My Nametags Explores the Impact of Lockdown on Children

We speak to thousands of parents every day and know first-hand that the impact of lockdown on children has been significant. With current restrictions continuing to limit what we can do in our day-to-day lives, we were interested to see how the additional time spent indoors is affecting our customers and their families. 

The Impact of Lockdown on Children

Our research revealed that almost half of children are spending more time in their bedrooms than they did pre-COVID. These children are spending an additional four hours in their bedrooms every day on average, with bedrooms being used for all aspects of their lives, from socialising to homework and even eating meals. 

This has undoubtedly had an impact on children, and our research found that 44 percent of parents are concerned that their children have been negatively affected by the additional time spend in their rooms. 

Boredom was found to be the most common by-product of spending more time confined to their rooms, with almost half of parents claiming that their children are often at a loose end. This was closely followed by a lack of motivation (34 percent), increased frustration (27 percent) and decreased social skills (25 percent).

What the Experts Say

Parenting Expert, Bea Marshall, gave us her insight into the findings: “It is evident from this research, and other research that has been published over the last year, that the impact of the disruption to our children’s lives due to COVID-19 has been significant. Lockdowns and other restrictions have meant that whole families have had to completely rethink life together and that has meant a dramatic increase in time spent together in one place, largely indoors.

“Our children have been under significant pressure to adapt quickly to a new paradigm. During times of stress, bedrooms can be places of refuge, peace and comfort so it is natural that children would seek out their private space to avoid sibling conflict, overstimulation and to recharge their energy. For this reason, the increased time spent in their bedrooms should not automatically be a cause for concern for parents.

“The impact of COVID-19 on our children’s mental health is significant and is showing up in their behaviour and engagement. As we move towards fewer restrictions our children will have the opportunity to restore balance as they spend time with friends again, go back to their classrooms, and hopefully longer days and warmer weather will lead to more time outdoors.”

Top 10 Tips for Improving Children’s Bedroom Space: 

Whilst we don’t have much control over the amount of time children are spending at home at the moment, we do have control over the environment, and simple changes can make a big difference. As bedrooms have never been so important, we’ve pulled together a list of easy tips to ensure that they remain a space that children can escape to and enjoy.

  1. Create a dedicated workspace to separate homework, sleep and play. If possible, this workspace should be outside of the bedroom.
  2. Ensure you are allowing plenty of natural light into the room – it’s the world’s natural mood booster.
  3. Brighten up the space by using temporary wall stickers to add pops of colour in a quick and affordable way.
  4. Declutter – a crowded, messy bedroom can be overstimulating and lead to disruptive sleep patterns. A tidy room will also feel brighter and airier.
  5. Introduce storage solutions. Bright and compact storage solutions are a great way to add colour to a room and make it easier for children to tidy.
  6. Update old furniture with a lick of paint. Painting furniture is an easy way transform tired-looking bedrooms and can be done incredibly cheaply using sample pots of paint.
  7. Let fresh air into the room regularly. The amount of clean air in a room can make a big difference to our mental and physical health, so try to open the windows several times every day.
  8. Consider lighting. Dimmer switches are an easy way to ensure children’s bedrooms remain light and bright during the day and calm and relaxing around bedtime. 
  9. Set clear boundaries around the functions that bedrooms are used for. For example, encourage children to eat meals away from the bedroom.
  10. Make a weekly plan to ensure you are regularly spending time outside of the home as a family – this might be a walk in the woods or a trip to the park.

You can discover more about our easy-to-apply wall stickers here

Simple and Easy treats to make at Easter

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Easter is fast approaching which means there will be lots of extra chocolate in our homes over the coming weeks and beyond. You may also be struggling to come up with fun and engaging things to do with the children over the school holidays as we are spending more time at home, so we’ve put together some ideas for delicious and simple treats you can make with your kids this Easter.

Rocky Road

A delicious treat that’s easy to make and tastes great, you can also add in some fruits like raisins and cherries to make it slightly healthier. The kids will love using up their leftover chocolates and treats. Try this simple, no bake recipe and enjoy!

Rice Krispie Cakes

A classic treat  and so easy to make, This will be a firm favourite with the kiddies, they’ll enjoy making them as much as they’ll enjoy eating them. You can get adventurous and add in marshmallows or jelly sweets or keep them as simple as you like. Check out this recipe to get started.

Easter Egg Cookies

Cookies are always a firm favourite and the kids will love making these Easter themed treats. There’s nothing quite like warm cookies, straight out of the oven! These are really easy to make plus if you’ve got a lot of cookie dough left over you can freeze it and bake more cookies another time, see…delicious and efficient! Check out this quick & easy recipe.

Ice Cream

Now that the days are getting (slightly) warmer, we’ve got the perfect excuse to indulge in Ice – Cream. Ice cream is actually easier to make than you’d expect so why not give it a try?  Plus it’s super flexible, you can add as much chocolate or as little as you want, the choice is yours! This recipe takes only a few minutes to prepare and you can be certain the children will love sampling the finished product!

You can find many more recipes and demonstration videos online. 

Will you give baking a try this Easter? If you do, we would love to see your results, tag us on Facebook and Instagram

My Nametags Joins Made in Britain

We are proud to announce that My Nametags have become an accredited member of the Made in Britain organisation. Made in Britain is a fast-growing community of like-minded manufacturers and a part of this community.

We are incredibly proud of our roots in Britain and wish to make this clear to our customers. As a company that sells a British made product we are keen to help promote the British market which we believe always delivers high-quality products such as our own.

Our membership highlights to consumers that our products are high-quality, great value, and 100% British-made. We will be using the official Made in Britain mark everywhere we can as we wish to make clear that we are incredibly proud of being a British made product. The trademark has already been added to our website, and will be added to the pads that we distribute to schools and care homes, our email newsletters and printed materials such as cover letters that are sent out with every order and the envelope in which this order comes in.

To find out more about Made in Britain, visit their website

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7 Simple ways to transform your child’s room

Has you child’s room looked the same for a while now? A place your children like and feel comfortable in is incredibly important, especially now that they are spending so much time in it. So here are a few simple ways to make your child’s room a more creative and comfortable place.

1 – Make a drawing board!

2 – Rearrange – move the bed to the opposite side of the room, have the desk facing a different way, the rug in the centre of the room instead of the side – change it up!

3 – Indulge your children – ask how they would like their space to be – even if you’re not willing to turn their room into a sandpit or paint all the walls bright orange you will likely be able to find a compromise and draw inspiration from what they want.

4 – Update – After looking at the same things and the same colours for a while it is nice to give them a new look. Get some paint and update the furniture in your child’s room – white drawers turn green, the wardrobe now has flowers – there is so much you can do!

5 – Patterns! Get some coloured tape (Washi tape is great) and get creative. You can use them instead of frames, to create a pattern on drawers, it’s such a simple way of giving things a more fun look.

6 – Switch the boring drawer knobs for some funky new ones.

7 – Get creative with wall stickers! – Have you seen all the themes we have available on our site? And if you really want to go crazy you can mix these up – clouds with dots and suddenly it’s snowing in the room. There are so many fun combinations you could do, check our our wall stickers here.

Be careful though, you don’t want to make it too nice – you’ll have plenty of ‘I don’t want to leave my room’ when they get to their teenage years…

Become more green!

The new year had the tendency to make us reflect and strive for new things. Resolutions are made – some to be kept, others to be half followed and some to be forgotten. If one of your resolutions includes being more conscientious of your choices and the impact they have on the environment we have gathered, just for you, 21 simple ways to become more green in 2021.

1 – Recycle everything. You are probably thinking ‘but I already recycle’ but take a moment to think whether you are doing it correctly and if you are recycling all you possibly can. It might even help to make a diagram of what goes where (or better yet, ask your children to draw you one!) and stick it on the bins.

2 – Plant a little garden either in the back garden or on the windowsill. It does not have to be complicated, start with some herbs like basil or mint, next thing you know you will be growing your own tomatoes and lettuce! 

3 – Collect rainwater to water your houseplants and garden – this is so simple and yet most of us do not bother doing it. But we should not forget that even water can be reused!

4 – Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot.

5 – Switch your lightbulbs to more energy efficient types.

6 – Use natural light for as long as you can and turn off the lights when you leave the room.

7 – Go paperless. Nowadays nearly every business gives you the option of being contacted via text or email rather than letters. Think of all the paper you will save by opting out of letters that end up unread and directly thrown in the bin anyway…

8 – Walk, run, bike! If you are able to make the journey by walking or riding your bike, do so. You get some exercise in AND you help the environment.

9 – Invest in a reusable coffee cup. Anything that is used once and disposed of is something to avoid. So instead of going to a coffee shop and getting a coffee served in a paper cup bring your reusable cup and ask them to fill that instead. Some coffee shops will even offer you some kind of reward when you do this.

10 – Use reusable bags. They are environmentally friendly, more resistant and more comfortable to use! 

11 – Use reusable water bottles not plastic bottles. Get a funky colour and maybe even decorate it with stickers so it is a little more personalised.

12 – Reuse paper: print on both sides or use the back of used paper – it is great for children’s drawings or to-do lists!

13 – Replace your disposable cotton pads and face wipes for reusable ones. 

14 – Swap paper napkins for cloth napkins – which can make your table look even nicer!

15 – Reduce food waste. Do not buy, put away and forget about it until it has gone bad. Think about what you will use each product for before putting it away and how long it will last. Then plan your meals around the food that needs to be consumed first.

16 – Have a plan B – when you miscalculate how long an item of food lasts, use it for something else. Things that have gone slightly mushy are normally great for smoothies or baking, for example. 

17 – Start a compost bin. You can use it for your own garden or you can give it to someone who has a use for it. Community gardens which you can find online will normally take them – someone will thank you!

18 – Buy second hand – whether this is clothes or household items giving something a second or third life drastically cuts its carbon footprint.

19 – Donate – following on the previous suggestion, donating the things you have in the house that you do not use or need is a great way to tidy your home and to allow your items to find a second home.

20 – Borrow instead of buying which is great because you save money, resources and space! Think about the last time you decluttered your space – how many items did you get rid of that were only used once?

21 – Label your items – this will ensure you do not lose as many things, meaning you will re-buy less and so use less resources. Visit our sustainability page to know more.

As you start your ‘greener journey’ you will realise how simple some of these things are to do. Mostly it is down to being more intentional with the things you consume and how you consume them. So stay informed, keep an eye out for information on how to be more environmentally friendly – follow some sustainability pages and blogs – it doesn’t mean you have to read about it everyday but it should be on your radar. It is vital that we continuously look for ways to improve, that we spread the word and teach others and the next generation. 

Our Labels are Antimicrobial

Why label your children’s items?

We have become increasingly aware of how quickly and easily germs can spread. With that in mind, we started to think about what exactly our children do that could be putting them at risk, and sharing items is at the top of the list. Stationery items children bring to school and use day in day out: pens, colouring pencils, rulers, calculators are amongst the most commonly shared items between children. Labelling each and every item is more important than ever before. My name tags will help your children identify their belongings and the surface of the label is protected with Biomaster Antimicrobial Technology which inhibits the growth of bacteria on the label surface.

The science

Tested to ISO 22196 our labels have been shown to reduce levels of E.coli and S. aureus by 99.7%. The labels are coated in a silver based coating which inhibits the ability of microbes to grow on the surface.

Conclusion

We always try to keep people’s needs in mind when we develop our products. As well as being antimicrobial, our labels are wear-resistant, washing machine and dishwasher safe and can withstand the rigors of school life which means they are perfect to use on just about anything. Stationary, lunchboxes, school uniforms, face masks – everything is identified!

To design your own set of clothes name labels or sticker name labels, visit our website.

My Nametags Reveals Its 2021 Baby Name Predictions

At My Nametags we have a unique insight into trends in children’s names and are always curious to identify what is influencing the names of new babies born in Britain. So, using our knowledge, we decided to put together a list of our 2021 baby name predictions based on the names we saw rising in popularity in 2020.

Unsurprisingly, given that so many of us spent additional time at home during 2020, the year’s most-viewed TV shows are set to have a substantial influence on baby names throughout 2021 as the UK’s lockdown generation is born. Sporting stars, musicians and some of the most celebrated heroes of 2020 are also likely to have a significant influence.

Connell

After becoming the most searched for programme on iPlayer of all time, the TV adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People has had a huge cultural influence in Britain. As a result, our insights suggest that the name ‘Connell’, after the main character, is soaring in popularity for the first time since the 1950s.

Billie

For baby girls, we predict that ‘Billie’, after the Grammy award-winning singer, Billie Eilish, will become popular. Billie exploded onto the scene in 2019 with her hit single Bad Guy and continued to rise in popularity throughout 2020 after being announced as the singer of the latest James Bond theme tune.

Tom

Tom also features in our 2021 baby name predictions, after former army officer, Captain Sir Tom Moore, stole the nation’s heart by raising over £32 million for the NHS. Tom was successful in completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday and went on to receive a Knighthood from the Queen. The national treasure has already had a significant impact on baby name trends, with ’Tom’ shooting up the ranks in 2020, according to analysis by BabyCentre.

Marcus

Similarly, Marcus, inspired by Manchester United striker turned Government lobbyist, Marcus Rashford MBE, is set to soar in popularity after the footballer campaigned for free school meals during the holidays throughout the pandemic.

Maeve

The name Maeve also joins our 2021 baby name predictions. Inspired by the female lead in the critically acclaimed Netflix show, Sex Education, the Irish name is likely to be favoured by parents looking for more unusual names 2021.

Top male baby names:

  1. Connell – Lead character in the BBC smash-hit, Normal People
  2. Tom – Charity fundraiser, Captain Sir Tom Moore
  3. Marcus – Footballer turned Government lobbyist, Marcus Rashford MBE
  4. Lewis – World record-breaking Formula 1 driver 
  5. David – The nation’s favourite broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough

Top female baby names:

  1. Billie – Five-time Grammy award-winning artist, Billie Eilish
  2. Maeve – Lead character in the Netflix original series, Sex Education
  3. Anya – Star of Emma and The Queen’s Gambit
  4. Diana – The late Princess of Wales and a main character in the Netflix hit, The Crown
  5. Jodie – Star of TV smash-hit, Killing Eve

To read more about My Nametags’ research into name trends, visit our blog.

Thank You, Teacher

It’s been a hard year… but it has also been a year of growing, helping and appreciating not only what we normally take for granted but one another. One of the things you may have been reminded of is just how important teachers are – sometimes it takes walking in someone else’s shoes to understand how things really are. So if you are wanting to say a special ‘thank you’ to your children’s teacher this Christmas you’re in the right place. We have gathered some suggestions that you and your children can do together (or your child can do with some supervision) to show their teacher you appreciate them.

1 – Homemade Biscuits

Even teachers have a sweet tooth and some homemade biscuits is a lovely way to cure it. It’s also no secret that baking is a great way to keep children entertained. Look for recipes that seem not only delicious but fun to make! You can find so many options online, such as CupcakeJemma on Youtube.

Biscuit recipes

2 – Christmas Tree Ornament

Help your child’s teacher decorate their Christmas tree! You can of course buy one or you can make it with your child. They can be quick and easy to make with things you have at home.

59 Unique DIY Christmas Ornaments - Easy Homemade Ornament Ideas

3 – A Sculpture

It is so easy and fun to get some clay and make something unique. Who knows… maybe your children is a gifted sculptor!

4- Homemade Jam or Chutney

Jam and Chutney are always great to have at home and while the store brought ones are fine there is definitely something to be said for homemade. It’s also a great little gift because it’s one of those things everyone likes to have but very few can be bothered to make!

Delicious Homemade Chutneys for Boxing Day - Hartley Farm Shop and Kitchen

5 – A Postcard

Sometimes it’s as simple as that. Write a few words to show them you see and value the work they are doing – maybe tell them the story about your little one coming home from school enthusiastically chatting about something the teacher did in class. It’ll make their day.

Four Simple Cards Kids Can Make | Homemade Thank You Cards from Toddlers  and Kids

6- A Set of Labels!

Teacher, like children, are prone to losing their stationery or getting it mixed for someone else’s so some labels may come in handy. Head to our site and you’ll be able to find a combination that fits your child’s teacher!

And if you are not the type to give a gift, sometimes a smile and a genuine ‘thank you’ can come a long way. Whatever you decided, just make sure you don’t forget to show your appreciation. They do put up with your children after all!

My Nametags Reveals 2020’s Most Heroic Names

2020 has been a challenging year for us all, but as is often the case in difficult times, communities have pulled together and many people have been doing amazing things to support those around them and inspire the nation.

At My Nametags, our work is centred around names and we are always curious to identify patterns in the names we are given and the subsequent paths we take in life. So, we decided to explore 2020’s heroes in more detail to find out which names appear most frequently amongst the year’s most inspiring and courageous individuals.

David                                                                

Our analysis revealed that David is 2020’s most heroic name. From actor David Suchet and politician David Hanson who were both awarded Knight Batchelor Awards in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, through to David King who won gold in the 110 meter hurdles at this year’s British Athletic Championships, the name David is common amongst heroes from all walks of life.

Paul

The name Paul came in a close second, appearing regularly amongst have-a-go heroes and world-renowned names. Paul R. Milgrom hit the headlines after he was awarded a Nobel Prize for economic science this year. Biker Paul Redfern won a Pride of Britain Award for leading a group of lifesaving volunteers who deliver vital blood supplies to hospitals. Meanwhile, paramedic Paul Henry was awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal for his 40 years of service caring for patients.

Jessica

Jessica is at third place and is the name that appears most frequently amongst heroines. The name Jessica is particularly popular amongst sporting icons, with four Jessicas taking home medals at the 2020 British Athletics Championships. Jessica is also common amongst community heroes, such as Jessica Thompson, founder of Migrateful, who was recognised in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs list for her work supporting refugees.

Katie

Katies make a regular appearance in 2020’s heroes list, with two being recognised at this year’s Pride of Britain Awards. Katie Holmes, a young woman with cerebral palsy, took the Teenager of Courage award for raising money to help others suffering with the illness, whilst her namesake, Katie Smith, was awarded the Stephen Sutton Inspiration Award after raising thousands to help fund research into brain tumours.

Tom

Tom also features in the top 10 most heroic names. This is partly due to the successes of Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised an incredible £32 million for the NHS after pledging to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. In addition, the name appeared frequently amongst sporting heroes.

Conclusion

Despite a difficult year, we have been hearted to see so many people doing incredible things to raise the nation’s spirits and help others. As we head into 2021, we hope that our heroes list will provide an opportunity to reflect on these individuals’ fantastic achievements and provide some positivity and inspiration for the year ahead of us.

2020’s Top 5 Most Heroic Male Names

  1. David
  2. Paul
  3. George
  4. Michael
  5. Tom

2020’s Top 5 Most Heroic Female Names

  1. Jessica
  2. Katie
  3. Amelia
  4. Rebecca
  5. Hannah

To read more about My Nametags’ research, visit our blog.

The End of Lost Property

90 Million Items at Risk of Being Thrown Away in the UK This Year

Like many things in life, going to school is a little different in 2020. A lot has changed due to the ongoing pandemic; classes are now in bubbles, lunchtimes are staggered, and even lost property boxes cannot operate in the usual way. At My Nametags, we know how easy it is for children to lose things and the turnover of clothing in families can feel very high. So, we were intrigued to find out how the changing regulations are affecting the amount of lost property that is thrown away in schools each year.

The Findings

Staggeringly, our research found that the average child permanently loses nine things per school year. With 10 million school-aged children across the UK, this adds up to an eye-watering 90 million lost items every single year. This is more of a concern than ever before as the lost property box can no longer store lost items in the same way due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, more lost items are being thrown away instead of being reunited with their owners.

In addition to the environmental impact of lost property ending up in landfill, the financial strain for parents is also considerable. We found that the average parent spends an additional £139 per year replacing things their child has lost, which equates to an astonishing £1,957 throughout their school life.

It came as no surprise to us that school jumpers are the most commonly lost item. Whether they are being used as goalposts on lunch breaks or left in the changing room after PE, jumpers can be easy for children to lose track of. They are lost so regularly that a quarter of parents have bought more than one, so they always have a back-up. Parents also said that school books, stationery and socks were among the most commonly lost items.

10 MOST COMMONLY LOST ITEMS

1.         School jumpers

2.         School books

3.         Stationery

4.         Socks

5.         Gloves

6.         Toys

7.         Shoes

8.         Gym kits

9.         Hats

10.        Phones

Preventing Lost Items

With the growing awareness of the environmental impact of unnecessary waste, we all need to consider how we can avoid adding to the problem. Our research shows that only a third of parents use name labels to prevent their child from losing items and a fifth buy new instead of looking for things they have misplaced. Whilst the lost property box may have changed, with a little help from a name tag children can be spared the heartache of losing treasured items, whilst parents can be safe in the knowledge that they are benefiting both their wallets and the planet.