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How to get rid of nits/head lice?

Are you itching yet? I know when our girls caught nits from school which at some points could be every week, it would cause a daily battle. At the time Jasmin and Jennifer had hair just above their bums and extremely thick. This meant I had to battle getting that wonderful nit comb through their hairs! There was no tips on the internet, only random show about the newest technic and not talking to other parents as were embarrassed they may blame our child for giving them to theirs. So, our children were going through the daily hell of us going through their hair.

I am a nightmare and get obsessed with nits, somehow when I was a child with long hair like our girls there was a rare sighting in my hair of them. This is a habit, that has continued, just like my nan would when ever touching the girls hair I would look for the signs of nits.

  • Small flakes of black like dirt
  • red areas on head
  • child regularly itching
  • Eggs or nits
  • bites

There is many ways of tackling nits and I have all of them on this blog, as the best way is to use them all together!

Conditioner

For us this is a monthly job when our girls are in the bath just because of how smooth it makes the girls hairs anyway. But when you find 1 nit this becomes a daily job. For short hair you will find this the easiest root and likely only have to do once every other day, but with long hair this is an everyday job. Many parents don’t think about how the nits can stay in the hair because they have grabbed further down the hair strand. This means they will have a chance to get back in the hair, this is also the same for eggs, as the strand thins at the bottom. If you are doing this daily this means they are less likely to be able to grip onto the hair every time. But also every important that even though you are segmenting the hair to re go over the same point, don’t assume it is done. The way we do it is I have to go round the head 5 times with no nits coming out.

Just pull them!

When you are watching TV or just relaxing, pull them out.

Nit lotion

I don’t believe that this is as effective as conditioner and comb. Yet, I do always use this when they are first found on the hair, instead of conditioner. Also it may only say 15 minutes, but we have found it is best to leave in for at least 1 hour!

Even in high ponytail Jasmin’s hair is middle of her back

Check regularly

Whenever you are brushing your child’s hair check it for the sign of nits. Remember the quicker you find them the quicker you will be able to get rid of them. As they say it’s not always about the cure, but about the prevention!

Tea Tree products

We used to wash our girls hair with tea tree shampoo and conditioner, now we home educate they love it as they don’t smell like tea tree anymore. We then used to use a oil on the back of their necks to just give it an extra repellent.

Bella’s natural curls can be a nightmare to brush at the best of times!

Their is a few tips that can help your child not to catch nits.

  • Do not share someone else’s hair brush, I know for girls especially this is a hard one. But just make sure they have their own in their bag.
  • Try not to try on products in a shop! We’ve all done it a hat, mask, head scarf and so much more. If someone has worn this with nits they could be holding on to the fabric waiting for a nice warm head.
  • Do not share hats! One of the things I used to hate was the school would make Bella (who hates hats) wear a hat that had been on the head of another child! Yes, she would often come home after this with nits.
  • Cuddling, now every child needs a cuddle from a friend, sibling etc. But this is the easiest way for them to get nits.

Also don’t forget these

  • Wash bedding, until you know your child is nit free
  • Washing all headwear during this time
  • clean the bath out after every child

I hope this blog helps you, and hopefully your child is co-operative. Don’t forget to chat with your child and explain why it is important. Also it is neglectful to leave them for too long as these can aggravate your child’s head and possible cause infections. Don’t forget as well they are drinking your child’s blood so this could also make your child poorly if not dealt with as soon as possible.

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Cooking pancakes with Love at Home Education.

I love cooking as you all know, so it makes it amazing to find a curriculum that shares this enjoyment for us all to do together. If you saw my last post Cooking scrambled egg you would of seen that our girls are at different stages.

Even though Jennifer is 14 I still supervise her when cooking. Yet she needs no help at all, she can easily do all the tasks mentioned on the fantastic guides provided. She does struggle slightly with the guides but this is more due to her Dyslexia and I do get the feeling her confidence! She will measure it all fine, but it’s when reading she asks me for reassurance of is that right. This is one thing I really like about this curriculum it gives them back the confidence they may have lost at school!

Pancake cooking in the pan

Jasmin apart from the cooking can do it all, Jasmin does need reassurance, but with the clear instructions she can get in to do it! Jasmin loves how their is many different recipes especially as she is a picky eater. This meant she could choose which one she felt suited her taste buds best. The only thing that confused her was how different the recipes were to here in the UK! As this curriculum is for America so the recipes are American, which gave a culture shock from the usual Yorkshire pudding batter.

Bella, just loves making a mess, well that’s what I’ve decided! As she poured her flour into the cup and it pouring over the floor. Her smile as she then makes foot prints with the flour on the floor, this is the thing with home education they can do them. She was so excited to eat them especially as she had been measuring out very different to the way we do uk ones.

British ingredients for our American pancakes

One of the most important things in home education is teaching them life skills and that is exactly what this curriculum does. As in the UK a lot of adults like myself never learnt to cook at home as our parents were always working, we can ensure our home educated children know how to do so. When we are the fun that is to be had, from flour on the face to just messing around.

Do you use a curriculum?

If you are interested in buying one here is the link for you to follow. https://crazycarneys.org/2019/07/18/dyslexia-and-how-misunderstood-it-is/

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Cooking scrambled eggs using Love at Home Education

I’m a big believer that everything we do can be counted as home education. Here in the UK we do not have to follow a curriculum. This makes these so much more fun, to see how great curriculums like Love at Home Education are. There are many different activities to do with Love at Home Education. There is a link below to take you to the cooking by level 1 curriculum. Y

It really supports looking at the different levels of how an activity can be set at. Anyone that follows our YouTube will know we love to cook, so being giving the chance to check out a curriculum that involves cooking, of course we said yes!

Family dinner cooked by home educated children

When we received the email to confirm our date I was so excited to see the food options! Also it made me realise how many foods I have not let our girls make and also how different their levels are! On some things our girls are at a level 5; which is cooking on their own. Apart from Bella who is level 1 just coming up to a level 2. So when choosing a recipe we wanted it to be something our girls had never done before.

The meals are set out in breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. I allowed the girls to choose what they wanted to make. They decided they wanted to make daddy scrambled egg on toast for his breakfast as he didn’t have breakfast in the week as he works so hard.

I gave them the recipe for them to work as a team. Jennifer measured out the ingredients, then past them to Bella to pour them in the bowl and Jasmin did the cooking. Laughing and helping each other make sure there was no egg shell within the scrambled egg. Asking each other to test it and taste if daddy will like it.

Yummy food

The recipe is set out extremely well for the girls to read and follow. Even with Jennifer having dyslexia she found it easy to follow. It’s done well with the ingredients in orange so clear they are not part of the instructions of how to cook. The cooking instructions are in bold black and numbered to show which order they go in. It even has pictures of what way it should be measured, poured etc.

Anth was very surprised at how yummy the food was. He was also very proud of them for cooking something different. It’s amazing what it teaches them from working as a team and each person has a job. It’s also teaching them maths with the measuring, as well as life skill of cooking. They also learn English and how to follow a recipe/ instructions. Not forgetting science different particles mixing together and what happens when we hear them up and cool them down.

To check out this amazing curriculum click on this link https://loveathomeeducation.com/product-category/secular/science/cooking-kids/

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Top 10 Netflix shows for pre-teens and teens!

As we all know there is nothing better than binge watching Netflix! One of the things is finding things that are in that in between stage. By this I mean no naughty stuff!

Pretty Little Liars

I have to admit, this series had all of us girls sat enjoying it! It is based around 5 friends and the leader Alison goes missing. Her 4 friends then start getting messages from A, who changed through out the seasons. Ali ends up being found but the story does not end there!

The chilling adventures of Sabrina

So I have teens but can remember Sabrina the teenage witch, well this is extremely different with similarities! So as in Sabrina her mum and father have died in a plane crash, I know the original their just away on business! The original Sabrina did not know she, but in the new one she knows. She is being brought up in the Church of the night, whilst trying to continue her mortal life. With lots of twist and turns for Sabrina to find out her life had been planned for her and she’s not who she thinks she is!

Fullers house

This is showing a big family as they stand by each other and support each other in many different events, including one of the sisters being a surrogate!

Stranger things

Well, what do I say! This is great, suspense magic and love! It starts with Mike going missing, he is found with the help of a mysterious young girl who has just appeared. But is he truly saved from the evil within the other world!

Friends

My girls love this, yet I’m not as keen! It’s a story of 3 girls and 3 boys and their life together as friends! How they go from growth and the struggles there was to get there!

Merlin

This is the amazing English tale of a wizard that saves the crown and helps form the knights round table. But this story has an extremely sad ending, see if you can watch it without crying!

The Fresh Prince of Belair

Every 90’s kid remembers this one so really needs no explanation!

Shadow Hunters

This is binge worthy, as Clary and Jace’s relationship goes through a very rocky road. With Angels, demons and deaths along the way! Not forgetting how in the end one of the main stars loses everyone they love!

Grim

Nick is a detective living a normal life until his aunt shows up! Throughout the show he meets non human beings that can be either friend or possibly the next person to kill him or his family!

Originals

One of my favourite shows, I actually prefer it from the show it originated from! Claus is certainly on the continued path of self destruction, but does something stop him before it’s too late and bring his family back together!

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Things I wish I appreciated more!

As a parent sometimes life gets away from us, like in a couple of months we are going to have a 14 year old! In a day and age where photos are everything, I can’t help but look at what I’ve captured for Bella but not the other 2! These are my thoughts on things as parents we should enjoy more, and please don’t get offended. Most parents need to stop wishing away!

That moment a child passes you a toy, phone or in Bella’s case this evening pennies pretending it was popcorn! Receive it with joy and enjoy the moment that they are still able to imagine things and want to play with you. As that will one day be gone!

That moment that a sibling meets another and parents get to enjoy the family they made! Sadly we forget the effort it takes to keep a family together, so enjoy that first moment of them holding each other without the sibling arguments!

The moment between siblings that shows the true love they share. Sometimes as children grow up they relationships with the people around them grows apart! 1 of the things that I love since Bella has been born the amazing of amazing photos I have between our girls! This actually made it extremely hard to choose which ones I wanted to use for this blog!

Most parents I hear moan about sibling rivalry, oh I have done that too, then we forget the moments that they have loved each other! The moments of listening to them giggling from another room, the moments of walking into a bedroom and finding them sleepy together, the moments of one of them got hurt so the other is holding them. For us as well the moments that a sibling is going into hospital and the other sibling does not want to leave their side!

All these moments are just too precious, and so importantly remember!

The cousin love is just as important and can be just as nutty! Not just that this is a moment that older siblings can watch their own children building foundations for the future!

The mum what are you on about moment! Oh we have a lot of these in our home, as you know from our YouTube channel I’m random! So it didn’t take Bella long to mimic her dad and sisters with the “what you on about mum” look!

The first slice of cake moment, this needs no explanation!

The solitary moments where they need that 10 minutes to their self to be them! My girls are amazing at being ok on their own and will randomly actually go to be on their own, which I love as I don’t even like to be on my own and I’m 33! But often Jasmin will disappear to do her little art projects often ending in beautiful art for me, Jennifer (now a teen) will go and just chill in her room and Bella will play for hours in the garden or with her imagination!

The I did that moments, wow how many times do we hear “mum look at me”, “dad look what I did”! This sometimes gets repetitive and annoying, in this house no matter what we will try and be positive! Often resulting in Anth being told off, but I believe in every action a child can be proud of make sure they feel you are to. This will be extremely important for the future and will show them that no matter what there is something to be happy about!

The am I normal moments, as you can guess by our name we don’t have many of them! I’m scared to show a lot of them as my parenting is not exactly normal, allowing the girls to sleep with us, they have decisions in their education and much more! So some of our crazy moments are normal either, like the other day I tried to put ice down Anth’s top and ended up hitting my face on the floor. With Bella’s reaction being “mum are you laughing or crying”. I couldn’t talk as I was strangely in the middle of both!

Enjoying cooking together! No more need to be said picture says it all!

joining in a child’s imagination, I think I said a lot about this above. In our home imagination and random singing is everyday life!

Doing your child’s hair, yes there is the ouch and screaming moments. But think about mamma Mia and that moment it shows her doing her daughter’s hair for the last time. This makes me sob, as I love doing our girls hair, but their will be a day when they will no longer need me to do it for them! They will no longer ask me to plait their hair for the hours on end that they do, so it is extremely rare that I will reject doing their hair. Also their will always be a mummy hug in their whilst I’m doing it!

The I’m grown up moments, for some reason these moments don’t gradually jump it at us they are suddenly there. So I did Jasmin’s makeup and hair in these photos, but it wasn’t until looking at these after that an ache in the pit of my stomach made me realise how grown up she’d got!

Don’t get angry at the mini me moments. I always say remember how you felt when someone got angry at you! So when your child is mimicking your actions don’t punish them, change yourself! And to be honest sit back and laugh I often do, then turn to Anth and say “it’s you”!

Comment below your thoughts on anything you feel over missed or that I got right 🥰