10 Playgrounds to Explore in County Dublin this Summer

By Little Harvard

There are many great playgrounds throughout Dublin area, north and south. While some are better than others, there has been a vast improvement in recent years with many playgrounds being revamped and modernised. Play is an important part of children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, as well as creativity and imagination, so here is a list of 10 playgrounds to explore in County Dublin this summer:

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The Importance of Family Time in Your Child’s Life

family doing dishes together

By Little Harvard

Life is busy for everyone. As a result, family time is becoming less likely to happen every day. But family time is very important to children: time together as a family gives children a deeper sense of their own identity, and of where they come from. This has a very positive effect on children’s development. Children need attention from their grandparents, parents and siblings alike.

The more time you spend together, the better chance you have of sharing quality experiences. Eating meals together, talking about the events of the day, sharing joys and defeats, doing household chores and spending some evenings watching movies, are important ways to be with the family.

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How to Help your Child Develop Values for Character Building

– By Little Harvard

How to Help your Child Develop Values for Character Building – Some psychologists think values are impossible to teach, and it is certainly true that telling kids to be more honest, or diligent, or considerate, doesn’t work any better than telling adults to be. But if values are impossible to teach, they are too important to leave to chance.

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Looking after Kids during Cold Weather

– By Little Harvard

Looking after Kids during Cold Weather – As the days get shorter, and the wind gets colder, out comes cold medicines and thermometers. Fall and winter mean ‘cold & flu season’ and they can be very hard on the little ones.

So what can we do to prevent our Kids from getting sick all the time during the winter? Here are few tips we came across and found them very helpful to us and all the parents.

Wash Hands often

It’s such a simple habit, but hand washing really does matter. Everyone who regularly washes their hands can prevent a lot of sickness being passed around, including to themselves. Ask the Kids to sing songs while washing their hands and they will love it! And always use soap and remember to wash under fingernails too: that’s where germs lurk.

Get a good night’s sleep

The body’s immune system quits working well when the body is sleep deprived. Cold weather is not the time to slack off enforcing bedtime. Most school-aged children need at least 10-11 hours each night – Babies and toddlers need even more.

Teach the Little Ones how to Sneeze


It is important to teach children as early as possible how to sneeze into a handkerchief or into their elbows to prevent spreading germs. Most kids sneeze all over everything, spreading potentially harmful germs to siblings and friends. Try using tissues made for children with their favorite character on it, so it becomes a habit.

Let the Sun Shine

We often choose to stay indoors as soon as the weather gets colder. But if it is a cold sunny day, get the kids to play outside for 10 to 15 minutes. Sun light is a good mood-lifter and a source of Vitamin D, so important to keep our immune system working well.

Wrap them Up

It’s funny the way kids can complain about having to wear coats and hats. We often hear from them ‘I’m not cold‘ or ‘Why do I have to put this on?!’. It’s understandable for the Little Ones to dislike wearing heavy clothing after having great time in their shorts during the summer! But it is important to persevere and make sure they are well wrapped up before going out: this will for sure prevent colds and sicknesses.

Eat well & Drink lots of Water

A well-balanced diet is the best path to overall health. Stick to eating plenty of fruits and veggies during the winter, and drink lots and lots of water. Drinking plenty of water during the winter also helps to shift the colds away.

Replace Toothbrushes more often

It a good idea for Grown Ups and Little Ones to replace their toothbrushes after having a cold, a sore throat or an infection. Germs can hide in the toothbrush and lead to reinfections.

Give the Little Ones Time to Recover

When a child is sick, it is important to keep them away from others, including their siblings. It’s a good idea to keep sick kids home from school and extracurricular activities. This will help them heal faster, and avoid passing the sickness to others.

Remember: kids are never too young to start learning good habits for preventing illness. The benefits of eating fruits and veggies and using good hygiene will stay with them forever!



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