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Restoring Balance with Male Role Models

Restoring Balance with Male Role Models

I took my awesome Nephew, Henry to the park last Wednesday and when we arrived there was a Dad playing with his son on the play equipment. Henry ran straight up to him and asked him ‘Hey, why is it the weekend for you?’ Henry’s Dad, like most of the Dad’s out there, works Monday to Friday and often arrives home either just before bed time or shortly after. This got me thinking, lots of our families are either mums alone, or mums whose partner

The new app creating hours of fun and hilarity for your family

The new app creating hours of fun and hilarity for your family

As you all know, we don’t encourage screen time and computer games at My Big Buddy, however I’ve just come across this fantastic new app that I think every family will thoroughly enjoy. It’s called “Heads Up” and is available from the App Store for 75p.

Consistency and Routines

Consistency and Routines

Just like adults, kids respond better when they know what to expect. This is why it is so important to have a routine in place within the home. Your Buddy can help with this and if you ever need to replace him, passing on the role will be much easier.
When a new candidate registers with My Big Buddy, we run through a series of induction notes. One of the key sections of these notes is the ‘after school routine’. Here it is so you know what you can expect from your Buddy….

Introduction Notes for New Buddies

Introduction Notes for New Buddies

Over the years we have seen that our families have different ways of giving their new Buddies information about their children, house, routine and what to do in an emergency (some families forget that bit!).

First Aid

First Aid

We all know how an accident can be quite frightening and shock can sometimes make us forget what to do in an emergency. At My Big Buddy we take the care of our young charges very seriously, so when we came across this Baby and Child First Aid App by the Red Cross, we thought it would be a great App for our Buddies to download onto their phones.

Tips for homework

Tips for homework

Kids get so much homework these days and the schools have very high expectations of the standard the work should be done to. We think it’s really important for children to strike a good balance of fun, work and down time in their afternoons and our Buddies do a great job at helping to assist with this. Below is a list of tips you can use to encourage your children with their homework:

My nephew’s latest obsession…

My nephew’s latest obsession…

We all know how impossible it is to get most kids any older than 18 months to eat anything GREEN! Well not my nephew! Henry absolutely loves Crispy Kale Chips! Here’s the easy peezy recipe!

How to go out with a BANG!

How to go out with a BANG!

Yesterday was my last day with Iggy, 9. The inevitable end of employment with a family you have come to love and feel a part of is the most difficult aspect of my job.

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