Mother Baby & Child - November 2016

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The Best Early Learning Toys

‘‘I did it MYSELF!’’ Designing Your

Baby’s Nursery

The World’s

Healthiest Ingredient ... and how to cook it


Things You


Have in Your Bag In the CLASSROOM

NEW Policies for


How to Keep Sensitive

Baby Skin

HEALTHY Raising a



Kids’ Fashion for the Outdoors


Family Fun





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“Yay! A play area,” I overheard a parent say as they dropped their child over at one of the most exclusive family brunches’ designated children’s areas. I could not help but sense a sigh of relief; it seems as though spending time outdoors is every parent’s dream.

If you are looking to shop, eat and have fun all the same time, Dubai markets everywhere from Al Barsha to Zabeel already have their stalls, trucks and even petting farms in place. You can also rejoice at Dubai’s new obsession with theme parks – from lands of LEGO to celebrity superhero photo opportunities and cartoon characterbased rides, this is a welcome addition to the Dubai family scene and it is bound to give us more to do in this wonderful weather than we could have hoped for.


LOOKING FOR A COMMUNITY SCHOOL WHERE YOUR CHILDREN CAN DEVELOP A WIDE RANGE OF SKILLS? At Oaktree Primary School, each child is valued as an individual and encouraged to reach their full potential; they believe that teaching children how to think, challenge and overcome obstacles is equally as important as teaching them facts. The school’s aim is to ensure that your child is fully prepared for life and a future career in the 21st century. It teaches children how to learn and focus on the core skills of reading, writing and maths, but it is also the way they teach that makes the difference! Their teachers create hands-on lessons including real-world issues and outside learning wherever possible to ensure that students develop a wide range of skills which will equip them with both knowledge and a passion for learning.


In this issue...


Things to Do Mummy and Baby Toddler and Child Older Child and Tween The UAE’s Best Outdoor Areas for Families


Mini Style Stars Outdoor Fun Simple Ways to Raise a Confident Child



28 Music Therapy for Mummy and Baby

35 24 Early Learning Toys

Teaching Your Child to Say NO!

From Tablet to PC!

30 35 Mama’s Day Out


Roninson’s and Botanist Patrick Blanc’s Educational Talk on the Environment

School Time!


CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Whitehead

Sarah is an entrepreneur and a communications specialist with a passion for journalism. As a strong advocate of work/ life balance, she mentors women in business.

Priyanka Wade

An ex-banker turned writer and blogger, Priyanka is mum to a six-year-old girl.


Fatma Azam Ali

An educator, teacher trainer and accreditation specialist, Fatmah is a mother of two girls who love fashion, school and sports.

Natasha Bajaj

is mum to a baby boy and is the founder and head designer of N&J (, a label which designs breastfeeding dresses for mothers and nursing boxes for new mamas and babies.

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In this issue... Why Your Child Does Not Want to Go to School


Is Your Child Keeping Quiet About Bullying?



What Do You Know About Your Child’s Teachers?

Your Child and Virtual Reality Games

56 Designing Your Baby’s Nursery


Baby Aricle

The Beautiful Baby Aricle Baby Aricle Outdoors

Baby Aricle Baby Aricle

58 15 72 Easy Tips to Eliminate Bad Odours… Safely

Plate vs. Lunchbox

Nightmares, Sleepwalking and Sleep Terrors

76 52 62 82 54 84 68 86 69 88 Mama’s Handbag: Choosing it, Cleaning it and Keeping it Ready!

Separation Anxiety and Your Child

Mini Weather Report

Baby & Toddler Products We Love

Tucks, Lifts and Peels for New Mums

Why You Need to Look Out for PCOS and Endometriosis

Time for a BBQ!

A Family Balance


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Safe and gentle class for mums-to-be, mums and babies which combines yoga, mindful movement and play

About: Developmental, sensorial and interactive musical production classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

Day: Every Monday

Pre-natal (for mums) Time: 9:15 am – 10:15 am AED 80 per class

Mum and Baby Ages: 4 months – crawling (accompanied) Time: 10:30 am – 11:15 am AED 80 per class

Day: Every Tuesday

Ages: 4 months to standing (accompanied) Time: 11:00 am – 11:45 am AED 75 per class AED 650 per term

Orange Wheels is located on the ground floor of the Al Wahda Mall Extension in Abu Dhabi.

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Through practicing mindfulness, learn to pause, breathe and engage all of your senses in becoming aware of the present moment with curiosity and openness.

Reconnect with the tranquillity and joy that come from spending time in natural beauty. Breathe. Breathe in and out through your nose, drawing your breath down into your belly with each inhale. This way of breathing activates the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system.

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Want to capture your lil’ one’s smile forever?

CitiSpi’s Bumps & Beyond want you and your little ones to join them for a coffee morning. Get a chance to catch up with other mums and leave with a picture-perfect memory.

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When: November 29, 10 am – 12 pm Where: Picture People, Wasl Vita, Jumeirah 1

Another event from CitiSpi’s Bumps & Beyond, join them for a healthy breakfast and mummy-baby smiles. When: November 1, 8, 15 and 22, 9 am – 11.30 am Where: Gourmet by Kcal, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi citispi

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Toddler &

Head to

THE BEACH’s New Carnival As the weather gets better, beaches start becoming family favourites once again. If you are looking for new ways to enjoy these sandy outings, visit THE BEACH’s newly-opened Carnival, which will feature a variety of rides and arcade games alongside vibrant stalls in a relaxed, family-friendly setting.

Free Kids’ Zone, Food Trucks and

Water Sports

For some retail therapy, you can enjoy The Market, an outdoor artisanal marketplace which brings a diverse mix of unique stalls. thebeachdubai

Dubai’s Pre-Owned Boat Show is a haven for water lovers. The family can take part in fly and stand-up paddle boarding or visit ‘The Island’, offering live entertainment and delicious food and drinks.

Toddlers and children can enjoy the complimentary kids’ zone with plenty of games and a clown balloon bender, puppet show, face painting, arts and crafts, plus a bouncy castle and mini petting zoo.

The Show opens from 4 pm to 9 pm on November 3rd. Entrance is free






A Big Brunch

for Tiny Diners Make no mistake, Le Grand. Brunch by Sofitel JBR may sound like an affair for grown-ups, but it offers one of the best weekend outings for children.

Split into three different seating areas, the glasswalled ‘outdoor’ space was our immediate favourite. Set in a sports lovers’ world, it clearly contrasts the more vibrant indoor area where the main buffet is on display. In between, you get the best of both worlds – and this is where the children experience the best of their week. Some running around in superhero costumes, others with glittery face-painted butterflies, they can play with entertainers dressed for the occasion, enjoy their own mini bites and jump around in the colourful, happy play area. Mummies and daddies can enjoy delicious dishes

including oysters, shellfish, sushi, homemade terrines and pâtés, savoury crêpes, a range of charcuterie and a BBQ on the terrace. Dessert includes French classics with a local twist such as the signature dates and chocolate éclair, chocolate shawarma, sweet crêpes and homemade truffles.

Leaving already? Children get their very own goodie bag filled with gifts and treats to keep their little hearts excited after an unforgettable brunch.

Le Grand. Brunch by Sofitel JBR is on every Friday from 1 to 4 pm for AED 245 per person with unlimited soft drinks or AED 345 per person with unlimited house beverages. Children under the age of 12 dine for free.

Free Childcare and a

Great Workout

For many mummies, finding the time to work out and stay in shape while caring for children can be challenging. The Football Center (FC Dubai) has launched a brand new High Intensity Interval Training (HITT)-based exercise class, ‘Drop & Tone’, which includes free childcare. The 1-hour HITT sessions will run up to three times a week at FC Dubai’s fully air-conditioned facility located just off Sheikh Zayed Road on Exit 43.

Apart from tailored exercise and nutrition advice, babysitting and childcare will be included in the price of a ‘Drop & Tone’ class, meaning you can fully relax and take part with the knowledge that the children are being looked after in a safe, stimulating environment.

For a FREE taster session:


DUBAI’S FAVORITE STORE FOR THE WORLD’S BEST BABY BRANDS IS NOW OPEN IN ABU DHABI. At JustKidding®, we like to think of ourselves as Expert Parents. For over a decade, we have been supplying the discerning UAE market with the world’s best baby products; from the must-haves including strollers, car seats and nursery furniture, to the more innovative creations made to make parenthood just that much easier, we have you and your precious baby covered from A to Z. Expect to find Europe’s most trusted baby brands, all conveniently under one roof.


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Older &Tween

Visit the Region’s First

‘Astro Blasters’ Arena

Brave battlers can put their speed and accuracy to the test in the new arena, where they will engage in a series of fast-paced astropacked group games including capture the flag, king of the castle, supersonic target range and tag. Players will then be challenged to capture their competitors using their play-friendly ‘Astro Guns’ on the arenas’ built-in course. Suitable for fun seekers ages eight and above, Astro Blaster passes are AED 60 for adults and children. The arena is located at Mall of the Emirates’ Magic Planet. magicplanet



Mini Golfing for the Day

Arabian Ranches Golf Club has introduced its new ‘Junior Golf Programme’ – perfect for children looking to try a new sport or those who already have a love for golf, but fancy growing in the game. Rates for a 10-week programme: • Active Start: 4 to 6 years: AED 695 per child • FUNdamentals: 7+ AED 1,275 per child • Learn to play: 9+ by merit AED 1,475 per child • Train to play: by invitation AED 1,475 per child


Ready to Run with

Hello Kitty? Following its success across Asia, the Hello Kitty Run is now coming to town!

On December 9, Zabeel Park will see more than 5000 runners participate in the first Hello Kitty Family Fun Run in the Middle East, a non-competitive 5 km event to promote an active lifestyle, health, wellbeing and harmony among communities for adults and children ages three years and above.




Spend Your Lazy Friday at

Perry & Blackwelder’s Backyard Grill In the mood for a fun-filled American Backyard BBQ with the kids? With a live band setting the tone with your favourite tunes on the terrace, good ol’ fashioned hospitality and grills full of hearty traditional fare, this brunch has got all the ingredients for the perfect long and lazy Friday afternoon.

Overlooking the stunning Madinat lake, Perry & Blackwelder (P&B) has both indoor and outdoor areas, with plenty of room for the kids to play. You can relax on bean bags and indulge as the chefs serve up tender chicken, homemade beef burgers, jumbo hot dogs and Cajun-style shrimps straight to your plate. Sides and salads are served family-style directly to the table, making this a ‘no-fuss’, chill and grill experience; we even spotted a newborn!

Every Friday from 12 pm – 4 pm, AED 195 for soft drinks, AED 295 with house beverages and just AED 65 for kids under 12


PARENTING THE UAE’S BEST OUTDOOR AREAS FOR FAMILIES DREAMLAND AQUA PARK A complete family fun destination Located in Umm Al Quwain, Dreamland Aqua Park is one of the largest water parks in the region set on an amazing 250,000 sq m of land. Featuring over 30 thrilling rides, crazy slides and a lot of other wet rides and dry attractions, the park can entertain 7000 visitors per day and is the ideal place for safe leisure pursuits. When it comes to dining, the park offers a wide array of choices. For visitors who fancy an overnight stay, there is the Waterside Camping. Apart from individual families, Dreamland also caters to the needs of bigger groups with affordable, tailor-made packages.

To know more about Dreamland, call 06-768-1-888 or visit

SPORTSMANSHIP AND A BEAUTIFUL GAME FC Football Academy teaches children football skills in a fun and educational environment. Staff instruct, challenge and facilitate the development of every child's physical, technical and tactical skills in the game from the ages of three to 14 years old. Children will also build their self-confidence and sense of teamwork in every class.




Dubai Sports City’s International Cricket Council-approved cricket centre offers a physical development programmes for toddlers aged 2-6 years. The course is structured to develop confidence, motor skills, hand-eye coordination, promote physical activity and teach colours, counting and numbers in a safe, inclusive environment.


LEGOLAND Dubai is an adventure-filled venue for families with children ages two to 12 with over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions and 15,000 LEGO model structures made from over 60 million LEGO bricks. It also houses six themed lands – LEGO City, Adventure, Kingdoms, Imagination, Factory and Miniland – each unique in their design, entertainment and playful learning experience.



With a full schedule of supervised activities updated weekly, including a range of water and team sports such as tag and dodgeball played in the Mina Seyahi amphitheatre, Le Méridien Family Kids Club is all about keeping kids active, engaged and building social skills.

Families have access to five outdoor swimming pools including one dedicated children’s pool, along with 500m of beach. Hours: Sunday - Wednesday, 9 am to 6 pm Thursday, Friday 9 am to 10 pm Saturday and public holidays, 9 am to 8 pm


If you thought you had seen it all this year, think again! Dubai’s latest adventure park, Aventura, is set to open this December, just in time for outdoor season. The park will be set among a 35,000 square meter natural Ghaf tree forest located in Mushrif Park, Mirdif.

With five levels of fun activities and challenges to choose from, children will get to go zip lining through the natural forest, horizontally and vertically climb walls and participate in rope course challenges. Adventure packages and circuits will be available for all ages and heights, with a play area available for children ages four to seven. 20 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD


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In the fun and colourful In the 16/17 collection, the NEWBORN line (0-12 months) is all about fun clothes with colourful stripes, soft fur and repeated u motifs.

In the BABY range (3 months to 6 years), tuctuc has designed pink, fuchsia and purple pieces with bright prints of superheroes, flowers, stars, shapes and multi-coloured stripes adding embroidery, cuts and asymmetric patterns, as well as fur and velvety-feel prints.

The romantic side of this line is a surprise with blacks, anthracite greys and big pink flowers, Swarovski patterns, plush fabrics with white/black textures, thick knitting, printed tulle and checked cloth.


They have animal, sporty and small retro prints alluding to the cosmos, which is currently quite trendy with the cinematic influences of Star Wars.



Along with these, there is also CELEBRATIONS, a line for special occasions. Dressed in black and grey fabrics decorated with subtle flowers and fun motifs, your kids will be ready for Christmas!


This delicate line is specially designed for newborns, who will be almost as comfortable as they were in their mum’s tummy.


For the KIDS range (ages 2 to 12), tuctuc has incorporated mixed retro colours with biker themes, tinted trousers, shirts with worn effects, sweatshirts worked in detail, flamé and dyed garments.


There are some pieces in neutral and soft colours with new twists including fantasy fleece, padded clothing, lined garments, double-sided fur, tulle and 100% cotton melange.


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This line also utilises the ever-trendy denim and worked fleece with forest themes, retro air prints, embroidery, interacting decorations into pockets and worked patterns in different techniques.



Tuctuc has debuted its new store in Dubai Festival City. Located on the first floor, Festival Center, Crescent Drive, it features Tuctuc’s entire new Autumn/Winter collection 2016/17 for boys and girls ages 0-14 years. Tuctuc also has a dedicated accessories area offering mothers innovative solutions; the store creates a completely immersive experience into the world of children’s fashion.

On Trend: The brand’s Autumn/Winter collection this year offers many bold colours like black, pink and orange with many innovative designs, in addition to a wide range of unique, branded accessories which both children and parents can enjoy. 22 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD


Building your child’s self-esteem does not have to be as complicated as it sounds. While praising their achievements may appear to be the easiest option, striking the right balance between too much and too little can have a huge effect on how their personality unfolds.


There are also many other factors which go into the equation. Should I give them choices? Should I avoid sibling comparisons at all cost?


• Quality time: Spend quality time with your children. Regardless of their age, do an activity together where you give full attention to them; this will make them feel important and hence improve their self-worth.

• Children feel more capable when they feel like they can actually succeed and be proud of something they have done.

Dr Candice Render, educational psychologist at Dubai’s American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology says:

Children can feel good about themselves even when they fail. Self-esteem is not about empty praise, it is about praising the right behaviour and rewarding children for something which they have truly earned.

• Positive image: Always reflect a positive image of your child. Your opinion of them counts, and they always want to please you. Thus, make sure you are giving them positive reflections.

• If you would like your child to feel effective, make sure they see that good things come from working hard. When a child feels that their actions matter or that they are making progress towards a goal, they achieve a higher sense of self-esteem.

• Give responsibility: When a child sees that you trust them to do something, they begin to feel like they are an important part of the family.

• Being part of a team: Children who are involved in sports or other team activities are less likely to experience low self-esteem because being part of a team gives the child a sense of belonging. It also helps them work together with others towards a common goal. • Always encourage your child to express their feelings instead of hiding them. Make sure that your home is a safe zone where a child can say whatever they feel without fear of judgement. WHY SELF-ESTEEM MATTERS

When children feel good about themselves, it helps them become more successful as the years go by. Complex theories of self-fulfilling prophecies aside, positive feelings about oneself will help children try harder, overcome challenges and be more open to facing life’s obstacles. By contrast, having low self-esteem will block success. Children would be more likely to avoid situations where they feel uncomfortable and anticipate rejection.

• Children need to feel accepted and this comes, first and foremost, from their parents. Encouragement, offering help and well-deserved praise are all ways through which you can offer support. ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS, TRY TO:

• Teach your children to do things. Whether it is learning to read or put their shirt on properly, learning a new skill instils a sense of mastery and delight. Even during babyhood, taking the first steps is a major achievement they can add to their list of successes. • When teaching, show and help them first. Do not make challenges too easy or hard. Help them and let them try, try and try again.

• Be wary of over-praising. Praise needs to be earned; it also needs to be real. Make sure you praise effort rather than fixed qualities. Remember, it is all about what they have learned.

• Be a good role model. Aside from involving your child in tasks and ensuring they see you making an effort to succeed, modelling the right attitude is key. Show them how to love working towards their goals. • Avoid harsh criticism at all costs. Negative comments will not get them anywhere, they will just destroy their self-esteem without really teaching them anything at all.

Children who are involved in sports or other team activities are less likely to experience low self-esteem. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | NOVEMBER 2016 | 25




In fancy lingo, psychologists call them ‘refusal skills’. For us mamas, it is simply teaching your child to say ‘no’, whether it is to peer pressure, stranger danger or politely declining something they know would negatively affect them.


• ‘No, thank you.’ is a perfectly acceptable answer. Your child can reject most of the things they do not feel like doing, and you should be ok with that as long as it will not harm them or anybody else. • Know your children’s friends well and their enemies even better. You need to know who they are and understand the type of influence they may have on your child at any given time.



• Clearly outline positive values. Children are more likely to succumb to peer pressure if they do not know right from wrong.



• Discuss the cost of saying ‘no’. It comes at a cost and it may not be as easy for them to give up whatever that is – whether it is friendship, social status or otherwise – by rejecting the things they should. Teach them about standing up for themselves and its benefits.






• When your child starts making a bad choice, try to distract them. If they will not be distracted, give them short explanations as to why their behaviour is harmful.

CHILDREN AGES 6-9 • Invite your children’s friends over to play and preferably get to know their parents as well. • Point out any positive behaviour and explain why you favour it.

• Speak with your children about the kids they admire at school and why. This will help them open up.



FROM TABLET TO PC! MONITORING YOUR KIDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA Yes, we know, being a parent is the hardest job. In the digital age, there is one more thing we have to add to our list of responsibilities and that is monitoring our children’s time on social media platforms. • First, understand the benefits. Social media is not all bad; through such platforms, children can develop their communication skills without the added pressure of face-to-face interaction. • Before the age of 13? Choose the right time. Children mature differently and not all sites are the same. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have a minimum age requirement of 13. However, remember that age does not necessarily mean maturity.

• Most social media sites have strict privacy settings and tools that limit access to messages, photos and information about the user. Take the time to adjust privacy settings. • Keep it random. Randomly checking up on your child and what they are viewing will ensure you can catch anything they may have been able to hide.

• Use the software. Ah, the blessings of technology. There are plenty of apps and programmes out there which can help you keep a close watch on your children’s social media activity. Keep track of all of their login information too. • Social media activity should be all in the open. Social media should only be allowed in the living room or whenever you can be present at all times.

• Set the rules. Who can they chat with? Which websites are safe? What type of behaviour should they block or information are they allowed to give? These are all ground rules which YOU will have to set. 28 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

THE SAFE LIST Younger Children

Older Children


“I know my life will never be the same and I have not given you a name, but even though I have not met you I will be there for you. You are everything I never knew I wanted You are still inside, but I can feel the bond, but even though I have not met you I will be there for you.” 30 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

– A Mother’s Lullaby


Music is an art form which does not require any language and takes the shape of the cultures and instruments it flows across. Being a working mother of an 11-month-old baby boy, I always look for something fun and informative which my baby and I can do together – music therapy being one such thing.

Music therapy is an interesting activity which is catching up with everyone and its one I would highly recommend as a mother. First recognised during World War II to help both physically and emotionally, it has demonstrated valuable effects.

If we apply this to motherhood, the bond between a mother and her child starts early, in the womb, and music can help foster it at this stage. The baby can hear through the mother’s muscles and uterus; they even say playing calm music helps soothe the baby.

One such example is from my personal experience, during my pregnancy, when I listened to calming Mozart tunes which used to make me feel very relaxed. It was beautiful to see how after the birth of my son he connected with the same music and slept peacefully. On a more ‘ouch’ note, not only can music therapy help a child through painful injections, but it also helps mothers feel relaxed and less stressed during the process. According to research by Kentucky State University, music therapy also helps children with physical and mental challenges cope with the hurdles they face on a day-to-day basis.

There are several places in Dubai which offer this fantastic blend of music, one of my favourites being Baby Sensory which is run by a mother-of-three. The classes are filled with colourful things, activities, dancing and music based on the age of your baby.

I have been taking my son since he was seven months old and he loves it there. Research has found that babies have twice as many brain cells as adults and can learn twice as much as a student.

The foundation parents build during the first three years is the most crucial one. The most special aspect of these classes is that the activities are designed with the baby’s development in mind, based on years of educational and scientific research.

Music in all forms can give children a sense of belonging and security. It is very important for brain development and should be incorporated from an early age. Music therapy can be playing an instrument, singing or just listening, depending on the age of the child and his and mama’s preferences. The word ‘therapy’ does not just apply to someone suffering from an ailment, but any procedure that helps calm the nerves and makes one happy. Would you try therapy with baby?



y b Y a B e ar e h T When Learning Begins Over a short period of time, the baby transforms from a helpless individual into a walking, talking and self-conscious toddler. Babies learn at an amazing pace during the first year of life, twice as fast as a student, and have twice as many brain cells as adults.

Proper, rich stimulation is critical during the first year because with every new experience, interconnections are built between neurons. This leads to the development of the brain and nervous system, and sets the foundations for all future learning and socio-emotional development.

Baby Sensory classes – early learning for babies

Created by Dr Lin Day 13 years ago in the UK and recognised with many international awards, Baby Sensory is the result of a lifetime’s work, study and passion to inspire and educate young children.

Baby Sensory classes address all areas of development which are important in the first year of life: language and communication, motor skills, and socio-emotional and sensory development.



The program has been developed specifically for babies from birth until 13 months of age. During the classes, parents learn how the activities and the equipment used promote the development of their child.






Imagination is a vital part of childhood and each class creates a new magical experience full of glowing balls, light shows, puppets, bubbles, rainbows, petals, massages, signing, songs and so much more!


*valid until November 15, 2016


Book a minimum of five Baby Sensory, Toddler Sense or Mini Professors classes on their website and enter the code motherbabychild on the checkout page to get an AED 150 discount!

Most of the songs and equipment are unique to Baby Sensory and babies never experience the same session twice: they will dance in the snow or dive under the ocean, explore rainforests or sing along shanties of sea pirates. The team puts a lot of love and enthusiasm into every class so that parents and babies can enjoy the educational fun and spend quality time with each other!

Classes run in Dubai (Marina, Arabian Ranches, Mall of the Emirates and Jumeirah 3) and Abu Dhabi. For more details, visit or call 055 112 6895 34 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD


Mothercare AED 250

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As the weather gets cooler, we need products to help us survive family days out. No matter how busy you are juggling a million chores or catering to baby’s endless requests, these products will make your day out much easier and more fun too!

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This bag features an insulated bottle chamber to help keep baby's sips warm or cool. The adjustable shoulder strap is padded for maximum comfort.

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It comes with a padded changing mat and messy bag so that you can change your baby’s diaper on a soft, clean mat wherever you are and keep the wet items stored away.

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Babyshop AED 210

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The lightweight stroller folds compactly in an umbrella-style fold and is ideal for day trips and holidays.

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Early Learning

Klug Educational Toys & Play

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With this game, children can learn colors, shapes and practice logical thinking as well as fine motor skills. AED 45


Available at Hamleys and Virgin Megastore Plus-Plus does not come with complicated instructions or predetermined ways to build. Instead, kids figure out for themselves how to play and what to build! Younger children tend to create twodimensional figures. In addition to recognising colours, increasing sensory stimulation, improving hand-eye coordination and developing motor skills, this toy also heightens the imagination and boosts creativity.

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Stephen Duckitt Principal, Safa Community School

What does ‘forward-thinking education’, the model you adopt at SCS, mean for your students?

We promote a curriculum that focuses on developing engaged thinkers, ethical citizens and the need to have an entrepreneurial spirit pervading the school. In addition, we look to extend lifelong skills, not only lifelong learning.

By way of example, we have introduced dance as a compulsory subject at all ages from FS1 – the aim being to encourage self-confidence, positive body awareness and, above all, improved core body strength to support our aim of a healthy lifestyle and a skill for life. We have also introduced specialist taught design and technology, and cookery lessons from the age of seven onwards – further demonstrating our commitment to skills for life and supporting an all-round education.

How do you bring the National Curriculum of England alive?

We deliver this through concepts in every subject which link it to everyday life and key global topics. This year, they are culture and diversity, global awareness, sustainability, enterprise and entrepreneurship, leadership and decision-making, and discovery and innovations. In addition, the after-school activity programme is seen as an extension of lessontime learning and we have an exhaustive local and international outings and trips programme. To support the school’s community feel, and improve students’ knowledge of the curriculum, secondary students frequently formally teach primary students new work. The results of this have been amazing and learning for both groups has been significantly accelerated, so has the enjoyment factor. How do you encourage your students to dream big?

We set no limits to learning outcomes in classrooms and from the age of seven children are encouraged to set their own success criteria for each lesson and their learning. To capture the youthful mind’s spirit of ‘dreaming big’, we promote extensive perassessment and peer teaching within the school at all ages and also encourage a school where children can be leaders at all levels. 38 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

We promote a curriculum that focuses on developing engaged thinkers, ethical citizens and the need to have an entrepreneurial spirit pervading the school. Our recent head prefects selection took the form of a US-type presidential election with students delivering speeches, debating their views, campaigning both with posters and in person – all culminating in a polling station where students came to vote. Why did you set ‘golden rules’ at school?

This year, school rules have been changed following our decision to ask children of all ages to come up with ideas on: “What learner qualities do we want at SCS and how will we extend these into our school expectations for student behaviour?” The student council is working with senior staff to draft these into our new school rules.

How do you keep the school’s mission, its aim for students and ethos all in line?

We do this through ‘pupil voice’, a delegated leadership culture, and by giving staff and students ownership of the school culture. The approach is one of inclusivity, not exclusivity to only a few. Is there anything parents need to know when considering admissions?

The school has a child-friendly admissions process and a 24-hour turnaround. The experienced admissions team can be contacted on or 04 385 1810.






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Why your child does not want to go to school

ABSENT! While it is normal for children to fake being sick every once in a while in order to avoid going to school, constantly adopting such a technique may indicate that there is something wrong with their well-being at school.


Why would my child pretend to be sick?

According to Dr Candice Render, educational psychologist and head of programmes at the American Centre for Psychiatry and Neurology, a younger child may be experiencing separation anxiety, and not wanting to leave their parents’ side. An older child may have social anxiety related to peer interactions or may be dealing with a bully; perhaps they have not connected well with their teacher(s).

How can I ensure my child feels comfortable going to school?

For a younger child, they need to be familiar with the school and people they will be spending their day with. Prior to starting school, it is important for young children to drive the route that they will take to school and practice walking into the school and to their classroom. Once they start school, it is important that parents instil confidence in the child and that they speak about school in a very positive way. Communication between the school and home is also vitally important. Make sure that you ask the teacher each day about how well your child has interacted with others, dealt with their emotions, participated in activities, and even if they ate well. All of this information will tell you how well your child is adjusting. For older children, making sure they have a wellestablished routine for school will go a long way in helping them feel comfortable while they are

there. Morning routines should be consistent and structured in a way which prevents rushing and searching for things. Most importantly, avoid power struggles in the morning. When children have a smooth start to their day, they tend to feel more comfortable going to school. Making sure all homework is completed the night before is also of big help as children tend to want to avoid school if they are not prepared. It is also very important that there is communication between the school and parents as to how they are adjusting socially and academically. If a child is struggling academically or with peers, they will start to get psychosomatic symptoms such as headaches and tummy aches to avoid going to school. Speak with your child daily about school so that you are aware of any issues or concerns before they get to the point where they are avoiding school. If the teacher is the reason, it is important that you speak with them about your child’s concerns. It can often be a simple misunderstanding which can be easily resolved.

What activities can children participate in to help control their anxiety? There are many activities that parents can do with



migraine. Vomiting is a sign that something is definitely wrong. children to help them control their anxiety such as breathing exercises, positive visualisations, tense and release, and Mindfulness. Deep breathing exercises are something that children can be taught to do when they are feeling anxious. When we focus on breathing deeply, it helps us calm ourselves. Positive visualisations include helping the child create a positive image in their head of whatever they are experiencing anxiety over. If it is anxiety regarding a test, have the child create an image in their head of them answering every question correctly as they complete it. Tense and release can be taught to children and they can do this even at school without anyone knowing that they are doing it. They simply a start at their feet and tense and release the muscles as they move up their bodies. Being mindful consists of “staying in the present”. Children have a tendency to try and predict the future and can obsess about what might happen. With mindfulness, we teach children how to stay in the “here and now” and take each day as it comes.

Sick or faking it?

Compare what you see to what your child says. Stomach pain, but munching on sausages? There is definitely something wrong with this scene. Use your tools! Is your child complaining of a fever? A thermometer will tell the truth as it measures internal body temperature and is not affected by external circumstances like hiding under a blanket. A headache is the most difficult to detect. If they also complain of blurred vision or eye pain, it could be a 46 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

You cannot fake a rash, but sunburn may cause rashes which do not qualify for skipping school. A little bit of redness in a skin fold or on the elbow is nothing, but if your child has a rash that covers a large part of their body and appears as red dots, this is more serious. A runny nose paired with a fever and cough is the flu, which is a reason to skip school. Dark bags under the eyes can mean the runny nose is an allergy which – if not severe – is not an excuse to skip school.

Absent! There is a New Policy for UAE Schools… Ministry of Education schools have implemented 13 new amendments which have been introduced to the assessment and examination system. They will now deduct five points off of your child’s end-of-year average if they are absent for more than seven per cent of school says. Make sure you keep track mummies…


Is Your Child Keeping Quiet About Bullying? You do not hear much about bullying in the UAE and that is possibly because it is not as prevalent as it may be in other countries – at least not anymore! In July 2015, Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has confirmed that anti-bullying measures would be introduced in all schools in the emirate from the 2015-16 academic year. Despite an improvement, local psychologists claim that bullying does still exist in our schools. With the influx of newcomers and the multicultural environment, some schools are finding it difficult to control bullying, often blaming it on the parents – and we are not referring to those of the bully. SUBTLER SIGNS OF BULLYING

“Where are your friends?” If you find yourself asking this question more than you should, it may indicate that your child is being bullied. Not only do children tend to isolate themselves when they are having this problem, but their friends tend to distance themselves in fear of the bully as well. “Why are you always so angry?” A child who is

bullied will become stressed, angry and anxious. Their behaviour will change, they will become moody and it will seem like they are rarely ever truly happy.

“Are you feeling sick?” Apart from pretending to be sick to avoid going to school, being bullied will make your child stressed, hence lowering their immunity levels. ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM

“Tell me more about your friends; who do you sit with at lunch?” Do your research as a mother: ask questions and really get to know how your child is handling school and their social circle.

“Is something/someone bothering you at school?” Sometimes, it is ok to be direct. Rather than asking the teacher or trying to stalk your child, be direct with them and get to the bottom of it. This strategy will also help you determine the best way to act. “Let us solve this problem together.” You may try help your child solve the problem, but they will need more than that. Your child needs an advocate who will help them – be that a friend, teacher or an older schoolmate.

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What Do You Know about Your

Child’s Teachers? A new, mandatory teaching license is under process in the e UAE and it has been the talk of th hallways this school year. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Up until now, teachers would be allowed to teach given they had the necessary qualifications. Minimum qualifications vary across the UAE, with the basic credentials outlined by the Ministry in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The UAE’s Ministry of Education is planning on introducing a new professional licensing scheme for teachers, expected to be introduced next year and fully implemented by 2021.

The system will involve a training programme at a UAE university before acquiring the mandatory licensing. The minimum entry level qualification for a teacher will be a bachelor’s degree. The common examination and unified license are meant to enhance the quality of education and professional competence. 50 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

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Your Child and Virtual Reality Games Pokémon Go and Beyond

Like most parents, you probably have a very vague idea of the games your children purchase or download. For them, every single character brings them into a world of wonder; for us, Pokémon Go sounds like every other game they play. Virtual reality is very different from your average video game. Linked to social phenomena and psychological conditions, virtual reality games bring together the ‘best’ of both worlds, immersing your child in the experience and merging the real and surreal in their mind. Studies have shown that a child’s neurological setup goes through numerous changes when faced with prolonged exposure to the virtual world. Virtual reality’s effects include hyper-addictive behaviour and a lack of social interaction, to name a few. “The neurological setup of a young child is extremely delicate. Our brains do not completely develop until we are 25 years of age. Until then, we are 52 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD


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exposed to various changes. These changes allow our brains to function more efficiently. This process is known as ‘neural pruning’,” says Lisa M. Elliott, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and clinic manager at Cook Children’s Medical Centre, USA. Virtual gaming, in moderation, has its benefits. A number of important studies have linked virtual games with an improvement in multi-tasking capabilities and the enhancement of visual acuity. You, as a mother, should start to worry when gaming activity transforms itself into an addiction rather than an enhancement exercise. “Video gaming can promote addictive qualities due to the release of neurotransmitters or chemicals such as dopamine – a neurotransmitter that effects the pleasure centre of the brain,” explains Dr Elliott. “Such games cause a flooding of dopamine resulting in instant pleasure thus forcing children to keep playing.

Besides wreaking havoc on the neurotransmission setup, executive functioning skills associated with the frontal cortex are also effected due to the constant release of dopamine.” As if all of this did not sound bad enough, the behavioural part is also affected. When you try to take the games away, children tend to get aggressive and exhibit withdrawal symptoms. At an advanced stage, your child may begin to prefer games over reality. Moreover, they may give less importance to values such as empathy, kindness and generosity. “Parents play an important role in limiting their child’s exposure. We have always recommended for parents to participate with their children when discovering the three-dimensional world rather than isolating them. It is always better to play with your child and remind them of the difference between the virtual and real worlds. Inform them that extensive preoccupation with video games can be harmful,” adds Dr Elliott. Your discussions with your child should help you understand more about the nature of these games, rather than being about you giving them instructions or attempting to explain your point of view. Dr Elliott recommends: “Engaging your child in other activities while limiting their access to gaming equipment to one to two hours a day is the best way to keep things under control. Learn how to check your children’s devices and history, and utilise firewalls and blocking programmes.” “Additionally, invest some time in researching the quality of such video games. You will also be able to find good quality pro-social ones which would teach your young ones how to handle social situations and foster empathy.” MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | NOVEMBER 2016 | 53


Separation Anxiety and Your Child By Fatma Azam Ali

It takes quite a bit to get over separation anxiety; the first day at school or nursery is full of difficult moments. my daughters’ first day of school was heart-wrenchingly emotional. I knew I did not want them to go through this, but they had to!


It is not only the child, but the mother as well who goes through separation anxiety. It would be rather biased to say that separation anxiety issues are for children only. Children observe and react – they feel what their mothers are going through and act accordingly. Dealing with separation anxiety involves a holistic approach where the mother prepares her child and herself for a brief moment of separation into the real world. It takes time, and our children endlessly wailing and crying on their first days of school is just one of the things that show that we may have not prepared ourselves enough. Asma (my nine-year-old daughter, then three years old) was a tough one for me as a first-time experience. She would not let me go and I would have a hard time letting her go too. I would peep through the classroom window to see if she is doing ok and when she cried, my heart would shatter into a million pieces with every inch of guilt for putting her in that situation. She had never cried that hard! Every second would seem like an hour and I would eagerly look forward to picking her up from her school, usually before time. Then I thought: does it really have to be that way? As an education expert now studying a psychology module for my PhD, I knew kids were smart, they can sense our fear.

Children observe and react – they feel what their mothers are going through and act accordingly.

It was time to fake it (yes, they would not know it). I would leave confidently (with a heavy heart) and she would cry less making it look like a normal scenario. I left her for three days in a row with a kiss. A word more and she would come back to her tantrums. With this, her tantrums were off within three days. She would be quiet, but would not cry anymore. Well, that was taken care of… With my young princess, it was a different situation altogether. She was five and she is normally the type who would be excited for school. However, she would start crying after an hour in class saying she missed me. The following day, I left her with my mother-in-law after school and the next day, I scheduled a playdate with one of the playgroups. I would do this initially three times a week, gradually reducing it to once per week until she got accustomed to my absence. Again, I felt pre-planning was essential. Had I done this the same a week ago, she would not have cried this way at school. The decision to leave your child is a difficult one – both for you and your child. With simple preparation, management and mama skills, our children can overcome separation anxiety. Remember, it is not just them, it is us too! MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | NOVEMBER 2016 | 55


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Designing Your baby’s Nursery Designing your little one’s nursery starts early and is an exciting step to prepare for their arrival. It is the space where you will be spending most of your time after all. While striving to achieve a room with beautiful, calm aesthetics is an important component, ensuring that your little one’s sanctuary is safe and functional is key. As with any room in your home, be creative and incorporate elements of what is personal to you as you embark on designing your new space. Do not feel the need to limit yourself to the traditional pinks and blues. While these may be popular, experimenting with other colours opens up endless possibilities:


Select key colour/theme: At this early step in the design process, lead with your heart. Create a mood board with images that inspire you. Think of shapes and colours that pique your interest or incorporate elements of a theme reminiscent of your own childhood memories.

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Basics: Decide on the basics first. We recommend a cot, changing table and comfortable nursing chair. If you are on a budget, other pieces can be added as your baby grows.

Versatility: Invest in pieces that can be used for years to come as your baby grows into childhood. Choose changing tables, for example, designed with this in mind, so once your baby is older, removing the changing tray converts the table into a beautiful dresser.


Safety: When designing your space, take into account the safety and positioning of furniture. Create a safe zone around your little one’s cot and place it away from potential hazards and neighbouring furniture pieces.

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Lighting: Make sure you have a night lamp and room-darkening curtains for your window treatments to help promote restful sleep for your baby.


Storage: The importance of creating ample storage space cannot be underestimated, it makes a huge difference, as clutter quickly accumulates. Toy boxes that double up as storage chests, side tables with extra space on hand and shelving are a handy investment.

Accessorise: Be creative! Here is a tip: use removable wall decals to add immediate colour and patterns to a clean, neutral-painted wall.


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Easy Tips to Eliminate Bad Odours‌Safely 1 Forget masking the smell. Lighting up a soy candle or spraying overpriced air fresheners will not help if you do not get rid of the source. Try to find it, whether it is coming from the kitchen or anywhere else, and get rid of it before attempting to mask it.

3 Remove cigarette smoke stink. Most solutions for this problem tend to be temporary. You may need to wash, seal and paint the walls after long-term smoking at home. Forget clean air machines like air purifiers, they do not work and are not environmentally-friendly.


2 Rub out nasty bacteria smell from your carpets and garments with vinegar, which is highly acidic. Mix one part vinegar with three parts water and rub it on using a cloth.


Beware of the bathroom, which can stink up your entire home. Light a candle or use a good air freshener, preferably the automatic type, for ongoing odour control.




If not properly cleaned, the kitchen would be the first place from which a bad smell would be likely to emanate. Vivianne Lanagui from for home cleaning services in Dubai tells us more about keeping the kitchen fresh:

• White vinegar: Put the vinegar in a cup, mix it with water and put it on your kitchen worktop. For a quicker method, boil the vinegar in a saucepan without covering it. • Coffee grounds: Place coffee grounds on the countertop in your kitchen – bad odours will disappear from your kitchen within a few hours.

• Baking soda: Forgot to take out the trash and now it is smelly? Rinse your bin with water and white vinegar before you sprinkle a bit of baking soda onto the bottom of your garbage can. Do not forget to change the powder on a regular basis to keep overpowering smells from building up. The hygiene bomb: It is in the fridge! Our fridge is one of the

smelliest places and this would be even worse if you leave any food in there before travelling. So, how can you get rid of the bad smell now?

• Remove all items from your fridge and discard expired food. Clean all shelves, trays and other removable parts. Wash them under warm water and sterilise the walls and base of the fridge with a sponge soaked in vinegar. Wipe removable parts and dry them before putting them and all your groceries back into the fridge.

• To make your fridge smell fresh again, drop a few teaspoons of vanilla extract into a saucer and put it in your fridge. Alternatively, you can place a cup filled with sodium bicarbonate in there for few days.

R STORY: O R R O H G N I N A E CL IN! THE MIGHTY DRA Fat and other debris get stuck in the drain causing unpleasing odours. Time to put an end to that:

• Pour a bit of boiling water down the drain, then use cold water and rinse with boiling water again. If more help is needed, flush the drain with hot water before dumping a cup of baking soda down. Then, pour two cups of hot vinegar and enjoy the fizzy action! Wait for 20-30 minutes and rinse the drain with boiling water once again. • After the whole flushing experiment, fill your sink with sliced lemon or orange peel. Apart from giving a nice smell to the sink, it will also help remove greasy build-up.



In a spray, mix ten volumes of warm water, one volume of vinegar and a dozen drops of essential oils (try lavender or vanilla). Vaporise this mix everywhere: on curtains, carpets, rugs and in the kitchen and bathroom. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | NOVEMBER 2016 | 61


Mama's Handbag

Choosing it, cleaning it and keeping it ready! G IT


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It does not need to be too big. This will only tempt you to keep adding more stuff and before you know it, you cannot even find what you need. Pockets and zippers come in handy when you are looking to keep things as organised as possible. You do not want molten chocolate on your phone and


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secret pockets are the answer to your prayers. A good strap will help you avoid the backache that often comes with uncomfortable bags. Make sure it is ergonomic and mummy-friendly, meaning it will not burden you with one more heavy item to carry around.


In a recent study conducted on women of different age groups, 33% admitted having never cleaned their handbag! It is the dirtiest of all carry-ons! From desks to bathroom floors, your handbag houses more than 10,000 bacteria on just a few square centimetres. Studies have shown that it can have ten times more microbial activity than a toilet seat inside, outside and especially on the straps.

While a good percentage of this bacteria may be harmless, it is probably a good idea to clean your bag. Experts at Dubai-based cleaning services company recommend these easy tips for a clean handbag:

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To make sure your handbags are clean, first wash your hands, then wipe them with alcohol-free wipes. From time to time, empty your bag and shake it to discard the larger pieces of dirt. Afterwards, use a brush or lint roller to get even the most resistant of crumbs.

Careful where you place your bag! Avoid contaminating it by leaving it on the floor, especially the bathroom’s. When storing the bag, make sure you place it in its dust bag or a pillowcase to protect it and avoid cross-contamination. Pay extra attention to cleaning your hands before grabbing things from your handbag. Wash or disinfect your hands before touching the interior, especially if you have been touching different surfaces or you are coming from public places like trains, buses and so on. If you would like to make it extra clean, fill baking soda sachets and keep them in your handbag to get rid of any unpleasant odours.


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WHAT DO YOU BEING PREPARED,YOUR BAG? NEED TO KEEP IN Keys, keys, keys! Whether your car’s or to your apartment, your keys need to be clasped together in any of your tight handbag pockets.

Stationary is a must-have. Yes, we know this is not your kids’ school bag, but they are very likely to need a pen – or even glue – hence keeping a small zipper bag with such supplies at hand.

Keep a few snacks in your handbag. Think granola bars, nutand-fruit mix bites or anything that can help with low blood sugar and would not change upon exposure to excessive heat or cold. Mummy-baby tantrums? Not when you are ready! A good stock of all types of feminine supplies is a must. Even if you are pregnant, why not be prepared for any emergencies? You also need to have a small notebook. Not only does it come in handy for distracting your child with a doodle or scribble, but you will need to note down information, reminders and grocery list items. Nothing beats an old-

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fashioned notebook, not even a phone. You must keep an empty pocket or small container. What if you find an unidentified sock or a broken toy? All must-keeps for later… A first-aid kit has to be there, and we are not talking a full bathroom cabinet, just for the occasional real (and imaginary) boo-boo and – God forbid – anything else. Make sure it includes Band-Aids of all sizes, alcohol swabs and possibly a small bottle of antiseptic. For small, or major allergies you may not be prepared for make sure you have medicine or an ointment. Wipes, tissues and hand sanitiser are handbag essentials. With children, a mess is only a few minutes away at any given time. A bottle of water is also a good idea – if not for drinking, you may need it to clean up. Phone, cash, change and your wallet – of course they will all go in there. Make sure your phone stays in the same place so that you do not have to look for it every single time it beeps.




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WHITE DENIM: White is not as scary as you think. It can be a great colour to accentuate or contrast proportions. Rather than wearing paper-white hues, go for a creamier colour for a more toned-down look. A patterned pair will help distract from any unwanted curves.


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Mini Weather Report

Temperatures are dropping and we are spending more time outdoors than ever. In a typical November, humidity ranges from 36% (comfortable) to 90% (very humid) and often gets as high as 100% (very humid). The sun is not showing any signs of backing down…


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This popular Greek street food is both delicious and easy to prepare. Enjoy these healthy skewers wrapped in a pita with fresh Tzatziki and salad, or accompanied with some slaw and grilled Halloumi. This works just as well with prawns, any other meat or extra vegetables.

By Chef Nalinaj Ravindran, GRK Fresh Greek grkfreshme

Chicken Souvlaki Skewers INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4) • 500g chicken breast – diced • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed • Juice of half a lemon • A few sprigs of fresh oregano • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil • A generous pinch of salt • A generous pinch of black pepper • 2 tbsp. of Greek yogurt • 2 medium red onions – sliced into 8 • 1 red pepper – sliced into 8 EQUIPMENT




• Griddle pan or BBQ • Wooden skewers – soak the ends in a cup of water for 30 minutes

METHOD • Combine the garlic, oil, lemon juice, yogurt and seasoning in a bowl and add your chicken. Coat it thoroughly then cover and leave to marinade in the fridge for at least an hour (overnight is best). • Take your skewers and add a piece of chicken, a piece of onion, a piece of pepper and tomato, and repeat until the skewer is covered. • Make sure to leave space between the meat and vegetables to ensure the meat is properly cooked. • Heat your pan and grill the skewers on medium heat for 8 minutes or until the meat is cooked through, turning the skewers every now and then.

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The quintessential family dining spot whether you have spent the day cycling along the Boulevard or shopping at the mall, it houses a stunning terrace overlooking the fountain and offers mouth-watering barbeques – sounds like a perfect Friday to us. Serving Japanese delicacies tapas-style, you can share picture-

perfect dishes ranging from juicy grilled skewers cooked fresh to order from the open-coal ‘robata’ grill including angus beef and chicken with green onions to a signature selection of sushi and sashimi, fried seaweed and lotus chips with a spicy avocado dip and tofu-mango cheesecake.

The Red Sun Brunch takes place every Friday from 1-4 pm at AED 295 (soft drinks), AED 395 (house beverages) and AED 495 (bubbly) MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | NOVEMBER 2016 | 69


The World’s Healthiest Ingredient… Flaxseed and Almond Pancakes

By Linda O' Byrne, New Atkins Lifestyle Nutritionist

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 6) • 330g almond flour • 0.5 tsp. salt • 0.5 tsp. baking soda • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed • 3 eggs • 180 ml unsweetened almond milk • 1 tbsp. butter


METHOD • Combine the almond flour, flaxseed, salt and baking soda. • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the milk and butter and whisk thoroughly. • Gradually whisk the flour mixture into the egg mixture. • Add more milk as necessary, one tablespoon at a time, to reach pancake-batter consistency. • Lightly oil a frying pan and heat over medium heat. • Pour 4 tablespoons of batter onto the pan. Cook batter for three minutes, or until bubbles form and edges are cooked. • Flip and cook the pancake for three minutes or until underside is lightly browned. • Repeat the process with all remaining batter.

Adding flaxseed to your child’s diet can help strengthen and develop their body’s immune defence system. It is also a great source of protein which will help keep them full and alert for longer.


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HEALTH Plate vs. Lunchbox The Right Food Portions

By Nour Abulughod Practicing Doctor of Naturopathy, BR Medical Suites, Dubai Healthcare City

Children growing up in families who enjoy a variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups are more likely to make their own healthy choices as they get older. They are also encouraged to be physically active every day and drink plenty of water.

THE FIVE FOOD GROUPS WHICH SHOULD MAKE UP A PLATE ARE: • Vegetables (different varieties and colours) • Fruits • Whole grains, basmati or brown rice, quinoa, oats, spelt, barley, whole wheat pasta and bread • Meats, poultry, fresh fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes and beans • Milk (organic when possible), yoghurt, unprocessed cheese

Include good quality fats such as olive oil, avocado, extra virgin coconut oil, grass-fed animal butter and ghee. Avoid hydrogenated oils and trans fats.

MY KID’S PLATE MUST CONTAIN ALL FIVE FOOD GROUPS • At least half of the plate should be made up of vegetables and include a piece of fruit (potatoes do not count as a vegetable) • ¼ of the plate should include whole grains • ¼ of the plate should be good quality protein


• Processed meats such as deli products and hot dogs • Sodas and fruit juices • Flavoured yoghurt and milk products • Packaged, processed foods or food from a can • Foods with artificial colouring and sweeteners

A healthy lunch keeps active kids alert and focused and gives them the nutrition they need every day.


• 1-2 pieces of fruit • 3-4 servings of vegetables

• A bottle of water • A healthy snack.

For example, a homemade muffin, granola bars, etc.

• Avoid packaged snacks full of sugar, colouring, salt and preservatives

Children rarely eat the same way every day and it is common to have a little more on some days. By providing your child with the recommended amounts from the five food groups and limiting foods which are high in hydrogenated fats, added sugars, salt, food colouring and preservatives, they will get enough of nutrients essential for good health, growth and development. 72 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
















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Nightmares, Sleepwalking and Sleep Terrors Should you be worried? By: Sarah Whitehead



It can be a very unpleasant experience to find your child screaming or walking around like a zombie in the middle of the night. As with most things, understanding what is really going on is the first step. The collective term for disruptive sleep disorders such as nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep talking and night terrors is ‘parasomnia’. We take a look at two of the most common disorders: night terrors and sleepwalking. WHAT ARE THEY?

Night Terrors are not the same as nightmares. Nightmares occur during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and are essentially just bad dreams which can cause a child to wake up feeling scared. Night terrors, on the other hand, occur in a temporary state of wakefulness during deep sleep. According to Stanford Children’s Health USA, common characteristics of night terrors include your child being frightened, but difficult to wake up or be comforted and your child’s eyes being wide open, but not knowing you are there.

CHILDREN WILL OFTEN SIT UP IN BED SCREAMING, MUMBLING, KICKING AND THRASHING. Sleep Walking is similar to night terrors in that a person appears to be awake while actually in deep sleep. Sleep walking will

not cause your child any distress and it is unlikely they will come to any harm, but precautions should be taken such as installing stair gates and locking doors and windows to make sure they do not leave the house. Dr Irshaad Ebrahim of The London Sleep Centre advises parents to try and guide children gently back to bed without waking them up. ADVICE FOR MUMS:

Many parents will try to wake their children up when these incidents occur, but this can actually make an episode worse. If you do wake them up, they may not recognise you and become more agitated. The best thing to do is wait. The child will usually return to deep sleep within around 15 minutes. While these episodes can be very distressing for parents, children are largely unaffected and will most likely have no memory of the event in the morning. WHAT CAUSES THEM?

Episodes most often occur early on in the night, during the deep ‘slow-wave’ cycle of sleep, but can occur at other times too. Dr Paul Gringras, a professor at the London-based Evelina Children’s Hospital in Children’s Sleep Medicine, states how common this disorder is in children: “Research actually shows that as many as one in 20 four-year-olds experience night terrors.” He also noted that it is widely accepted that



there is a genetic component to these disorders, so to a certain degree it can run in the family. Fatigue and sleep deprivation have also been identified as causes. An episode can be triggered by a noise, light, or even something as simple as needing to go to the toilet. CAN THEY BE PREVENTED?

Many experts believe that watching TV or playing video games before bed can have a negative impact on sleep. Health plays an important role too. Triggers can include a lack of exercise, lack of sleep and eating foods which are high in sugar or fat. Regular exercise and a balanced diet can reduce the risk.

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Gringras advises: “Parents can ensure that a calm, consistent bedtime is practised so a child does not become overtired and can be reassured by the steady routine that there will be no surprises. This will create a safe and secure environment for a more restful sleep.” It can also help to keep a diary of your child’s sleep, noting when incidents occur and how long they last. This can help you identify any potential triggers and will provide a useful background should you ever need to seek professional help. WHAT TO DO NEXT:

So what should you do if your child is suffering from these disorders? Dr Ebrahim says: “In people prone to these conditions, having enough sleep and a regular sleep pattern is extremely important in reducing the frequency of such events.”

“To check whether these episodes are being triggered by an underlying sleep disorder and whether or not they are having a detrimental effect on an individual’s health, it is best to seek a sleep specialist’s advice to diagnose and map the road to treatment.”


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Tucks, Lifts and Peels for New Mums Many women give birth and their bodies remain the same with no noticeable or major damage.

FALSE. The percentage of women who do not suffer from post-pregnancy body stress including loss of muscle and breast and tummy sagginess with loss of volume is less than 1%.

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Genetics play a huge role in determining the body’s response to all of the changes that take place during pregnancy and after birth.

Botox and fillers are not the same thing.

TRUE. Botox is made from botulinum toxin, which temporarily relaxes facial muscles while fillers are injections of hyaluronic acid. The latter absorbs water and provides a volume boost with noticeable results.

A very deep peel is the perfect solution for better skin in the UAE, especially for women who suffer from very dry skin after giving birth.

False. The harsh summer sun here can expose women who undergo very deep peels to a higher risk of hyperpigmentation or discoloration – the skin simply becomes unprotected.

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I can have fillers and injections while pregnant.

False. Such procedures should be avoided during pregnancy and even creams need to be used with caution.

A mummy makeover involves a tummy tuck and breast surgery.

True. This procedure is very popular now and involves two surgeries, a tummy tuck and breast augmentation and/or lifting. A mummy makeover takes around six hours to complete and the woman is hospitalised for two days after. The scar is similar to a caesarean one, only slightly longer.


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FALSE. You need to wait for four months before the uterus contracts back to its normal size. We also give the hormones a chance to stabilise.


I can have a mummy makeover while I am giving birth, or right after.


A tummy tuck is a high-risk procedure.

True. With the technology we have now, no surgery is considered very risky. However, when compared to other plastic surgery procedures, the risk of blood clots becomes higher with a tummy tuck.

Stomach sagginess after giving birth mainly comes from extra fat.

False. A lot of what you see is actually extra skin and it would take much more than diet and exercise to get rid of – plastic surgery often becomes the only option.

I can undergo surgery even if I am planning on having another baby.

False. It is better to wait after you have ‘completed’ your family. If you are planning on having another baby, I would highly recommend that. Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding take a toll on the body and you may need a revision or another full surgery. This would be the case, for example, if you have twins.

A mummy makeover may not be all I need after giving birth.

True. We often send patients for physiotherapy as pregnancy can alter the body’s normal posture which can affect the way surgery results may appear.

I should think twice before having children – look at all of these changes that take place!

False. Motherhood is a beautiful thing, do not deprive yourself of such a feeling. Plastic surgery is there to help and we can fix anything you need.

Did You Know? Children can undergo plastic surgery at six or seven years old to fix protruding ears, which by then would have reached their adult size.

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Set within funky, dreamlike interiors, Kozma & Kozma offers the perfect pampering experience.

Think candy-land chic as you walk in only to be welcomed by swirls of gold and silver with touches of colour. A candy and smoothie bar serves your sweeterthan-strawberry creation as you wait for your appointment on the villa’s ground floor. Kozma & Kozma’s staff is smiley and happy to be there; a Tyra Banks lookalike styled my hair silky smooth after using special macadamia products for added shine and protection.

Their pink unicorn manicure is another story – the lush, electric fuchsia gel mix is perfect for hydrated cuticles as you wait for your polish application.

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The Most Common Reproductive Disorders Why you need to look out for PCOS and Endometriosis By Dr Ann Mini Mathew Specialist Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, Aster Hospital

Do I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? PCOS is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women of reproductive age. It is caused by hormonal imbalance and metabolic issues, and affects physical appearance and overall health.

Although most experts believe that wgenetic factors are among its causes, the exact cause of the condition still remains unknown.


Do you…

• Have irregular periods? • Experience a delay in menstruation? • Have fewer than normal periods and painful menstrual flow? • Have excessive body or facial hair? • Suffer from acne, infertility and/or weight issues?

PCOS can go undiagnosed for a long period of time because the symptoms may overlap with other medical conditions women face. Conducting blood and physical tests, a pelvic test and an ultrasound and locating multiple cysts on each of the ovaries will help a doctor make the diagnosis.

What is the cure?

There is no permanent cure or treatment for PCOS. Each symptom can be individually managed and treated. The doctor would prescribe medication and treatment options depending on the symptoms.

Fertility treatments are available to help women conceive, but the ideal way to treat PCOS is through nutrition and exercise, losing as little as 5% of excess weight can help women reduce the symptoms. Health issues including heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol and diabetes are some of the long-term consequences of PCOS.

Surgery is the last resort for PCOS; it can be an option for women who do not ovulate even after losing weight or trying fertility medications.

What about endometriosis?

Endometriosis affects almost 100,000 women in the UAE. It is a condition which appears in women across all age groups. This disorder makes the tissue that lines the uterus begin to grow outside in areas like the pelvic organs, but rarely beyond.

Are the symptoms similar to PCOS?

Endometriosis may appear with symptoms or be asymptomatic. Just like PCOS, it has no designated cause.

The severity of the condition depends on the exact location, extent and depth of the endometrial lining deposit; its symptoms differ in every woman. Some women may experience painful periods, painful urination, excessive bleeding, infertility and digestive issues like diarrhoea and constipation.

Women with mild endometriosis may experience severe pain and others with severe endometriosis may suffer from mild pain.

losing as little as 5% of excess weight can help women reduce the symptoms. Can it be treated?

Unlike PCOS, endometriosis can be treated by surgery, medication or hormonal therapy depending on the severity of the symptoms and whether or not the woman choses to conceive.

Generally, upon consultation, doctors would recommend surgery as a last resort and begin with pain relief medications. If these are unsuccessful, surgical options include: Conservative surgery would be required if the woman wishes to become pregnant. Hysterectomy is the procedure of choice if the condition is severe and the woman does not wish to conceive.

The key to a successful fertility treatment

Endometriosis is a progressive disease and can recur after stopping treatment. The key to a successful fertility treatment is not delaying pregnancy. A woman diagnosed with endometriosis and desiring pregnancy should complete her family at the earliest.

For both PCOS and endometriosis, the type and method of treatment should be determined by a healthcare professional depending on various factors like age, severity of the condition and the symptoms associated with it.

Both conditions are widely present in women, but generally go unnoticed because women tend to ignore a lot of the symptoms associated with them. That is why no symptom should ever be ignored, no matter how insignificant or minor it may seem!



A Family Balance

Mothers-to-be undergoing In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) are using embryo screening to select the gender of their babies and prevent genetic diseases. Fertility doctors are claiming that the procedure will change the way we look at families and conception in the future. 88 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

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Embryo screening in the UAE

Doctors at Bourn Hall Fertility Centre, Dubai, have reported a 53 per cent increase in the number of family balancing cases compared to last year. Family balancing through assisted reproductive techniques is used by hopeful parents to ‘complete’ their families, also promising an embryo free of most genetic diseases and disorders.

“Over a short few years, gender selection has become quite popular among couples. It is only natural that parents want children of both sexes, and when this procedure is on offer, people like to avail it,” says Dr Carol Coughlan, specialist in reproductive medicine at Bourn Hall Fertility Centre, Dubai. “We have found that the trend is more popular among the local population, even though a sizeable number of expats also request gender selection, particularly in their second or third pregnancies,” she adds. The cost of balancing your family

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS), which is what the embryo screening procedure is called in the medical world, is an added expense to the high cost of IVF, but this has not stopped mothers-to-be from pursuing this technique.

selection, possibly because we have a convenience such as Daman Insurance giving 100% financial reimbursement for assisted reproductive techniques,” explains Amin Neghabat, group chief executive officer for Bourn Hall International. “As more offers come up, we can safely claim that more people will opt for screening, both for the sake of choosing the gender of their baby and to ensure that they are free of any numerical chromosomal abnormalities.” Who can benefit?

PGS is particularly effective for couples who share the same family medical background or those who have suffered recurrent pregnancy loss, implantation failures or unexplained infertility. The procedure is also useful if the woman is of advanced age. PGS facilitates the transfer of chromosomally-normal embryos and significantly improves the success rate of IVF. Through proper screening via PGS or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), which tests for a specific genetic condition, couples can ensure that the embryo is free of any ‘medically-faulty’ gene, which either one of the parents may have.

“We are seeing a number of organisations in the UAE that cover the cost, making it easier for most couples to opt for these procedures. In Abu Dhabi, for example, among 2000 cycles, 80 to 90 per cent of couples ask for gender

IVF-related procedures are changing the way we look at families every day. If you think any of them may be right for you, consult your doctor to know more about your options.


• Help prevent osteoporosis by: eating a calcium-rich diet, doing strength exercises, limiting

alcohol and caffeine, not smoking, avoiding medications that increase bone loss and balance training to prevent falls.

• Live a healthy lifestyle before trying to conceive. • Fit integrative medicine in where needed. Seek the help of nutritionists, exercise physiologists, psychologists, acupuncturists and more.

• Figure out what you enjoy doing for exercise and do that until you do not enjoy it; when you stop enjoying it, switch to something else. Having someone to exercise with can be a good motivational strategy – be it a personal trainer, family member or friend.

• Minimise any barriers which may prevent you from exercising. If you are at home, automatically change into your workout clothes in the morning as a gentle reminder to exercise. Nicola Finley Physician, Canyon Ranch Health Resorts 90 | NOVEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

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