Downloadable school timetable

With so many classes and after school activities it’s hard to keep everything on track, so our printable timetable is here to help! Fill it with your child’s activities and never forget to take what you need to school.

Click on the image below to download your own school timetable:

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PARENTING STYLES AROUND THE WORLD

We asked thousands of parents across Europe to tell us about their parenting styles as we were interested to find out about how beliefs, methods of discipline and the amount of freedom given to children varies in different countries.

While every parent will have their own unique set of values, it’s interesting to see how nationality plays such an important role in how children are raised. Parents in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands were asked to give us their thoughts, with interesting results.

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Positive Parenting

While most parents in Europe hold back on praising their children, Irish parents are far more vocal in their appreciation of good behaviour. In fact, our research revealed that 64% frequently reward their children with praise – more than other EU countries.

This contrasts with France, where four in ten avoid dishing out praise. In fact, French parents regularly say ‘no’ to their children to teach them patience.

Rewards

Giving children plenty of hugs and love, praising their accomplishments, and showering them with toys, presents and clothes, were all listed as the most popular ways that parents in Europe reward good behaviour.

Tempers Rising

While a quarter of European parents admit to being quick to lose their temper when faced with naughty behaviour, only 18% of Irish parents agreed. In France, however, nearly a third are quick to lose their cool, making them the most hot-headed in Europe.

Strict Rules

The strictest country is Britain, where over a third of parents are stern on discipline. Educating children on the reason why their behaviour is wrong (42%), taking away toys (36%) and rationalising with them (29%) are the most effective ways to deal with bad behaviour, according to parents in the UK. In fact, these were the most popular methods of discipline for most parents in Europe.

Portuguese parents are less strict compared to their counterparts in countries like Britain, France and the Netherlands. Only 28% take a firm approach, while they are also the least likely to shout at their children. Only 1% of Portuguese parents use this method of discipline, compared to one in ten adults in Italy.

Despite these differences, nearly all countries agreed that respect, being well-behaved and sociable were the most valued attributes for children to have. Most European parents also agreed that having a ‘cheeky’ character, being quiet and having a sensitive personality were considered of less importance compared to other attributes.

Independent Children

While half of parents from France are reluctant to give their children too much freedom, most Italians (66%) believe it is an important part of growing up. They are also the least likely to ‘fuss’ their children as they believe it makes them more resilient. Over 65% of Italian parents take a hands-off approach – 15% more than other EU countries.

This is not the case in Portugal, where only four in 10 parents like to give their children an abundance of freedom. The majority (60 percent) pride themselves on being extremely involved in their children’s lives.

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Italian parents expect good behaviour from their children – particularly during mealtimes. More parents in Italy than in other European countries adhere to strict rules during breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact, 54% expect children to eat ‘grown up’ food and demonstrate good table manners.

This is in contrast to Dutch parents, who are particularly relaxed at the dinner table. Less than half said they adhere to strict mealtimes – 10 percent less than their Italian counterparts.

At bedtime, Portuguese parents are most likely to keep to a rigorous bedtime routine – over 60% stick to set bedtimes. This is in stark contrast to Irish parents, where less than half say children need to be in bed by a particular hour.

Treating Children as Equals

Italian parents are least likely to believe children should be treated as equals. While 61% of Europeans say all members of the family share the same rights, less than half of Italian adults agree.

In contrast, French parents are the most likely to treat their children as equals. Over 75% believe treating children as counterparts is a positive parenting technique.

Expert Opinion

We asked parenting expert Bea Marshall for her thoughts on the research:

“The research shows far more similarities than differences. All parents want the best for their child and they will seek to do this to the best of their ability and resources.

There are two types of demands on all parents no matter which country they are from. The first are ‘necessary’ demands which are the same across all cultures – to protect and nurture our young.

The second are ‘desired’ demands which vary according to beliefs and behaviours that we perceive as normal. This is why we see cultural differences in the approaches and attitudes of parents across the research.

Just because our cultures are different doesn’t mean that the ways this affects our parenting is wrong or right.”

We know from experience that parents often share many of the same worries, particularly during the busy ‘back to school’ period. That’s why research like this is important as it allows us all to share ideas and knowledge.

With so many now going online to look for advice, it’s likely that parenting methods from around the world will strongly influence on how children are raised in the future – creating a melting pot of different parenting techniques that everyone can learn from.

Let us know what you think of the research! Tweet @MyNametags or visit our Facebook Page to join the conversation.

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What Does it Mean to be an Accomplished Man?

Last year we conducted research into what makes a modern accomplished woman and whether the nation’s opinion has changed throughout the generations. We found that over 60 percent of the 2,500 women surveyed felt they were accomplished, despite the skill set of a modern woman being vastly different to previous generations. For example, over 28 percent said they did not have time to learn how to sew in name labels, which was previously considered to be an essential skill. Instead, modern women value being financially secure, being happy and having a well-paid job.

Over the years we have seen an increase in the number of men ordering our name labels for their children. This got us thinking about whether the view of what makes a man ‘accomplished’ has also changed throughout the generations. Keen to find out more, we conducted research into the idea of the modern ‘accomplished man’.

 

The Demise of Traditional Skills

Our research revealed that attributes traditionally seen as ‘male’, such as being good at DIY and being the breadwinner of the family, have declined. Over half of the men surveyed admitted to relying on their fathers to assist them with practical tasks, such as putting up shelves or changing a car tyre. The research also revealed that men are less chivalrous and well-groomed when compared to previous generations.

 

The Modern-Day Accomplished Man

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Despite the decline of seemingly ‘male’ attributes the majority of men surveyed felt that they were accomplished, and 69 percent agreed that the definition of an accomplished man has changed since their father’s generation. Instead, attributes such as being a good father, being open about mental health issues, being happy, having great manners and confidence were all revealed as being crucial characteristics in order to be considered an accomplished man in today’s society.

Our research also revealed how men’s attitudes to parenting have changed across the generations, with almost three quarters of dads believing they do things with their children that their own father didn’t do with them. These include, cooking for their children, taking them to school and helping them with their homework. Insights also show that modern dads take a more hands-on approach to parenting, with changing nappies, playing with their children and labelling school uniform all cited as key tasks of the modern father.

 

Qualities That Make Men Less Accomplished

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Whilst our research demonstrated how men’s attitudes towards parenting have transformed, it also revealed the traits most likely to ruin their chances of being seen as accomplished. It seems that some traditional stereotypes do still exist, with not being able to drive, struggling to fix things and showing emotions in public, all being flagged as faux pas. Having a rigorous grooming routine, including waxing eyebrows and wearing fake tan, was also shown to make a man less appealing.

 

Who is Considered Accomplished?

As part of our research we asked 2,000 UK adults who they consider to be the most accomplished man in today’s society. The results were interesting. David Attenborough was voted as the most accomplished, with Barak Obama and Prince Harry following closely behind. The list also included some surprise entries in the form of Philip Schofield, Tyson Fury and Drake. Interestingly though, less than one percent of those surveyed considered Boris Johnson, the UK’s new Prime Minister, as the most accomplished.

 

TOP 10 TRAITS THAT MAKE AN ACCOMPLISHED MAN

  1. Being a good father – 36 percent
  2. Being able to talk openly about feelings – 35 percent
  3. Being happy – 35 percent
  4. Being able to cook – 34 percent
  5. Having great manners – 33 percent
  6. Confidence – 33 percent
  7. Learning from failure – 31 percent
  8. Being good with technology – 31 percent
  9. Having a loving family – 31 percent
  10. Being good at DIY – 31 percent

 

TOP 10 TRAITS THAT MAKE LESS OF AN ACCOMPLISHED MAN

  1. Having no ambition – 21 percent
  2. Being bad with money – 17 percent
  3. Being out of work – 14 percent
  4. Wearing fake tan – 14 percent
  5. Waxing eyebrows – 12 percent
  6. Not being able to fix things – 10 percent
  7. Having no hobbies – 9 percent
  8. Not being able to drive – 9 percent
  9. Having manicures/pedicures – 8 percent
  10. Playing with Barbies/dolls – 8 percent
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Ministickers are here!

Our brand new Ministickers are perfect for labelling large amounts of equipment quickly. With 175 nametags in each set, every book, pen or pencil can be labelled ready for school. Just like our colour sticker nametags, Ministickers are 100% waterproof, rub-resistant and designed to withstand the rigours of daily school life.

Stylish and discreet, they are also a great option for older children or adults. It is possible to choose from 4 different colour palettes: Lollipop, Mint, Cupcake, and Plain. Click here to order your set now!

We think they are great, and for this reason we want to offer a free set of Ministickers to 5 of our lucky customers! To be in with a chance of winning your set, simply follow us on Instagram and complete this form – full T&Cs below.

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Terms & Conditions:

UK entries only.

Entrants must be aged 18 or over.

Competition closes at midnight on 08/08/2019.

Winners will be notified either by email or social media within a week of the closing date.

The winner will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.

There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part.

The entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission.

Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.

Data is being held under the terms of our privacy policy and our terms and conditions.

Entry into the competition authorises My Nametags to contact you.

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Keep cool with our rainbow ice lollies recipe!

Cooking can be an educational and fun activity to carry out with your child, but with the summer’s heat, it’s better to choose to prepare something fresh. We think that ice lollies are the perfect summer treat! Easy to make, healthy and perfect to fight the high temperatures.

Download our recipe for the perfect cool-down ice lollies and let us know what you think!

Click here to download.

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How to prepare for a beach day, plus win an amazing prize!

We all love relaxing in the sunshine, but when it comes to going to the beach, a little preparation can really make a difference. Read on our simple tricks on how to make the day more enjoyable and leave all the sunburn and the sand behind!

  • Always apply sunscreen: we keep hearing this from doctors, dermatologists, and even our own parents, but somehow sunblock keeps being forgotten in the house. Sunburn can be really painful and dangerous, particularly on children’s sensitive skin, so the rule here is always better safe than sorry. Choose one that is fast absorbing, and apply it half an hour before sun exposure if possible, so the kids will be free to run towards the water as soon as they set foot on the sand. Reapply frequently, especially after any bathing.
  • Keep hydrated: with all the heat and the swimming, children (and adults) will need to keep hydrated during the day. You can invest in a stainless steel reusable water bottle that will keep the water cool throughout the day, avoiding spending extra money on overpriced water bottles at the seaside cafes.
  • Removing sand: no one likes to take the sand home, so better wash it off before getting to the car! Sand is so much easier to wipe off when the skin is dry, so it’s useful to ask the kids to come out of the water around half an hour before departure. If there’s no time, baby powder can help dry the skin faster making it easy to remove all the sand.
  • Zip lock bags: one of the main challenges of being at the beach is keeping objects dry and sand free. Ziplock bags can work miracles for this! Plus, keeping your mobile phone inside a zip bag will also make you less likely to look at it constantly, making it easier to relax and enjoy the day.
  • Never run out of snacks: whether you are sunbathing, swimming or building sand castles, being at the beach will make everyone hungry. Snacks are essentials, especially if you are spending the whole day out. Fruit is always a great option, not only it is healthy and hydrating, but it’s easy to pack and can be easily washed or peeled should it fall on the sand. Small sandwiches are also another great option, as they don’t require any cutlery and can be packed individually… and remember, it’s always safer to pack a couple extra!

Always remember that the most important rule is to have fun! And because we want to help you with this, we have decided to offer one lucky customer an amazing inflatable donut to bring along in your beach holidays! To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply follow us on Instagram and complete this form – full T&Cs below.

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Terms & Conditions:

UK entries only.

Entrants must be aged 18 or over.

Competition closes at midnight on 08/08/2019.

Winners will be notified either by email or social media within a week of the closing date.

The winner will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.

There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part.

The entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission.

Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.

Data is being held under the terms of our privacy policy and our terms and conditions.

Entry into the competition authorises My Nametags to contact you.

Prize must be used with caution. We do not take any responsibility and we are not liable for any damage caused through use of the prize, be it indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages.

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Our research reveals what makes UK office workers tick

Our name labels are used by people of all ages, for a huge range of purposes. In recent years we have noticed a rising trend for customers using our name tags to keep their possessions safe at work. This got us thinking, why are so many office workers keen to keep tabs of their prized items in the workplace, and why are they having to go to such lengths to do so? Keen to find out more, we conducted research amongst UK office workers into the psychology behind our behaviour at work, and the rituals that become so important to us.

 

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Forming Bonds

In true British fashion, making a cuppa, cracking a joke and lending a pen were found as the fastest ways to form bonds with colleagues. In fact, as many as 65 percent of office workers believe that the social aspect of making a brew brings them closer to their co-workers.

We also looked into the actions that are most likely to boost popularity in the office, and found that helping a colleague with their workload, assisting with technical issues and saving a colleague from a challenging customer call were the top ways to win-over teammates. Taking charge of the office tea round also scored highly, with 77 percent of people agreeing that this is very valuable during the working day.

Unsurprisingly, the teammate who makes other colleagues laugh was voted the most popular in the office, whilst 70 percent said that sharing stationery also goes a long way in winning over co-workers.

The research also found that social interactions form a key part of our working life, with over half of those researched admitting that they would prefer office perks, including a happy working environment or never having to interact with annoying colleagues again, over a pay rise.

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What the Experts Say

Beverley Stone, Charted Psychologist, explains why social interactions are so important to our overall experience at work: “From my perspective, the most significant finding from the research is the large extent that people are motivated by small gestures. These are often overlooked by organisations, or even considered not important.  The environment we work in has a huge impact on our self-image and we need to feel valued and respected in order to thrive. Positive interactions with colleagues are so vital, as they reinforce feelings of belonging and being appreciated. Not feeling supported or believing that their colleagues lack integrity can lead talented people to look elsewhere for work, which will have a big impact on a business. This is why social rituals, however small, are an important part of UK office culture.”

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Office Bugbears

Our research also investigated the habits that are likely to cause friction in an office environment, finding that colleagues not pulling their weight, (56 percent), taking credit for someone else’s work (45 percent) and repeatedly coming in late (37 percent), were the top faux pas. People spending too much time on social media (33 percent), leaving washing up in the sink (32 percent) and confrontational colleagues (31 percent) were also listed as gripes.

When it comes to conflict, agreeing on the thermostat temperature was cited as a major issue amongst office workers. Eating smelly food or chewing loudly, stealing stationery and food thieves were also found to be causes of irritation.

We were shocked to find that 35 percent of those researched have had their food stolen from the office. While one third of people said they use name tags to prevent food theft, some admitted to going to extreme measures to prevent further incidents, including licking food or even putting laxatives in their meals to catch the culprit.

And it’s not just food that goes missing in the office. Over one third of workers have also lost stationery, with the majority (87 percent) revealing items have been taken from their own desk. This can also be a cause of tension, with a whopping 72 percent of office workers claiming they would be upset to lose certain items of stationery. Over half of workers also admitted being irrationally protective over their favourite item, such as their best pen.

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With this in mind, it came as no surprise that many feel compelled to take action if they have such items taken from their desk. Workers confessed to shouting across the office or sticking name labels on all their stationery as a reaction to having prized items stolen. Some even admitted to hiding or locking away their favourite items, while others said stealing from co-workers was the way they re-gained missing stationery.

Our new, smaller set of labels is perfect for sticking on office stationery, lunch boxes and snacks, helping to prevent the causes of tension in the workplace. To find out more click here.

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Celebrating the new royal baby Archie!

Have you joined the celebration for the new royal baby Archie? At My Nametags we are very excited for the latest addition to the royal family, and we want to celebrate it with you. We have decided to offer anyone called ‘Archie’ a free set of name labels featuring a special prince design.

Want to receive yours? Just follow this link and fill in the redemption form.
The first one hundred people who fill in this form will receive one set of 56 sticker nametags. The nametags will be sent by post on the 31st of May.

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Help your child sleep better with our Printable Bedtime Checklist

We all love a good night’s sleep. Especially after having children, once a parent’s life suddenly becomes so much busier and tiring. But we are not the only ones who can experience difficulties sleeping.

As the National Sleep Foundation states, sleep is even more important for small children, as it has a strong impact on their mental and physical development.

While children are growing up, the development of imagination can translate into nightmares, which can make waking up during the night very common.

The increased demand in terms of time and attention that comes from school and homework, added to the growing interest in TV, computers, and the Internet can also lead to difficulty falling asleep.

Maintaining a regular and consistent sleep schedule is one of the recommended methods to increase the sleep quality of children (and their parents as well!).

We have created a printable bedtime checklist for you and your child to go through, to make bedtime a more relaxing and fun routine! Print this and stick it to your child’s bedroom wall where it is well visible, and go through it together every evening around half an hour before bedtime.

We hope better sleep is coming for all of you!

 

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Guess the flower and win a set of nametags!

The weather is getting warmer, and trees are filling with flowers. We think this is one of the best times for a walk in the nature with the kids! Work and school can make it difficult to be around plants and animals, so why not bring them along on your nametags? We have an extended line of flower designs, and we bet we have your favourite one too!

Why not have a little treasure hunt with your child? Find out the names of these flowers to win a set of nametags. Little hint: you can find clues on our website 😉

Follow this link to play!

 

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Good luck and happy flower hunting!