Welcome to ABC Magazine

The longest established, best-read, free parenting magazine in the South.

ABC Magazine is the FREE local parenting magazine offering practical parenting advice to everyone with young children. From babies to big kids!

 ABC Magazine winter 2018 edition

Competitions

ABC have lots of fantastic competitions again in this issue

Enter now for your chance to win fabulous prizes

enter

Directory

Find activities, businesses and services in your area

Sussex directorySurrey directory

Events

Fabulous things to do this spring in Sussex & Surrey

Sussex eventsSurrey events

 Recent Articles

Why teaching kindness is so important

By | Education, family, Mental health | No Comments

Kindness and empathy are vital qualities to develop in children from a very early age, as they’re key to all of their interactions with others both at home and in other environments. Equipping children with the skills they need to demonstrate empathy and kindness will help them form friendships, work well with others, be more resilient, confident and have high self-esteem.
Former teacher and creator of Education for Social Responsibility learning
resources at PlanBee, Oli Ryan, shares his tips from the classroom on how to teach children the value of kindness.

1. Encourage empathy
A young child can find empathy a challenging emotion as their first instincts are to be egocentric in their early social interactions. However, developing emotional intelligence is crucial if they are to understand why we should be kind. Here are a few ways to encourage early awareness of empathy at home:

Start by simply asking young children to notice the emotions of others and describe them. You can refer to TV characters or others around them to explore a range of emotions. Ask what are they doing, how they may feel, how would they feel in the same situation and what could have been done differently to show kindness. Building up these social cues from an early age will greatly assist in their long-term emotional development.

After infancy, older children tend to be more capable of feeling empathy. An effective strategy which great teachers often use to resolve spats between children at school is to explain how empathy can help children find their own solutions to their problems. Disputes with young children often revolve around whether or not they feel something is ‘fair’. Try not to use this language when dealing with arguments between siblings or friends. Instead, ask them to put themselves in the place of the other person. What would make things better for them? Is it something that they can work out together? Shifting the discussion away from whether something is fair or unfair and focusing on finding acceptable solutions is empowering, but it does take time and consistency.

If you notice your child has done something considerate, make sure they know that it hasn’t gone unnoticed! Take a moment to speak to them personally: ”I noticed you said this, and I just wanted to say how kind and considerate you are – keep it up!”

2. Explore the power of words
We’ve all got upset when we’ve misread a text from a friend or relative, without fully understanding what they might have meant. It’s important to equip children with the skills to express themselves confidently, clearly and most importantly, accurately. We can’t be there all the time to monitor every interaction that our children have, but we can introduce them to language that will help them to express their emotions more effectively:

Role-play in the early years is an important part of a child’s education. Games, like playing shopkeepers or school teachers, gradually teach them how to respond to requests and different needs, whilst expanding their vocabularies for clearer interaction.

Sharing positive words can have a profound effect on the way we feel, but they can be challenging to express. Compliments in particular trigger the reward centres in the brain, and each one is an incredibly simple but effective way to express genuine kindness. In the classroom, teachers play the compliment game: they ask their students to throw a ball around the room and to give a compliment every time they make a throw. Try doing this at home to practise feel-good kindness with all the family.

3. Demonstrate kindness
Equipping children with the skills to go out and demonstrate kindness to others is vital for their confidence and resilience. If they can reach out to someone and be kind to them, they will feel very confident in social situations and group activities.

Here are two simple approaches to adopt:
• Make your children aware of others who might want to engage in play activities, but are unsure. Encouraging your child to include others in play
is a great way to help them build friendships and empathy for others.

• ‘Being the bigger person’ is a powerful strategy for children. Reward children with specific, personal praise when they share something, resolve an argument themselves, or include other children in play. Hopefully, we can all remember what it felt like to receive specific praise about our good behaviour or our maturity when we were young ourselves!

Looking for more information and ideas on how to encourage education for social responsibility at home and in the classroom? Become a PlanBee member to gain access to an extensive range of KS1 and KS2 lesson resources.
www.planbee.com

The importance of sleep for children and parents

By | baby health, children's health, Relationships | No Comments

Did you know that you can live longer without food than you can without sleep? As parents, our children and their behaviours can be a constant source of worry, yet parents are much more likely to seek professional help if their child won’t feed or eat, than if they don’t sleep well.

by Becky Goman
Child Sleep Expert

When you have a baby, you expect to have sleepless nights. It’s just part of the course of being a parent. But at what point does poor sleeping start to become problematic? As a mother with a son who thought ‘snoozing was losing’, I know first-hand what happens when you don’t get enough sleep. For me it involved a lot of crying, time off work and ready meals! Sleep deprivation is quite simply awful. Historically it has been used as a form of torture and has been thought to be responsible for some of the world’s worst disasters.
Research suggests that between 20-30 % of all infants and toddlers will have some sleep issues and of those, 84% will continue to have sleep problems until the age of five unless something is done to help. That’s a lot of sleepless nights!

Sleep allows our bodies to repair and our brains to consolidate learning. Poor sleep is linked to weakened immune systems, so it’s no surprise that tired families feel like they pick up every bug going.

If a child is sleep deprived, they may become irritable and more likely to have tantrums. Maybe it is not such a coincidence that the ‘terrible twos’ is the age when a child usually stops napping in the day? Children who do not get enough sleep may also be more likely to suffer emotional and behavioural difficulties and there can also be a significant impact on a child’s development.

Sleep studies show that without the right amount of sleep, children are less likely to be able to retain information or learn new skills, due to lack of concentration.

Signs that your child may be sleep deprived include; excessive yawning, ‘bad’ behaviour, poor appetite and catching more colds or bugs than usual. Whilst in some cases there are genuine medical reasons for the above or indeed for poor sleeping, for the majority of children, poor sleeping is habitual. Things that ‘worked’ to get your child sleeping as an infant, can suddenly stop working, leaving you trying a multitude of new ways to try and get your child to sleep. It is often at this point, when the parents feel they have tried everything, that they give up trying to make positive changes, accepting that their child is only young for a short time and that they will laugh about this when they are trying to drag their teenager out of bed for school!

The good news is that there are simple and effective ways to ensure your child is getting enough sleep and is developing healthy sleep habits. A good simple bedtime routine and a consistent approach can make the world of difference in just a few weeks, or sometimes less. If you can get your child sleeping well, this will be life-changing not just for you but for your child as well. It will improve so many other aspects of your life – work, relationships and health – and make a difference to your child’s health and development too. Parents I have worked with have said: “The change is amazing, I never thought our baby could be one of those magic babies that sleeps through the night.”

“Becky’s wonderful advice and support soon had our son in a clockwork routine which not only meant we had our nights back, our son became more alert and happy.”

“Teaching our son to sleep properly was one of the best decisions we have ever made.”

Becky Goman is a fully certified Child Sleep Consultant and founder of The Independent Child Sleep Expert, who has helped families all  over the UK get more sleep.
For a FREE initial 15 minute consultation call 07770 591159 or email becky@theindependentchildsleepexpert.com.
Or for more information visit the website www.theindependentchildsleepexpert.com

ABC Magazine on Twitter

 Subscriptions

Annual ABC Subscriptions are available and make a lovely gift for new mums.

Subscribe Now

Where to get your free copy

The best place to pick up your free copy of ABC Magazine is via one of our advertisers who are listed in our Shopping & Services Directory.

Pick up locally

Alternatively, ABC Magazine is available to pick up from libraries, hospitals, baby clinics, playgroups, shops and selected supermarkets.

The local information magazine for parents

in print, online, plus free social media

Every issue of ABC Magazine is packed full of local information and practical parenting advice to help you find what you need and where to buy it, ideas on what to do and where to go, where to find this and that – all child related and child friendly!

Loads of articles, great competitions, true-life stories, health updates, all sorts of parenting advice, facts and figures, ideas to fill your days and masses of useful practical parenting tips to help put you on the right road for early parenthood.

ABC Magazine covers all manner of child-related issues and parenting advice as well as subjects such as Health & Beauty, Diet & Fitness and Fashion & Interiors.

Local editions

ABC  publishes two editions in the UK – Sussex and Surrey

Join in

 Have you got a story to share with ABC readers? We would love to hear from you…

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter 

Published three times a year

Each edition of ABC Magazine is published three times a year, out and about on 1st of March, July and November

ABC is available to pick up FREE via local hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, baby clinics, libraries, shops, schools, activity classes, playgroups, selected supermarkets and the majority of our advertisers.

 is FREE

and will remain so as long as advertisers are aware of the magazine that local parents read!

Please mention ABC when replying to adverts, give copies to your friends, and help to spread the word!

 Read the current edition online

ABC Magazine Sussex

ABC Magazine Surrey

 Testimonials

What our advertisers say about ABC Magazine

I am delighted to be advertising in ABC Magazine again, you are simply the most effective way to get all the bookings I can handle for my children's party company. ABC is 'the bible' for parents of small children and the most friendly and supportive company to do business with.

Pinkle’s Puppets07904 208135

ABC Magazine has proved to be the perfect place to advertise our Monkey Music classes. Parents know and trust the magazine and we have received a high number of enquiries through advertising in it.

Monkey Music01825 760970

Gymboree Play & Music consistently advertises with ABC Magazine in Sussex as we find it to be the most comprehensive and well-written magazine for families in the area. The readership is extensive and we find that parents read each issue cover to cover.

Gymboree Play & Music 020 7258 1415

The only two forms of advertising I would highly recommend for a successful business are ABC Magazine and word of mouth!

Rox School of Dance & Drama01273 208513

Starting out as a new business this year it was really beneficial to receive lots of new customer enquiries after they saw our ad in ABC. We were so pleased with the response and the friendly service from the team that we have signed up for another ad this quarter with ABC!

Caterpillar Music 01375 859850

"I have had more enquiries this month than ever before! I will certainly be keeping the ad in for another year. Well done to you on the success of the mag.

Kingswood Specialist Cleaning 020 8405 9229

I've been really pleased with my advertising in ABC, and of course the opportunities for editorials. We would like to continue for another year. I've had some excellent feedback from my parents about the magazine and often from parents I show around the nursery.

Hopscotch Day Nursery 020 8770 0761