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  • Bite-size guide to the KonMari method

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    A new year brings with it new challenges. And some of them are entirely of our own creation.

    After mining our last twelve months for positives and negatives, we resolve to make changes that we hope will make the next twelve months even more enjoyable.

    For many, the key to a better year lies in our appearance. We take up new sports, change our daily routine and follow an exacting nutritional plan to warp our bodies into our imagined ideal. Even if the pursuit proves futile, we’ll reap the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.

    Others decide that their immediate environment is a more deserving recipient of their turn-of-the-year enthusiasm – or at least, it is a target that is more easily accomplished. The reality is though, if you’re contemplating a complete revamp of our home or just a few minor tweaks, the task ahead can be daunting.

    Naturally, if you’ve got a tenuous grasp on the basics of both home management and interior design, you’ve got to look elsewhere for inspiration. And whether you’ve turned on the TV or made the effort to read up on the subject, you’ve likely encountered Marie Kondo.

    A bestselling book, The Art of Tidying, and a Netflix show, Tidying up with Marie Kondo, have made her simple organisational philosophy – the KonMari method – ubiquitous.

    But if you haven’t got the time to read 256 pages or sit through eight 45 minute episodes, what are you meant to do?

    To help you get to grips with the essentials of the KonMari method without wasting a minute, we've distilled everything you need to know into one simple, digestible blog post. You’ll be making real strides in your goals for the New Year in no time at all.

    Does it spark joy?

    The most important aspect of the method is, when determining whether to keep or throw away an item, assessing its capacity to ‘spark joy’. If it does, you keep it. If it doesn’t, you don’t. It’s a simple approach that has been embraced by thousands. Enthusiastically so too; ‘spark joy’ has worked its way into the lexicon of the cognoscenti – appearing on the signs of protestors in the UK and the US.

    The process

    To break down what can be an arduous, lengthy and complex process into its more easily digestible constituent parts, Kondo recommends sorting your belongings in the following order:

    •         Clothing
    •         Books
    •         Paper
    •         Komono (miscellaneous items)
    •         Sentimental items

     Kondo recommends pooling all of your belongings into one place and then systematically working through them item-by-item. Ordered this way, you can work your way through items in ascending order of their emotional value. The things that are most difficult to throw away are saved for last.

    She is also fond of humanising every item – asking how your socks, for example, might feel balled up and stuffed away in the corner of a drawer. Bizarre as it may seem, some people find that this perspective helps them better appreciate the value of their things.

    The benefits

    Your mind can take on the characteristics of your home. When your living space is cluttered, your thinking can become muddled and convoluted. Scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of a cleaner, clearer space and several participants in the show talk enthusiastically about the improvements to their mental health. 

    Adopting Marie Kondo’s methods is a great starting point for decluttering your home. If you want a head start, why not look at a space-savvy mid sleeper with storage?

  • What is The Healthiest Sleeping Position?

    Self Sleeping Habits for Infants and parents

    When it comes to catching those all-important zzz’s the sleeping position you and your children choose could be affecting the quality of sleep as well as having negative impacts on the body. Your most loved sleeping pose could be the cause of aches and pains, tummy troubles and even premature wrinkles (for the parents). We wanted to address some of these issues and help you discover the best sleeping positions and childrens beds for you and your little ones.

    Let them sleep alone

    Babies ideally, shouldn’t co-sleep with a parent or adult for any reason. This is easily said than done. You could consider having your baby or infant sleep in the same room as you, just not in the same bed, especially for the first six months as recommended by the NHS. Placing your baby on their back to sleep from the very beginning, both during the day and night will reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which brings us to our next point.

    Put them on their back

    Place babies on their backs to sleep every time. This position has reduced the amount of SIDS nationwide by more than 50% according to recent studies. As babies grow, it’s ok if they roll over on their own during their sleep. So long as you keep their sleeping area clear and have a tightly fitted sheet and firm mattress this should ensure a good sleep.

    Making their sleeping space safe

    It’s important not to allow babies or infants to sleep in an adult bed, on a sofa or in a chair. Instead, use safety approved cots, bassinet’s or for infant’s appropriate childrens beds. Make sure all sleeping spaces are kept clear, include a firm mattress, and are covered with a tightly fitted sheet. Objects such as toys, cushions and blankets should be kept out of the way. You may want to consider a one-piece wearable blanket rather than loose blankets to keep children warm.

    Sleeping positions that are good

    Sleeping on the back is recommended for a good night’s sleep. This posture also prevents neck and back pain by maintaining a neutral position for the head, neck and spine. It can also reduce the risk of acid reflux by keeping your head elevated above your stomach. And for adults, you’ll be please know can minimise wrinkles as there is nothing pushing against your face. The only downside to lying on the back is that it can encourage snoring.

    Sleeping positions that are ok

    So, if you wish to reduce the snoring perhaps you may want to try sleeping on the side as this elongates the spine. This, like sleeping on the back will also help to prevent acid reflux by keeping the head elevated above the stomach. For mums to be, however, this can be a useful position during pregnancy as sleeping on the left is ideal for blood flow. Unfortunately, though, it is considered bad for the face and breasts as it pushes on the body parts and can cause prominent sagging. 

    Sleeping positions that are bad

    Although another position that can be useful during pregnancy, the fetal pose can be considered bad for others. This position can have a bigger effect on adults as it increases arthritic pain as knees are bent for long periods of time. It can also be bad for the neck and spine posture and it is crucial not to curve your back too much. As well as this, curling up in your sleep can restrict deep breathing which is useful to slow your body and heart rate down making it easier to drift off to sleep.

    Sleeping positions to avoid

    Sleeping on the stomach should be avoided as it is difficult to maintain a neutral spine and can put pressure on joints and muscles which can irritate nerves leading to tingling, numbness and sometimes pain. This is usually the position that causes aching in the neck, shoulders or back. However, if you don’t suffer from body aches and pains and you often snore, then keeping the face down will help keep your upper airways open so perhaps this is the position for you.

    As well as sourcing the right childrens beds we encourage you to find the perfect pillow and mattress to ensure you and your little ones get the best night’s sleep you deserve!

  • 5 Fun Ways to Get Your Children Reading

    It’s never too early to start reading with your kids. Whether you read them the morning newspaper at breakfast or tuck them into their childrens beds for a nighttime story. Reading can have a very positive impact on children’s early brain development so it’s important to take the time out of our busy schedules to help with your child’s reading habits. 90% of a child’s brain is developed in his or her’s first three years. Research shows that the associations between home reading exposure are positively associated with activation of the brain during a story listening task, and reading aloud to children is more effective than talking when it comes to building literacy. 

    It’s important for parents to continue reading aloud to older children too. Even after they become fluent in reading, students who read 15 minutes or more start seeing substantial positive gains in reading achievement and so keep reading to your kids up to age 14. 87% of children ages 6 to 11 said they enjoyed being read to and wished their parent would continue reading to them.

    If you find it difficult to find time to read to your children take a look at the five fun ways to get your child reading that we have put together below.

    Read out loud

    Reading 15 minutes per day exposes children to over 1,000,000 words per year. And reading aloud lets parents model how pleasant, valuable, and exciting reading to kids can be. More often than not children will catch their enthusiasm and adopt this positive energy.

    Think outside the box

    Reading to your children doesn’t have to be limited to the childrens beds. Think outside the bedroom and find other quiet moments throughout the daily routine to share a story or recite a few words. Before mealtimes at breakfast, lunch or dinner may work for you or bath time is also a great alternative.

    Reading on the move

    Often we have to travel with our little ones, whether it be to nursery, school or the local supermarket. Take a book with you for older children who can quietly read whilst they enjoy the car journey or if you don’t have to take the driver’s seat, spend the time reading a story to your child, you may even want to put on an audiobook to utilise the travelling time.

    Create a childrens treasure hunt

    A fun way to incorporate reading into your child's routine could be through a treasure hunt. Leave clues that lead them around the house to discover their favourite storybook in an unexpected place.

    Pay attention to their taste

    Lastly, accept that you may have different reading tastes to your children. Encouraging them to choose their own books with not only make the reading time more enjoyable for them but will give them some independence when it comes to making decisions.

    Check out some of our favourite storybooks here to get started with your child’s reading.

  • Introducing your child to a new sport

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    With the arrival of the New Year, it’s natural to start eagerly looking for ways to make the next 12 months even better than the last.  For many of us, to realise our aspirations for a happier, healthier life, we need to change our lifestyle. It might be something simple (like eating less sugary, fattening foods) or something drastic (like sticking religiously to a personalised training and diet plan). Whatever it is, this period of self-reflection typically produces positive results and leads us to also think about the lifestyles of those closest to us - our children.

    One year older and growing all the time, if they’re aren’t already participating in some kind of physical activity, it might be the time to introduce them to a new sport. It’s a great way to ensure your child gets the vital exercise they need. (We’ve already written about the importance of regular exercise here.) But, when they’re starting their very first sport, it can be difficult to gauge how long their interest will last.

    A little bit of trial-and-error is probably unavoidable. The sport their closest friends at school love - which they insist on taking part in too - might not deliver them the same kind of joy. To give you the best possible chance of selecting the right sport straight away (and avoiding the cost of your child starting and then quickly abandoning an activity) we’ve summarised the appeal of three of the most popular activities and recommended some useful tools.

    Swimming

    Swimming was the most popular physical pursuit for kids aged between 5 and 10 (and the second most popular for kids aged 11 and 15). It’s easy to see why. Being able to swim is an important life skill and a prerequisite for spending time in the pool or on the beach. It helps improve cardiovascular endurance and builds strength. Although it’s an individual sport, lessons normally take place in a group which allows for some - if limited - psychosocial benefit.

    Cycling

    Cycling is popular for largely the same reasons as swimming - many see being able to ride a bike as an important life skill that is best learnt young. It improves health and gives children the means to travel further distances than they would be able to otherwise - on their own or with a group of friends.

    Football

    Football continues to appear at the top (or near the top) of the list of most popular sports for children in the UK. In a football-obsessed nation, this is no surprise. Its popularity is, in part, explained by the challenge of testing the limits of your endurance, speed and agility. But the psychosocial benefits of training and competing as a team are an important draw too.

    While this is far from an exhaustive list, we’ve tried to give you an insight into a selection of the UK’s most popular sports. If, however, all of these activities have failed to pique your child’s interest, there’s an extremely useful resource that might be able to lend a helping hand.

    The Healthy Sport Index allows you to rate the importance of three different criteria - physical activity, safety and psychosocial benefits - and gives you a list of sports to choose from in order of their corresponding suitability. It also factors in gender too.

    Bear in mind that this tool is primarily targeted at a US audience so don’t be surprised if it introduces you to a range of fiercely American sports like baseball and cheerleading. And, of course, try not to roll your eyes too hard if ‘soccer’ pops up as an option.

    Taking up a new sport is bound to lead to exhaustion. To make sure they get a solid night’s sleep to rest and recharge, get them a comfortable bed that snugly fits the dimensions of their room. Regardless of your taste in interior design - or any practical limitations - we’ve got a comprehensive range of products that can cater to all possibilities: from simple low sleeper beds to more complex children’s midsleeper beds with in-built storage.

  • What is the best bed frame?

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    Tog, tufting, hypoallergenic: the lexicon of beds can be surprisingly impenetrable. They’re all terms you’re likely to be unfamiliar with if you’ve just started your bed-buying journey. It goes to show, buying a bed can be bewilderingly complex. To help you get to grips with the essentials, we’ve put together a post that covers three of the most popular types of bed frames. Hopefully, you’ll find something that appeals to your aesthetic sensibilities and meets your practical requirements.

    Metal bed frames

    Metal bed frames are rarely outside the most popular choices for visitors to our site. Prized for their longevity, metal frames offer excellent value for money. They won’t wilt, dent or spoil over time, retaining their rigid structure and glossy sheen for years to come. And with an impressive range of designs available on our site, there’s something for everyone – from those who favour the decorative, traditional look iron can offer to the sleek sophistication of more modern designs.

    Canopy bed frames

    For some, the only place you should find a canopy bed is in the long-since uninhabited bedrooms of medieval European aristocrats. And, until recently, I’d have agreed with them. Canopy beds, complete with frilly curtains, were a relic of a bygone and distinctly unfashionable era. Today though, the silhouette has been reclaimed and modern design has transformed them from dreary and domineering to inviting and airy.

    They are still, however, an indulgent and dramatic choice. You really have to commit to it being the focal point of the room and arrange everything else around it. Shaped to resemble the silhouette of a house, this canopy bed from Birlea is an elegant choice that any child would be delighted to call their own.

    Bed frames with storage

    For the space-conscious homeowner, bed frames that cleverly incorporate storage into their designs are an absolute necessity. Modern designs are engineered to help you cram in even more into previously unusable dead space. The right mid sleeper bed with storage can make your room feel much, much bigger than it really is.

    Courtesy of the some of the industry’s leading brands, we’ve got an impressive and extensive selection of beds with storage, the scope of which you’ll struggle to find anywhere else – online or offline.  Julian Bowen, Stompa and Steens are just three of many renowned brands whose products we’re delighted to stock.

    We hope that you’ve emerged from reading this piece with a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a number of popular bed frames. You should know enough to ensure that your next purchase is an informed one. If you have questions about any of our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can send us an email, give us a call or use the chat on our website. One of our team will be on hand to help.

  • Discover the Best Children’s Christmas Gifts: What To Buy in 2019?

    It’s that time of year again when we hang up the stockings and make a start on the never-ending children’s wishlists. Christmas can be extra special when children are involved, but there is no need to go overboard with the presents. Why not minimise the gift list this year and opt for more personalised presents or experiences for the little ones. 

    Whatever their age, we’ve put together a unique list of ideas to give the child that may already have everything that something exciting to open on Christmas day! Whether you’re looking for that BIG gesture such as bunk beds, or a bike for something active, we’ve rounded up our top picks of all the best children’s Christmas gifts below. And there’s something for everyone to keep them entertained during the ‘holiday hype’. 

    A cosy bed

    If you’re looking for that one amazing gift why not opt for beautiful new kids beds to add a touch of magic to the little one’s bedrooms. They may be demanding a big kid’s bed or perhaps you fancy a change with the decor, either way, a new bed is a great gift for children this year. Most kids go through a phase of wanting bunk beds which is a great space-saving solution if they have to share a bedroom. Check out our wide range of kids bunk beds to ensure you make the right choice as some can be uncoupled and used as twin beds when your children decide they’re too old to climb a ladder to bed.

    A shiny bike

    Another showstopping present could be their first pedal bike. If they’re ready to ditch the stabilisers why not upgrade to a spectacular mountain bike to make it a Christmas to remember! You can ease them into cycling and family bike rides or have confidence for them to go out with friends, either way, a bike that is lightweight and easy to ride in an eye-catching colour and design will be perfect for children that are active and full of life!

    Creative and personalised gifts

    Creative kids may want a present that they can personalise whether it be a jewellery box or a backpack. Personalisation goes a long way with children as it makes them feel extra special and can express their originality. Personalised books and stationary is a great gift as it will get them excited to go back to school, or surprise them with their favourite bedspread to make the bedtime routine a little easier. With these types of gifts, you'll be sure to create grins from ear to ear with your child’s favourite apparel, toys and keepsakes. Creative kids like to make their own designs as well as play with active toys such as spy gadgets, lego or make your own jewellery sets, which should keep them occupied for a few hours too.

    Family experience days 

    Make your children’s dreams come true with a gifted experience day. These can be designed for the whole family to take part in or for your little ones to bring their wildest fantasies to life. You could give them a taste for adventure with a thrilling indoor skydive day where they can experience the adrenaline rush of jumping out of a plane but from an indoor, safe activity centre. Some children would love the opportunity to play dress-up with their siblings and have a luxury photoshoot where they are the star of the show! Or if you’re the active type why not book a puzzle or escape room challenge to really put the family to the test.

    Hopefully, these children’s Christmas gift ideas have helped with the pressures of finding the perfect gift this year! Let us know if you have any other great ideas to add to the list.

  • What type of mattress is best for my child?

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    The importance of finding the right mattress for your child can’t be overstated. A well-suited mattress can play a crucial role in determining the quality of your child’s sleep. And, as has been demonstrated in countless clinical trials and books, sleep is incredibly important: a poor night’s sleep hampers concentration, memory and mood.  

    There are, however, a dizzying number of things to consider before settling on a mattress. Size, firmness, and weight are just three of many things to take into account and, even after giving all of these factors commensurate thought, it can be tremendously difficult to arrive at a decision you have 100% confidence in. To help you pick the perfect mattress, we’ve put together this guide. 

    How do I choose a kids mattress? 

    While our intuition tells us we’re more likely to sleep well on a soft, fluffy mattress than a concrete floor, there isn’t a massive body of evidence that supports that assertion. Studies into the effect of mattresses have struggled to secure the independent funding that is required to produce data robust enough to stand up to scientific scrutiny.  

    Should a child sleep on a firm mattress? 

    However, an independently funded, peer-reviewed 2011 Sleep to Live study that investigated the impact of mattress firmness on sleep found that the optimal mattress firmness differs from person to person. The results serve to underline the importance of taking the time to try out a mattress for as long as possible before making a decision.  

    Size

    Picking the right size mattress can be tricky. Ideally, you’d want to pick a mattress that is big enough to accommodate for your child’s growth as they get older. But, you don’t want the mattress to occupy too much space in their room if they aren’t going to really need that a mattress of that size for a few years. Finding the balance between the two is key to selecting the right children's single mattress.

    Support 

    Mattresses need to be ergonomically designed to properly support your child’s frame as they grow. If you go for a mattress that is ill-suited to their needs, you run the risk of your child’s posture being detrimentally affected over time. A good signifier of a mattress that suits their frame is one where as much of their body as possible is in contact with the mattress at all times. This is likely to reduce the chance of any pain/soreness developing from sleeping in an awkward position for hours overnight. 

    Safety 

    In addition to thinking about size, support and any additional health considerations (like allergies), there are certain safety requirements for bunks and cabin beds. Each structure is only able to support a specific weight and being aware of this is essential for every customer looking into a potential mattress. 

    Children’s mattresses are crucial in determining your child’s quality of sleep. It is, however, important to note that factors like diet, lifestyle and even watching too much TV or spending too much time on the computer before bed are just as pivotal in affecting your child’s sleep. 

  • 5 Cool Children’s Beds: All The Storage & Adventure You Need this Christmas!

    Give your child the best night’s sleep with these cool children’s beds!

    As the festive season is almost upon us and the Christmas lists are forever expanding, why not consider a new bed for your child’s bedroom. It can be a nightmare keeping their space tidy, never mind trying to house the mountain of toys! Keeping children’s bedrooms tidy can often seem like an impossible task, but at the Children’s Bed Shop we are here to make your life easier and to provide you with childrens single beds with all the storage options you need, whilst adding an element of excitement and adventure to their playroom.

    We are confident that this selection of cool children’s beds will not only make the nighttime routine a little easier but will be a massive hit with your little ones as they explore their new climbing frame and fun design. Choosing a bed that appeals to children’s huge imaginations can be tricky so check out the designs below that we are sure will give you all the space-saving solutions and adventure you need this Christmas!

    From childrens single beds, themed beds, fun kids beds to kids beds with storage we have you covered.

    Keep it classic but stylish

    Shop the Steens Memphis UK single bed in solid plain white. Steens offer this fantastic childrens single low sleeper bed manufactured from sturdy MDF with a solid plain white finish for a classic but stylish look. Steens childrens single beds are designed to accept a UK single sized mattress (90cm x 190cm) and the bed frame has pine wooden slats for an extra supportive bed base. This bed is a great option for a child’s transition from a toddler to a single bed and will be sure to suit any decor.

    £99.00, Steens, Buy it now

    Stuck for storage

    If you are looking to maximise the space in a small bedroom then the Flair switch mid sleeper is the perfect option for you. It has plenty of storage including a pull-out desk, integrated shelving and drawer. To give this children’s bed a modern twist it has a stylish curved ladder and is finished with either a subtle pink or blue. The colour is also reversible, so can also be used for future brothers and sisters!

    £259.00, Flair, Buy it now

    Another children’s bed option perfect for bedrooms where space is limited is the Kimbo mid sleeper bed featuring a pull-out desk, chest of drawers and shelf unit giving you all the bedroom storage you need! This bed is designed by the reputable and well-known Julian Bowen giving you a fantastic childrens bed from a great manufacturer. The stylish modern white and baby blue finish is great for the boys or those little girls who dislike pink and will compliment many room decors.

    £329.00, Julian Bowen, Buy it now

    Add a sense of adventure

    It’s time to put the adventure back into your little one’s bedroom. Not only will this make the room look more exciting it may even entice children to willingly go to bed at night. The Birlea house single bed available in both grey and white provides a perfect themed bed for those kids who look for an element of fun in their bedroom by giving them the chance to imagine their very own house (bed) and even invite friends over for tea! Who knew a bed could entertain a child for hours and have them jumping at the chance to start the nighttime routine.

    £159.00, Birlea, Buy it now

    Whilst the girls are entertaining at tea parties this showstopping themed bed is for the little boys. Saving one of the best until last, the Julian Bowen Hornet racer bed screams adventure and we are sure this low sleeper will have your children doing laps around the bedroom. The Hornet Speeder complete with rear spoiler is a durable and exciting bed finished in a stunning high gloss red lacquer and is an ideal bed frame for any car enthusiast or boy racing fan! The sleek styling and low profile of this bed create an authentic racing car feel that will be sure to put a smile on your little ones face.

    £169.00, Julian Bowen, Buy it now

    We hope you enjoyed our post on the five coolest beds to invest in this Christmas to transform your childrens bedroom and ensure a great night’s sleep for your little ones. For more information on how to keep them happy at night check out these sleep tips for children.

  • What age can your child use a bunk bed?

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    If your child has started school, they may have already started clamouring for bunk beds. For kids, bunk beds hold a kind of magnetic appeal – they represent the excitement of getting older and new responsibilities. For parents, children’s bunk beds are a stylish and reliable choice and, crucially, they create precious space in already crowded bedrooms.  But how old should your kids be before they can safely use a bunk bed? And what considerations need to be made before making a purchase?

    When can kids use a bunk bed?

    As you’ll know if you’ve seen Stepbrothers, bunk beds are only as safe as the people making – and using - them. If your kids are mature enough to use the bunk beds as they are intended – without using the top bunk as a diving platform – they are absolutely safe to use.

    Kids are old enough to use a bunk bed when you are sure they are mature enough to use them safely. The only chance at all of your children encountering any harm whatsoever stems from using the bunk beds irresponsibly – not from any inherent design flaw or faulty materials.

    If you have any concerns or doubts about their ability to use the bunk beds safely, you can mitigate the risk by opting for low bunk beds. We have one of the most extensive selections of small bunk beds in the UK and we can help find a solution that dispels any reservations you may have.

    Are bunk beds safe?

    Safety is of paramount importance to manufacturers and each product is carefully designed to minimise the possibility of anyone getting injured.

    Almost all of our products are covered by 1 year manufacturer warranties too. So, if it doesn’t meet your expectations, you’ll have the opportunity to replace it or get your money back.

    Additionally, if you have any reservations about assembling the bunk beds yourself, they do come with detailed instructions – eliminating the possibility of uncertainty clouding your work and adversely affecting the beds.

    What is the maximum age for bunk beds?

    There isn’t necessarily a maximum age for bunk beds. Age doesn’t determine a child’s suitability for a bunk bed – but height and weight definitely can. Different bunk beds have different maximum weight capacities. The size specifications for each bed are listed on the product page (including length and width) but if, for whatever reason, you can’t find all the information you need, don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call. Our team are always on hand to field any of your questions and ensure you the get the best fit for your home.

    If you want the bunk bed to last for a long time (and be able to weather the storm of any out-of-the-blue growth spurts) you should consider getting a bed that is considerably larger than your child’s current frame. There are a variety of cool bunk beds suitable for a range of ages and sizes. Have a look on our website to view and compare space-saving bunk beds from leading manufacturers.

  • The Real Monsters your Children are Worrying About this Halloween (Stress and Fears in 2019)

    It’s the month of scary costumes, excessive amounts of candy and spooky Jack-o'-lanterns. Halloween brings many monsters and most children believe them not to be true, but what about the real terrors your children might have, from natural disasters to everyday worries.  A child is forever increasing their awareness of the world, the people in it and adjusting to bad things that can happen. Many of our children’s fears come out of things they have observed or experienced and as they continue to grow and become independent, they are less likely to depend on parents and carers which may harbour some worry. It is our job to be mindful that it may take more than tucking them into their fun kids beds and reading a bedtime story to stop them from worrying!

    For younger children, fear is often mitigated through connection with caring parents who make them feel safe and offer reassurance. When children experience separation as they get older their fears and worries can become apparent. As a child ages, they will need to find both courage and tears to face their fears. This growth can be cultivated with the help of adults they trust and can count on, and we have highlighted some points that may be of use to parents looking to comfort their children when it comes to stressful times and addressing their fears.

    Connecting with your children

    When children are worried, they look for support from their closest caretakers. Some of the best comforts we can offer is to listen to their concerns and acknowledge how they are feeling, in order to help minimise their fears. Talking about our worries can sometimes be enough, so give them your full attention and reassure them that you are there if they need to talk about anything.

    Tackle fear head on

    Kids are constantly interacting with the world around them and sometimes this may trigger a thought or feeling. If they are to become startled or show signs of fear, being able to turn this into a playful experience and tackle the fear head on can help to diffuse the intensity of the feeling or situation. Playing traditional games such as hide and seek, peek a boo, and telling bedtime stories that include risk and fear can introduce them to signals of fear and this way they may be less likely to kidnap their emotional systems.

    Encourage them to be brave

    Children 5 and under are sometimes less likely to demonstrate courage due to the lack of coordination in their brain when experiencing emotions and knowing how to deal with them. Younger kids can only fathom one intense feeling at a time and so fear can overwhelm them leaving them feeling frustrated. Children who are slightly older can be introduced to things that might be new or scary and we can encourage them not to let their fears take the lead. As responsible adults, we can help older children to express what concerns them. Inspire them to find their words for what worries them, this way it can help them to be courageous and face their fears head on.

    Allow them to express emotions

    When a child becomes fearful, they may want to cry and lash out as they do not know how to deal with breathtaking emotions relating to sadness or worry. Allowing children to cry will allow them to release the fear and give some resiliency in the face of their worries.

    Adopt a good sleep routine

    Sometimes night time can be when your child is most fearful and not even fun kids beds can aid night terrors. Being left alone in the dark can allow thoughts and feelings to creep into their mind and make them scared. By setting a bedtime routine for your child it prepares them that they will have to go to sleep soon. A consistent routine will allow for a smooth transition from daytime activities to the relaxed state of mind needed for a good night’s sleep.

    Let us know how you help your little one deal with the worries and fears they may experience.

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