Rock and Friends are taking over the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh this year for a free family fun day on Father’s Day. Come and explore the Garden and join them on Sunday 19th June, from 11am until 4 pm, for a day of free creative activities, dancing, photos, play, storytelling, songs, theatre, yoga and much more.
It’s a happy birthday for everyone at Time Twisters this year as they celebrate their 10th birthday in style. The themed soft-play and party centre is giving everyone a chance to win a range of prizes in their monthly draw. In May you’ll even win 50% OFF their entry price just for entering the competition! Log on to www. ttsoftplay.co.uk/MADE2win and see what you will win.
Make Father’s Day Last Forever
Treat Dad to a photograph with the kids at Blue Sky Photography, followed by a homemade bacon toastie and coffee at Babies and Bumps Cafe, just across the road. Not only will Dad be spoiled, but you’ll have a gift that will last forever. This package (including a 7”x5” print and dad’s bacon & coffee) is just £30. Booking essential via 0131 447 1100 or pop into Bumps and Babies Cafe, Church Hill Place in Morningside. www.blueskyphotography.co.uk www.babiesandbumpscafe.co.uk
Expands into Scotland
Mum2mum Market nearly-new sales provide an opportunity for parents to make money selling their outgrown baby clothes and equipment to other families. Local mum Amy Thompson is launching mum2mum market in Edinburgh West. Amy said “When I saw Cath on Dragons Den I knew it was something I wanted to get involved in. I have two young children so know how expensive they can be, especially in the first few years. Mum2mum markets gives parents an opportunity to buy top quality items at a fraction of the price or make some cash from their outgrown children’s stuff. I am excited to be part of bringing mum2mum market to Scotland.” The first sale is at Cramond Kirk Hall, 21 May 2016, 2pm – 4pm. www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
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The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (28 May - 5 June 2016) celebrates the wonderful world of children’s theatre and dance, showcasing 14 shows from 9 countries. The Festival Director travelled the world to select the best shows for young people and bring them to Edinburgh for a 9 day extravaganza. For the first time, the festival, funded by Creative Scotland, opens with a Family Fringe weekend (May 28th & 29th) at the National Museum of Scotland with performances and free drop-in activities all day including live music, walk-about with performers, storytelling, hands-on arts activities and more – perfect for 0-12 year olds. www.imaginate.org.uk
Temple Spa Found exclusively in Harrods and Selfridges, the British luxury brand Temple Spa has 20 spas in the UK. They haven’t made it into a Scottish spa yet however they will turn your home into a spa for an evening of indulgence with a few friends, leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated. The award winning brand boasts Nigella Lawson as a Temple Spa devotee quoted as saying ‘Temple Spa is a brand to be found.’ For a complimentary spa class quote MADE and contact Caroline on 07947 355173 email@example.com www.templespa.com/carolinephippsurch made MAY / JUNE 2016
Edinburgh mum of two, Emma McQueenie, is expanding her successful chiropody business across Edinburgh and Lothians, offering a wide range of podiatry and chiropody treatments from the comfort of your own home. With nail and foot treatments starting from just £20, Emma can help all types of foot advice. She also specialises in Aloe Vera products, particularly for the feet. To find out more and to book an appointment call Emma on 07506 029 851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jigsaw Fun Day
Jigsaw Childcare Queen Street Fun Day & Open Day will be on Saturday 28 May 2016 (10am - 12pm) with arts & crafts, face-painting, messy play, Boogie Beats music classes; as well as a tombola, raffle and lots and lots more! The Queen Street nursery will be raising money for the Sick Kids Hospital so come along and have some fun! Everybody is welcome! www.jigsaw-childcare.com
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Montessori Arts School
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Novotel near you! Novotel is staging a fun, free family event for all Super Heroes. On Saturday June 4, 2016, the hotel group is inviting parents and their little super heroes to enjoy a world of fun and imagination. From fighting to save the planet, undertaking missions from the Craft Captain to creating some tasty delights (no Kryptonite allowed near by) there is a whole host of activities available for children aged 5 - 11. Secure your space by registering at www.novotelheroes.co.uk
As a small school with a personalised approach to learning, places are oversubscribed. Ensure your child has a place on their waiting list. Come and tour the school, speak with the Principal and find out how their unique approach could suit your family. Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10am throughout the summer holidays. Advance booking necessary: 0131 672 3851 or email@example.com
Raising smiles across Scotland Wearing yellow ‘doctors’ coats and signature red noses Edinburgh based charity, Hearts & Mind’s Clowndoctors visit children in hospitals, hospices and special schools across Scotland to help them cope with the many challenges they face through long-term illness or disability. By adopting a Clowndoctor you can help raise smiles from as little as £5 a month, for more information visit www.heartsminds.org.uk/ adoptaclowndoctor/
Scotland’s First Clip ‘n Climb A new ‘action attraction’ has launched at Edinburgh’s International Climbing Arena (EICA): Ratho. Suitable for ages 4-84, Clip ‘n Climb offers a fun and accessible climbing experience presenting participants with a selection of themed challenges on brightly coloured walls. There are 15 different climbing challenges with 20 climbing lines and a maximum capacity of 20 people at each hour’s session. Harnessed into a hands-free automatic belay system, climbers have a safe controlled descent after scaling the heights, without the assistance of a partner. To book go to www.eica-ratho.co.uk
Step into summer
Get your little ones moving with action-packed summer workshops from the team at Step It Up Dance. Jam-packed with dancing, themed crafts, games and lots more for children from 18mths – 6 years, they have a number of exciting themes like ‘Woodland Explorers’, ‘Rumble In the Jungle’ and ‘Circus Capers’. Book before 1 July 2016 to receive 10% OFF! Book at www.stepitupdance.co.uk and quote NMP879. made MAY / JUNE 2016
Family Fun Day Holy Corner Playgroup in Bruntsfield unveils plans for an action-packed, fun-filled day at Polwarth Parish Church on Saturday, May 28th from 1pm-3.30pm, sponsored by Stina Sparkles Entertainment. Families across the city are invited to come along on the day donning their favourite, fancy dress outfits and to join in the fun. The action-packed afternoon will feature an award-winning and spellbinding performance by Tricky Ricky the Magician, Stina Sparkles, bouncy castle and face painting, disco, sausage sizzle and various activities including arts and crafts and stalls. Tickets (£5) can be purchased at Maddie & Mark’s in Bruntsfield and Babies and Bumps Cafe in Morningside.
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Bright and cheerful, Party Planet on Baileyfield Road, Portobello has had an exciting extension built onto its play structure, adding a whole new dimension of play for children. This refurbished play area is open every weekday and Saturdays, promising unlimited fun for little ones for just £3.50, while mum and dad can relax and enjoy good quality coffee. Also boasting a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, toys and dressing-up too, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied. Pop in for a play or go to www.partyplanetedin.co.uk for more info.
Bring your family to Gardening Scotland (3 – 5 June) and enjoy a superb day out. The Big Back Garden area is dedicated to children featuring play equipment, bouncy castles, outdoor games, a creativity tent and lots of other hands-on activities. Gardening Scotland caters for parents too. - with Champagne and Pimms bars, exciting floral exhibits, herbs, local produce, healthy eating and so much more. Under 16s go free! www.gardeningscotland.com
Scotland’s Big Nature Festival
Join RSPB Scotland for a fun day out with the whole family at Scotland’s Big Nature Festival. Taking place at Levenhall Links, Musselburgh on 21 and 22 May, visitors can enjoy a packed programme of hands-on workshops, guided walks and bird-ringing demonstrations, as well as exciting activities like pond-dipping and bug-hunting for the kids. www.bignaturefestival.org.uk
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New Edinburgh-based start-up, Wunderlife, has launched an innovative bag with a dual purpose designed to meet the demands of busy parents. It starts life as a bag and transforms into a large water resistant and machine washable rug, perfect for trips to the park and beach, for camping and festivals. The Brug is a convenient, practical and lightweight outdoor blanket and bag and comes in a stylish unisex orange and blue design. With the arrival of spring and the promise of warmer weather, the Brug is the perfect choice to kick off the outdoor season with your family.
Visit Scotland’s Larder Live to sample the best in Scottish food, see birds of prey displays, working dog demonstrations and enjoy a host of hands on activities - it really is a great family day out. Plus children under 15 get in free!
The Royal Highland Show (23 - 26 June) is one of Europe’s largest agricultural shows, showcasing the best of farming, food and rural life. Attractions include the biggest and brightest tractors in the world and over 7,000 cows, sheep, hens, goats and horses in all shapes and sizes - there’s something to interest and amaze people of all ages.
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‘Hangs up the washing and cleans shoes’ – Andrea Zanin conducts a social experiment to find out what children really think
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eanderthal dads were apex predators – the alphas of the wild; they brought home the bacon and did it with gusto. What’s changed – right? For centuries, men have hunted, provided, conquered lands, ruled nations, fathered children and even functioned under the parameter of ‘primary parent,’ responsible for the intellectual and moral education of their children – true story. But the Industrial Revolution changed everything; wrenching men away from their families and into the work place, inspiring a generation of careerist, absentee fathers. Dads born into the twentieth century bought into a gender identity that told them to be stoic and steadfast, without trauma or tears. Affection?
That’s for mums. Men were supposed to be manly – brutish, breadwinning brothers in arms; fighting an ironic war against his home. A man without a career was not a ‘real’ man at all. Then the year 2000 rolled on by, David Beckham became a football star and that whole metrosexual thing happened – in a major way. Heterosexual men doing traditionally ‘girly’ things, like caring about fashion, using cleanser and going for ‘manis’ and ‘pedis’ – men with hair gel and careers; guys dug it! OK, not all guys but nonetheless, what the advent of the ‘metrosexual man’ did for the western world was to give men license to mess with their identity. Coupled with various other social changes, like the rise in living costs and raising a family as well as the rights of women expanding into the workplace, the role of dad has taken on a more liberal context. These days, dads are staying at home, tearing down the modern myth that men can’t take care of children. In fact, there seems to be
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a cultural shift away from mothers as primary caregivers, in favour of an ethic that denotes ‘shared’ responsibility. And who better to tell the tale than the little ones under our care? So, I did an experiment. As a mum of three, almost four, children – aged 6, 4, 2 and in utero (after taking a dose of cray last November...heehee) – not only am I interested in how my children perceive their dad (a super-engaged family man who works a full time job) but how other children might explain the role their own fathers play in day-to-day family life. So I posed the (consciously ambiguous) question: “what does a dad do?” to 32 children, aged 3-6. Fascinated to see what aspect of ‘do’ the children would focus on (work or other) the answers, both sobering and sidesplitting, tell an equivocal tale of cultural evolution and gender gridlock. Of the children who participated in the research, a total of 8 did not mention that their dads work. This, of course, does not mean that the fathers in question don’t spend their days at the office; just that for 25 per cent of the children surveyed, ‘work’ is not always something they associate with ‘dad.’ Three-year-old Arwen said, “Daddies play with Munka [the kitty], prep our supper and paint with us”; Rafael’s dad is great for ‘giving juices’ and Dakota’s dad “gives you medicine when you’re sick.” Jake (4) said, “Dad holds your hand across the road, sings songs and holds the baby,” and 5-year-old Abigail’s dad “hangs up the washing and cleans shoes.” The other 24 participating children were, however, quite conscious of the fact that their dads go to work and some were even really good at describing their dad’s jobs. Florence (6) told me that her dad is an engineer and even used an analogy to help me understand; “So if there was a toy doggy and they wanted it to walk they would try to put things in it to make it walk.” Oliver, also 6, said “[Dad] does projects and builds buildings and does calculations.” But ‘work’
can be a pretty confusing concept, especially for little ones. One 4-year-old said that his mum and dad are “dictators”...or company directors. Asa (6), the Vicar’s son, said in exasperation, “He just works! On a computer! I don’t know what he does!” (because saving souls is just weekend recreation, you know) and 5-year-old Kaitlyn’s dad (a global services director) “gets money from the computer.” Jake’s dad “works on the tube” (he’s actually a lawyer but is often dropped at the train on the way to school... so – duh! – he works there) and 4-year-old Malakai quipped, ‘Dad’s a teacher [like mum] but doesn’t work’ – all that superfluous educating. However children choose to describe it, it’s clear that dads do work – always have and probably always will unless property gets cheaper, salaries increase and sexism gets cancer and dies. The prognosis is not good but still, men have embraced a more dynamic role in the fatherhood department, elucidated with exactitude by 3-yearold Mason; “Dads tell you to eat vegetables, and tell you what to do and what not to do, and they go to work and get money and buy vegetables but not toys. And they love you.” My 4-year-old daughter Layla said, “Dads cuddle us and play with us and go to work” and after an initial answer of “nothing,” 5-year-old Jack admitted, “[Dads] watch football, fall asleep all the time, play on the iPad and go to work.” Another advocate of balance is 3-year-old Alex, who said, “Daddies go to work and build Star Wars LEGO with you. They squirt water guns with you and they sometimes buy you toys after work. They can poop in the big toilet. And they love you lots and tickle you.” My 6-year-old daughter Amelia offered a surprisingly insightful dramatic monologue (what can I say – her mum’s a writer) that perhaps best describes the dynamism of a 21st Century dad: Dad rides his bicycle, goes to work, does exercise, does bible study, makes breakfast, makes dinner, goes to church and to the shop.
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A dad; struggling to find a balance between working a job he enjoys and doing what he loves, which is spending time with his family
He wakes up in the morning, gets dressed and takes us to school. He went to a hotel with mummy. He takes us to visit our uncles, he washes his bike, rides his skateboard and puts the TV on so we can watch movies. He drives his car and he woke us up when we were going to Germany. Dad takes the car to the garage to fix it, reads stories to us, brushes our teeth and sets the table for dinner. He watches movies with mummy, puts us to bed, puts songs on, cleans the car, does gardening, dresses Jackson and changes his nappy. He makes Tiramisu, bakes Mother’s Day cakes, buys us LEGO and buys mummy bath bombs. He prays with us, washes the dishes and makes tea and coffee. Did I luck out or what? Damn right – I sure didn’t
have almost-four children to do it on my own! I wanted a partner in parenthood; and I got one. Now, it might appear like my Übermensch hails from the planet of ‘Time Warp’ but no, my dear husband cannot slow speed to get things done (sadly); he’s just a regular guy, a dad; struggling to find a balance between working a job he enjoys and doing what he loves, which is spending time with his family. It’s the plight of the modern-working father and it’s tough but isn’t it great that children perceive the outcome of the effort! Even things that might be done on the occasion (like the school run, in my daughter’s case) are considered part of fatherhood. And this is exciting – a far cry from the disengagement of the past. Dads are doing a good job! Their children say so. n
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Mum’s New World WRITTEN BY Kirsty
EDITOR OF EDINBURGH FOR UNDER FIVES
ather Christmas brought a space rocket tent for Jack this Christmas, but the “thank you” note came from me. Weeks after Rudolph hung up his sleigh bells, we were still holed up in there, a pile of picture books within reaching distance, cuddly toys and Toot Toot cars to hand. I can’t claim to have been sitting upright all of the time, either. Sometimes we lay on our backs watching Eddie the Elephant Slumber Buddy turn the tent into the night sky with his glorious starlight projection. Or Jack contentedly swept his little hairbrush through my unkempt mop while we sang “hello teddies” to each of the fluffy creatures sat around the tent’s perimeter. It was a fun little haven for us at a difficult time. After the exhilaration of reading a positive pregnancy test, the thankfulness, joy and hope for the future, came the stark realisation that I have a little shadow who relies on me entirely, and there’s no “mummy afternoon nap” pencilled into our schedule. It’s the first time in my life I have ever checked my watch before being sick, just to make sure I’m not going to make us late for Tumble Tots. But now we’ve emerged, albeit squinting, into the daylight. The first fifteen-or-so weeks were such a struggle, that now the fog has lifted I feel invincible. This obviously has absolutely nothing at all to do with the super high dose of iron tablets prescribed by the midwife. No siree! It feels as if a big finger in the sky has released the pause button, and I’m actually able to walk and talk at the same time. I’m so relieved to feel well again, to the extent that I’m actually declining the help that I had previously craved. I want to do as much as I possibly can with Jack, while I’m able
to, while I am still fairly small and don’t feel like the whale that’s swallowed a whale. But I can’t claim to have regained quite the same level of resilience yet. Poor Jack has been really struggling with his teeth this week, and the start of witching hour normally coincides with teatime. Neither cuddles nor Calpol, “The Wheels on the Bus” nor Sophie la Girafe, could move his thoughts away from his swollen gums and onto tonight’s fish and veggies. A dizzy combination of sympathy and burnout resulted in us sitting on the kitchen floor playing the “drums” with bread sticks and a biscuit tin. At least it made us both giggle. I count my lucky stars every night that I’m going to be a mum again. It has left me worrying nearly every day though, that I’m letting Jack down in some way. Having spoken to others who have been there and bought the slightly sicky t-shirt, I know I’m not alone with the angst. But at least Jack and I have created some really cuddly, snuggly memories that I’ll never forget. n
I count my lucky stars every night that I’m going to be a mum again
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There’s a lot to be said for home comforts and familiarity when you have little ones. But that doesn’t mean your travelling bug needs to be squashed! Plan the trips, take the kids, see the world, make some memories and open their eyes to new and wonderful cultures and climates. Yes, you’ll need to plan and organise a little bit more, but that’s okay! Later this year, one MADE reader is taking her family on a massive year-long adventure, living and working with eco-famers in South America before they make their way around the world. We can’t wait to hear how they get on and we’ll be eagerly reading their blog to keep up to date. But in the meantime, we loved hearing from other Edinburgh mums who take their children to far off places.
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was tle girl, Mila, When our lit Sri to r he e took about 2 1/2 w ved lo s ay w al ve Lanka. We ha show to d te really wan unded like a travelling and so it t gh ou and th nture. her the world ad r a family ve fo n io at in st de we normally great e plans than We made mor urgh, but we we left Edinb nsfer from would before we had a tra re su be to d wante n booked, just accommodatio d an t or rp ai the fe side. being too to be on the sa on let go of so e w s er ev How sed ourselve as we immer e r tiv ou ec e ot er pr w over tuks an ways - tuk er nd ai m re e in the Sri Lank th transport for as main mode of them! She w d ve lo ila M ! ay in lid d in ho w e e of th loved th tween us and e be cl d hi ne ve io w sh ne cu this the novelty of ys ne ur Jo ! re her hair and fo be r discovered had to she had neve ising but we ra irha t ha ew m knew so s e er er iv w e dr in the fact th find comfort e doing. what they wer ate omelettes , Mila mainly tle p Being so lit t as the tri it at first, bu and fresh fru
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It’s not ever y day you ge t invited to wedding in C a uba, and we weren’t going let the fact w to e’d just had a baby stop from booking us the trip. I had an idea abou the political si t tuation - the USA’s embarg on trade meant o it would be im possible for us to buy good qu ality nappies, milk and othe essential baby r supplies. Cue one massive shopping trip and a whole suitcase stuffe full with Megan d ’s kit. Flying long ha ul was fine, ou r secret was to take it in shift s looking after baby - one fil m each and then switch. If she sleeps while you’re on du ty then that’s just a bonus. The dusky Cuban heat hit as soon as we landed , so Megan was stripped down to he r sleeveless baby grow, with an anti-
mosquito sm elly sticker st uck to her ba and she was ck, the happiest person in the sweaty arrival s hall. After 4 days in Havana an d all the fun of our friend’ s wedding, w e travelled to the coast for a week by the beach. Megan became a po pular attractio n to the hote staff who nick l named her “p rincesa de la piscina” as sh e spent the da ys covered in factor 50 in th e shade. The biggest sa crifice for our trip was not doing as muc h sightseeing as we wou ld normally have done - bu t you have to judge the conditions day by da y and just venture outs ide when the midday heat isn’t going to cause yo ur baby any problems.
d n a l i a h T ely girls were Christmas 2015; our lov our ten-year turning 6 and 8 and we had the corner. nd wedding anniversary rou ed for a opt we e, thre To celebrate all d, where we family holiday in Thailan was no mean honeymooned. Packing for Christmas m feat, we had to leave roo and three ts sen pre y presents, birthda the girls! weeks worth of clothes for country: the ng azi am an is d Thailan dscape and lan d, culture, its people, foo in Phuket ion dat mo om weather; and our acc interwith una lag a on sat It . was wonderful ts boa little and connecting canal pathways ch bea ul utif bea a you can jump on and off, restaurants. in a quiet bay and lots of little Farm, took nt pha Ele Eco an We visited s trip and visited a number of full-day boat a glimpse of got a gypsy sea village and their life on g livin is Tha life of thousands of the sea. rkelling gear Watching the girls don sno ble, they etta org unf for the first time was
the tropical fish were literally blown away by finally cracked st nge you r and scenery. Ou dreds spent on swimming, despite the hun in Edinburgh, s weekly swimming lesson oarding and keb wa d and our eldest trie y lives in bus ely rem ext sailing. We live gling work and Edinburgh, constantly jug e isn’t always home life and the balanc that this was bt dou no struck well. There’s money well s wa it but trip an expensive and memories spent, the experiences time. life created will last all of us a
Every year we go to southern Italy where we have a house at the peak of a vil lage 952m above sea level. Many of the houses around us have been aban doned, with only a handful still being oc cupied - thankfully we have great neighbours. The nearest village below us is Picinisco, which has the mo st breathtaking views you could ev er imagine. Holidaying here is a chance for our children to experie nce the outdoors and help their love for nature to thrive. There is no noise po llution from traffic, tourists or towns; jus t nature’s sounds in its purist form. The kids play in the mud and catch bugs; we go for walks, have barbecues and it’s the one place they
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can play with Play-d oh and I don’t care if they mess the garden with it! We have our own gra pevines, which the children help tend to with their grandfather. They also love playing in the garden, dig ging in the soil or simply picking the ba sil for our pasta. At night the stars sh ine so clear that sometimes we can see the outline of the Milky Way. We’v e also seen the International Sp ace Station pass, which the children love! It might not be the holiday location for everyone, but for us it’s paradise.
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We never inte nded to trave l so much or expo se our nearly around with -three year old to th a flurry of cl e discomforts apping hands and sh of airplanes so often, but such outing voices all reached ou is the reality of . They t to touch my life straddling three continen son who clun fiercely to my ts. Born in g ne A ck m raised in Sco erica and . tland, if you as We settled in k my husban to where our so ou r surroundings d n is from he’ll enjoyed the pa and say, ‘his origin ce of village lif is Nigeria’. S e. As a guest, o, at age two, I didn’t have m it uc made sense to finally take h to do as so meone else cooked our m him to the ho eals (eggs in meland and introduce the the morning, little patriarch rice at lunc h, and ‘sou to his people. We arrived in p’ fo washed our cl Port Harcour othes (by hand r dinner), t on a balmy April evening, in a bucket), and swept ou but our carsea r bedroom flo t did not, so my son rode as or each day. Mainly I was most Nigerian left to daydre children do sitting on my am and watch lap. the children pl ay. The red di Every parent co rt was perfect for packing nsiders their ch into a bucket but my son tru ild ‘special’, and chickens good for chas ly is. He is th e firstborn so ing. My son of the firstborn n could roam as he pleased w son of the first earing as little born son, and perhaps seve as he wanted, and if I was ral generations n’t paying at more in this patriarchal lin tention, one his seven co eage. His st of usins or vario atus is fiercel important not us aunties w y keeping an ey just symbolic as ally, but in th e on him. It w every day mai as a joy seeing e him so happy ntenance of lif e. As we pulle and free - actin up to the famili d g exactly how I imagined he al house, it se emed the entir would and just village came e like his papa out to greet us must have do ne. . Stepping ou from the car, w t omen and child ren clustered
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Scottish Game Fair Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016 at Scone Parklands, Perthshire.
ow in its 28th year, the Scottish Game Fair is run by the charity The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), as one of its main annual fund raisers, and is a popular highlight in the Scottish events calendar, attracting over 27,000 visitors from across the UK. Whilst the Fair delivers important educational and conservation messages, it offers so much appeal for families and visiting children, in addition to the many ‘have a go’ activities, the Wee Beasties Marquee is set to be a hive of activity, quite literally. Visitors will learn all there is to know about honeybees and pollination and there will be experienced beekeepers on hand as well as a live observation hive. Fun competitions such as ‘who can spot the Queen bee’ will excite children who will also be able to have a go at making a wax candle. Not only this but wildlife sculptor Julian Jardine and the Royal Highland Education Trust will be running a variety of free workshops offering children the chance to get their hands dirty with clay model making. This year’s lively programme includes an array of Main Ring favourites such as the Dog and Duck Show, the Sheep Show, the Tug o’ War and the ever-popular Terrier Racing. There are many competitions to take part in including fly casting, gnat and clay shooting, gundogs and scurry and
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– THE CASE FOR KINDERGARTEN ‘He’s not yet five. Yesterday he was messing about in the back garden, building a ‘dinosaur trap’ from sticks and mud. Today he’s scrubbed and shining, looking very cute in his smart new uniform but unnaturally subdued in this strange new school environment. The teacher is welcoming him into the classroom, along with twenty-odd other little boys and girls. Four and five-year-old children – wide-eyed, wondering, trusting, hopeful ... and so, so young! Starting school is a big moment in anyone’s life... So it would be reassuring for parents to know that the rationale underpinning the school starting policy is governed by careful consideration of young children’s needs, backed up by well-established educational research, and endorsed by experts in child development. Unfortunately, it isn’t.’
hose are the opening words of my book Upstart, to be published on June 16th; the result of almost twenty years’ research into the effects of changing lifestyles on child development. It tackles one of the most significant aspects of 21st century childhood – the change in the nature of children’s play. Active, creative, outdoor play has been in steady decline for decades and in trafficclogged cities it’s virtually impossible for parents to provide it. Yet science now tells us that that this sort of play – especially for the under-sevens – is essential for long-term physical and mental health. It develops bodily coordination and fitness, emotional control and resilience and a vast range of social and self-regulation skills. Play is also the inborn human learning drive, so helps lay the cognitive foundations for success at school ... and real life beyond school. This is why developmental psychologists suggest education and care should be playbased until children are six or seven. Indeed, in countries like Finland where children spend three or four years in a play-based kindergarten before starting school at seven, they’re doing much better in terms of education, health and
well-being than children in early-start countries like the UK. Even though Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence is based on developmental principles, our early school starting age means play rapidly takes second place to formal education. Research for Upstart led me to join forces with other worried professionals from early years, education, psychology, health and social services to start a campaign – Upstart Scotland, to be launched on May 15th. Upstart doesn’t want a change in entitlement to care and education, nor do we want children to be ‘held back’ in any way (kindergarten is about supporting each child as appropriate to their personal developmental level). We’re asking for a change in the ethos of education for the under-sevens – less academic pressure and more time and space for play, especially outdoors. n
We’re asking for a change in the ethos of education for the under-sevens – less academic pressure and more time and space for play
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Sue Palmer is literacy specialist, author and Chair of Upstart Scotland www.upstart.scot. An updated edition of Toxic Childhood (Orion Books, 2015) is out now.
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Dates for your diary Monday Tuesday
11am (1hr) Artie’s Tartan Tales @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. Artie Trezise is back with traditional stories and songs. Part of TradFest Edinburgh 2016.
11.30 - 11.55am Babies First @ National Museum of Scotland. A Magic Carpet session exclusively for first-time parents or grandparents and their little one (up to 18 months). FREE. Book online. www.nms.ac.uk
10am Storytelling @ Treehouse, Stockbridge. Take a seat and join Amy for interactive book-reading fun. For ages 0-5. FREE. Every Thursday.
Bookbug Week runs 16 - 22 May with hundreds of free story, song and rhyme events for families with babies and young children. www.scottishbooktrust.com
James & the Giant Peach @ King’s Theatre. Roald Dahl’s classic tale follows the adventurous James and his new found insect friends. Until 27 May.
10.30am The Jury @ North Edinburgh Arts Centre. Part of Imaginate, this contemporary dance piece is hilarious and captivating with genuine moments of beauty. For ages 6+. On 30 & 31 May.
9.30am & 11.45am Poggle @ The Studio at the Festival Theatre. Part of Imaginate. Suitable for ages: 6 mths - 4yrs, runs from 31 May-5 June.
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Friday Saturday Sunday 6 7 3pm (1hr 30 mins) Family Ceilidh @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. A fun introduction to sociable dancing with live music! Part of TradFest Edinburgh 2016.
Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival
11am (1hr) The Story Kist: Inclusive Storytelling @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. Lots of fun for everyone, but particularly for children with additional needs, their families, friends and carers. £5 (adults free)
Puffin Fest @ Scottish Seabird Centre. Enjoy a whole range of puffin related activities for loads of family fun. Puffin Fest runs 20 May - 30 May.
9.30am - 4pm Bunny Hop Pop-Up Shop @ Babies & Bumps Cafe, Morningside. View Bunny Hop products and enjoy discounts, treats and giveaways! www.bunny-hop.com
Scotland’s Big Nature Festival @ Levenhall Links, Musselburgh. Join RSPB Scotland for a fun day out with the whole family. 21 and 22 May. www.bignaturefestival.org.uk
Big Board Game Day 2016 - play your part and help the NSPCC fight for every childhood. www.nspcc.org.uk/ boardgameday
10am - 12pm Jigsaw Childcare Nursery Fun Day & Open Day @ Queen Street nursery. Come and have some fun everyone is welcome!
Imaginate Family Fringe @ National Museum of Scotland! Enjoy a day of free fun and find out more about the fantastic shows running from 28 May -5 June. www.imaginate.org.uk
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Imaginate has got bigger and better! This year the festival opens with a special weekend of free shows and activities for ages 0-12 on 28 and 29 May at the National Museum of Scotland. If you’ve never been to the festival, the Family Fringe is the perfect way to give it a try. FREE (drop-in) activities will include: • storytelling • performers trying out new ideas • mini performances • hands-on art activities • live music To make the most of your day, be sure to book tickets for the festival shows running at the Museum during the weekend: Blue Block Studio (0-24mths) The Story of the Little Gentleman (4-8 yrs) Tales of a Grandson (7+ yrs)
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10.30am & 1.30pm Go Get ‘em Kid starts @ North Edinburgh Arts Centre. Part of the Imaginate festival, this funny and high-energy dance duet is about friendship and sharing. Best for ages 6+. On from 1 - 4 June.
Blue Block Studio @ National Museum of Scotland for ages 0-24 months. Part of Imaginate. Various times. Book via www.imaginate.org.uk
6 7 8 9 10am Storytelling @ Treehouse, Stockbridge. FREE interactive book reading for ages 0-5. Every Thursday.
13 14 15 16 Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival @ Harmony Garden, Melrose Highlights include the Weekend Family Festival (18 - 19 June) and Schools Gala Day (16 June). www.bordersbookfestival.org
Book your Step It Up Dance Summer Camp before June 20th to receive your early bird discount. Quote code GZG716
7pm The Awfey Huge Variety Show @ Festival Theatre. Starring twelve schools from around Edinburgh and hosted by Andy Gray and Grant Stott.
Royal Highland Show starts! Runs 23 - 26 June. See Spotlight for more info…
27 28 29 30 6.30pm East Lothian Council Youth Dance: Move It! Showcase @ Brunton Theatre. Including break dance, street dance, contemporary and jazz.
10:30-10:55, 11:30-11:55 Magic Carpet @ National Museum of Scotland. FREE. Limited spaces available, sign up on the day at the Information Desk. For ages 2-4 (and adult).
10:30-10:50, 11:30-11:50 Magic Carpet Minis @ National Museum of Scotland. FREE. Limited spaces available, book online at www.nms.ac.uk/ scotland. For ages 0-2 (and adult).
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Gardening Scotland @ The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. On from 3 -5 June Under 16s go FREE! Book via www.gardeningscotland. com
10 11 The MoonWalk Scotland @ Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. This years theme is a proper Scottish Ceilidh. Please support The MADE Mums in their first ever MoonWalk!
Meadows Festival - Edinburgh’s free volunteer-run music and community festival. On 4 & 5 June.
12 Teddy Bears’ Picnic Cruise. Leaves Edinburgh Quay at 12pm heading for Harrison Park for a picnic. Children build their own teddy bear, name it and fill out it’s birth certificate. On 11 & 12 June. Book via www.re-union.org.uk
SUMMER FAMILY FUN AT THE KING’S THEATRE 17 18 19 The Gillespie Macandrew International Horse Trials @ Hopetoun House. Taking place 16 June - 19 June. www.hopetounhorse trials.com
1pm & 4pm FUNBOX: Superheroes @ King’s Theatre. Crash! Bang! Kapow!
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11am - 4pm. Father’s Day Fun with Dads Rock & Friends @ the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. FREE creative activities, dancing, photos, play, storytelling, songs, theatre, yoga and much more.
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The Royal Highland Show www.royalhighland show.org 23 - 26 June Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston Get nose to nose with the country’s best at the Royal Highland Show! There are endless attractions including some of the biggest tractors in the world and over 7,000 cows, sheep, hens, goats and horses in all shapes and sizes. Add in some tasty food, live music and shopping, along with children 15 and under getting in for free, and you have the perfect family day out!
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4th July - 12th August Open 8am - 6pm, Packed day of activities 9am - 5pm Excel Sports Camps are open to all children who attend any school. They offer a variety of organised activities for children aged 5-15 years. Children follow a structured timetable each day, led by friendly fully-qualified staff and sports coaches. They will ensure your children have fun, learn new skills and enjoy the Excel experience. Itâ€™s a great chance for them to make new friends. The Excel+ Camps include canoeing, dance, art, football and basketball. A great chance to try something new. They also run Sport Leaders courses, which lead to a SCQF qualification. This summer each camp will have a variety of sporting activities, tournaments, team games and film making. With an end of week show on Friday at 4.30pm for parents to watch the highlights of
Edinburgh summer holidays 8.30am - 5.30pm Kidscene, an integrated childcare service that welcomes children with and without disabilities, runs holiday clubs following Edinburgh school session dates. They are based in Morningside, on the Royal Blind School campus and have outstanding facilities including, two large play rooms, a kitchen for snacks and access to a hydrotherapy pool, sensory garden and outdoor play areas. Visit www.royalblind.org/child-care for fees and more information.
Turtle Tots If you want to keep splashing all summer, Turtle Tots runs summer camps in July across Edinburgh and East Lothian. Turtle Tots offers flexible classes for existing swimmers so they can keep swimming all summer. There are also new level one baby classes which are perfect for those wanting to dip their toe in the water with their little ones, the classes are also a great way to get babies used to the water before their summer holidays. For class dates and venues visit www. turtletots.com/en/edinburghandeastlothian.
International Sports Academy: Summer Camp 2016 Merchiston Castle School
16th - 23rd July Following a successful Easter Sports Academy in Villars, Switzerland, International Sports Academy’s summer academy will be here in Edinburgh, based at Merchiston Castle School. Aimed at students aged 9-16 coaching clinics will include football, rugby, tennis, basketball, lacrosse and hockey amongst other great sports and activities. Sports Package: Students will engage in sports coaching clinics in the morning and afternoon. Mon-Fri from 8am - 3.30pm, includes lunch & snacks. £235. Day Package: Students engage in sports coaching clinics in the morning and sporting & cultural trips in the afternoon. Mon-Fri from 8am - 6pm, includes transport, fees, lunch & snacks. £395. Residential Package: Living in the Academy, this all-inclusive package offers coaching clinics, seminars, sports & cultural trips - an unrivalled ISA experience. £895. Go to www.internationalsportsacademy.org for full details and online bookings.
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performer, or a day out to see a show - this is a week to embrace the biggest arts festival in the world! A Friday showcase will be put on for family and friends. All kids get a cast T-shirt. Sibling discount is available. For more info go to www.sjmcreative.com
Stagecoach: Musical Deep Sea World Theatre Workshop Dance Base, Grassmarket
18th-22nd July Stagecoach Edinburgh’s Summer holiday workshops are a whirlwind week of drama, dance and singing - all culminating in a fantastic show, complete with costumes and lighting. The junior school (ages 4-6yrs) is filled with games, fun and lots of energy as the children make new friends, learn new skills and create a show for family and friends; whilst the senior school (ages 6-18, split into 3 age groups) will experience the process of casting, rehearsing and performing. Working with a professional team of directors, choreographers and singers, they will develop confidence and skills in several memorable and inspiring days. To book go to www.stagecoach.co.uk/ Edinburgh or call 0131 610 0636. Places are strictly limited. *no experience necessary - the workshop is open to everyone*
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18th – 22nd July and 1st – 5th August 9.30am - 3.30pm Step It Up Dance summer camps (for P1-P7) are filled with great fun activities and of course, a whole lot of dancing! Because they are supported by Active Schools, they are the same fantastic fun as usual, but at a fraction of the price! Each day will involve lots of urban dance, team games, creative tasks and active fun so expect to see lots of smiling faces at pick up time (and lots of early bedtimes!). The week-long camp is £75, or grab an early bird space for just £65 if you book before 20th June and use code GZG716. Spaces are strictly limited. Book via www.stepitupdance. co.uk
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Edinburgh Montessori Arts School Summer Dance and Nature Club 11th – 29th July 11am – 3.30pm 0131 672 3851 firstname.lastname@example.org Come and join Heini, the dance and activity specialist, for active, creative dance-filled mornings and outdoor exploration afternoons. Daily and weekly bookings are available. £95 for full week or pro rata. For ages 4-7.
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After a brief spell away from A-Star Sports, Dale is back where he belongs coaching children all across Edinburgh. MADE catches up with him to learn more about teaching sport to children…
How long have you been a sports coach? Almost seven years. Initially I volunteered for six months, learning from experienced coaches and then going on various training courses and adapting the tips to fit my style. I bounce ideas off other coaches, including my dad who has been a rugby coach for over 18 years, to make sure I keep things fresh and different. What does it mean to be a good coach? You have to have passion for it. I’ve seen lots of people try the job thinking it’s easy and that you just play sports all day, but doing it is intense - you are constantly thinking. I monitor each class to ensure everyone is able to do it. If they are struggling I’ll give additional coaching while keeping an eye on the rest. I also judge each exercise for the level of the children. It has to be ability appropriate. You need to be able to interact with the children and place yourself in their shoes. The last thing you want is a bored child, or one that gives up because they can’t do it. A bad experience at a young age can determine whether a child continues doing an activity or not, so it’s vital you make sure they walk in with a smile and leave with a even bigger smile. What do you get out of doing it? For me the job is mega-rewarding; not many jobs are this much fun. I love working with children made MAY / JUNE 2016
(probably because I’m the same mental age as them) and seeing their happiness. I’ve coached some children for 3,4,5 years and seeing their development makes me smile. When a child struggles for weeks on something and then suddenly it clicks and they are able to do it that’s something you can’t describe. For a parent trying to decide which club to send a child to, what would you say? If I was a parent, I would choose a club based on three things: 1. Will it benefit the child? My class doesn’t aim to make the next Chris Paterson, but to make a child the best person they can be. I don’t just teach sports, I teach life skills, manners, discipline, making friends, team work and sportsmanship. But by using sport I teach children these skills without them realising. 2. What the coach is like. This is a important one. This is the person you are trusting to look after your child - they are a role model because the way they act might have an effect on your child. The coach also has to be welcoming. I always speak with the parents to gain their confidence and I always give feedback, whether it’s good or bad. 3. Follow on - life after the class. With A-Star Sports children can start at 2 years old and finish at 11. This gives full development in different sports, and helps determine what sports they prefer. I have seen children with a natural talent or an instant like for a sport, so I’ll help by sourcing clubs that will help develop their love more. If the class ticks these boxes then you know you’re on to a winner. Even if you’re not sure, give it a try, we offer a free trial so you can see what the class is like and how the child reacts to it, you might be surprised. n
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It’s hard being a parent, especially when your child takes up the violin! Yes, I know we should encourage them in all endeavours, but violin? Really? Why not drawing or painting or anything that doesn’t involve the risk of my ears bleeding? I’ve started to dread the words “I’m just going upstairs to practice….” because what follows is a screeching that sends the cats demented and me thinking I’ve had less painful root canal treatment. Let’s just say I’m very grateful for the bottle of gin I received as a Mother’s Day gift! I wonder if Yehudi Menuhin’s mum had this problem? Thankfully I get to escape and have been travelling the length of the country gigging in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Cambridge and Dublin. I’ve just been booked to do gigs in Hong Kong and China too - it’s tough but someone has to do it! I feel it my duty to spread the word on the pitfalls of parenting, so I will go forth and spout. The day I get back from China there is a violin concert at my daughter’s school, which means I get to listen to everyone’s child, including my own, display their noise….sorry music, together. I’m sure it’ll be great and I’m secretly looking forward to it but I’m also planning to take the ear plugs they give you on the plane – just in case! Dear JoJo My 9 year old keeps calling me by my first name instead of mum – he thinks it’s really funny but I don’t like it, what should I do? Claire - Portobello Dear Claire Savour it! It might be the only way you actually know what your name is – I’ve spent years being “someone’s mum”. There are women I see every day that I only know as Gordon’s mum or Sophie’s mum and I’m pretty sure they have no clue what my name is either. It’s Jojo by the way.
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SUPPORTING C HILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDS AND THEIR FAMILIES
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Channel 4 recently launched its campaign as the official broadcaster of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, reinforcing its founding aim to provide an alternative voice in broadcasting and reflect diversity; diversity of gender, sexuality, race, thought, opinion and disability, amongst others. Cate Nelson-Shaw examines the support and opportunities available for children and young people with additional support needs and their families in and around Edinburgh.
hen my children began their weekly swimming lessons at Edinburgh’s Braidburn School, the first thing they noticed was the temperature of the water: “Why’s it so warm, Mummy?” “Well…” I began, “because…well, for example, I am really short sighted which means my eyes don’t work like most people’s and I can only see things that are really close to me; so I need contact lenses or glasses to help me see things that are far away. Braidburn School is for children who need extra special help with their learning - some of the pupils here aren’t able to move their bodies as easily as you both so they need to be in a pool with really warm water so that they don’t get freezing cold”. And so began made MAY / JUNE 2016
our weekly discovery of some of the support and activities available to the pupils at Braidburn, as we walked the corridors to the swimming pool, looking at the wall displays. An additional support need is a result of anything which might be a barrier to learning, including, but not exclusively: attention-deficit disorders; autism spectrum disorders; dyslexia; a child who is a young carer, comes from a travelling community or is a refugee or asylum seeker; a child who is visually or hearing impaired or is deaf; a child with complex additional support needs or who is highly able. All children with additional support needs require – and have the right to, through Scotland’s Additional Support
for Learning Act 2010 – additional support for and our Star Youth Club has capacity to support learning. 25 young people a term” But with waiting lists Braidburn School is one of 13 Special Schools of 59 and 69 children respectively, families do in the capital run by the council. It provides a need patience and to plan ahead as children supportive learning environment for learners with have to be referred by a health, social work or additional support needs aged 2½ to 18 years. educational professional. Kirsty goes on to say So, in addition to education staff the school has however, that “once their children are placed with on-site multi disciplinary therapy and medical ELSNP parents tell us that the continuity of the teams: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, service we offer outweighs the disappointment of speech and language therapy and support for having to initially join our waiting lists”. pupils with visual impairment. And it’s not just And this service and support takes two forms: state schools; some in the independent sector are firstly, peer interaction for the children and young able to support children with additional support people in a safe and stimulating environment; needs. Whilst they may not have Braidburn’s and also respite for the families, particularly multi-disciplinary on-site teams, they are able those with other children. As one parent said, to go some way in their support of individual “ELSNP has given us much needed regular, learners. planned respite and allowed us Bryan Lewis, Head of to do other things with our other An additional Edinburgh’s fee paying ESMS children”. explains: “On our staff, for Now, I can’t write about support need is a example, we have six full-time this from experience, but I result of anything Learning Support Teachers in can certainly try and imagine which might be a the Junior School who work what family life might be like if with and support children with one member has needs very barrier to learning a wide range of personal and different to those of other family academic challenges including members. For example, my two Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism and go to bed at night and later my Asperger’s. We make decisions about these husband and I turn in for an uninterrupted night’s children on an individual basis because it is so sleep. But it would be very different if, for example, important to us that we provide an appropriate I had a child whose medication disturbed their environment for every child who is a member of – and therefore our – sleep several times every our Junior School. All support is provided within single night. Sometimes, yes, I am sure I would the normal school fee”. want a night off and I would want very much not So schools such as Braidburn and ESMS to be tired for any other children every day; and provide the supportive learning environments sometimes I am sure I would want a total break, for children; but what of support out with an time out with my husband or on my own for some educational setting, extra curricular activities, me time. So I would certainly want to know that for example? Kirsty Wood, Co-ordinator of the there were supportive environments for me and charity East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme my family. & Star Youth Club explains. “The children and “Having a child with additional needs can be young people we support often experience social all consuming, taking over every moment of your isolation as a result of their disability and there is a life” says Jenny, whose daughter was diagnosed shortage of accessible, local leisure opportunities with a rare chromosomal disorder shortly after for them; but here we provide a unique birth. “So I can’t stress enough how important it opportunity for them during the school holidays is to keep making time for yourselves as parents. to experience a range of fun, stimulating and age That weekly yoga class sounds like a cliché but appropriate activities, in a safe and supportive really can be the perfect outlet to let you just be environment. We currently have capacity to yourself - not Mummy or Daddy - for a while. support 68 children a year at our playschemes Also, try to ensure that family and friends get
to know your child well and are confident about having them for a few hours or for an overnight stay, enabling you some precious respite”. Jenny continues, “The stress of numerous hospital and clinic appointments can also take its toll, especially so if your child has emotional or behavioural challenges. Our daughter has frequent clinics at the Edinburgh’s Sick Kids hospital and we all look forward to the days when the fabulous Teapot Trust team are on site providing art therapy. It’s the best distraction for children pre-clinic and allows time for parents to get their thoughts and questions together before seeing the consultants. Talking to your child from a young age about these hospital visits helps prepare them in advance for the clinics and we always plan a reward for afterwards, whether that’s a hot chocolate or a trip to a favourite park”. One such place might be Edinburgh’s The Yard. Established in 1986, it is a purpose built indoor and outdoor adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities – and their families, their siblings and their friends. A
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safe environment where children and young people can experience play without feeling different, it runs family, school and club sessions, including opening to the public on a Sunday. With plans to expand into Dundee and into Fife over the next few years, the service is aiming to reach even more children and their families – at present in Edinburgh it welcomes over 1700 children and young people a year. And opportunities and activities aren’t always provided by specialist services. As a family we love to spend time on the slopes, the only effort for us is the 5am alarm. But for some families the challenges are much more complex. However, for a youngster with profound additional support needs, to have the extremes of sensory input that skiing provides and the experience of the unique sense of movement, is an unimaginable opportunity - and both the Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend and the Snowfactor in Glasgow make this happen. Louise Sharp, Manager at Hillend says, “We encourage as many people with disabilities as
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possible to participate in Snowsports; and here at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre we host a Disability Snowsports UK ski school for lessons with an adaptive instructor so that anyone with a disability, be it learning, sensory or physical, can ski or snowboard alongside other people”. She continues, “ We also support skiers with visual impairments in partnership with Scottish Visually Impaired Skiers, who hold regular meets here at the centre”. Finding out about and then accessing such support and information can be hard; which is why West Lothian based voluntary organisation Signpost was set up. It offers information and support to young people with additional support needs and their families in West Lothian. Stop to consider, for example, our ancient capital with it’s seven hills, cobbled streets, beautiful built heritage and crowds of tourists; and now imagine navigating it with a wheelchair, or with only partial sight, or with a child anxious about social interactions or crowds. It becomes much more of an everyday challenge. “Having a child with ASN can feel quite isolating sometimes” says Lesley Mount, co-Project Manager of Signpost. “We help families to have the same
‘ordinary life’ that other families take for granted, by sharing simple solutions, providing emotional support and connecting parents to others with similar experiences, so their children have the same choices and opportunities as their friends. Families return to us whenever their child’s needs change or they reach a new stage”. Challenges that continue as the young people reach adulthood. Kirsty Wood explains what happens once her ELSNP young people have reached 18 years old: “They often enter into adult services and depending on their specific interests might attend a day service, skills based activity or receive support from home to access leisure activities”. And some of these young people will, of course, want to live an independent life. Lesley from Signpost continues, “Parents can find the transition from school to adulthood an extremely stressful time. For example, a teenager’s growing need for independence, health services changing from integrated paediatric care to more scattered services, the legal aspects of who makes decisions after a child turns 16, changes to benefits, a meaningful life for those who may not be able to work”. It can be a daunting time;
and Signpost runs a course to help parents think about such issues. For those able to work, organisations like Edinburgh based IntoWork supports people with disabilities, from the age of 16 upwards, to take up and sustain employment. Liz Humphreys, Director & Trustee of the not for profit organisation explains: “We work across the spectrum of disability to provide specialist support to Edinburgh residents using the widely acknowledged five stage supported employment model. Young people with a disability quite rightly have an expectation to take up employment and develop a career which will enable them to live an independent life and achieve financial independence and we support them to progress towards this goal through the transition from education into the world of work”. She goes on to say, “IntoWork is also a key delivery partner in Project Search, itself part of The City of Edinburgh Council’s Youth Guarantee. Through this initiative we support young people with a disability to take up internships within the Council itself and with NHS Lothian, providing a programme of dedicated work placements and intensive support to help the interns build the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and confidence to enable them progress into paid employment”. Such paid employment for those with additional support needs can take many – and indeed unusual - forms. I discovered recently that surveillance officers, such as those employed by the UK’s Intelligence Services often have a hearing impairment. Why? Because they have excellent lip reading skills. Take for example, Sue Thomas the American woman who in 1979 became the first deaf person to work as an undercover lip reading specialist for the FBI. And here in the UK, when the Hatton Garden jewellery thieves were under police surveillance in their local pub boasting about their exploits, it was expert lip readers who were able to report on what they were talking about. So if you are planning a heist, best keep it under wraps. n Cate Nelson-Shaw is a features writer and runs Edinburgh based marketing consultancy www.yellowbookconsulting.com made MAY / JUNE 2016
For further information, support and advice ... • Jabberwocky Softplay in Haddington especially welcomes children with additional support needs on Tuesday afternoons (term time) from 2pm onwards. • East Lothian Special Needs Play Scheme is a parent led organisation offering good quality play, social and educational opportunities for East Lothian children with additional support needs. • Kidscene After-School and Holiday Club provides an integrated childcare service that welcomes children with and without disabilities between the ages of 4 and 16. They especially welcome children with visual impairments. Their after school club is Monday-Thursday 2.30pm-6pm and Friday 11.30am-6pm. www.royalblind.org/child-care • Mid Lothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend runs sessions for children and young people with additional support needs. • The Yard is a purpose built indoor and outdoor adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities. www.theyardscotland.org.uk • Signpost offers information and support for families of young people with disabilities or additional needs in West Lothian. www.signpost-online.co.uk • Riding for the Disabled at Balerno www.ravelrig-rda.org • The Commonwealth Pool offers dedicated diving coaching for children with a wider range of needs. • No Limits Sports Club in Linlithgow promotes sport for disabled children and young adults, from recreational level to full competitive standard • Lothian Disability Sport aims to promote sport and physical recreation for people with disabilities
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ell, here we are in May, or June if you’ve had a wee lie-in! For me, professionally, it’s always one of the busiest times of the year as there are lots of sports events at which to announce or present; such as Edinburgh Rugby’s last home game of the season at BT Murrayfield (7 May), the William Hill Scottish Cup Final at Hampden (21 May) and the Guinness Pro12 final at BT Murrayfield (28 May). What’s really noticeable at these big events now is the number of families that are coming along and also how much effort sports are putting into attracting younger fans and their families. When I first went to a game, sports marketing was virtually non-existent and you’d get excited if you saw your team mentioned on Ceefax! My first football game was with my Dad and from there I was hooked. When I was old enough to go to a game by myself I remember paying the paltry sum of 80p to stand on the terraces. I also distinctly remember standing on the old terraces of Murrayfield and struggling to see Scotland players on the pitch due to the massive crowds and being in awe at the spectacle of the crowd on the opposite terracing. Of course the banter and quips were interesting too! Pre-match entertainment back then was nothing more than the Auchtershoogle Pipe Band. I’d predict that for many sport loving kids their first experience of live sport in a big stadium is a memory that lasts – one that Pixar’s Inside Out movie would have in their ‘core memories’. One big change from my 1970s debut is that nowadays the pre-match entertainment takes on many forms and there are some really clever ideas that football clubs, in particular, are using to make the match day experience much more engaging for kids. There’s face painting, photo booths, children reading out the team line-ups, invites to training sessions, being the guard of honour as the teams come out, getting to vote for their man of the match (and meet them at the end) and one team even produces two match day programmes, with one just specifically aimed at made MAY / JUNE 2016
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the younger reader. Of course, all this is captured for that Facebook status update, or Instagram if you really love hashing your tags. It’s real “Roy of the Rovers” stuff (if you’re old enough to recall Roy Race scoring for fun for Melchester Rovers). Now, I am reliably informed it is Fathers’ Day on Sunday 19 June and it would be remiss of this LeaveItToDad column to let that moment pass. I’d recommend a bbq, your favourite tipple and a good old game of footie, with a difference. Courtesy of my son, he has introduced me to some amazing YouTubers who specialise in football tricks. One they call ‘bin shots’. Sounds mad but this is simply trying to score a goal in a garden bin, perhaps preceded by some nifty keepy-uppy. Search ‘bin shots’ on YouTube and try to replicate them on Fathers’ Day. I almost guarantee it’ll be another memory to put in your child’s ‘core memories’ for ever more! n
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Graeme Easton is dad to three children, girl and boy twins aged 10 and a girl aged 6. He is director of Woosh! Entertainments and can be heard at the likes of BT Murrayfield and Hampden Park as he is the venue announcer. Follow Graeme at @graemeeaston
National trinket, author, TV and radio star Julian Clary has a busy 2016 in store. Currently on tour nationwide, The Joy of Mincing is Julian’s celebration of 30 years as a camp comedian. Prior to that, early March saw the release of the second instalment of Julian’s debut series of children’s books ‘The Bolds’. The Bolds to the Rescue is another helping of hilarious fun and mischief with Britain’s wildest family of hyenas!
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What sort of stories will you be telling on The Joy of Mincing? Well, there’s a rather long story about how I once saved Joan Collins’s life in a swimming pool in St Tropez. It’s a true story, which I won’t give away now, but it’s a long, meandering tale that fills the first half. Then the second half is about MBEs. I’ve noticed a lot of my friends in the business are getting these awards. They’re handing them out like Smarties. I think, ‘Ooh, I’d like one of those’, but it’s never happened so I’m obviously not favoured by the Establishment. I can only blame myself… I assume that if you were offered an MBE in real life, you would accept? I’d bite their hands off.
ago, and I’m still doing it - standing on stage, talking about myself and getting applause for it. What’s not to like?
Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to visiting on your tour? I love Scotland. My rule used to be that the further north you go, the more extrovert people are.
How do you feel about ageing - do you enjoy it? It’s not on the top of my list of enjoyable things, no. Although I am thrilled with my grey hair. I’ve turned from a fluffy chicken into a silver fox.
Do you find it difficult being on tour? Other comedians complain that it is lonely and that you eat badly. Well, nobody’s making you do it. And there’s a Waitrose in every town these days. It’s probably just the dreary, married heterosexual types that complain. This is what I wanted to do 30 years
What would be the best way to approach you, if somebody wanted to come and ask for an autograph? As long as I’m in a good mood I’ll oblige. Autographs, selfies, a sample of my DNA, you only have to ask.
Your children’s book, The Bolds, was hugely successful. Did you feel any pressure writing the second one? No. I’m onto my third now. They flow out of me, I don’t know where they’re all coming from. Making children laugh is a whole new thing for me, it’s lovely. No child pretends to laugh - it’s very genuine.It’s obviously a world away from my usual filth but that’s liberating. A whole new world. Will you continue with The Bolds or do you have a plan for a different series? I feel like I can go on and on with them. Whether the public want me to or not. It’s a bit like the Just William books, of which there were about 45. made MAY / JUNE 2016
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No child pretends to laugh - it’s very genuine
Why do you think they resonate so well with children? It’s not for me to say, really. But I think they’re funny and morally sound, and very plot driven. I guess because I enjoy writing them so much that somehow comes across. n
Find out more… See Julian Clary in The Joy of Mincing on Friday 13 May at EICC, Morrison Sreet. Julian’s second children’s book The Bolds to the Rescue (Andersen Press, RRP £6.99) was released March 2016.
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Alison Yardley’s successful and fulfilling career as a nanny brought her to a point where she can now offer a dedicated and bespoke advisory service to parents of babies and children.
er years of working with sets of twins, families from diverse backgrounds and religious beliefs, and children with varying needs means she has developed a strong, confident approach to her work. Ali often knows instinctively what her families need or will benefit from, and along with her studies into child development and child psychology, she takes the utmost pride in helping these families with a wide rage of challenges. Ali uses an approach she labels CALM. Consistent And Loving Methods, which accurately describes what she believes to
be an effective approach to childcare. These days there is a seemingly endless amount of information available to parents, but finding the right answers to problems, or finding a support network is not as easy as it seems. Ali draws on her many years of experience working with small children and babies and admits there is no ‘one right answer’ when it comes to caring for the unique and hugely important children in our lives. That is why Lighter Parenting will always offer an individual service, tailor made to fit each family’s needs.
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CONSISTENCY - how to promote it for your child, in practice LOVING - because everything you do is with their best interest at heart and delivered in a loving way METHODS - the best methods and techniques to help with everyday problems and key stages CALM - if you appear calm, you appear to be in control. Let your child see you as a strong leader, a trusted adult who can take good care of them. Ali can offer a relaxed faceto-face meeting in your own home or other convenient location, where you can discuss any concerns. She will give her initial thoughts and some approaches you can start to use immediately, and will devise a plan of action, answer any questions or concerns and offer whatever continuing support your family would benefit from. This advice is always bespoke and tailored specifically to your family. n
Consistent and loving methods for calm and happy tots. I provide sensit ive one-to-one consultations, bespoke programmes and skilled help on specific issues.
Bespoke routines Weaning Toddler tuning Terrible twos Threenagers Behaviour Potty training Dog and child safety Sleep (fine tuning, ‘training’, or respite for exhausted parents)
Meet Ali and find out more… Ali volunteers at Gorgie Farm – Mac’s Munchkins – on Thursdays at 10am. Meet her at the red tractor for different farm-related activities and crafts, regardless of the weather (dress for mess!). Her sessions are free but a suggested donation of £2 for Gorgie Farm would be gratefully received. Read more about Ali on www.lighterparenting.com or call her for a chat on 07791 592 242
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food & drink Quality Meat Scotland has launched a new weaning campaign as part of their Good Family Food focus, with family friendly recipes featuring Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork developed by blogger and Great British Bake Off contestant, Holly Bell. Here are two of our favourites…
Specially Selected Pork & Apple Casserole Makes about 15 servings for a baby/toddler or serves 2 adults and 2 children
400g Specially Selected Pork shoulder, diced 2 tbsp plain flour l 3 tbsp olive oil l 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped (about 65g) l 2 carrots, peeled, topped and tailed and diced (about 170g) l 1 stick celery, diced (about 50g) l 1 tsp black pepper l 300mls hot vegetable stock/pork stock (made using low salt baby stock cubes, or homemade) l 1 Bramley apple, peeled, cored and sliced l
Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160/gas mark 4. Toss the pork in the flour. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the meat until lightly browned, in batches if your pan is crowded. Transfer to a casserole dish (with a fitted lid). Fry the onion, carrots and celery in the
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pan for 5 minutes until soft. Add to the casserole dish along with the rest of the ingredients. Oven bake for 1 hour with the lid on until the pork is tender and the sauce has thickened. If you’re weaning with puree, simply blitz the casserole in a food processor with the blade attachment or use a stick blender. Portion into ice cube trays, freeze and then once frozen transfer into freezer bags.
Squash & Sweetcorn Fritters Makes 7 – 8
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85g self-raising flour ½ tsp baking powder 1 large egg 60mls milk A pinch of black pepper 120g butternut squash, peeled and grated 135g sweetcorn, (fresh/drained/frozen) 1 tbsp sunflower oil
Stir the flour, baking powder, egg, milk and black pepper to a thick paste. Add the squash and sweetcorn, stir well and set aside for 5 minutes. Meanwhile heat the oil in a large frying pan on a low heat. Transfer a heaped tablespoon of the mixture into the pan, then repeat until you have four spoonfuls gently frying, well-spaced. After 2 - 3 minutes use a slice to flip and fry each fritter on the other side for 2 - 3 more minutes. (You can squash the fritters gently to speed the process up at this point.) Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen roll, then repeat with the rest of the mixture. Serve warm as finger food with or without dips. These keep in the fridge for 3 days, well wrapped. Re-heat in a preheated oven at 180C/gas mark 4 for 5 minutes before serving. n
Find out more…
For more information and to watch the recipe video go to www.facebook.com/Good-Family-Food294687824021291/
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health BREAK YOUR SNACK HABIT FOR GOOD
Mum of two, Liz Casely, wanted to find a way to lose a dress size and keep it off. She was determined to stop raiding the biscuit tin and find a sustainable solution to weight loss. Liz successfully took control of her eating habits when she created the Slissie - the first ever good-eating habit trainer. MADE’s editor, Louise, was keen to discover what Slissie is, and did it really work? She spoke to inventor, Liz, and to some recent Slissie users to find out more.
met with Slissie’s inventor, Liz, and asked her how the device came about. Liz explained that after having her two children she needed a helping hand in finally losing her baby weight. She created a Slissie prototype and lost 18lbs in just over two months. More importantly, she kept it off. She was inspired to help other women do the same and so her business, Slim Lizzie, was born. Liz commented, “When I first created Slissie, it made sticking to my healthy eating plan so much easier. Where before I would reach for a
biscuit or pick at the kids’ tea, I used my Slissie to distract myself from snacking. “I lost 9lbs in the first three weeks and after a few months, found that I had actually changed my eating habits. By using Slissie to distract myself from snacking, I had broken my bad habits, which meant the weight stayed off’’. Sounds great. But I wanted to know more about what the Slissie actually is. What does it look like? What do you do with it? How does it work? Edinburgh mum, and Slissie-user, Jerri, told me more:
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‘Basically Slissie is a snazzy little device that releases appetite suppressing flavours when you suck on it. It’s calorie free, it’s tasty and it keeps your hand occupied if you’re a serial snacker like me. You can choose between fruity favours, mint,vanilla and even chocolate! It’s about the size of a mascara, so it fits in your pocket so you can keep it handy wherever you are.’ Jerri goes on to tell me she used to relax in front of the TV most evenings with her husband and multiple snacks. But when she started to use Slissie, she no longer needed the snacks didn’t even think about them, even when her husband continued to eat in front of her. “My habits changed. I guess my body or cravings became conditioned to the Slissie and I stopped snacking. I still had a healthy appetite, and treated myself to the occasional take-away and treat night, but overall the 10lbs I lost stayed off. I was delighted’. Another Slissie-fan, Chloe agrees, ‘It’s helped me steer clear of the naughties, cut the cravings for sweets and biscuits and has been a life saver!’ Liz isn’t surprised, ‘If you do better things more often i.e. don’t eat the daily extras that you don’t need, then you can allow yourself blow-outs more often. This is because a blowout actually sparks up your metabolism, so when you go back to your “normal” eating you will lose the weight quickly (but probably not even put it on at all). When you eat excess every day, it just stays there’’ Another trier, Kerry, told me, ‘[Slissie] helped me to think about what I was eating and consciously make the choice to eat healthier. Ever since my lifestyle shift, the pounds have just melted off and I’ve honestly never felt better’. It seems the crux to losing weight is changing your bad habits into good ones. That makes sense, although doing it with willpower alone can be tricky. By using Slissie as a distraction, it can break your bad habits easier, faster and in a more tasty way. n
Find out more... To find out more about Slissie and what other mums think of it go to www.slissie.co.uk
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Continue to use your Slissie It’s perfectly normal to slip up or have a weak moment. Slissie is here to help. Just repeat whenever you need a boost.
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1 1. A fundraising team of Colinton mums raised over £4,000 in aid of the Parish Church and Marie Curie Hospice by running a Frock Swap.
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2. Scottish Seabird Centre Marketing Manager, Laura Adamson, and Education Officer, Andrew Grieveson, celebrating the arrival of the BBC Countryfile Magazine award. The Bass Rock won the Nature Reserve of the Year category, for the second year running. 3. Gemma Dutton from Loanhead winning Tommy’s Inspirational Mum Award.
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4. Lucie Broadfoot (3) discovers what it’s like being an astronaut at Dynamic Earth.
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5. Easter egg hunt at Planet Café. 6. Simpsons Special Saturday sponsored by Babies and Bumps Café and joined by Bambino Beats helped to raise £4127.50 for Simpsons Special Care Unit. 7. Anna Smart from Ballencrieff was the Junior Under 12 winner at the Scottish Seabird Centre’s 10th Nature Photography Awards with her image, Lonely Puffin. 8. Disabled children and young people at The Yard in Edinburgh were delighted with their new see-saw, thanks to funds raised by Blackhall St Columba’s Church’s WATCH Committee.
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ON TRIAL... Boudoir Photography at Tamara Studios In this edition we spoke with mum, Nicola, about her experience on a boudoir photography shoot with Tamara Studios. Tamara Studios claims: Whether you want to gain confidence, feel empowered, celebrate your curves or weight loss, or just see yourself in a different light - we guarantee you will enjoy and treasure this experience forever.
Nicola says: Coming up to Valentine’s Day I was trying to think of something different to get my partner when information about a boudoir shoot at Tamara Studios popped up on Facebook. Although I’d heard of boudoir before, I wasn’t 100% sure what it involved, but looking at Tamara Studios online I felt comfortable enough to email and enquire; and after speaking with the owner, Nadine, I started to feel excited - especially at the prospect of hair and make-up too. On the day, my nerves had well and truly set in and I was feeling very apprehensive - it was two years since I had my baby and I had zero body confidence. But the studio has such a laid back atmosphere and Nadine makes you feel so at ease, once we got started the nerves started to disappear. You just have a laugh whilst she snaps away, you forget she has a camera. I have never had professional photos taken before so had no idea how I was to stand or pose but Nadine guides you through and makes you feel relaxed. I felt wonderful at the end of the shoot! I returned to the studio a week later to view my photos with my partner. I couldn’t wait to show him but I was anxious about what he would think. There was no need to worry his face lit up when he saw the photos. So did mine.
The verdict: I would highly recommend this experience to everyone. It is something that I never in my life thought I would do, but once speaking with Nadine, a mother herself, she understood my concerns and talked me through everything. I now look at my photos and think “Yes, still got it!” For more information go to www.tamarastudios.co.uk/boudoir.html
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