5 Ideas for Reading with Your Children this Summer

*This post was carefully selected by me, and is delivered to you via WILF Books, a sharing­-based, children’s book delivery service.


Reading with your child is just a wonderful thing, isn’t it? There’s something, particularly in today’s digital age, that just feels so right. It’s that time where they can fuel their imagination for the next day’s play, foster their creativity as they lose themselves inside an amazing story and it gives us those moments where your heart just melts as your child starts to read those words back to you. They make us smile, they make us laugh, they make us cry, but best of all, they bring us together in those moments that can define our children. So, just how can we best enjoy those moments that matter?

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Ty Hafan Family Fun Day – 6th August 2016

Updated: 09/08/2016 **

As part of my role as a blog ambassador for Ty Hafan, it is time I let you know about another event coming up. On Saturday 6th August, it will be time for everyone to have fun and laughs at the Ty Hafan Family Fun Day. Last year’s theme was Pirates and Jack Sparrow even popped in to join in with the fun. It was a huge success, raising lots of much-needed funds for Ty Hafan and their wonderful facilities.ty-hafan-logo

The theme this year is the Jungle Book. It is a chance for everyone to forget about their worries with Mowgli, Baloo and the other Jungle Book characters, have fun discovering the beautiful grounds of Ty Hafan, all while raising funds for Ty Hafan. It is going to be the biggest fun day to date for Ty Hafan with a chance to win some loot at the funfair and in the raffle. You could also pick up some lovely things at the local craft stalls which will be there, and there will be lots of attractions and a play area too. And the Battle Family will be there to enjoy the fun and frolics.

There is also a chance to join one of the hospice tours to see the amazing work Ty Hafan and their care team do. I’d highly recommend anyone attending to go. I was lucky enough to get a tour during my participation in the Ty Hafan Precious Moments campaign last Christmas, and the hospice and facilities blew me away. Seeing these first-hand made me realise how important Ty Hafan are to South Wales and those families who children have life-limiting illnesses and who avail of the facilities provided by Ty Hafan. I am going to try go on a tour again with BattleDad so he can see for himself why I support this charity with my blog.

On the day there will be lots to do and plenty to eat from a huge range of local food specialists, which can be enjoyed on the main lawn. If the sun is shining it’ll be a great place to munch some yummy food! On the main stage there will be a chance for everyone to join in some fun games or simply listen to the sea chanties, Ty Hafan’s fantastic live singers and bands.

Ty Hafan Family Fun Day:

  • games
  • fairground attractions
  • hospice tours
  • music and entertainment
  • face painting
  • food and craft stalls.

As you can see there will be lots to see and fun things to join in with for all the family, so why not pick up your tickets at the Ty Hafan Barry or Penarth shops, or buy online. Places are limited and there may be some tickets available on the day. however, to guarantee your place, it is advisable you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Gates will be open between 12 and 5pm and there will be parking available in a field on the hospice grounds. Entry costs just £2 per person and under 5’s go free.

I, for one, am looking forward to the Ty Hafan Family Fun Day and may even get my face painted. I am sure BattleKid is going to enjoy it as he has recently been watching The Jungle Book film. We may even film a little vlog of the day, if I get permission. So why not join us and have some fun at the Ty Hafan Family Fun Day on Saturday 6th August, between 12 and 5 in the grounds of Ty Hafan, Hayes Road, Sully, CF64 5XX.

I hope to see you there!

Cath x

**If you can’t make it down to the Ty Hafan Family Fun Day, you can still show your support by donating online.

ty hafan family fun day

**Unfortunately we were unable to make the Ty Hafan Family Fun Day due to my longer-than-expected recovery from an operation earlier in the week. We were absolutely gutted to miss this event as we had really been looking forward to it but I was too poorly to attend and BattleDad decided to stay with me to endure I was cared for in my recovery. By all accounts it was a successful day and we’re hoping to attend next year’s event instead to make up for missing out on this one. We hope all who attended had a great time. Cath x

The Importance of 5* Protection with Boots Soltan

What is one of the first things you pack when you are planning a holiday abroad? Well if you are anything like me it’s plenty of sun cream, such as Boots Soltan. We all know how important it is to protect ourselves, and more importantly, our children from the damage caused by the sun and sun cream is a must-have when planning a holiday abroad.

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Together we can tackle child abuse – Case Study

As part of the ‘Together we can tackle child abuse’ campaign, the Department of Education have shared with me a case study of a new mum who made a report of suspected child abuse, and today I’d like to share it with you. This child abuse case study is the final of my posts in support of this very important campaign.

Mumfidential – Department of Education child abuse case study and signs to spot

Lisa, a mum from Manchester, reported suspicions of abuse and neglect to her local children’s social care team.

“I had noticed there was a large family living in the house opposite me, with six or seven children. I’m not often at home due to work and other commitments but I’d noticed this family – there was a lot of shouting – the parents were often shouting at the children.

On one occasion a parcel I was expecting had been left at the family’s property. The property did look unkempt from the outside, but this could have been for a number of reasons. However when the mother opened the door, what I saw inside alerted my suspicions. Once the door was opened there was a very strong unpleasant smell coming from the house. A very young child, less than three years old, also came to the door. It was their appearance that concerned me, the child was extremely dirty and unkempt. Obviously many children get dirty, as a parent I know this myself, but this child was extremely dirty as were their clothes – it was ingrained.

This happened on a Friday, I was really troubled by what I had seen, and I was concerned the children were neglected. Over the weekend I shared my concerns by speaking to my partner about it, who wasn’t sure I should get involved, but my gut instinct told me I had to report what I had seen. I don’t know if anyone else in the neighbourhood had noticed that something wasn’t quite right or reported what they had seen but I am glad I did. On the Monday I made an anonymous report to my local children’s social care team. I couldn’t live with myself if I had ignored it, I felt better once I had shared my concerns with a professional.

If you have seen something that you have concerns about, listen to your gut and report it.”

Research by the Department of Education has found that a third of people who suspect a case of child abuse do not report it. This statistic is alarming as that is potentially 33 extra cases in every 100 where child abuse may continue because people are afraid of reporting it for any number of reasons, including not wanting to “get involved” as Lisa’s partner said. There will be times that a suspicion comes to nothing but wouldn’t it be better to know you have helped even just one child by reporting your suspicions than potentially leaving them vulnerable because you do not want to get involved.

It is down to us, the general public, to play our part in protecting all children, not just our own, especially during times where the support network of schools and teachers are not available such as during the school holidays. If you suspect a case of child abuse, then please visit gov.uk/reportchildabuse to get the number to report your concern to your local children’s social care team.child abuse case study

*In collaboration with the Department of Education. No compensation was received for this post.