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The Good Parenting Food Guide: Managing What Children Eat Without Making Food a Problem
The Good Parenting Food Guide: Managing What Children Eat Without Making Food a Problem
by Jane Ogden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a relief – a food/parenting book that doesn’t make you feel inadequate, 11 Nov. 2014
A common sense approach to food and how to get your child to eat healthily. The book starts off looking at why eating problems (both obesity and anorexia) are becoming more common, and why it is so hard eat healthily and change bad habits. The second half has chapters with headings such as “I don’t have time to cook” or “My child thinks they are fat”, and then gives plenty of common sense tips on what to do.

There are no easy solutions of course, but the emphasis here is on being a “good enough” parent, not a perfect one, helping to set a good example to your children. You can use peer pressure in a good way; invite your children’s friends to tea, and they are more likely to “copy” each other eating vegetables. You can use “mindless eating” to your advantage too; instead of letting them snack on crisps, quietly hand them a plate of chopped up fruit and veg while they are engrossed in the TV, and let them wolf it down.

I especially liked the section containing quick, basic recipes. The message here is that food is fuel, not a treat or anything that needs elaborate planning, so there’s no need to spend hours preparing meals, trying to make their food look like a smiley face or a hedgehog. I love the short-cut tips in the recipes too. Who knew you could make mashed potato without bothering to peel the potatoes!


Charles Bentley Stainless Steel Clothes Dryer Airer Horse Line X Wing Laundry Washing Rack
Charles Bentley Stainless Steel Clothes Dryer Airer Horse Line X Wing Laundry Washing Rack
Offered by BuyDirect4U
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - a clothes horse that doesn't keep collapsing, 29 July 2011
This is exactly what I wanted. So pleased with this clothes horse. The previous airer I was using had a fancy new-fangled "locking mechanism" that didn't work and the clothes horse just kept collapsing. I sent it back for a refund and very carefully chose this product instead, precisley because it doesn't have a "locking mechanism". Instead the X-wings are held up by metal struts underneath, so there is no way it can collapse on you. We have a large capacity washing machine, but the clothes horse can easily take a whole load of washing. It feels solid and sturdy too, though it's probably best to hang really heavy wet towels in the middle, over the centre of gravity, rather than on the edges. Thoroughly recommend it.


Swing Bin
Swing Bin

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks great - but lid doesn't shut properly!, 7 July 2011
This review is from: Swing Bin (Kitchen & Home)
Really pleased with this when I first unpacked it. Neat, clean, white, compact. Just what I wanted. But.... the lid isn't weighted properly, and so instead of swinging shut, it swings and stops half open. In fact often it stops completely open with the lid hanging upside down. The whole point of the swing lid was to hide the sight of the rubbish inside, so I think this is a pretty silly design flaw. What a shame.


If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
by Jon McGregor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad at the same time, 20 April 2009
A struggle, but worth it (just) in the end. The jacket blurb describes this as a "prose-poem", and if you find his flowery, poetic style hard work in the first few pages, then be warned, because the whole novel is written in the same style.

The problem with describing the minutiae of unnamed people's lives it that, although clever, it is also very dull. In the end I had to draw up my own street plan and try and work out who lived where to make some sense of everything. Eventually I was drawn into it, and there is lots to admire in his writing, but the ending was a disappointment. Is he suggesting something supernatural has taken place, with one character sacrificing themselves for another? It just didn't feel right or fit well with the rest of the book. If you like traditional plot and closure at the end, steer well clear. If you want to try something different, give this a go, it's certainly a "remarkable" book, in the proper sense of the word.


Do Knights Take Naps?
Do Knights Take Naps?
by Kathy Tucker
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A winner, 21 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Do Knights Take Naps? (Paperback)
Here's a book that all three of our boys loved, AND the parents like reading it too (and you can't say that about many books). With witty illustrations by Nick Sharratt, and rhyming text from Kathy Tucker, the book manages to be both funny and informative. What does a knight wear? Did they watch TV? How do they kill dragons?
The book is a pleasure to read aloud, and children will soon start to remember the text and shout out the rhymes. The answer to "Do knights take naps?" is a resounding yes. "Right after lunch, their mums tuck them in, and leave the light on in the hall. They dream of their deeds so brave and so good, they're the very best knights of them all." I'd say this book is perfect for all budding knights, aged about 3-6.


Wolf (Picture Mammoth)
Wolf (Picture Mammoth)
by Sara Fanelli
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but enchanting, 31 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Wolf (Picture Mammoth) (Paperback)
I was stunned to see the product review describe the illustrations as having a "nightmarish quality". My boys all loved this book and often request it as a bedtime read. The drawings are wierd and quirky, yes, but not in a scary way. It all looks a bit like a collage, with some of the drawings and writing done using newspaper print or wallpaper material. There aren't many words to the story, so would probably suit a 3-4 year old best. The writing does have a bizarre quality - almost as though it's been translated from a foreign language, or as though the pictures were drawn first, and then someone tried to write a story around it. But that's all part of its charm. Wolf is desperate to make friends, but everyone finds him scary. An offbeat but winning story.


BrainBox - The World
BrainBox - The World
Price: £6.99

257 of 260 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational - without the kids realising!, 24 Oct. 2008
This review is from: BrainBox - The World (Toy)
Amazing - an educational game that my children don't mind playing! My 6 and 9 year old love this. You have 10 seconds in which to memorise as much information as possible about a country - flags, towns, exports etc. Then you roll a dice and have to answer a numbered question about the country. That's all there is to it. If you answer correctly, you keep the card for that country. The person with the most number of cards at the end of the game wins. If I sat down and quizzed my children on their knowledge of flags, towns, countries, they'd find it really dull. For some reason the egg-timer and dice turn this into a fun game for them. What a find!
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Bandai - Ben 10 - Alien Laboratory Playset
Bandai - Ben 10 - Alien Laboratory Playset
Offered by KALEIDOSCOPE TOYS
Price: £39.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment, 24 Oct. 2008
Sadly have to agree with the other negative reviews. My 5-year-old got this last Xmas. He played with it constantly for about three hours, which was very gratifying for his gran who had bought it for him. But he has never touched it since! Once the alien fizzballs had been dissolved and the tiny piece of playdough used up, that was it, game over. Truck poor quality and hard to reassemble. Just cos it's sold out in the shops, doesn't mean it's any good. Please don't waste your money!


Doodle Dice Family Game
Doodle Dice Family Game

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A game the parents enjoy too, 7 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Doodle Dice Family Game (Toy)
Similar to the traditional dice game Yahtzee, where you have to match certain number combinations. In this game though the dice have six different pictures on them (dot, curve, face etc) and you have three rolls of the dice in which to match the doodles on the cards. Some are easy, some need all six dice to match. The skill comes in understanding probability and working out which is the best option to go for. No complicated rules or lengthy setting up required. Our 8-year-old loves this game, and it's one that his parents enjoy playing too! Our cards have the doodle names written in different languages - very educational! - but not sure if it's the same for all editions. Easily transportable too - we took this with us on holiday.


Escalado
Escalado

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun idea, poor design, 7 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Escalado (Toy)
Not quite as sophisticated as I was expecting, but the children loved it anyway - until it broke. You need a suitable kitchen table to clamp the racetrack on to. Then you wind a handle (the boys all fought over doing this bit) and the vibrations make the horses jig along the racetrack until one of them wins the race (or they all fall over). Unfortunately the winding mechanism was ropey to start with, and after just a few games, stopped working completely. Don't know whether this was a faulty product, or just poor design. There is toy money and betting cards, so I guess you could call it educational if you want your children to learn all about gambling! Overall a bit of a disappointment, but would have been great fun if it had worked properly.


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