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Bring your kids along on July 23-24 for a ‘Wii Wiikend’ of fun sports and competitions with Toys “R” Us at Dubai Festival City. Your children will receive a chance to test their skills on various Wii sports including tennis, bowling, fencing, sky diving and much more to win great prizes! The Wii Wiikend starts from 2pm to 7pm on both days.

Hot Tip:  Prices of all gaming software including Wii have been reduced by 20% at all Toys “R” Us stores in Dubai.

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Now that the holidays are in full swing, I for one definitely need a reminder of how to better handle pester power (x3).

‘But I want it, Mummy!’

It’s the cry you dread, especially in public when a refusal to give or buy your child something you can’t afford or disapprove of, leads to a screaming tantrum. The temptation, of course, is to give in. However, if you can bear it, sticking to your guns presents a perfect opportunity to reinforce important and positive messages to your child about boundaries and personal values.

Why does my child do it?

It’s important to recognise that just as we adults live in a world of endless choice, so do children. Advertising to the under-5s is a multi-billion pound global industry. Toddlers may not possess advanced language skills, but a tempting display of sweets at their head height in a supermarket, or colourful TV ad between toddler programmes sends out a powerful early message. One study found that 69% of three-year-olds, for example, can identify the symbol for McDonald’s.

Bar moving your family to a remote Pacific island, however, there is little you can do to remove the constant temptation for a new toy or sugary sweet from your child’s life. You can, however, use each situation to reinforce the following positive messages: (more…)

It’s not a pleasant subject but we must all be aware of the dangers and the signs to look for – they are not the ones we would expect. And it’s not always the places we expect either. When my brother was 6, we were on holiday in Paris and he sat on the stony edge of a fountain in one of the parks. His back was to the water and there were several other people including kids doing the same thing. I was a teen at the time, just 3 feet away watching him turn his body to straddle the stone then in one flowing movement he lifted his other leg over and slid down into the water. I was rooted to the spot and couldn’t even shout out. Luckily the man sitting right next to him turned his head , saw what was happening and at the same time reached down with his hand and pulled my brother out by the collar just as he sunk completely under water. He didn’t even realise what was happening and thank God that man had reflexes! We did not make too much fuss aware that our reaction would affect him. For the next 2 yrs my brother would not go near water. He had spent at most 5 seconds totally under water.

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The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!”

How did this captain know, from fifty feet away, what the father couldn’t recognize from just ten? Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect. The captain was trained to recognize drowning by experts and years of experience. The father, on the other hand, had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew knows what to look for whenever people enter the water. Until she cried a tearful, “Daddy,” she hadn’t made a sound. As a former Coast Guard rescue swimmer, I wasn’t surprised at all by this story. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life. (more…)

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