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2brokemoms guide to… Disney World

We’re here to help parents on with very tight budgets to acheive things they think are too expensive or behind their wildest dreams. We’ve always wanted to take our children to Disney World but when we priced it up it was way out of our budget.

This is how we made it a reality.

1. We searched for villas online. Villas broken down per person can be a lot cheaper than a hotel.

2. The villa we have is an 8 bed. We invited our families to come along, making the cost of the Villa very affordable.

3. We gave ourselves 18 months to save and pay for it.

4. Worked out how much we needed and broke the cost into weekly chunks and set that money aside.

5. Shop around for flights. America is a huge country and there are many was of getting there. If you don’t mind long waits you can fly inexpensively.

Our villa

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Education · Parenting

Busy parents guide to getting your child to read

These tips are mainly if your child is of preschool age to year 2 ( age 3-7).

  • Read a little a lot – we are all strapped for time so just be consistent. Read daily even if it’s only for 5 minutes.
  • On the way home to or from school if you go in the car. Get your child to read to you. Get them to spell out any words they get stuck on. This worked well for us. School books were read before we got home.
  • Play word games as and when you can. Be it ones like Scrabble or Words with friends. They are great for building confidence when they can find words.
  • Download reading apps on any devices your child uses. There are some great phonics apps.
  • Find stories on You Tube. There are lots of audio books on You Tube with animation and the words for early readers to follow.
  • Get your older children to read with younger ones. If you are pushed for time get your older children to brush up on their own reading whilst helping their younger siblings.
  • Visit the library make a trip of it. Get your child to choose a book and sit and read it in the library. Lots of libraries have reading challenges, where if you read a certain number of books or visit so many times you get a certificate or reward. These are usually run in the school holidays so check out your local library.

Recommended apps

Reading Eggs

Hooked on phonics

Check out summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

they run a reading challenge each summer it is great to get involved.

E-Safety · Education · Parenting

Is Roblox Safe?

There has been a lot of focus on e-safety this past week, being that e-safety day was on the 6th February.

Naively e-safety to me meant not talking to strangers online but there is to it. Who knew? I will tell you who. My 7 year old. Here are her tips.

1. Don’t give out personal details online use a pretend name, not your real name.

2. Protect your accounts so don’t share passwords etc.

3. Report and block people who have inappropriate names. E.g (swear words)

4. If you see something you don’t like on your computer or ipad don’t turn it off. Tell an adult so that they block it or it may appear again.

I love her advice. She is more clued up than I could have hoped for.

She was given advice at school which was to not talk to strangers within the chat facilities on games such as Roblox. I asked her if she did, she said “yes I do”.

I asked why.

She said “Say Hi to me.”

So I did and she turned her back and ignored me. I repeated this a few more times she continued to ignore me.

She then said. “Mum, can you see why I can’t ignore people. It’s rude!, I won’t do that. If someone says hi. I will say hi back”.

I couldn’t argue with that.

We then had a discussion about what could be deemed as inappropriate and she told me she had already reported people with swear words as their user name and if someone said anything bad to her directly she’d show me. On occasion she has brought things to my attention but it’s things like “Mum, someone said I look ugly”

Bear in mind they don’t know what she looks like they were refering to her avatar. That’s about as serious as it’s got so far.

No environment is 100% safe but it’s how you act in the situation that determines whether it becomes a danger or not.

Roblox is most popular for 5-10 year olds. My daughter isn’t going to have the opportunity to meet anyone she speaks to online. She’s 7 she can’t go anywhere. I get that as she gets older the risks change and that’s when we will have a different conversation. After a conversation with a friend today. If it wasn’t for her intervention her grandfather’s bank account was moments away from being cleaned out by fraudsters on the phone. It’s really isn’t just young people who need to be educated on the risks and being safe online.

2 broke mums top 5 tips

1. Educate. Trust your children to make the right choices. This comes from educating them first in how to operate safely online.

2. Ask! You may well be surprised. Find out what they already know and what online safety means to them.

3. Check up on them. Let them use their gadgets freely within set boundaries and check they are adhereing to this by looking what they are doing online.

5. Speak to other parents. Educate yourself find out what their friends are doing. Get their peers user names and add them as friends that way you know that their online friends are people they know in the real world.

5. Say No! As a parent you know your children better than anyone. You know weather or not they have the maturity to be online unsupervised or not. If they really aren’t mature enough just ensure you supervise all online activities.

There are some great links below in regards to e-safety for young people of all ages.

ee onlinesafety

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk

Education · Parenting

Picking a school

Thought I’d do a quick run down of what to consider when picking your child’s school.
I saw someone post on a local Facebook group asking opinions on two different schools. It got me thinking. Wow! the opinons of total strangers via Facebook probably isn’t the best way to determine whether a school is good for your child. It’s not like you’re asking for the best chippy in the area.

First and foremost know your child, each child is different. Find a school that caters to your child’s individual needs. Not just because it’s the nearest or has the best results. It still may not be right for your child. School may not be an option at all. You may want to look at homeshcooling and how that would work for your family.

Give yourself plenty if time. Research the schools you are interested in. Look at their ofsted report. Read their websites, ask for a prospectus. Ask to visit the school whilst it’s open both within the school day not just on open evenings.

Find out what the catchment area is or the requirements to get into the school. Some schools may require an entrance exam. Give your child plenty of time to prepare for such things. Will your child cope with the pressure? Always be very aware that if it’s right for your child and not just your own vanity or ego.

Once you have decided on the school for you, do the school run with your child. Is is feasible how long does it take? Can you imagine your child travelling alone after band practice on a wet Tuesday in December?

Do you know anyone who’s children attend the school if so ask their opinion. To get a further understanding on the school. Asking trusted friends who kbow you and your child is a much better way to go about things than asking opinions of strangers on Facebook.

Below are some links to websites thst may be useful.

Ofstead:

https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk

Homeshcooling:

https://www.gov.uk/home-education

BBC school rankings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42366024