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With the long weekend just around the corner, you and the kiddos are probably wracking your brains trying to figure out where to go and what to do - after all, Eid fun is serious business. And because no one takes fun more seriously than we do, we’ve compiled the ultimate family time Eid list including some of the coolest and funnest activities out there. We’ve listed everything from brunches, to action park deals and Eid-themed workshops, and everything in between! Whether you and the kiddos are in the mood for some excitement and fast-paced fun, or are looking to wind down with quality family-time, we know you’ll find what fits the bill. Happy celebrating!...
In these warm weather days you might not be too keen on the great outdoors, but if the kiddos won't settle for at-home fun either, you know you can turn to us! As always, we've put our parenting thinking caps on, and we've searched far and wide, in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, for the coolest (literally) indoor experiences the whole family can enjoy. From art exhibitions and museums to indoor forests and gaming experiences, we've got something for everyone!...
The weather is getting warmer, and we all know what that means: water fun! If you and the kids are getting tired of indoor activities, you're not alone. The rising mercury has us all longing for some outdoor fun, and nothing beats a day of beach and pool fun! That's why we've rounded up the 12 top spots where you and the kiddos can enjoy some splash-tastic days out. From high-intensity waterparks to slow pool-side lounging about, we know we've got the perfect place listed, no matter what you and the kiddos are in the mood for....
Make some magical memories this Ramadan over at The Galleria Al Maryah Island where stories unfold and traditions are celebrated this Holy Month. It is the perfect spot to experience a Ramadan to remember for both big and small....
Ramadan’s here and it’s brought you loads of deals, fun, and cheer! We’ve rounded up the coolest, most amazing, and fun-nest offers out there to help you and the kiddos make the most of the Holy Month. We’ve got you covered with adventures, theme parks, activity boxes, play time, and even movie time - all the best deals out there for the time of your lives. Because what’s Ramadan without family time?...
One of the most obvious outcomes of life over this past year has been the reduction in overall wellbeing, especially among children. Increasingly, parents value schools that provide wellbeing programmes for their students. A staggering 96% of admissions officers at international schools report that parents now believe student wellbeing provision to be an important or very important factor in school choice for their child, according to a white paper published in February by ISC Research, a leading provider of international school data, trends and intelligence....
It’s a new school term, and we all know what that means - getting our little one's signed up for afterschool activities. With so much to choose from, we know that the process of finding that perfect fit for your kiddo can be incredibly overwhelming. But no need to fret, we’ve scoured the offerings and have come up with a list of our top picks for afterschool activities for Term 3. It’s a great mix of at-home and in-person sessions that have something for the dancers, the hoop-shooters, the swimmers, and the all-round athletes. These will keep your kiddos moving and engaged all through the term to the beginning of summer break....
The internet has become a basic utility like electricity and clean water. Globally, 4.57 billion people use the internet (59%) of which 4.17 billion are mobile internet users. Of these, 3.96 billion are on social media. It’s a great source of information and entertainment but unfortunately, the internet has also become a source of many problems. One great area of concern is the effect of screen time and early use of digital gadgets among our young children.
The 2013 Zero to Eight study commissioned by Common Sense Media showed that 38 percent of infants younger than the age of two use mobile devices. A 2015 Pew Research Study reports that 73 percent of 13-17 year-olds have smartphones and 24 percent admit using their phones almost constantly. A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that children spend more than seven hours per day on an electronic device on average.
• When they’re young, you hand over your phone to them willingly, to keep them occupied or quiet. This is how it starts.
• Kids may want a mobile phone or a video game because their best friend has one. This is when it aggravates.
• Eventually, physical play time turns into digital game time. This is when it becomes an addiction!
Emerging studies are showing screen time’s deleterious effect on the growing brain, socialization and general behaviour. The burden of the problem is too deep to cover everything in this short article but some of the negative effects are outlined below.
1. Hampers Cognitive Development
Research has shown that overexposure to gadgets can result in slow cognitive development, attention deficits, delayed speech and even impaired hearing. Problems with attention and focus may impact on a child’s performance in school, at home or when communicating with other people. Alarmingly, every 30-minute increase in handheld screen time translates to a 49% risk of expressive language delay. Brain scans also showed that kids with lots of screen time had a premature thinning of the cortex which processes different types of information from the senses.
2. Builds Obsession, Leading to Agitation
What starts as a means to pacify a toddler can soon turn into an obsession, increased agitation, temper tantrums, and difficulty in controlling emotions leading to hyperactivity, aggression, and anxiety.
3. Delays Physical Development
Lack of physical activity is bound to result in delayed physical development due to delay in manual sensory and physical stimulation.
4. Restrains Social Relationships
When kids and gadgets become inseparable, the attachment can stand in the way of bonding with family and friends of his/her age. This subsequently increases the amount of time a child spends alone leading to social isolation and trouble relating to other people.
5. Increases Risks of Obesity
Increased time spent in front of screens lead to increased snacking, and mindless eating habits thereby increasing the likelihood of childhood obesity. Overweight and obese children are more likely to remain obese into adulthood. This increases their risk to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, joint diseases, endocrine disorders, respiratory problems, several types of cancers, psychological stresses, and other obesity-related conditions. A study in 2012 in Abu Dhabi showed that 14.7% of school-aged children are overweight and 18.9% are obese.
6. Causes Physical Strains and Pains & Sleep Disruption
Constant engagement with electronic devices causes eye problems, back pain and other muscle-related issues in children. The blue light emitted by display screens prevents the release of melatonin, an important sleep inducing hormone, which leads to sleep impairment.
Parents need to model responsible media use and establish family media plans that support balance, boundaries, and communication. Media should be viewed as a tool rather than a babysitter, reward, or punishment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following:
Avoid digital media use (except video-chatting) in children younger than 12 months
• For the 18-24 months age group, choose high quality programming and avoid solo media use
• For children 2 to 5 years of age, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programming, and co-view with your child.
• Turn off televisions and other devices when not in use
• Avoid using media as the only way to calm your child
• Monitor your children’s media content, what apps are used or downloaded
• Keep bedrooms, mealtimes, and parent-child playtimes screen-free
• No screens 1 hour before bedtime
• Remove devices from bedrooms before bed
Nothing will ever replace human interaction and socialization. Play and interact with your child rather than using digital media. Talk and have an extensive discussion with your pediatrician about responsible screen time.
Authored by Dr. Romulo Dimarucut, Specialist Paediatrician at Filipino Family Clinic, Mediclinic Deira.
For appointments call 800 1999 or download the MyMediclinic24x7 app.
Ramadan is just around the corner, and we can't wait for the peace and cheer it brings. The spirit of the Holy Month makes it a busy one, with loads of activities taking place.
We've made you a list of 10 fun and interesting things happening during Ramadan 2021 both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that will have the whole family soaking up the magic of the month. From shows to Iftar experiences, family activities and even markets - we've got you covered.
Spring has sprung, and Easter weekend is just around the corner! And if you're looking to spend your days with bunnies, eggs, flowers, and chocolate, then you're in for a treat.
We've scoured the event listings, looked high and low, and we bring you some of the funnest family-friendly Easter activities out there. Whether you're looking for a lunch, egg-decorating, or fun with the Easter Bunny, we're sure you and the kiddos are in for fantastic time!
Rather stay at home? Don't worry - we've got you covered there too. Here are some fun Easter-themed crafts and games to do with your little ones.
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