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How to Manage Your Kids’ Screen Time

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Amanda gets asked all the time “How much screen time is healthy for kids?” If you use the following as a rough guide for age appropriate screen time you won’t be going far wrong, says Amanda.

3-7-year-olds – half an hour to an hour a day

7-12-year-olds – 1 hour a day

12-15-year-olds – 1 and a half hours a day

16+ 2 hours a day

 

 

Amanda shares her top tips on managing screen time and usage with My Nametags’ newsletter readers.

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Once you’ve established and agreed with your child how much screen time they are allowed, try and stick to it.  Children are creatures of habit and love a routine. Parents and children love the TimeTokens Promise Contract for that very reason! Let them choose when to use their tokens e.g. 30 minutes after school or weekends only. “I’ve been using TimeTokens with Harry (now 9) for 2.5 years – it’s just part of our routine and so simple we don’t even think about it,” says Amanda. 

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If your child keeps to the rules, reward them.  No arguments and no complaining deserves a treat, right?  “TimeTokens uses a Golden Ticket which works really well as a carrot to keep them on track.  If they stick to the Promise Contract they get to trade in the Golden Ticket at the weekend for a well-earned treat … but not more screentime!” Described as a ‘Genius Idea’ by Kirstie Allsopp. Find out more at TimeTokens.

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Do talk to your child about internet safety. Get free and practical advice about keeping your kids safe online at Internet Matters. By keeping devices in a family space you can easily monitor what your child is viewing, says Amanda. Do talk to your child about what they like playing during their screen time usage. “Find out what their favourite app is? What do their friends play/look at?” as this way you will be tuned into what they are doing on their screens.

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There is no natural stopping device for children today, with access to 24 hours non-stop entertainment.  “Try to create your own stopping device. It will make your life easier, you then lay the ground rules with your child,” says Amanda. Try to make sure your child takes regular breaks in their screentime sessions and keeps a good posture.

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Avoid using screens during mealtimes as this should be time to chat about your day. Children’s brains need time to switch off so turn screens off at least 60 minutes before bedtime and keep bedrooms as screen-free zones.

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And finally, children model their behaviour on what they see around them so be mindful about your own digital habits – like checking your phone at the dinner table!

If you’re interested in unplugging for a day join in on the UK National Unplugging Day on Sunday 25 June. It’s a day of celebration and fun. A day to break free from technology to re-connect with yourself and those you love.

Top 7 Dresses to Rock Summer 2017

A dress is an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe from daytime and work wear to parties and weddings. We give you the lowdown on the 7 key 2017 Summer fashion trends that will most influence your wardrobe choices this year from the cold shoulder to full on florals, stripes and ruffles.

BRIGHTER THE BETTER

Rainbow colours are in. Think bright blue, sunny yellow, grass green, purple and pink…The choice is yours as long as it’s bright. Don’t be afraid to clash those brights either. Zara Frilled Lace Dress £39.99.Zara frilled lace dress

PINK, PINK & MORE PINK

Like it or not pink is one of the hottest trends this season. Anything goes from the palest blush to searing hot fuchsia. Take your pick. This  summer dress from Hush works the clashing colour trend too. Hush Grecian dress £45.Image of Hush pink dress

 

THE WHITE DRESS

White is your elegant go to shade for summer. We love this perfect midi length dress with lace detail from Aspiga. Henley Cotton Silk Dress £140.Aspiga Henley cotton dress

RUFFLE IT UP

Ruffles are here to stay. Ruffle elegantly with this gorgeous green maxi dress. If you’d rather just add a touch here and there rest assured there will be plenty of blouses and skirts with ruffles on a high street near you. Karen Millen Ruffle and lace-up maxi dress £450.Karen Millen ruffle dress

THE COLD SHOULDER

Exposed shoulders are a big theme this season. We love the length and casual style of this number from Anthropologie. Avenia Open-Shoulder Maxi Dress £158.Image of Anthropologie dress

WALLPAPER PRINTS

Head-to-toe prints are everywhere this summer. Full on florals are without a doubt a must. Summer Fiesta print dress £79 from & Other stories.

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GRAPHIC STRIPES

If you can’t do florals then statement stripes could be your thing. Although not strictly a dress we think this jumpsuit ticks all the style boxes. H&M Strapless Jumpsuit £39.99.HM stripe

 

 

New Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Labels

 

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. They are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. They’ve cared for over 3.1 million dogs and cats since being founded in 1860.

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At My NameTags we think there’s an animal for everyone, and the same goes for our name labels. That’s why we are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Battersea to produce an exclusive range of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home themed labels. There are twelve unique designs to choose from that include illustrations and images of real Battersea dogs and cats. And as if that wasn’t enough, royalties from the sale of the labels will go towards supporting the work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

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Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Fact File:

⦁ Battersea Dogs & Cats Home was established in 1860 and in over 156 years since then they have taken care of more than three million animals.
⦁ They now care for over 7,000 animals every year.
⦁ Their core mission is to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help.
⦁ There over 400 members of staff and 1200 volunteers who work across Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s three sites.

Find out more about Battersea.

Click here to order your set of nametags today!

 

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Competition time!

Our Battersea labels competition has now closed and we are delighted to announce Archana Kapila as our winner. Thank you to all those who entered, please keep an eye on our future emails for more competitions and give-aways!