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The best bits 7 Top 10 London Shows Our recommended must see shows on in the city right now

14 Fussy Eaters How do I stop throwing yet another meal in the bin?

30 Cool Kids go Back 2 School

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How to dress em, prep em and more


47 Learning to Read How do we help our little ones read in the midst of a busy life?


30 All the rest 20 Giving your Child the Best Start in Life What is the ideal age for my child to start learning a second language?

22 Heart & Sole Collection Three celebrity mummies have designed a limited edition range of unique shoes and boots for us

24 Perfect Summer Style Check out this stylish range of swim wear

28 On the Go Let Huggle help you choose your perfect pushchair

34 What´s On Our guide to keeping the whole family entertained

40 Cord Blood Collection A frozen asset for your baby and your family

42 Wishing on a Family Dr Goldstein explores the powerful emotion of family

46 Christmas Wish List Beat the rush, get ready for Christmas early

52 Editors Top 20 Children´s Books Natasha takes you through her most enchanting favourites

63 Get in the Groove for Gun Powder Find out where there is a firework display near you

55 Halloween

Spookfest! Cute Costumes Ghoulish Games Spooky Annabel Karmel Recipes


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From the Edito r



hat a great few months London has had, first we had the Queens Jubilee and then the Olympics. London has been buzzing and now we are left feeling rather patriotic and inspired. Maybe now is the time to take up a sport and finally shift those pounds we promised to shift at the beginning of the year! My 7 year old has told me he is going to be an Olympian so that’s nice, the only thing is he is not quite sure what event would suit him the most, I am trying to talk him out of Shooting, Archery, and Fencing as I can see a common theme appearing! Running seems like a nice safe sport if you ask me! I have also told him if he doesn’t start eating properly he will never grow taller than 4 foot, which is clearly a lie but as parents we will try anything to make sure our children are as healthy as possible. Maybe the answer lies on page 14 as we have a great article from the Bespoke Nanny, Kathryn Mewes on fussy eating, and how to avoid throwing yet another meal in the bin. In this edition we also have some delicious Halloween recipes from the one and only Annabel Karmel (page 59), a great feature on getting your kids back to school the easy way on page 30, and if you fancy really treating the whole family to an evening out we have our current Top 10 London Shows on the following page. Make sure you are careful on Fireworks night, and make sure your little ones know how to Trick n Treat safely, and ´YES´ do start picking up a gift here and there to make Christmas that little bit more affordable and most of all, less stressful! For now I’m off for a glass of wine and to find out what all the fuss is about with this ´Mr Grey´. See you in November, don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest London gossip. Happy reading,

Natasha Natasha Hewett, Editor-in-chief

Inside this issue

Cute Conversation Thank you to all of you who have shared with us the cute and funny things that your children say, we had so many to choose from so needless to say it was difficult picking a select few. Check them out on page 62.

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Many thanks to Toby and Emma from Chelsea for being the Stars of our Autumn edition and to Natasha Wiening Photography for taking such fantastic shots.

Top Too Many Penguins? How many penguins are too many penguins? Polar bear thinks one is more than enough, thank you very much! But Penguina has other ideas... she wants someone to play with. Just one friend... well, maybe two... or three... Squeeze into this fun theatrical experience and find out just how many penguins we can get into one space. It might get crowded but we promise that the arrival of the penguins will entertain and delight!

For ages: 1 - 4 years Where: Polka Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon. When: 17th October - 16th February 2013 Web: www.polkatheatre.com

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Open the door and enter a spectacular new world with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they journey through the magical land of Narnia. Adored by all ages this major new production of the classic story has been created by an award-winning team. It combines live theatre with Threesixty’s groundbreaking surround video and enchanting puppetry performed in a state-of-the art theatre tent. Where: The threesixty theatre, Kensington Gardens. When: Until 9th September Web: www.lionwitchtheshow.com

The Wind in the Willows When Mole abandons spring cleaning for the delights of the riverbank, he has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead. With Toad’s obsession for all things fast causing chaos (poop, poop!), it falls upon his friends Ratty, Mole and wise old Badger to save him. But that means coming face-to-face with the ferrets and weasels of the Wild Wood... For ages: 5 – 11 years. After-show Talk: 1st Dec - 2.30pm. Sign Language Performance: 8th Dec - 2.30pm. Autism Friendly Performance: 5th Jan 5.30pm. Where: Polka Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon. When: 23rd November - 16th February 2013. Web: www.polkatheatre.com

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Ice Age Live Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure will transport audiences on an awe-inspiring journey with an all new story that includes fun filled, beloved moments from the first three Ice Age films. This unique show brings your favorite characters to life as never before through innovative and unique ways! You’ll also meet new characters on this one of a kind Ice Age Live Adventure! Filled with fun, laughter, on the edge of your seat dramatic moments and of course the humor you have come to love! Where: Wembley Arena. When: 1st November - 3rd November. Web: www.iceagelive.com

Shrek The Musical Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings the well loved characters to life, in a hilarious and spectacular production based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. The world of fairytales is turned upside down in an all singing, all dancing, irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance. Where: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. When: On going. Web: www.shrekthemusical.com

Sticks & Stones

August 2011, riots are spreading. It’s summer, it’s hot and the entire country is holding its breath... As events fly out of control, a group of friends are caught in the middle. Shaken by what they see and do, their friendship is tested like never before. What will happen when life returns to normal? And what are people saying about the ‘youth of today’? Inspired and shaped by interviews with hundreds of children across the country, this explosive and thought-provoking new play invites young people to discuss what they thought about last summer’s riots. For ages: 9 -13 Where: Polka Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon. When: Tuesday - Saturday, 29th September - 27th October. Web: www.polkatheatre.com

The Wizard Of Oz The Wizard of Oz tells the bewitching tale of a girl named Dorothy from Kansas, who, along with her pet dog Toto, finds herself in a distant and magical land after a powerful tornado strikes her family’s farm house and whips her away to Oz. Meeting friends along the way such as the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy journeys down the yellow brick road in search of the Wizard in the hope of finding her way back home to Kansas. Where: London Palladium, Argyll Street, Soho. When: On going. Web: www.londonpalladium.org

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Matilda The Musical Roald Dahl’s much-loved story bursts into life on stage in this brand new musical version by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. Where: Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street. When: On going Web: www.matildathemusical.com

The Tiger Who Came To Tea The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! The tea-guzzling tiger is back in the WEST END in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of this classic tale of teatime mayhem, expect to be surprised! Where: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. When: Until 2nd September. Web: www.londontheatredirect.com

The Lion King With a cast of over 40 actors, singers and dancers, the story of The Lion King is miraculously brought to life in London’s West End using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba’s epic adventures as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king. Where: Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street. When: On going Web: www.atgtickets.com

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Through an old wooden door the Hobblers discovered A place more magical than any other An enchanted world full of excitement and play Where Huck, Tipp and Eliza could spend their days…

Hobbledown is a unique farm park adventure based on a book by A J Kecojevic and illustrated by Lyn Stone. At its heart it is a story about adventure and mischief. The story is the basis on which the park and everything in it has been built. Nothing escapes the Hobblers’ quirky touch, from tables and benches to the houses the farm animals actually live in. In amongst it all are the most unusual and exciting play areas you are likely to have seen. “A place full of curious things made of wood”, is one way to describe it, but that just wouldn't be doing it justice! We make no apology for the fact that you will just have to come and see it for yourselves and make your own mind up! The Hobbledown Barn is for days when the weather is not quite so nice. It’s also a great place to enjoy our freshly prepared, healthy food or to spend a couple of hours playing in one of the two themed play frames - one soft and one wooden - and take on the indoor maze with its hidden treasure hunt. In the courtyard is the Hobblings Play Village. There are mazes and role-play areas as well as an Interactive Sand Play Zone. The Mining Village is the one of the main reasons the Hobblers came to Hobbledown - to search out the Crystallite stones within caves in Hobbledown. Maybe you could help them? Like any mining area there are tunnels to explore, mazes to navigate and work to be done. Here you can help the Hobblers by turning the capstan to drive the water to help you find the magical stones. Watch out though, some cheeky Hobbler has mixed up some of the water spouts and you may end up getting wet! Carry on towards Hobbledown Village and you will be able to explore the houses and towers in our largest area. Here you can explore the tunnels under the Village, test your skills on the Low Ropes Adventure or even brave the Aerial Walkways that link the towers that our friends the Hobblers call home. For the bigger Hobblers who have mastered the Low Ropes Adventure there is the Aerial Adventure Course that will challenge the bravest of you. Hold on What’s that noise? Sounds like Rumpletump’s awake and I can see Professor Topperpot coming over the hill... Hobbledown, Horton Park Childrens Farm, Horton Lane, Horton, KT19 8PT T: 0843 289 4979 E: thehobblers@hobbledown.com For up-to-date images and information, have a peek at the website -




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Let me set the scene... Once again you have prepared a lovely meal for your darling little one and you have placed it in front of him with your other hand behind your back with your fingers tightly crossed in the hope that he will devour the entire lot... the green vegetables first!

“Yuk� is the reply and the plate is pushed to the middle of the table, which is a blessing compared to yesterdays Sheppard’s pie which decorated the kitchen floor!

In despair and with a fear of him going to bed hungry you give him what he wants.... ...the jam sandwich! Does this little tale ring an element of truth in your home, if so; do not think that you are alone. All children between 1 - 5 years old will challenge their parents at some stage at the meal table. This is a natural part of child development. It cannot be avoided. It needs to be managed accordingly.

Kathryn Mewes, Bespoke Nanny, enters family homes every week and helps them with a variety of challenges they are having with their children. One element of her work revolves around meal times and in just 3 days she has made fundamental changes. A fresh face with a positive attitude can break the habits you have found yourself in and give you the strength and guidance to believe in your child again. They will eat a variety of foods. Small steps and a calm and positive attitude and soon the meal table will be the hub of family life. A third of parents in England worry that their children are not getting enough to eat or eating the right foods.

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You are not alone if meal times have become that part of the day you dread. Stop the meal table being a battle ground! It is a fact that if you make a change in a child’s routine and continue for 3 consecutive days you will see a strong change in their behaviour ... So what have you got to lose? In her book ‘The 3 Day Nanny’ Kathryn Mewes talks about believing in your child. The moment your child senses that you have labelled them ‘The Fussy Eater’ or ‘The nightmare at the table’ this is what they become. When your child senses that you have no belief in them, they then have no belief in themselves. This does not mean that you cannot make a change. You can start straight away. Dedicate 3 consecutive days to making a change at meal times and continue with positive energy and you will see life unfold at the meal table.

First things first Look at the foods your child eats and try to abbreviate on these. For example: If he is eating chicken nuggets now is the time to start to bread different things such as turkey, beef or fish. If he enjoys chips then introduce home-made potato wedges or roast potatoes. If pasta is eaten now start to add a tomato based sauce with hidden vegetables. Do not read this and say under your breath - “That won’t work!” Remember the key factor believe in your child. Sit and create a weekly meal plan with your child’s likes in mind and see if you can follow it without giving in and succumbing to what their ‘good old favourite is’. It is a fact that a child needs to see a meal presented to him at least 6 times before he is even likely to try it. Most parents will introduce a meal 2 to 3 times and

courgettes with a blunt knife, 2 year olds can mix a marine for the stir fry chicken, 3 year olds can roll out pastry for the quiche, 4 year olds can turn on the gas and cook a bolognaise from start to finish! The moment a child takes ownership for helping to prepare the meal, they take interest in eating it as well.

‘Nobody likes to feel they are being watched or pressured into eating.’

then make the decision that their child does not like it. The fact of the matter is that it has not been presented to them enough times. Many parents will say to Kathryn how they hate to see food wasted. She suggests that you cook the meal with the child the first time you make it and ‘batch cook’. This way the food is placed in the freezer and will be presented in the the following weeks. In fact it is 6 weeks until the food becomes familiar to a child.

Involvement Children love to feel involved in a ‘grown-up’ activity. They love the sense of ‘helping’. Kathryn suggests cooking with your child. She cooks with children as young as 18 months of age.

Don’t underestimate what your child is capable of. An 18 month old can chop raw mushrooms and

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A child can get lost in the moment when cooking and if you turn a blind eye they will often put something in their mouth without thinking! ‘Hey Presto - a new flavour!’

Eating together Kathryn tells a true story which helps put into perspective the importance of eating together. Recently she went out to meet with friends at 2pm in the after noon. There had been a miscommunication and when she arrived everyone had eaten at home earlier and were all drinking coffee. Kathryn was starving so ordered herself a meal. She was the only one at the table eating. Even though she was with close friends she felt conscious of being watched, she couldn’t decide as to whether she ate quickly to remove the evidence of being the only one eating, or whether to pick at it in a discreet fashion.

The point here is: ‘Nobody likes to feel they are being watched or pressured into eating.’ Kathryn advises that you sit with your child and eat what they are eating. “You will not become the size of a house by eating a little dinner with your child at 5pm and then a main meal with your partner/ husband. Look at it as a starter and then your main meal!”

Posture at the table When sitting at the table we tend to have our tummy button not too far from the surface of the table. This needs to be the same for your child. They need to be looking down on their food. You do not want a situation where your child has demanded that they sit on ‘an adult chair’ and their nose is level with their plate. This position will not encourage eating. Kathryn recommends the Trip Trap chair. ‘A chair that grows as your child does!’

Keeping your Cool •  The idea is that you have    a meal plan on your fridge    and you have made your    child aware of what the next    meal is going to be so that    it comes as no surprise. •  The next step is to involve    your child with cooking    the meal. •  Thirdly the idea is to sit at    the table with your child /    children. •  Now comes the challenge.    It is at this stage that you    will often feel your stress    levels increase and you will    become anxious that your    child will not eat.

Your child will immediately feel your anxiety and then take control, demanding a different meal and pushing this one aside. The key is to not feel anxious. It is only the meal table and if your child chooses not to eat, they will simply be hungry for the next meal! •  Sit at the table and focus on    your meal. •  Place your child’s plate a reach    away from them. Do not place    it directly under their nose.

•  Do not make eye    contact with them. •  Do not start to ‘coach’    them into eating. They    know what they have to do. •  NO PRESSURE. •  Eat your meal slowly so that    you are not sitting with an    empty plate before they have    even started. •  Ignore them totally if they    start to experiment with their    food. They need to touch it and    become familiar with it. •  Do not enforce strict table    manners with a fussy eater. •  Talk about topics other than    food. Eg: Talk about your last    holiday or the morning’s music    class you went to. •  Do not ask your child too many    questions at the table. This will    take their attention away from    eating. •  The more people you can have    at the table the better. This    allows your child to relax and    feel that not all of the pressure    is on them to perform. •  When they do eat, do not    make a huge fuss. Praise    them but do not push them to    eat more.

You are a great parent – Not an ‘Eating Coach!’ No child wants to hear ‘Go on, you can do it, one more mouth full!’

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•  Do not give snacks 2 hours    before a meal. If dinner is at    5pm snacks should stop at 3pm.

Fear of your child being hungry Kathryn hears this all of the time and she will often say that this is a common thought that causes a lot of parents concern. The fact is ‘we want your child to be hungry’. This is the time when they are most likely to eat. Children will generally only eat when they are hungry. If breakfast has not been eaten, see this as a positive, they will be hungry for lunch. If lunch is not eaten, they will be hungry for dinner. If dinner is not eaten you can offer a small amount of fruit and small yoghurt or a cup of milk. This will line your child’s stomach and prevent them from waking in the night hungry.

“I have been helping and guiding parents with their children for nearly 20 years. They have NEVER woken hungry. They may say this to see your reaction but they are not generally hungry.” States Kathryn. If your child hears you saying at the end of a meal “You will be hungry in the night”. They will believe you and when they come into a light sleep this is what they will tell you!

Snacks in between meal-times Parents will tend to give their children snacks in between meals if they have not eaten well at the previous meal. The main point Kathryn suggests is that: •  A snack is small. It does not    replace a meal. •  A snack is fruit or protein,    try to avoid carbohydrate.    Eg: A rice cake with cheese    and half an apple is far better    than a jam sandwich.

Helpful hints towards a happy meal time •  Be realistic with your    expectations. A meal needs to    be seen at least 6 times before    a child attempts to try it. •  Have your child sitting in a    good position at the table.    Tummy button close to the    surface of the table. •  Eat with your child. Eat the    same food. •  Do not overly focus on what    your child is doing at the table.    Eat your food slowly and do    not keep looking at them. This    is pressure they do not need. •  Do not use the TV as a    distraction. The radio can be on    to prevent silence. •  The more people at the meal    table the better. Invite friends    for a meal. •  NEVER tell your child to ‘Eat Up’. •  Do not always give an alternative    food. Your child will see this as    the routine. “I don’t eat the first    thing she gives me but something    always comes afterwards!” •  Do not be nervous that they    will be hungry. If you are not    eating you can get down. “I    am sure you will be hungry    later when we have our dinner.” •  Keep calm. Your anxiety will    spill into your child. Relax so    that they can do the same. It is far from easy when you have found yourself in a downward spiral at the meal table but I am sure that if you took on board some of the suggestions above, and continued for 3 consecutive days you would see a change. The steps are slow with meal times but you will get there. The easy option in life is never the right one. The challenge holds the reward. For more information or to follow Kathryn Mewes’ 3 Day Plan to solve Fussy Eating buy her book The 3 Day Nanny from Amazon for £10. If you wish to learn more about Kathryn’s service go to her website www.bespokenanny.com where you can contact her direct.

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Annabel Karmel is the best-selling author of cookbooks for children and their families. Relied on by millions of parents, Annabel knows what children like to eat and how to make family meals as trouble-free as possible.

Annabel Karmel’s Superfoods for Babies and Children Annabel explains the inherent qualities of certain foods and how they will benefit your child whether they be foods to promote growth, enhance concentration or boost energy.

You Can Cook Annabel Karmel teaches children the skills they need for a lifetime of excellent cooking.

My Kitchen Table: 100 Family Meals In this collection, Annabel has chosen 100 recipes that will suit kids and grown-ups alike.

Weaning 50 delicious, nutritious puree recipes and 3 menu planners will show you exactly what to feed your baby, and when.

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Giving your children



start in life By Les Petis Lapins


A very common question amongst parents is “What is the ideal age for my child to start learning a second language? The answer is easy... the earlier the better!!

everal articles in science and optimum window of opportunity for learning research magazines have described languages lasts until about the age of ten the amazing brain power that or twelve, yet most US districts wait until children are naturally born with. secondary school, after the windows are You have probably seen television closed.” In the UK - and in many other programmes describing how brain cells work. countries - the teaching of a second language They show the way children experience has also been delayed until secondary school. life (by seeing, listening, This is now proven to be touching, smelling... detrimental as learning sensorial) can make 100 a language becomes Regardless of race, billion brain cells hook up increasingly difficult. gender or academic with each other!! (not bad A young child is able for such little ones...) to hear the “pure level, children taking sounds” of a language, a foreign language The more sensory input but just before becoming did better in the (such as the unique sounds a teen, that ability will of a language), the more be gone. He or she might English section of brain cells connect to still be able to learn a the Basic Skills Test. each other and the faster second language but Maths scores of the brain is capable of will definitely have an learning. English accent (that’s children studying a if he/she is English, of second language There is scientific evidence course...!!) Here are improve, too. that children who are some quotes from exposed to a second different field experts, language from an early to illustrate the facts: age not only achieve much better results in languages, but also in maths, “Research suggests that learning a second science and music, and in general helps build language at an early age can enrich mental brain power and cognitive skills. Any toddler can easily learn that “cow” and “vaca” have the same meaning, and that one is English and the other Spanish. But that understanding will trigger the essential abstract thinking skills that are the basic tools for further learning. The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that “there is abundant evidence that the best time to learn new languages is relatively early in life.” Mr Harry Chugani of Wayne State University’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan quotes “the

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development.” (Business Week, Edward Baig, Bringing Up Baby - Bilingually.) “Children who receive even small amounts of second-language instruction are more creative and are better at solving complex problems.”(SmartKid online) “The learning of languages other than one’s own provides a unique conduit to higherorder thinking skills.”(Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, C.Brown.) “A study of 13,200 primary school children was revealing. Regardless of race, gender or academic level, children taking a foreign language did better in the English section of the Basic Skills Test. Maths scores of children studying a second language improve, too.” (Child, Lynne S.Dumas, Learning a second language.) It is very satisfying to see little children naming animals and daily objects, or counting and singing in Spanish, knowing that this will help them in their studies for the rest of their lives. The benefits of learning a second language are countless; just make sure that your child has fun whilst learning!

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I hope my shoes can offer the first steps towards helping keep families dealing with heart disease I´m ready for the race

Three very glam orous and stylish cele brity mummies have designed a limited edition range of unique and eye-catching shoes and boo ts for us. All of the profits of the sales fro m the collection w ill be donated to the British Heart Foun dation to help mend broken he arts.

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Perfect Summer Style

There is only one thing to overshadow the excitement of a beach holiday (well one thing alongside the anxiety over wearing swimwear in public, the ‘mummy tummy’, whether you really should have gone for the ‘Aruba’ choice of fake tan and whether you will really lose the advertised 12 inches from that superwrap!) and that is... what to wear. We all study the magazine feature which claims you only need a pair of sandals, a wrap which moonlights as a chic dress and a pair of gold hoop earrings to look like a holiday goddess. Yet few of us possess the ability to really make this minimal approach to packing work. As every mother knows as soon as you give birth to a pink one this anxiety heightens. Now I appreciate there are varying degrees of this sin ranging from sleepless nights through to a far more blasé approach but I still deny any woman who claims not to suffer with the desire for your brood to look great at least a little bit.

character fashion (apologies to mums whose daughters have reached an age where you can no longer say ‘no’ to these kinds of choices... we feel for you!) it is not an easy task. Well that is until now... Set up by mother of 3 girls, Kelly Haswell, Tres Flores is an example of a modern brand where the people who couldn’t

With a relatively slim choice of children’s swimwear on the high street, further reduced when you remove the cartoon

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find what they wanted... did it for themselves. The phenomenal success that is Jo Jo Maman Bebe was set up by a woman depressed at the thought of wearing dungarees during her pregnancy. Not only has this brand become a high street staple it also helped motivate a focus on maternity fashion and not just maternity ‘wear’.

Tres Flores is an example of a modern brand where the people who couldn’t find what they wanted...did it for themselves.


Shhh... Tres Flores hopes to do the same. Following 2 years of painstaking research and development the brand is ready to go. Initially launching with a small range of girl’s swimwear Kelly believes that her design led range of products, which do not carry a premium price tag yet still do the job, will go down a storm. Kelly said: “Tres Flores was an idea that had been brewing in my mind for a while. Childrenswear has changed dramatically over the last few years with a greater number of innovative and design led brands being launched. However, many of them are well kept secrets or on the expensive side. I wanted to create something which was a bit different but still affordable. A range which didn’t compromise quality and design for affordability but which brought those things together. So Tres Flores was born!” Designed with an attention to detail usually only found with the premium brands the range showcases beautiful pastel hues adorned with bows and flowers perfect for little girls. The range even has matching hair accessories – sheer genius!

...don’t tell everyone! Tres Flores is a new company producing a unique swimwear range for babies and young girls classic designs with a modern twist

As well as being beautiful the swimwear has also been made with high quality fabrics and with little girls in mind so far from being too delicate or restrictive the swimwear can run, skip, splash and paddle with the most active of little’uns. Initially being sold online and in a handful of outlets the range is available for girls aged between 6 months and 10 years. To order some of the lovely designs just in time for the summer holiday or trips to the beach or pool visit www.tresflores.co.uk The launch range includes classic designs with a modern twist which will later be extended to include additional girls’ items as well as a boys’ range. So whether you have pink or blue ones you can still rock the beach or pool! So the only thing left to worry about is...’what are you going to wear?’

We use only the very best fabrics so our designs not only look amazing, but are also extremely comfortable for your active, sensitive little ones to wear.

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Litzy Collection This simple, yet stylish swimsuit is a beautiful blend of green and pink pastel colours, perfect for all ages and with a large matching bow to the chest area it adds an extra twist to this classic swimsuit design!

Swimsuit - £29.99

Also available in a bikini and swimpants

Lavinie Collection This bikini is a beautiful classic floral design with a stunning large blue bow to the back of the bikini bottoms. Available from ages 1 year – 10 years.

Bikini - £24.99

Also available in a swimsuit and swimpants

Maribel Collection This pretty bikini is a gorgeous mix of green paisley patterns, complemented with the bright orange bow details to both sides of the bikini bottoms. With orange hair bows available to match, this is one pretty bikini your little girls will love to wear!

Bikini - £24.99

Mariposa Collection Simply cute! These frilly swimpants are perfect for our little ones. They can be used to pull on over a swim nappy or to be worn alone. Available in ages 1-2 years and 3-4 years (however, age 1-2 years fits a baby from 6 months wearing a swim nappy). Also available in a bikini and swimsuit in polka dot pink and blue, in ages 1 year to 10 years.

Swimpants - £17.99

Bonita Collection This Limited Edition range is simply stunning, with great attention to detail, each rose is handmade. This 2-piece is sure to be a head turner on the beach or around the pool! Also available in pink.

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Daisy Headband This gorgeous daisy headband, is extremely versatile. The daisy is removable and can also be used as a hair clip or even a corsage!

Headband - £4.99

Eldora Collection This unique and classic one-piece swimsuit is one of a kind with a vertical stripe waistband to compliment the horizontal stripe of the body. The added details of the large white bow only makes this swimsuit more desirable!

Swimsuit - £29.99

Also available in a bikini and swimpants

Lavinie Collection A stunning floral swimsuit with large bow detail to the back. Matching hair clips and hairbands are available to complete this outfit.

Swimsuit - £29.99 Hairclip/bands £3.99

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On the Go Everything you should need to choose your pushchair wisely.

Bugaboo Cameleon Base

The Bugaboo Cameleon Complete travel system isn’t just about the looks. It’s about getting you and your baby out and about in style - wherever your mood takes you. Adjustable suspension for off-roading, small front wheels for precise steering, and reversible handlebars to tackle bumps head on with the big wheels.

for parents & kids www.huggle.co.uk

Baby Jogger Performance The ultimate pushchair for active mums, this Baby Jogger Performance incorporates a one-piece aluminium frame for lightweight strength, 20’’ pneumatic tyres to reduce rolling resistance, and rear shock absorbers to ensure your little one enjoys the ride too.

Baby Jogger City Mini Double With padded reclining seats and front suspension, the chic Baby Jogger City Mini Double is about comfort as well as style. Less than 30’’ wide and with swivel front-wheels, it’s perfect for negotiating busy streets. And the easy-fold design means it’s super-simple to pack away for convenient storage or transport.

iCandy Peach Stroller- Sweet Pea The peach baby stroller offers all the functionality you need, the ease with which this stroller folds one simple smooth action allows the chassis to fold down, be picked up using the carrying strap and away you go, it really is that simple! All the original iCandy options of forward and rearward facing give you the ultimate versatile stroller and you will really fall in love when you feel how easy it is to manoeuvre... It’s quite simply a peach!

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iCandy Cherry Carrycot The iCandy cherry is Extra lightweight and versatile, the iCandy cherry is available in either liquorice or fudge colour options. The flexibility of forward and rearward facing seat modes and the option to add the iCandy cherry carrycot, or the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio infant carrier allows you to create a contemporary and complete system.

Phil & Ted Vibe With one-hand seat adjustment, adjustable push-bar, one-touch brake and multi-position sun hood, this Phil & Teds Vibe Inline Buggy rides as well as it looks. Doubles kit attaches in line and folds away with buggy. With strong, lightweight aluminium frame it’s engineered for safety and comfort… just as a buggy should be.

iCandy Peach Upper Carrycot The peach offers all the functionality you need from compact one hand folding to being able to convert into a double mode of transport - this upgrade is done simply with the addition of a peach blossom converter. A great investment from the outset knowing you can grow your pushchair with your growing family!

UPPAbaby Cruz Pushchair The ideal combination of function and style, the UPPAbaby CRUZ delivers a compact stroller solution without compromising on the features of a full-size stroller. Grows with your child from birth through the toddler years.

Stokke Xplory Complete The innovative Stokke Xplory has a unique elevated sitting position, bringing your child closer to you and letting them share your view of the world. Lightweight and easy to fold, this Complete set comes with rain covers, mosquito net, shopping bag and carrycot. All you’ll ever need for you and your baby to travel in style.

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Cool Kids go

School , m e s s e r D o t How e r o m d n a m Prep e New friends, new teachers, new routines making the transition from the lazy days of summer to the school year is chaotic for your kids and for you. Get back into the swing of things with fresh ideas from fellow mums who’ve been there, done that!

Back To School Essentials

Most schools provide a shopping list of essential items your child will need during term time - ring your child’s school if you haven’t yet received one by mid-August. In the meantime we’ve compiled a list of back to school essentials to help you get started.

School uniform Check school uniform requirements with your child’s school. You can get some real bargains on school uniforms in the summer holidays thanks to supermarket price wars. Check your school’s uniform policy for exact requirements, but most children will need: Blazer, jumper, shirts/blouses and tie,trousers/skirts, PE kit t-shirt / PE top, PE shorts / PE skirt, specific sports wear, tracksuit, socks/tights, shoes and plimsolls/ trainers, football/rugby/hockey boots, school bag and PE bag, swimming shorts/trunks/suit, name tags.

Stationery and books You can pick up school books cheaply online. School stationery can be picked up for just a few pounds on the high street. But don’t automatically head to a specialist stationer, bargains can be found elsewhere in supermarkets and independent discount shops. For books, shop around online to find the cheapest retailers. Common back to school essentials include: Pens, pencils, coloured pencils, sharpener and eraser, felt tip pens and highlighters, pencil case, ruler, protractor, compass, calculator/scientific calculator, notepad, Tippex/ correction fluid, English dictionary, language dictionary (French, German etc.)

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Preparing For School The new school year can be a stressful time for parents and children, especially for those approaching a change such as a new school or exams. Children benefit from encouragement and reassurance from their parents about going back to school, and from having anxieties listened to and taken seriously. Parents also need to feel able to talk over their fears and worries so they can support their children. Talk to your child about any worries they have about returning to school. The following tips are for nervous parents and school children. Start finding your routine again near the end of the holidays. Getting back to term-time bedtimes is a good place to start, then it won’t be such a shock when school starts again. ‘Back to school blues’ are common at the end of the holidays, but if you feel your child seems unusually worried or apprehensive use a quiet time out to ask if they are OK.

Your child may be worried about losing friends who are going to a different secondary school or about making new friends. You could try inviting an old school friend round for tea at the end of the first week so they can compare notes. Tell your child you’re proud of them. If your child is about to start an important year such as GCSEs or first year at secondary school, they may need a bit more reassurance. Re-address any problems left over from last term. If your child has experienced bullying or has had problems at school, make sure you understand what they want to happen too - even if it means just talking about it. Be prepared to give them a bit of leeway for the first week or so. School can be a long day for kids and when they’re out of practice, it can be exhausting.

Teachers’ top tips for starting the year 0ff right KEEP IN TOUCH. Parent contact is the key to a child’s success, so keep the lines of communication open. “Let us know how to reach you,” says Natasha Johns, a fourth-grade teacher in Bedford. “Is e-mail best? Should we never call you at work? We need this info so we can be in touch.” FILL THEM IN. It’s better for teachers to know too much about your child than not enough. “Tell us about medical issues and any matter that might affect mood or behavior, like the death of a pet,” says Joan Rice, a teacher in Islington. GET INVOLVED (BUT NOT TOO INVOLVED). It’s helpful when you stay up-to-date on classroom notes and events. “Be present by volunteering to help out in the class and by asking us how you might reinforce school lessons at home,” says Rice. To avoid overstepping, she suggests, “stay focused on your own child’s development, rather than on that of the other kids.” BRING THE LESSONS HOME. Help your child keep learning when he’s at home by creating an environment that reflects the attitude that school is important. “Establish consistent routines — a place to study, a place to keep materials, and a quiet time each evening devoted to schoolwork,” says Rice.

SHOW SOME TRUST! “Just as you trust the dentist to know how to pull your tooth, realize that we’re specialists in educating your child,” says Tammy Wawro, a facilitator for new teachers in London. “So back us up and believe that we’re here because we care about your child’s success.”

Talk about change. Whether it’s a new school or a change in your family’s circumstances, make time to talk about any fears or worries. Why not visit the school to get your child used to the new journey?

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Making Healthier School Lunch Boxes Children need a healthy, balanced diet, which is rich in fruit, vegetables and starchy foods. If your child has school dinners, talk to them about the types of food they need to eat to stay healthy and encourage them to vary their meals. Packed lunches give you more control over your child’s diet, but it can be a challenge to keep them interesting and healthy.

Making school packed lunches Children should get a third of their daily nutrients at lunchtime. Use these guidelines to help you pack a healthy school lunchbox: Around a third of the meal should be made up of fruit and vegetables. Another third should be starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta - choose wholegrain varieties whenever you can. Some milk and dairy foods should be included, and should make up about 15% of the meal. Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other nondairy sources of protein are part of a balanced meal. These should make up around 12% of a meal.

These example school lunchbox menus will help you get started packing more nutritious and tasty lunchboxes.

School lunch menus for

School lunch menus for

School lunch menus for

5-8 year olds

9-12 year olds

13-16 year olds

Menu 1

Menu 1

Menu 1

Houmous, red pepper and grated carrot pitta Reduced-fat cheese triangle Low-fat fruit yoghurt Box of raisins Apple juice

Tortilla with chicken, tomato, onions and peppers Plain popcorn (small packet) Cucumber and carrot sticks Grapes Yoghurt drink

Pastrami and Edam cheese wrap with lettuce and tomato Pepper slices Slice of carrot cake Apple Bottle of water

Menu 2

Menu 2

Menu 2

Edam, ham and lettuce wrap Celery sticks Mini blueberry muffin Nectarine Semi-skimmed milk drink

Pasta salad with tomatoes, mushrooms, pepper and tuna Reduced-fat cheese triangle Low fat muesli yoghurt Mango slices Fresh orange juice

Slice of homemade ham, mozzarella and tomato pizza Cucumber sticks Grapes Fresh fruit salad with lowfat fromage frais Orange juice

Tips for preparing lunchboxes Keep your child’s school lunch cool by including a frozen juice carton. By lunchtime the juice will have melted into a refreshing drink and the rest of the lunchbox will be cool and fresh. Keep a variety of different types of bread, wraps and pittas in the freezer to be taken out as you need them. This will ensure day-today variety without bread and wrap products going off. You can sneak extra vegetables into your child’s diet in sandwiches. Lettuce, cucumber, tomato, green pepper, roasted peppers or sweet onion make great sandwich fillings. Choose 100% fruit juice drinks rather than

those labelled ‘from concentrate’. Pure fruit juice counts as one of your child’s recommended five daily portions of fruit and vegetables. Vary the fruit and veg you add to school lunchboxes to help your child eat a balanced diet and discover favourites. Serve fruit in different ways and combinations - such as mixed slices, whole fruits, cubes and vegetable sticks to make lunches more enjoyable. Choose lower-fat sandwich fillings such as lean meats like chicken or turkey, fish (such as tuna or salmon), cottage cheese, edam and mozzarella.

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Blafre Retro Lunch Box Brown Elephants - £13.99

LEGO Lunch Box 8 Brick, Green - £10.99

Blafre Small Tin Two Owls on Branch - £6.99

Blafre Tin Lunch Box Twitter Birds - £12.99

TUMTUM Tiny Snackpots - £8.50

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North London East London

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South London

September 1st

Baby & Toddler Summer Party


Camden, Islington, City of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, City of London

Until September 9th

Tropical Island Musical

Enjoy complimentary prosecco, canapes and cupcakes and let the whole family get involved with the taster music classes, massage for mum, story time, baby corner, face painting and a special show and meet & greet with CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth.

Meet the Islanders! Colourful fruit characters are bringing sunshine, music, smiles and dance to the Cotton’s Restaurant & Theatre in Islington. Enjoy the fun and laughter of this live interactive musical show and win lots of prizes from the pirates treasure chest!

Where: Beaufort House, 345 Kings Road, Chelsea. Time: 3pm - 6pm www.pippapoppets.com

Where: Cotton’s Restaurant and Theatre, Islington. www.netmums.com

August until September 16th

Childrens Book Week

Dora The Explorer” - Live at the Apollo Theatre

October 1st -7th

National Children’s Book Week takes place every year in the first full week of October. Designed to highlight the fun of reading and to gently encourage children to get excited about literature, the event has been running for almost 80 years. Where: Southbank Centre, South Bank. www.londontown.com

Five Wednesdays from September 26th - October 24th Kid’s TV favourite Dora The Explorer is coming to London in a brand-new musical adventure. Dora has lost her teddy bear Osito and she needs your help to find it! Help her search the City of Lost Toys with her trusty map, Backpack and Boots, along with Diego and all her friends, as they encourage the audience to use their counting, music and language skills to successfully pass through the stages. Where: Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho. www.londondrum.com

September 3rd - 6th Hairy Maclary

Are your family fans of the book Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd? With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family. Where: The London Wonderground, South Bank centre. www.onestoparts.com

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See It, Draw It

Improve your ability to draw from natural still life and found objects. Make observational drawings of objects ranging from clock parts to flowers, decorative cups and saucers to pine cones and shells. With artist Jo Veevers. Where: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Village. www.childrenandarts.org.uk

October 6th

Meet Where’s Wally Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Where’s Wally? series in store with story time and Wally activities. Wally will be hiding around the children’s department. Can you find Wally?. Where: Waterstones, Piccadilly. Time: 11.30am - 3.30pm. www.waterstones.com

October 6th

Every Thursday & Saturdays

ZSL is proud to present the comedy event of the year – Roar with Laughter! If you’re a comedy fan then we’ve got a treat for you. ‘Roar with Laughter’ promises to be a top night out, featuring cutting-edge talent including Phill Jupitus, Andy Parsons, Jon Richardson, Sarah Kendall, Richard Herring, Ed Byrne, Lucy Porter and Greg Burns.

Spitalfields City Farm Young Farmers Club (YFC) is an inclusive play project for children aged between 8-13. It’s a free of charge club (donation of £3 per session greatly appreciated) where you will have the chance to care for farm animals, ride donkeys, make new friends, garden, and make arts and crafts, such as clay modelling, t-shirt printing, and scarecrow creating. Plus much, much, more!

Roar with Laughter

Where: HMV Hammersmith Apollo Theatre. www.zsl.org

October 21st Dumbs Up!

A stand-up comedy show for kids (and their keepers). Brilliantly interweaving a kooky gallery of voices with an absurd imagination, International Kid’s Comic Ian Billings has galloped across the world with his acclaimed stand-up comedy for kids. His infectious glee and vaudevillian skills takes the audiences on a giggle-filled, chuckle-stuffed romp though his mad mind. Where: Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill. www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

October 30th - November 1st

Young Farmers Club

Where: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, Tower Hill. www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org


Pick and Cook Our FREE Pick and Cook sessions are an opportunity to learn how to cook using garden produce to create tasty, interesting and nutritious meals, and to share food in a friendly setting. Where: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, Tower Hill. www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org

Until December

Matilda the Musical

Creative Choreography Dance Workshop with Holly Finch

Kids love being given a license to explore their own ideas in these fun and friendly workshops. They explore a variety of dance styles to a wide selection of music genres, including Salsa, Bhangra, African drums and classical piano. The children are encouraged to explore space, tempo, rhythm and mood. Using props and textiles from their dressing up box the children’s imaginations call the shots and choreographies evolve. Where: Eddie Catz, Putney. Tel: 07872 599 003 www.eddiecatz.com

November 21st - January Room On The Broom

London is the theatre capital of the world - but the West End sparkles with Broadway imports and they haven’t made a great new musical since ‘Billy Elliot’. Rejoice, then, as ‘Matilda’ is the best British musical in years. And it’s not just a kids’ show. Where: Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street. Tel: 0207 907 7071 www.matildathemusical.com

Until December 5th

Baby Cinema at Beaufort House

The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, her belongings are retrieved. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and - CRACK! - it snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone.

Your little ones can either sit on your lap or kick around on the soft matting we provide whilst you sit back and relax. With plenty of space to leave your buggy, and with baby changing facilities, we have everything you need to have a comfortable visit with your mini movie buff. Since everyone else will be bringing their bundle of joy too, you don’t have to worry if they cry or gurgle through the film. It’s a great chance to get out of the house, catch up on all the films you’ve been missing and meet other parents. Where: Beaufort House, 354 Kings Road, Chelsea. www.beauforthousechelsea.co.uk

Where: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. www.onestoparts.com

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North London East London

West London Central London

South London

The West Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent

Until September 30th

Sing-a-Long-a Lion King

August 30th - September 2nd Angelina Ballerina

Now you can sing along and dance to the original Disney animated classic film in a special screening by the producers of smash-hit show Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music. Where: Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place. www.netmums.com

October 1st - 31st The Big Draw

The Big Draw takes place nationwide throughout the month of October and museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks all play host to a variety of events encouraging people of all ages to discover how drawing can connect them with their surroundings and communities. Following Angelina Ballerina’s first real live ballet, Angelina and friends return to the stage. This magical new ballet by English National Ballet follows Angelina as she prepares to audition for the prestigious Camembert Academy. Miss Lilly prepares Angelina for her big chance to dance in front of the judges and, although excited about the possibility of an exciting new adventure, Angelina worries about leaving home and Alice behind..

Where: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, Bloomsbury. www.londontown.com

November 1st - 3rd Ice Age Live

Where: The Green, Richmond Theatre. www.Onestoparts.com

September 20th

Photography Courses for Mums The course is designed for Mums and Mums to be and it teaches the basic skills of photography. It covers exposure, lighting, composition with many practical and fun exercises. The course is intended for beginners, bring your own camera. Children are very welcome. Where: Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Bradmore Park. www.netmums.com

September 29th

With dance, acrobatics, flying and skating, the Ice Age Live London shows at Wembley Arena look set to be a thrilling way to spend the half term school holidays. The show brings some of the best loved characters from the animated films to life. Where: Wembley Arena. www.viewlondon.co.uk

Forge Venue presents: Children’s Interactive Music session 1-4 years

November 26th

Run by experienced workshop leaders, these regular music-making sessions are a great way to introduce and encourage your children into music. Activities will include singing, dancing, rhythm work, movement and percussion playing.

To celebrate National Cake Day Snakes and Ladders have special cupcake decorating sessions for youngsters. You’ll need a voucher which you will find at www.facebook.com/ snakesandladdersBrentford so your little one can claim a yummy cake and go wild with the sprinkles.

Where: The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden. www.forgevenue.org

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Snakes and Ladders Love Cupcakes!

Where: Snakes and Ladders, Syon Park, Brentford. Time: 10am - 11am www.netmums.com

North London East London

West London Central London

The North Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest

South London

September 1st - 2nd

Selected Saturdays Until November

There’ll be colourful characters, a full programme of entertainment including; facepainting, sack races, egg & spoon races, tug of war, splash zone, adventure playground, bouncy castles, giant slides, storytelling and a chance to shake your stuff in the Zoogie Woogie kids disco.

The sleepover with a difference... Stay overnight in the BUG house at ZSL London Zoo. Bug-tastic fun for 8-11 years old. Sleepovers are held in BUGS! so your neighbours could include spiders, beetles or tamarins. The lions sleep nearby too... Explore the zoo by torchlight and wake up to the sounds of the animals. Plus games, story-telling, talks - all animal themed of course! Breakfast is included.

Little Creatures family festival

Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park. www.zsl.org

September 16th

ZSL London Zoo Stampede

BedBUGS Sleepover

Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park. www.zsl.org

November 20th

Andy and Mike’s .... Big Box of Bananass In aid of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. This hilarious, slap-stick show is perfect fun for all the family. Children will have the opportunity to meet Andy and Mike after the show. So don’t forget to bring along your camera for that “ must have photo”. Are you ready?... Unleash the animal in you and delight in the sights and sounds of nature while you embark on an exciting new 10k running event. Whether you want to sprint, strut or stomp this NEW Stampede event will provide runners of all abilities with a 10k unlike any other in London! The Stampede will be giving runners a great chance to experience running through the zoo before it opens to the public and taking in the scenery of the unique pathways of exotic animals, before entering the wilderness of Regents Park. Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park. www.zsl.org

October 28th

Halloween Howler It’s time to carve the pumpkins plus other traditional craft activities for children including face painting and storytelling. Tractor rides and ghostly stories. Where: Capel Manor college and Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield. Tel: 0845 612 212 www.capel.ac.uk

Where: Tally Ho, North Finchley. www.artsdepot.co.uk

Every Thursday Bake and Take

Bake and Take “make your own cookie or cake from scratch” Come join in the mixing, baking and decorating and eat whatever you make “yum yum!”. Where: Go Kids N20 ,1105-1111 High Road, Whetstone. www.gokidsn20.com

Every Friday

Kids Magic Show Family friday´s are magic at that place on the corner. Great fun and kids eat free. Where: That place on the corner, 1 - 3 Green Lanes, Newington Green. Time: 6pm - 8pm Tel: 0207 704 079 www.thatplaceonthecorner.co.uk

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North London East London

West London Central London

The East Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley

South London

September 2nd

September 8th

Family Roller Skating

Back to School Baking

Due to the success of the last half term holidays family skate, we have decided to do it all again at Newham Leisure Centre, so during the summer holidays we will roller skating again. For just £5 per person we supply helmets, pads and skates, skating boot camp, roller disco dancing and games, great fun, and a great way of keeping the whole family fit.

Bake delicious spicy biscuits and decorate a box to take them home in. Holiday and weekend activities are for children aged 3 - 16 and are free for individuals and their families. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each activity. Where: The Geffrye Museum, Hackney. Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4pm www.netmums.com

Where: Newham Leisure Centre, Plaistow, Newham. www.netmums.co.uk

September 6th

One Day Doula Workshop ‘Introduction to the work of a doula’ If you have ever thought about becoming a doula or birth companion but not sure if it is really for you or how to go about it or if you have looked at various doula training courses on offer and are not sure which one would be for you, look no further. Where: 116 Forrest Road, Hackney. www.doula.org.uk

September 8th

The Henley Show

October 13th

Ladies Dinner and Dance Fundraiser A “ Ladies only” Dinner and Dance Fundraiser will take place at the Asian Centre to raise funds for a new youth provision on Friday evenings. Ladies come and let your hair down! Where: The Asian Centre, 18a Orford Road, Walthamstow. www.netmums.com

October 14th

LSO Discover Family Concert Join in with LSO in a musical fun-filled afternoon for families with children aged 7-12. Where: Barbican Centre, Hall Silk Street, Moorgate. www onestoparts.com

October 20th

There’s a Monster in my Piano What do you do when you hear strange noise inside your piano? call the piano Dr of course. With his bag full of ears, can he stop the musical notes from packing their bags and running away?

A wonderful Day out for the whole family, Horse show, Dog show, Sheep, Cattle, Trade stands and much more. The main attraction this year will be a fantastic parade of crop growing machinery through the ages. Where: Greenlands Farm, Dairy Lane, Hambleden. www.thehenleyshow.co.uk

Where: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. www.lyric.co.uk

Every Saturday

Roller Disco Family Jam Children aged 5 - 14 can join in the fun and get their skates on at Roller Disco Family Jam, at the weekly event hosted by the Renaissance Rooms. Where: Miles Street, Vauxhall. Tel: 0207 720 914 www.rollerdisco.com

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Rugby Munchkins Beckenham Open Day Join in the fun at Rugby Munchkins FREE Open / registration day. Taster sessions will be taking place through out the morning for your children to participate in and learn some new skills. Lots of other entertainment will include a BBQ, face painters and our munchkin mascot - Goldie the bear. Where: ODRFC, St Dunstan’s Lane, Beckenham. www.netmums.com/croydon

September 8th

Mums 2 Mum Market At Mum 2 Mum market nearly new sale you can buy top quality second hand baby and children’s clothes, used toys and baby equipment at bargain prices, direct from the previous owners. Where: Southfields Baptist Church, 225 Wimbledon Park Rd, Southfields. Time: 2pm - 4pm www.mum2mummarket.co.uk

September 15th

Family Fun Afternoon Bouncy castle, sideshows, children’s races, games, afternoon teas and lots more! Bring your favourite  teddy bear for the Grand Teddy Bear Parade! Admission free. Where: Croydon Minster, Church Street, Croydon. Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm www.netmums.com/croydon

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Come and be a PIG! Pamper Indulge and Give! PIG is a charity event aimed at all the family! So whilst mum and dad are enjoying relaxing massages the kids can be exploring their creativity with badge making and face painting! Treatments throughout the day will include: Nail Art, Massages, Facials, and much more! Plus a raffle with amazing prizes and a special guest appearance. Where: Electric Social 40, Acre Lane, Brixton. www.eventelephant.com/pamperindulgeandgive

October 20th

NCT Croydon Baby Show 2012 • Free entertainment and activities for toddlers all day, with soft play areas and workshops. • Advice, support and information from NCT Antenatal Teachers and Breastfeeding Counsellors. • Gifts and essential items from a variety of exhibitors • Grab a bargain at the Nearly New Sale. • Refreshments available in the Café. Free Admission, early attendees will receive a goody bag. Where: Trinity School, Shirley Park, Croydon. Time: 10am - 3pm Email: Abi Lynn on babyshow@nctcroydon.co.uk www.nctcroydonbabyshow.moonfruit.com

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Ben and Hollys Little Kingdom

September 19th

Teddy Bears Picnic If you go down to the woods today …. ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ in 15th Century castle setting with indoor and outdoor toys for children aged 2 – 6 yrs. Bring your favourite Teddy Bear and come along and enjoy free playtime fun and games in stunning grounds once enjoyed by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Where: Wickham Court Nursery School, West Wickham. Time: 1.30pm - 2.45pm www.netmums.com/croydon

Fiirst time ever live on stage, Holly is a Young Fairy Princess, who is still learning to fly and her magic doesn’t always go according to plan. Where: New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway. www.onestoparts.com

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Cord Blood Collection – a frozen asset for your baby and your family

As parents we have many decisions to make as our children grow, but one of the most important needs to be made before they are even born. It’s the decision as to whether to collect your baby’s stem cells from their umbilical cord or allow them to be thrown away. The latter is unfortunately common practice here in the U.K.


tem cells are the body’s building blocks for life. Their job is to transform and multiply into the cells that make up our blood, bones, tissues, tendons, organs - in fact everything that makes us physically what we are. They can build new tissues from scratch but can also restore and repair as we grow.

These vital cells are already being used to treat thousands of people for an ever increasing list of medical conditions. In fact the use of stem cells is now standard medical practice in many countries. For families with a history of cancers or many other diseases the availability of stem cells can be a life saving resource. Studies in 1997 indicated that the chances of a use by a child were 1:2700. Today, with the number of applications having increased, the probability of lifetime use is now estimated to be as high as 1:2001. If scientific progress continues at its current pace, the ratio is likely to continue to narrow. Up until now, the most common source of stem cells has been bone marrow, however the umbilical cord blood and tissue are much richer sources and provide a much simpler and less invasive way to obtain them.

After birth and the delivery of the placenta the cord is simply clamped and the blood is collected along with approximately 15cm of cord tissue if both samples are required. The whole procedure takes less than ten minutes and is completely painless. One of the disadvantages in the use of bone marrow is the difficulty in finding the perfect match. This is even more of an issue for mixed race, single parent or older parent families. With umbilical cord stem cells you have a 100 per cent match for the baby and a high probability of a match with siblings, parents and perhaps even grandparents and cousins. Future Health BIOBANK, based in Nottingham and honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2010, is Europe’s first fully accredited cord blood preservation facility and currently store over 50,000 samples for families from some 51 countries around the world. They are also the first cord blood bank in Europe to also store the cord tissue cells. As they hold a Human Tissue Bank licence this means that the samples they hold can be used for the family not just the donor. So how do you arrange for cord blood/tissue collection? The advice from Future Health is to approach your midwife, consultant or hospital as soon as possible in your pregnancy as not all hospital staff are able to make the collections. The Human Tissue Authority will only allow collections to be made under their licence by suitably trained staff. The difficulty is that a national NHS policy on cord blood collections simply does not exist and each

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hospital can set their own rules meaning that a real postcode lottery exists for expectant parents. If the hospital will allow collections then a private cord blood bank should be able to arrange for a fully trained third party to attend the birth. Future Health, for example, employs qualified midwives and phlebotomists to undertake collections. The cost of saving cord blood varies from company to company but is currently around £1,700 for the collection kit, processing and an initial 25-year storage contract. Including cord tissue, with banks that provide this service, will be an additional cost – for example, £495 with Future Health.

The current options for cord blood Donate: Only five NHS hospitals currently collect cord blood for the national public cord blood bank where anyone can search the 10,000 or so samples for a match. The Anthony Nolan Trust, which established a national bone marrow register, has recently set up its own public cord blood bank, initially taking donations from Kings College Hospital are expected by 2020, with 30-50% donations being from black and ethnic minority women. Samples that are not suitable for transplantation will be used in cord blood research.

Save: A number of private cord blood banks offer a collection and storage service with up to 25-year storage contracts. The longest established and largest (holding over 50,000 samples from 51 countries) is Future Health which holds a full licence from the Human Tissue Authority and the Medicines and Healthcare regulatory Agency. It will store 100 per cent of a cord blood sample and also provide fully trained health professionals to make the collection if the midwife at the hospital is unable to do this. It is also the first in the UK to offer to store cord tissue alongside cord blood. Discard: This is currently what happens at the vast majority of UK births as, at the moment, mothersto-be are not routinely informed about other options for their baby’s umbilical cord.

Hopefully your baby will never have to use their sample but if you chose to ‘save’ it, you will have the reassurance of knowing that it is within reach should they or a close relative have need of it.

Stem Cells in the news – the latest developments

Stem cells cure HIV

A 46 year old man has essentially been cured of HIV at Berlin’s University Hospital, after receiving a stem cell transplant from a person who was genetically resistant to the infection2. Now, doctors are hoping to build on this patient’s success by treating HIV patients using cord blood units that have the same HIV-resistant gene. The CCR5 receptor is the one HIV uses to infect its victims – meaning people who carry the mutation for the gene that encodes the receptor are immune to the disease. Approximately one percent of Europeans carry the mutation. Recently, a patient in the Netherlands was the second to undergo this potentially revolutionary treatment. The transplant was initially performed to address another disease, but doctors specifically selected a unit of cord blood that contained the HIV-resistant gene in hopes of curing that as well. Another similar surgery is scheduled for a patient in Madrid within the coming month. Diabetes treatment trial uses cord blood Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a new type of stem cell treatment for people with type 1 diabetes that appears to help re-educate rogue immune system cells3. The treatment combines a patient’s immune system cells with stem cells from a donor’s cord blood and has been dubbed “Stem Cell Educator Therapy,” because while exposed to the stem cells, the immune cells seem to re-learn how they should behave. This allows cells in the pancreas to start producing insulin again.

The study participants, who were 15 to 41 years Cord Blood Breakthrough in old, had type 1 diabetes for an average of nine Leukemia Treatment years. Six had some residual pancreatic cell The properties of haematopoietic stem cells function and six did not. Both groups were given (HSCs) in umbilical cord blood to combat stem cell educator therapy. Three other people diseases such as leukemia are already served as the control group. The researchers well-known, as is their advantage of lower measured C-peptide, a protein fragment that’s rejection rates than bone marrow. However, a by-product of insulin production, and found there are fewer cells in cord blood which means that the educator therapy groups had improved that engraftment takes longer and this increases levels of C-peptide at 12 weeks. These levels the risk of infection or that the patient will die continued to improve until 24 weeks, and before the treatment can take effect. remained stable through the follow-up at 40 weeks. There were no changes in C-peptide in the control group. The Now, a team in Seattle has come up with a way of solving the treatment even worked problem by enriching the blood in the laboratory. Dr Colleen in people with Delaney and her colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer long-standing diabetes Research Center have managed to increase the concentration of who were believed to stem cells from 200,000 per kilogram to six million. In research have no insulin-producing published in the journal Nature Medicine6, they have shown ability because the they can make the stem cells multiply before they are pancreatic islets started transplanted. As a result, it took 14 days for the transplanted to work again. cells to engraft against an average of four weeks when non-

New Studies Assess Cord Blood Treatment For Cerebral Palsy

expanded units of cord blood were used. In terms of outcome, seven of the 10 patients in the trial are still alive with no evidence of disease returning.

Whilst past anecdotal reports have claimed improvements in children with cerebral palsy treated with autologous cord blood, no formal or controlled clinical trials have been conducted. Now several new trials are underway to assess how cord blood stems cells help children with the condition. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina4 are studying how 150 children with cerebral palsy respond to injections of their own cord blood stem cells. It is known that, in the case of children with genetic brain disease, infused cells go to the brain and can help repair damage there. It is expected to take about a year to discover the extent of the benefits. However a number of the children have already shown marked initial improvements. Meanwhile the first FDA-approved stem cell trial in paediatric cerebral palsy has begun at the Medical College of Georgia5. Researchers there will study a group of 40 children aged 4 2-12. Half will receive an infusion of their own cord blood while the other half will receive a placebo. Three months later the children will be evaluated without physicians knowing which group received the stem cell infusion.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina are studying how 150 children with cerebral palsy respond to injections of their own cord blood stem cells.

This expansion technique also has significant consequences for autologous transplantation, where stem cells derived from cord blood are used either to treat that person or a close family member. Increasing the number of stem cells in this way means that a single cord would be able to treat an adult patient. For more information on private cord blood and cord tissue banking you can contact Future Health customer care team on 0800 954 5335 or visit www.fhbb com.

References: 1. Nietfeld JJ, Pasquini MC, Logan BR, Verter F, Horowitz MM. Lifetime probabilities of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in the US. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2008;14:316-22. 2. www.foxnews.com/health/2012/06/07/doctorsturn-to-cord-blood-transplants-in-hopes-curingpatients-with-hiv 3. http://health.usnews.com/healthnews/diet-fitness/diabetes/articles/2012/01/11/novelstem-cell-treatment-may-hold-promise-for-type-1diabetes, 2012 4.http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/ health&id=7211746 5.www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/178982.php 6.Nature Medicine 16, 232–236 (2010)

For further information, fact sheets and a jpeg photographs please contact: Alison Miles Future Health Press Office 07900 691 116 Email: alisonmiles@gmail.com

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Dr Julie Goldstein BSc PhD PGDip

Having a family is a powerful, emotional and physically challenging experience which proves a sense of security and meaning to ones life. I have been thinking about my family dynamics a lot in these last few weeks and decided I would jot down some of my thoughts. I particularly feel like paying tribute to my grandma. Keep in mind the ones I put forward are not exhaustive, there are so many ways in which one can think of the importance of family. I encourage you to engage in this exercise for yourselves and to not make my words your last ones on family! Family means... attachment. There is no doubt that early attachments make up a large part of how you approach relationships today. For instance, you may feel quiet when first meeting someone, and may find it hard to trust people. Revealing yourself to someone you don’t know well could be a tricky affair, especially if you will not see them again’. My advice is to trust your gut instincts about how you feel towards people, and find out how you may relax into the fact you know this about yourself. Take time to think about your attachments to family. One of my client’s is working on the absence of attachment to her parents, this week she told me about her attachment to her country of origin, and a re-discovery of her roots as a way nurturing her attachment to her family and history.

Family means... loss. There’s a natural birth and death cycle that one experiences throughout life. Renewing yourself through work, or having children, etc, is common when growing older. I recently became aware with a client that time made for loss, not being able to rewind the clock is sometimes quite painful. The loss of what could have been done is one polarity, the other one being, what you have done instead. Have I waited with the hope that things would get better? Or have I done something active to respond to the events that have happened. Loss is sad, grieving and saying goodbye are an inevitable part of life, at any age. Paradoxically getting in touch with loss can lead to more integration of happiness and joy, and can add a strong sense of humanity into your life. Think about your losses – take time to grieve as a way of thinking about what family truly means to you. Family means many other things to you, I know. If you have the inkling to talk to me about it, and educate yourself about your own views on family, do come and find me in East Finchley.

Family means... being together. My dad always says – being together is You can email me at therapy@juliegoldstein.co.uk, or all that matters. I believe he means being there for each other, spending info@dagclinic.com or call me on 0208 444 6831 or 0796 632 0077. time together, and being in contact (over the phone, in person etc). Mere presence has strong meaning – being there for your family and them for you, in reciprocity Dr Julie Goldstein is a Gestalt Therapist and Psychologist, ass Member and support, are simple ideas that go a long way. of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (AHPP in Simplicity is not always easy to achieve when presence conjunction with UKCP) and British Psychological Society (BPS). Dr Julie gets confused with judgment and expectation, e.g, I Goldstein has a private practice, also lectures and convenes an expect you to live by ‘our’ religion, and send Jane to a undergraduate psychology course at Goldsmiths University of London, religious school. Finding a supportive way to approach and works as an in-house therapist at a human rights organization. difficult questions about beliefs, orientation etc, and nurturing relationships within families ‘is key’ to feelings of safety, and to having good support in place.

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We all know ho w important it is for our children but, how do we to learn to read help them do it , in the midst of a what happens if busy life? And we don’t actual ly like reading o we do like read urselves? Or, if ing, how do we share that love with our childre n?

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In our family, we are all book lovers, apart from my husband, Clyde, who doesn’t even read beyond the first line of a text message if he can avoid it! I genuinely believe that, if our children hadn’t been exposed to the environment we’ve created for them, not all of them would have become addicted to books in the way that they have done. Even though Clyde doesn’t really like reading, he knows the importance of it. We both work really hard – in two completely different ways - to ensure that our children grasp this key skill for life.

So… here’s how you can support… Your 0-2 year old:

1. Let your child see you reading - he will

copy you! My one year old, Theo, often sits on my lap whilst I’m reading and he is picking up so much just by watching me (for example, that pages are turned from left to right).

2. Read to him - but, if you don’t like

doing this, don’t feel pressured by everyone else to do it, just because you ‘have’ to. Why not ask a family member or friend who enjoys reading out loud to stand in for you sometimes? They will probably be honoured that you asked.

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3. Ensure that your baby is able to access

books easily – keep a supply of books at child height and allow them to choose their own books. We keep our children’s books in wheeled containers under their beds.

4. Offer your baby a selection of books to

read whilst you are doing your household chores. Whilst I am packing the schoolbags, Theo will often sit in his high chair reading books, throwing books, chewing books or even writing on books. The fact that he’s touching them and getting entertainment from them is the start of a good relationship with books (respect for books will come later)!

5. For babies, choose interactive books with different textures, googly eyes, flaps to lift, puppets attached etc. A book like this will meet your baby’s need for exploration and experimentation – this is a great foundation for your child to believe that books are fun.

Your 3-5 year old: This is what I call ‘the latent phase’ of reading. It can be the most discouraging for both you and your child, but the turning point is just around the corner! During the latent phase, you may feel as if you are pouring in lots of effort, but seeing very little impact. Keep going - on that golden day that your child recognises her first word, you will see the fruit being borne from all the little seeds you have been sowing.


Play games that will teach your child phonics such as ‘I Spy’. Ask your child to look for things beginning with the phonics alphabet - instead of saying the name of the letter ‘S’, make the sound of a snake: ‘sssss’. Phonics is based on the sound of a letter, not its name.


Give your child books to read with simple words in it, but don’t expect or request that they read the words, ask them instead to look at the pictures and tell you what is happening. This is crucial in learning to read as, later on, your child will learn to guess how to read a word from looking at what is happening in the pictures.

3. Allow for very long pauses when your child

is ‘reading’ – they may spend an inordinately long period of time just looking at one page. It’s a great sign when a child spends a long time staring at a page – they are taking in the details of the pictures and looking at the shapes of the words. Your patience at this point (even if it’s pretend patience!) is demonstrating that books are to be enjoyed and savoured – slowly if need be.


As your child begins to read his first words, pick out the tricky words that can’t be ‘sounded out’, such as ‘said’, ‘they’ or ‘your’, then laminate 2 sets of them onto coloured card so you can play ‘Snap’ with your child. I do this with Carl, my 5 year old, in the 5 minutes before we walk to school or, if I’m still frantically packing my briefcase and looking for Carl’s PE kit, I bribe my 8 year old to play Snap with Carl instead!


Show your child the role that reading plays in your life so that he grasps the importance of it. A few examples of this:


Clyde will often point to road signs and then exaggerate his reading of them to show that, without reading those signs, he couldn’t figure out where he is going.

b. Carl loves baking cupcakes with me, so

I often ask him to read the recipe, ‘so that I know what ingredients to use.’ Carl will often protest that he doesn’t know how to read, then I remind him that he is fantastic at interpreting pictures, which is reading. He will often rise to my expectation of him by looking at the photo of flour and eggs and then advising me that I need 4000g of eggs and 12 bags of flour. Does it matter that he’s got the amounts wrong? No.

Does it matter that he feels he has contributed to our fun by reading in the only way he knows how? Yes, yes and yes again!

c. I sometimes write little notes to my children

and put them in their school bags. For Carl, I write very simple messages in non-joined up writing. After receiving a note that says, ‘Mama loves Carl’ twenty times, Carl has finally figured out what it says and it boosts his confidence if he feels he can read it. The Star Wars picture that I paste onto the note may be the only thing that persuades him to actually open it, but who cares?

d. When we get into a lift, Clyde often asks

our 3 year old, Zachary, to press the button for the Ground floor or to open the doors. Zac is not only learning to read the symbols, Clyde also lavishes Zac with praise along the lines that, if Zac hadn’t recognised the letters and pressed the right buttons, we wouldn’t have got to our destination.

6. Encourage your child to read the same book over and over again until he can almost recite it – it is all part of building his confidence. If he chooses to read the same book over and over again and it wasn’t a part of your plan to read Mig the Pig three hundred times, remember that repetition builds confidence for your child and console yourself with the fact that your new talent may come in handy at parties someday!

covered that it is far quicker if Jemima fills in her own forms. In doing so, Jemima is forced to read the questions and she also learns that reading can achieve a goal e.g. getting a Trinidadian passport so we can more easily visit our relatives.

4. Encourage your child to take a book with them wherever they go – my children have learned to spend their ‘dead’ time reading.

5. Choose a school for your child that will

foster her enjoyment of reading. My daughter’s school has worked wonders in encouraging her to read – bringing in famous authors to read to the children, holding a Book Fair, running sponsored book reading challenges, giving house points for a child who reads every day in a month etc.

Your 6 - 8 year old:


As for older children, I can’t yet comment on how to support them - reading is a journey, but, what I’ve discovered is, it’s as much a journey for me as it is for my children…

2. Discuss your own reading books with

Isabelle Parasram is the mother of four children aged 1-8. She is also a barrister, a College Assessor of Childcare and Education, an NCT- trained antenatal teacher, the Director of a large children’s day Nursery & Out of School Club in Tower Hill and is a Trustee of a Community Nursery in Shadwell. She would love to answer your questions or to have your comments on her article. Please e-mail her at: myDreamMaker@me.com You can also read more about her at www.mydreammaker.co.uk/our-ethos

Continue to read to her, even if she can read – I still read to my 8 year old daughter, Jemima, but now, I ask her questions about the book she is reading. She loves the fact that she’s ‘teaching’ me and that I’m genuinely interested in her thoughts and ideas on the story. Often, I have absolutely no interest in how The Famous Five solved their mystery, but I am interested in why Jemima chose that particular book.

your child – though this can be somewhat difficult, depending on your reading material!


Get your child to fill in their own forms. With four sets of forms to fill in every time I want to register my children for anything, I have dis-

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That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

By Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton

The Cat In The Hat The Gruffalo

By Dr Seuss

By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Emily gets up to all kin ds of imaginary adventures with her cuddly rabbit. However , Queen Gloriana (another little girl) has heard tell of the rabbit and sends all her horses and men to offer riches in exchange for him.

Duck In The Truck By Jez Alborough

A wily woodland mouse manages to escape being eaten by predators by telling them that an imaginary monster is going to app ear at any minute. Of course, the mouse doesn’t really expect the monster to put in an appearance!

Dear Zoo

By Rod Campbell

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Humour arises from the begrudging old chap hav ing to lug himself out of his cos y home to work on his busiest night of the year.

Mister Magnolia I Will Not Ever Never Giraffes Can’t Dance By Quentin Blake Eat A Tomato

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Lola is a cheeky preschool madam who always has a smart excuse to justify getting her own way. However, old er brother Charlie appeals to her sense of fantasy to overco me common childhood issu es – such as fussy eating.

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By Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Owing to his ungainly physique, Gerald the giraffe can’t dance. However, a friendly cricket reassures him that everyone can dance, they just need the right tune!

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Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig?

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No Matter What

By Debi Gliori

Sarah, Percy and Bill wa ke up one night to find their mother isn’t there. Their lonelin ess makes them anxious and the fluffy white owls begin to fret, but are overcome with relief and joy when mummy owl comes back.

Wibbly Pig wants to do . everything but go to bed nting cou h, bat the in Splashing can the the stairs… what else sleep? tep little pig do to side-s has to he ally Of course, eventu happy a so – er mb give in to slu s ent par all for ending

Meet Florentine and her friend Pig in their very first adventure: Florentine and Pig Have a Very Lovely Picnic. Join in the excitement as they whip up a fantastic feast. But first, where WILL they find the apples they need to make their favourite muffins? Luckily, Pig has a good idea..

Where, Oh Where, Is Kipper’s Bear?

By Mick Inkpen

Mog The Forgetful Cat By Judith Kerr

A parent fox called Large promises Small, her cub , that whatever happens, she will always be there filling the ir life with love and cuddles. Small asks lots of questions, but Large is consistent in her reassuring replies.

Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill

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A Squash And A Squeeze A playful bedtime story where Mick Inkpen’s dry-witte d dog has to go on a hunt for his cuddly toy.

By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler


By Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt

Often the moggy is daydreaming her way into a series of adventures, and in this book, she forgets she can’t fly when she chases birds and forgets that she has a basket when she sleeps in front of Mr Thomas’s view of the television.

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Gaming for all ages

Check out the best, most entertaining, and age-appropriate video games for your kids, all recommended by our readers.

Smart for School-Age

Perfect for Preschool Wii Play Motion

Go Vacation

Wii Play Motion offers a set of games that use the MotionPlus controller. Ranging from stone skimming to ice-cream stacking.

Go Vacation creates not one but four huge holiday resorts to explore with your family.


Peppa Pig Theme Park Fun

Another massive adventure game squeezed into the DS. But this time the focus is as much on the story and Dogtanian-like characters as the action.

A well designed Peppa Pig tie-in for very young players. Controls and visuals work well and keep things simple.

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure

Fruit Ninja The simple premise of slicing up fruit with your hands and feet makes this easy enough for very young players.

The quality of the toys and simplicity of using them to save your progress in the videogame make this ideal.

Just Dance 3 The varied multiplayer choreography and four player Kinect features make this another big step forward for casual dancers.

Kirby Mass Attack This combines stylus controlled platforming action with great puzzles and surprisingly fleshed out minigames. Controlling a herd of little pink Kirbys is simply great fun.

Awsome for Older Kids

Mario Tennis Open Join Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom friends as they return to the court in this latest instalment of the Mario Tennis franchise.

Child of Eden The combination of music movement and shooting creates an experience perfect for teen and student players.

The Gunstringer A game that really plays to Kinect’s theatrics. Control a marionette with one hand and shoot with the other, this game turns the living room into a stage.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars As the commander of the Ghosts, your mission is to stop the Russian ultranationalist Yuri Treskayev from coming to power.


Spook fest! Cute Costumes Ghoulish Games Spooky Annabel Karmel Recipes

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Angry Birds Yellow Bird Infant Costume Price: £29.99 Let your little one speed through the air with this adorable Angry Birds Yellow Bird Infant Costume. This includes a plush and comfortable character fleece which is done up by Velcro. www.escapade.co.uk

Lil Devil Infant

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Toddler Skelebones Halloween Costume Price: £17.99 It’s hard to find a scary costume for toddlers, mainly because nature has predisposed them to be impossibly cute. However for the more adventurous parents why not go for this fantastic Child’s Skelebones Halloween Costume. www.escapade.co.uk

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Price: £9.99 Is your little one a little devil? They can be in this costume, a romper suit with attached soft fabric wings and a headpiece. www.fancydress.com


Silly Spider Price: £15.99 Incy Wincy spider climbing up the spout. Down came the rain, and washed poor Incy out, all the same he is so very cute. This costume is a padded body section and a hat. www.escapade.co.uk

Lil Bat Price: £9.99 This little bat costume is clearly labelled as NOT INTENDED AS SLEEPWEAR, in our experience you will have a bit of a fight getting them out of this! The costume is a romper-siut with a headpiece and the wings are attached to the sleeves. www.fancydress.com

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Pumpkin Witch Child Costume Price: £13.99 This adorable Pumpkin Witch Child Costume is a fantastic choice for your little one this Halloween. Your little girl will have all they need for Trick or Treating this spooky season. www.escapade.co.uk

Raptor Child Dinosaur Costume Price: £23.99 This fantastic Raptor Childs Dinosaur Costume will allow your little one to take a bite out of more than just a few sweets come Halloween. The fantastic kids costume includes a plush and comfortable red, brown and yellow jumpsuit with fake scale details. www.escapade.co.uk

Zombie Doctor

Price: £32.99 Even the undead need good health care. The Zombie Doctor is sure to provide it. just look at this costume, the blood and guts are hanging out for all to see...GOR-TASTIC! Costume package consists of a top, trousers, zombie mask, scrub cap, latex gloves and a scrub mask. www.fancydress.com

Little Burgler Price: £14.99 Look out! Look Out! Their is a burglar about! This costume contains the striped top, an eye mask, pair of trousers, hat and a little swag-bag. www.fancydress.com

Bobble Head Pumpkin Child Costume Price: £39.99 This evil pumpkin costume features a black robe, pointy fingered gloves, an oversized hood with rope tie and a supersize lightweight pumpkin head with bobble eyes and comfortable interior elastic head support. www.escapade.co.uk

Chucky Costume Price: £29.99

Mad Hatter Wizard Child Costume

This Halloween, transform into everyone’s favorite creepy doll with this kids Chucky costume. This two-piece costume includes a half, replica mask of the child’s doll. The mask has red hair and red cuts over the face. It features slits for the eyes, nostrils and mouth and is secured to the face with an elastic band that velcros. www.escapade.co.uk

Price: £23.99 This fantastic looking costume consists of a robe with an attached foam face and a hat complete with hair in a wizard design. The hat can be taken off leaving the rest of the face and beard on the chest. www.escapade.co.uk

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Gourd Games

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How to play Pumpkin Bowling: Arrange a triangle of 10 empty plastic 1- or 2-liter bottles. Players take turns gently rolling a pumpkin into the pins, with three chances to knock them all down.

Cursed Text The people of Grave’s End just discovered that someone -- or something! -- has messed with the town’s famous historical marker. It might have been bewitched by a legendary pirate ghost that haunts the village! Oddly, many villagers can still read the sign. Can you?

On tihs sopt in 1708, the rseidnets of Grave´s End fuoght a btatle agiasnt the priate Captain E. Ville Dewar and his wckied cerw. The btatle wnet on for tirheten dyas and edend Octoebr 31, wehn the ctizeins sank thier sihp. Smoe say the veengful Captain apaeprs ervey Haloleewn to cuase msicheif in the twon. Msot cizitnes rfesue to bleeive in the ghsot leegnd, clalnig it “nnonesse.” What’s Going On: Reading hexed text is easier than it looks, right? Language experts aren’t entirely sure why, but one theory is that we don’t usually read words letter by letter, we read them as whole units. So keeping the first and last letters of jumbled words in the right positions helps us decode them. Using short words and predictable language and mixing in words that are spelled correctly are also thought to have an effect. Deos taht mkae snese?

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They make the most of these roly-poly icons of autumn, whose uneven shapes can result in some erratic itineraries! Be sure to use small to medium-size pumpkins; large ones are too heavy.

Think pumpkins are just for carving into jack-o’-lanterns and baking into pies? Guess again. After the second helping of pumpkin pie, get up and get moving with this great-for-all-ages game.

Pumpkin Roll: Determine a starting line and a finish line. Set 2 pumpkins on their sides at the start and have the racers line up behind them. At “Go,” each pair of challengers uses sturdy brooms to propel the pumpkins over the finish line.

Mr. Bones


Help them burn off some of that Halloween candy with this bare-bones relay race.

Pucker up....this game requires skill, speed and raw straw-sucking power.

What you’ll need: Skeleton Template Printer Paper 2 Bowls

What you’ll need: Straws Construction paper Bowl

How to play: Before the party, create the parts for the complete skeleton. Cut out all the parts. You can glue them onto craft foam or just use the paper parts.

Cut out several sets of shapes and let the players race head to head.

Relay Race

At game time, divide players into teams of 2 or more and place each team’s parts in bowls across the room. At “Go,” team members take turns retrieving 1 part from the bowl to build their skeleton. Players can assemble their skeletons on a flat surface or use doublesided tape to stick them to poster board mounted on a wall. The first team to correctly complete its skeleton wins.

Stew Game

How to play: Before the party, ask your kids to help you cut ten Halloween shapes, such as ghosts, bats and pumpkins from construction paper. Each shape should be about the size of a silver dollar. Place the shapes in a pile beside a small bowl. Using the straw as a vacuum, each contestant tries to pick up a shape and place it in the bowl to create the Witch’s Stew. Time the players to see who can get all ten in the bowl the fastest.

Spooky Recipes Deadman’s Finger Sandwiches These ghoulish sandwiches look terrific as Halloween Party Food Method: Gently flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin to make them more pliable. Spread with a little margarine and either some cream cheese or peanut butter. Roll up the sandwiches and make three indentations with a blunt knife to form the finger joints. Trim the ends of the fingers into a ‘V’ shape and stick an almond on to each tip with a little cream cheese or peanut butter to form the nails. Now for the gruesome bit - squirt some tomato ketchup over the end of the finger for the blood !

Ingredients Thin sliced white bread, crusts removed Soft margarine Cream cheese or peanut butter Almonds Strawberry jam or tomato ketchup

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Halloween Cakes - Ghoulish Ghosts People traditionally dressed up in scary costumes to ward off Hallowe’en spirits. These ghoulish cakes have the opposite effect for children - they can’t keep away. Method Preheat the oven to 180c/350F/Gas Mark 4. Beat together the caster sugar, butter and vanilla essence until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time with a tablespoon of flour for each egg. Beat well and fold in the remaining flour. Spoon into 12 greased and floured dariole moulds, place on a baking tray and bake in

Ingredients 175g butter 175g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 3 eggs 175g self-raising flour Cornflour 750g ready to roll white icing black and pink food colouring

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a pre-heated oven at 180C for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Cut the top of the cakes off to form a flat surface and then turn out onto a board or plate. Leave until completely cold. Roll out the white icing on a surface dusted with cornflour and cut out 12 circles (can use a saucer as a guide). From the trimmings, use a mini cutter to cut out some tiny oval shapes or roll some tiny balls of white icing into oval shapes. Dampen them with a little water and stick them onto the front of the ghost to make the eyes. Use the black writing icing to make the pupils. MAKES 18 HALLOWEEN CAKES

Green Slime Lemonade Homemade lemonade tastes great and it’s easy to prepare. Add a few drops of food colouring to give it a more murky and slimy look... Method: To make the syrup. Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl and add the hot water. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then set aside to cool. Roll the lemons. This helps release the juice. Squeeze the lemons – you need 8 fl oz of juice. Add the sugar syrup, chilled water and a few drops of food coloring. Pour the juice into a round glass bowl and decorate with slices of lime, orange and kiwi. SERVES 6

Ingredients 1 cup sugar Half cup hot water 6 large lemons One and a half pints water A few drops of green food colouring Slices of lime, orange and kiwi

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Cute Conversation The Perfect Marriage I asked my 10 year old son, Alan, how will you decide who to marry? Well, he said, you got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.

Silly Question Mummy: Kadon I think you´ve caught the sun today! Kadon: No mummy, my net isnt big enough to fit the sun in!

Annabel, Ealing, London

History Lesson “My 3-year-old daughter, Sofie says the funniest things! The latest one: ‘Mummy, did you know that someone found America?’ she asked me as I picked her up from nursery. ‘Oh really, sweetie?’ I replied. She responded, ‘Yes, it was a man called Chris Columbus.’ Then she paused for a few minutes and asked, ‘Mummy, how long was America lost for before that man found it again?’

Marta, Hampstead

Birds & the Bees My 8 year old, Tony, was playing outside with his friends for a while when he came in and asked me, what’s that called when two people sleep in the same room and one is on top of the other? I was a little taken aback, but decided to just tell him the truth. ‘It’s called sexual intercourse, darling’. Little Tony just said, ‘Oh, okay,’ and went back outside to play. A few minutes later he came back in and said angrily, ‘Mummy, it isn’t called sexual intercourse. It’s called Bunk Beds. And Jimmy’s mum wants to talk to you.’

Shirley, Kew

Anna, Croydon

Life Cycle Explained My 5-year-old, Harry, explains the death of his grandfather to my 3-year-old son: ‘Grandpa died. Like Michael Jackson. He’s dead just like Michael Jackson.’”

Silly Granny Our 5 year old, Melanie, asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn’t remember any more. Melanie said, ‘If you don’t remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.’

Louise, Brighton

Frankie, Barnet

Brilliant “Ahhh... I need to relax.” said my 3 year old, Cillian, as he jumps on the sofa. Did I mention he’s 3? Susan, Chelsea

Very Clever Bottle My 4 year old daughter, Brittany had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer.. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, I explained it was a child-proof cap and I would have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, she asked: ‘How does it know it’s me?’

Sammy, Guildford



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Battersea Park Display

The Enfield Display

Promising something special for visitors of all ages, lighting up the skies of Battersea Park with a dazzling show. Expect huge crowds on the night in one of London’s biggest and most popular annual events. A licensed bar is also on the premises.

Put on by the Enfield Scouts and is a great family-friendly affair that continues to be a traditional must for anyone in the area. The whole event kicks off in Enfield Town Park. Web: www.enfield.gov.uk

Web: www.wandsworth.gov.uk

Carshalton Display Make the most of the tradition of gazing upwards at the colourful pyrotechnics lighting up the cold autumnal sky and pay a visit to the park’s bonfire if you need to warm up.

Walthamstow Display The Walthamstow fireworks display takes place at Chestnut Showground (behind Walthamstow Town Hall) Children and families can enjoy fun fair rides and other events. Web: www.londonevents2012.com

Web: www.carshaltonfireworks.org.uk

The Blackheath Display Something special for 2012, one of the most anticipated London fireworks displays each year, a truly dazzling display. Web: www.lewisham.gov.uk

Ealing Cricket Club Display If you like your firework displays to be dramatic and set to some rousing music, then head to the Ealing Cricket Club for a fantastic night. The fireworks will be accompanied by some very exciting rock music which will no doubt set the colourful displays off a treat. Web: www.eailingcc.co.uk

The Richmond Display This year’s Richmond fireworks display will be a traditional affair, boasting a programme of family friendly entertainment. Alongside the fireworks there’ll be mulled wine, a very tasty hog roast, a bonfire and funfair rides for kids. And if it rains then fret not, they have a big covered stand to keep you dry. Web: www.richmond.com

Fireworks Spooktacular, Legoland Round off your day at Legoland with a spectacular fireworks display in the evening, there’s fun galore and something for everyone! Web: www.legoland.co.uk

Check out all the latest dates and times for these displays by using the websites provided.

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Tel: 0207 409 2982

Tel: 0779 395 3610

Tel: 0208 440 1251



St James Medical center

Tel: 0207 792 2515

Tel: 0207 434 1466

Tel: 0208 684 5353


Magic Rainbow

Killick Street health centre

Tel: 0207 589 7001

Tel: 0794 638 0581

Tel: 0207 833 9939

Early Learning Centre

Murphy James

Mitchison Road surgery

Tel: 0207 581 5764

Tel: 0207 278 4770

Tel: 0207 226 6016



The London General Practice

Tel: 0871 704 1977

Tel: 0207 935 1000

Tel: 0163 529 8326


Just Williams Toys

Tel: 0207 256 8668

Tel: 0203 538 6798 ‎

Allsorts Tel: 0208 969 3249

Camp Beaumont Tel: 0126 382 3000

Crazee Kids Tel: 0208 444 5333

Creative Wiz Kids Tel: 0207 794 6797

Cross Keys Tel: 0208 371 9686

Hampstead Dyslexia Clinic Tel: 0208 455 5107

Fit For Sport Ltd Tel: 0845 456 3233


Tel: 0207 620 0844

White Todd Tel: 0207 734 9070

Tel: 0208 201 6661

Easy 2 Name Lables

Let Me Play


Dover House Surgery


Tel: 0208 735 5379

Beez Kneez

Tel: 0208 807 1888

Tel: 0207 838 1111

Jewellery Summer school

Tel: 0208 354 1583

Willow House Surgery

Mush Kids ltd

Tel: 0203 176 0546

Egoist Body Studios

Tel: 0208 363 0472

Tel: 0208 653 6635

Jonathan Markson Tennis

Tel: 0785 092 7523

The James Wigg Practice


Tel: 0207 603 2422

Good Vibes

Tel: 0203 317 2000

Tel: 0207 731 4706

Kids Theatre week

Tel: 0207 240 6111

Clein Dr Lewis

Mother Care

Tel: 0207 557 6799

Light Centre Belgravia

Tel: 0207 580 8356

Tel: 0207 581 5764

Little Actors Summer School

Tel: 0207 881 0728

Tel: 0800 389 6184

Tel: 0208 354 1583

Birthing Babies

Me and My Baby Clinic

Tel: 0779 685 0016

Little Kickers Tel: 0193 242 9602

London Childrens Ballet Tel: 0208 969 1555

Music Makers Tel: 0142 565 4819

Stage Coach Tel: 0193 225 4333

Super Camps Tel: 0123 583 2222

React Drama Workshops Tel: 0208 366 1623

Days Made Easier Tel: 0208 201 7072

Allsorts Drama Tel: 0208 969 3249

all4kids Tel: 0787 625 4691

Play five aside Tel: 0203 432 9584

Mama Sambo

Mummy & Little Me


Tel: 0207 751 4170

Birth Hypnosis

Pregnancy Yoga

Tel: 0774 707 5340

Tel: 0152 254 8811

Oh Baby London Tel: 0207 247 4949

Pares Footwear Tel: 0208 297 0785

Tel: 0795 829 6647

Calm Birth Calm Baby

The Life Centre

Tel: 0794 976 4105

Tel: 0207 221 4602



Tel: 0208 875 1065

Tel: 0207 483 3344

Gas & Air

Yoga & Pilates London

Tel: 0797 425 3461

Tel: 0207 235 7737

Pom D Api Tel: 0207 243 0535

Please Mum Tel: 0207 486 1380

Tel: 0207 735 2177

Gilly Keith Antenatal


Tel: 0796 856 6396

Tel: 0795 668 1796

Inspiring Births


Tel: 0777 542 5301

Tel: 0208 923 6452


Yoga College of London

Tel: 0781 260 4405

Tel: 0207 373 7070

The Summit

Baby Massage and Yoga

Tel: 0208 340 4040

Petite Ange

Ralph Lauren Tel: 0207 590 7990

Roobub&Custard Tel: 0779 645 1513

Rykiel Tel: 0207 493 5255

Small Print Tel: 0208 567 7871

Tel: 0758 206 9378

Portland Hospital


Tel: 0207 580 4400

The Cross Tel: 0207 727 6760

Tel: 0798 145 6470

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