Long Distance Flying with Young Kids!

This is a post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. 4 tips to ease the pains of flying long distance with your children I married a Kiwi. After 10 years of living in the UK he had served his time. By now we had two young children, one 2 years and the other 9months old (just past the cut off point for a basinet seat on a flight…grrr). Moving to New Zealand was the right decision for us. My husband’s family still live there and we could have the outdoor life we desired, with two very active little boys and dog (whole other story). A 28 hour flight was looming, I decided to prepare as best I could for what was to come. The flight went beautifully and the children were perfect (I mean even better than they are normally)! This is how I did it: 1. We booked the overnight flight, leaving Heathrow at 9pm. This meant that at 8pm at the gate we could do a semi normal bed-time routine. Jammies, Bottle, Story etcetera. My eldest required his own seat for being over 2, but for my youngest it was un-needed. 2. We had the kid’s covers and pillows as their carry-on luggage. A made up bottle for my youngest, which you will have to taste test through security. Boob juice or formula anyone? Buying a large bottle of water once we were through to the departure lounge. 3. Thinking about our fellow passengers. There is nothing worse than a long flight with a screaming baby in your ear & as...

Hope for children being bullied

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. I would like to let all parents know that when your child is bullied at school there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel, in most cases. My daughter moved to a new estate when we bought our house and she started secondary school knowing no one. She was picked on because she was tall and clever, she loved school and was top of the class all through primary school, but she got verbally abused and mentally tortured by a few pupils and unfortunately some of the teachers egged them on….. Not knowing, I think, how badly it was affecting my daughter, we used to take her to school in the car to make sure she got there as she used to run away from school and hide in a local wood, this was a very frightening time and it got worse. She soon refused then to even go to school and so the local authority made us go to counselling, we asked if the bullies also went and they said no, there was no need. This was an awful time and my daughter was then referred to hospital schooling which was for sick and bullied children, she worked hard and got a few gcse’s and then had to leave because she was sixteen. She then went to college and worked hard and got the equivalent of A levels and then went to university. At University she got a 2-1 degree and now...