Family Summer Staycations – Why they are great!

Staycations are currently rising in popularity for reasons beyond our control… We mean that quite literally, it does not seem to be something one is actively opting for but the default option this year. But do not panic, holidaying at home rather than going abroad can be just as good! We want to share with you the top reasons why we love Staycations – and why you should too!

ECO Friendly

With lockdown people were able to see how much what we do affects the environment which may have got you thinking about being more eco conscious. Staycations are a great way to be more eco friendly. Travelling by train, bus or car will have a much lower impact on the environment. You’ll be able to walk around your city and take comfort in knowing that you are helping the air become a little less polluted.

Supporting Local Businesses

Covid-19 has surprised us all and while for some people this meant working from home, some businesses were not able to continue operating and have been greatly affected. Supporting small and local businesses is a small, simple way for you to help those struggling to keep their businesses afloat. Go to that restaurant just round the corner you always said looked nice, treat yourself to that beautiful dress displayed in the boutique’s window you’d been eyeing. Make sure that bakery you love to get breakfast from is able to stay open by continuing to enjoy their baked goods – now you’ll actually have an excuse – ‘I’m helping the business, they need it!’

Less Stress

Packing for the entire family can be a nightmare. Airline restrictions such as luggage size and liquids you’re allowed to take make the thought of travelling, even for a holiday, a lot less exciting and relaxing. Not to mention getting everyone to the airport, getting everyone through Airport Security, entertaining everyone while you wait to board, entertaining everyone while you’re on the plane, getting to the hotel, unpacking… The list is endless. Having a Staycation means none of this, you won’t even have to worry about all that for a second time on the return!  

Cost Effective

No expensive airline tickets, Visas or taxes means you end up saving more than a few pennies! You can also search for some great family deals and packages that are available at the moment and discover the beauty in the place you live in. 

Pets can come too

Nobody likes saying goodbye to their beloved pet when they go away, or leaving them in the care of someone you don’t know that well. With a Staycation this won’t be a problem! Many campsites, holiday homes and hotels are pet friendly so they can come along on the family holiday…they deserve a treat too! It’s nice when the whole family gets to be there.

Have we convinced you family Staycation can be amazing too? Let us know if we have and what other perks you can think of!

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My Nametags is back!

My Nametags is coming back in full force! And yet, slowly, cautiously, adapting and learning on how to deal with these new circumstances. After a few uncertain months of almost everyone in the office working from home people are coming back. 

While glad to be back we are also a little nervous, trying to be more conscious of the things we should be doing to make sure the office is a safe place. This, of course, means a copious amount of hand sanitiser, hand washing and social distancing as much as possible. There is no sharing, made easy by the use of our Ministickers – no one stealing anyone else’s pens anymore! 

We are incredibly fortunate to have a big office that allows people their own space and a little readjusting has meant that we have been able to establish this in what feels like a fairly natural manner. Boxes have been moved and stacked in between different workstations and everyone has been divided into four teams and making sure there isn’t contact between teams.

Summer is our busiest period, people are always on the move, working hard to make sure we deliver your name labels as efficiently and as promptly as possible. This summer will be no different. We may be more cautious with how we conduct ourselves in the office, but our main priority is still the same: ensure you get the best service and the best name labels.

Stay safe, stay positive.

Maxistickers

Things are easier to keep when there is no doubt who they belong to – with our new Maxistickers it’ll be hard not to know!

They come in different sizes, different shapes, different themes. Each set containing 21 incredibly versatile labels that will make your child’s books and school bag stand out.

No more monsters under the bed, they now live in your child’s lunchbox! Unicorns look at the stars and your child finds their drinking bottle. The Maxistickers are easily visible from a distance and super easy to apply. Make sure your child’s belonging return home!

New themes, never seen before, are available and each label has a different combination – so much variety! You get circles, squares and rectangles all on one set.

Tells us how you are using our new Maxistickers!

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It Takes a Village

At My Nametags, we know that raising a child is no easy task for parents. After noticing a range of family members ordering name labels for children in recent years, we were intrigued to find out how many people are involved in a child’s life in the UK and whether the proverb, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, rings true for families across Britain.

So, we surveyed 2,000 mums, dads, and children in the UK to find out more about their support network and delve deeper into the role that the wider community plays in the upbringing of a child.

The results

Our research found that it takes, on average, an astonishing 6.5 adults to raise a single child in the UK, demonstrating the huge role that those outside of the immediate family unit play when it comes to bringing up a child.

In addition, a quarter of parents agree that it can take as many as 10 people to raise a child, with the majority stating that the main attribute needed to be involved in a child’s upbringing is love. In fact, this ranked even higher than being related to the child or regularly looking after them.

The role of the wider community

Our research also revealed the different roles that the wider community plays when bringing up a child in the UK. Grandparents were found to be a key pillar in parents’ support systems and are heavily relied upon for childcare, with almost half of parents relying on grandmothers to babysit whilst parents are at work, and quarter regularly calling upon grandfathers. In addition, grandmothers are believed to have the closest rapport with children, as well as teaching them more than anyone else in the family.

We also found that older siblings have a significant influence over children, with a quarter saying they have the most influence over their child’s bad habits and 16 percent of parents agreeing they have the biggest impact on their personalities. Children also agree, with a fifth stating they have the most fun with their older siblings.

Interestingly though, despite this village mentality, it is often only teachers that parents are happy to let discipline their child outside of the family unit, according to our research.

What the experts say

Commenting on the findings, Bea Marshall, Parenting Expert and Founder of Yes Parenting, said, “Humans are generally social creatures who thrive in communal and cooperative environments. Nowadays it is common for families to live away from their extended families and without the day to day support of their immediate neighbours. However, it is still so important for families to create a network of support as they raise their children.

“When other people help care for children, it provides parents with an opportunity to recharge, work or play. Those other people also give children a secure set of relationships in which their needs for connection, safety, and belonging are met. Children have an opportunity to learn from the different people around them and they receive different things from each person – one may be more playful, another more nurturing, for example. Each person in a child’s life contributes something unique that helps them to grow into a well-rounded individual, while offering crucial support to their parents.”

The impact of COVID-19 on parents

The current global situation is also presenting families with new and unfamiliar challenges. With some schools and nurseries remaining closed and social distancing measures still in place, parents are unable to rely on the wider community as they usually would.  As a result, they must take on a host of new roles, becoming their child’s teacher, sports coach, best friend, confidant, and everything in between.

To get a clearer understanding of how this time is affecting families across Britain, we spoke to Zoe Vernon, mum to Jess, aged 4. Commenting on the impact of the current restrictions on family life, Zoe said, “I am usually at work during the week so my daughter spends a lot of time with our child minder who picks her up from nursery four times a week, so it’s strange for her not see her. She really misses spending time playing with my younger sister too, and she can’t wait to get back to her swimming lessons.

“For me, I felt really anxious at the beginning because of all the changes. Now we have a bit of a routine which has certainly helped, and it has been nice to have the opportunity to take on teaching and the extra roles I wouldn’t normally do.”

Conclusion

Although every household will have their own approach to parenting, it has been interesting to see how important the wider community is to parents when raising a child in the UK, and how each individual helps to shape a child’s life.

With the effects of COVID-19 continuing to impact our everyday lives and routines, it has been particularly interesting to speak to parents about their experiences and how they are adapting to the situation. We found that, although parents and children have found new ways of living during the crisis, they are keen to get back to their normal routine as soon as possible, suggesting that this unusual time in history has only reinforced the importance of including the wider community in the upbringing of a child.

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Office Stickers

We are more conscious than ever of how easily and quickly germs and Bacteria can spread.

Your typical day to day office equipment such as staplers, pens and scissors are common places for germs and bacteria to survive. These are also some of the most common items shared between teams in the workplace leading to germs and bacteria being shared too.

Stickers for Office Equipment

At My Nametags we have a solution that will play a part in helping stop the spread of germs and cross contamination in the office, our Ministickers.

Our Ministickers are perfect for use on all kinds of office stationery from pens andpencils to staplers and scissors and will help you identify your things really easily! If you and your colleagues stick to using your own stationery and equipment and not sharing with each other this will help reduce the spread of germs throughout the office.

My Nametags labels are also the only antibacterial labels in the market! We cover our colour stickers with an antibacterial layer which kills any bacteria that may be on the surface of the labels. Our colour stickers are tested to be antibacterial by Industrial Microbiological Services and have been awarded a certificate under ISO 22196 (Measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces).

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Wall Stickers are here!

Is your little one obsessed with unicorns? Do they dream of outer space or are they fascinated by the ocean and its creatures? Maybe they love to see the animals on the farm or watch out the window hoping to see fairies, bunny rabbits and magic trails?

If so, they will love our brand new Wall Stickers.

We’ve got 5 themes to choose from, Unicorn, Space, Underwater, Farm and Fairy. Each theme has a range of cute stickers that will instantly transform your kiddie’s bedroom into their special, happy place.

These stickers are perfect to apply to walls, cupboards or any type of hard surfaces and come with an instruction sheet with all the information you’ll need. They are also easy to remove and can be placed back in the original packaging for future use.

With each set you receive over 20 stickers and they come in different shapes and sizes ranging from 15×20 cm to 2×2 cm.

We would love to see our wall stickers in use! Tag us in your pictures on Instagram or tell us what you think on Facebook.

We hope you like them as much as we do!

Exploring Parental Guilt

Raising a child is no mean feat and we know that the pressures of parenting can lead to feelings of guilt. With the current global situation presenting families with new and unfamiliar challenges, we were interested to explore the concept of parental guilt and how this varies amongst our customers across the world.

We surveyed over 2,000 mums and dads in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and Portugal to discover how parents in each region experience parental guilt. To our surprise, we found that British parents are afflicted by more guilt than any other parents in Europe, with an incredible 78 percent of parents in the UK feeling guilty in relation to raising their child.

What’s more, this feeling is experienced often, with the average British parent feeling guilty twice every day on average. This equates to a whopping 50 times per month or 595 times per year.

The most common causes of parental guilt in the UK

  1. Letting children have much screen time (42 percent)
  2. Not spending enough time with their children (33 percent)
  3. Not playing with them enough (32 percent)
  4. Not cooking from scratch (26 percent)
  5. Not seeing their children enough due to working long hours (25 percent)

Comparing the nations

This contrasts to attitudes towards parenting elsewhere in Europe, with Irish parents most likely to feel guilty about not organising enough hobbies for their children and French and Italian parents more likely to regret not arranging play dates with other parents.

Sweating the small stuff

The research found that Brits also sweat the small stuff, with many reporting feeling guilty about not mending their children’s clothes when they get damaged, writing their children’s name in their clothing instead of sewing in a name label, and getting caught on their smartphone when they are with their children.

Analysing this further

Interestingly, our study found that this guilt is often disproportionate, with many parents feeling guilty about things they know don’t genuinely impact their children negatively. For example, while almost half of British parents feel guilty about losing their temper with their youngsters, only 38 percent believe this actually affects their child’s wellbeing.

The influences

When asked what influences the pressures they put upon themselves, parents across Europe agreed that the number one factor was their own perception of what makes the perfect parent. However, there are a host of contributing factors, with British parents also heavily influenced by society’s expectations, how their parents raised them and how other parents might perceive them.

By contrast, Italian and Dutch parents are far more concerned about the wider community’s opinion of them, while Portuguese parents are conscious of their employer’s perception.

What the experts say

Commenting on the findings, Parenting Expert Bea Marshall commented: “Guilt is common among all parents and yet it actually makes it harder for us to parent in the ways we aspire. Guilt stems from our fears that how we raise our children may impact their futures. These may be fears about physical and mental health, relationships and social success or financial independence. Our worries may also be related to what others think of us and our children.

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent and fears that we are falling short lead to guilt. The differences we see between men and women are likely due to multiple factors, such as differences in parenting responsibilities and professional commitments, but also due to the different ways men and women navigate parenting. Women often carry a full mental load leading to constant thinking and emotional responses. Men are more likely to think about, and act on, one thing at a time leading to a smaller emotional response.”

The impact of COVID-19 on parental guilt

With current COVID-19 restrictions placing families under more pressure than ever before, these levels of guilt are at an all-time high. In fact, almost three quarters of UK parents are feeling additional guilt due to the lockdown measures. This is often due to how bored their children are (31 percent), not letting their children spend time with relatives (26 percent), keeping them indoors (26 percent), and not home schooling them properly (25 percent).

Conclusion

It was fascinating to find that parents from all countries feel guilty about a huge range of things, from not spending enough time with their youngsters, through to seemingly less significant things, like not ironing their clothes.

We hope that our research highlights that parents shouldn’t be so hard on themselves, and that opting for convenience, such as using stick-on name labels or cooking using pre-prepared ingredients, will not have an negative impact on their children but may save an awful lot of stress.

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School Timetable

School Timetable

With so many subjects to cover it can be hard to keep everything organised. We have created a School Timetable to help you keep their school work organised and give structure while the children are learning at home.

Fill in the different subjects and activities for each day of the week and it will help you keep their studies on track.

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Antibacterial Nametags

Our Nametags are now Anti Bacterial!

My Nametags labels are now the only antibacterial labels in the market!

During the current Covid-19 Pandemic we have been shown how vital good hygiene practices are and the importance of clean surfaces, we want to do everything we can to support this and help our customers.

Here is how we are doing it

We now cover our all our labels with a silver-based antibacterial coating which will kill any bacteria that may be on the surface of the labels. Our labels are tested to be antibacterial by Industrial Microbiological Services and have been awarded a certificate under ISO 22196 (Measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces).

We are the only company offering this!

As well as being antibacterial, our labels are, wear-resistant, durable, waterproof and suitable for use in washing machines, dishwashers and microwaves they are perfect for use on equipment in care homes and schools.

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Things to do at home with the Kids

At My Nametags, we know it can be daunting to plan activities and come up with ideas to keep the kids entertained while they’re off school so we have done it for you!

Have fun Baking

Get the kids in the kitchen making their favourite foods. Cooking is always a firm favourite to keep them entertained and will keep their hands and minds busy! You could try baking their favourite treats, let them help prepare dinner or you could create your own ‘fake away’ to have at home. There are lots of great recipes on Youtube to help get you started and who knows, they might even start eating their vegetables!

Organise a Treasure Hunt

This will be a guaranteed fun activity for the kids and it will be really easy to do at home too. Decide what your treasure is going to be (chocolate is always a good idea), plan your route through the house and print off the clues, then you are ready to go. If you want to, you could add in some tricks, treats and surprises along the way to make it a little challenging!

Set up a Home Cinema

Get the cinema experience from the comfort of your home. Choose their favourite movies, make the popcorn and gather the treats, turn the lights off (For the cinema effect), get the kids comfortable on the couch and you’re ready to go! This will provide hours of entertainment and it won’t cost you a penny.

Set a Challenge

How about setting a fun challenge for the kids? You can take your pick, it could be a fitness challenge to reach 10,000 steps a day, a learning challenge like a musical instrument or a reading challenge, like getting through a chapter a day of their favourite book, the choice is yours. The best part is that you can set the rules and decide on the rewards too.

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