children: September 2010 Archives

Toys R Us have revealed a list of the top selling toys from the past 25 years, including POGS, Transformers, Bratz Dolls and Go Go Pet Hamsters.

The store, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in the UK this month, looked back over sales figures to find the most popular toy from each year.

The toy giant say they have witnessed a dramatic shift. Two decades ago children were nagging their parents for football stickers, Sylvanian Families and Transformers Robots.
But in recent years some of the biggest sellers have been high-tech toys such as Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.
One thing which has remained consistent over the years… the increased nagging parents experience in the build-up to Christmas.

Parents will spend more than £5,000 on a baby before its first birthday, a study has revealed.

Nappies, clothes, nursery furniture and feeding equipment means mums and dads will part with a total of £5,213.25 during the pregnancy and the first 12 months.

And amazingly almost £1,500 of that is said to be splashed out on their baby… before it is even born on things like a pram, car seat and toys.

But the spending spree doesn't end there, the poll of 2,000 parents found nappies, clothes, toiletries and food see another £3,793 spent during the baby's first year.

The biggest chunk of the cash, £547, goes on buying furniture and a cot and getting the nursery decorated… and then redecorated when you find out it is a boy and not a girl.

275x250.jpgA pair of sisters who astounded doctors when they were born as black and white twins, have started their first day at school.

Marcia and Millie Biggs were near impossible to tell apart when they were first born in July 2006... but their incredible difference soon became apparent.

Amanda and the twins father Michael had been together 10 years when they conceived the girls through IVF treatment.

Marcia has inherited her mother's fair complexion and golden brown hair, while Millie takes after dad Michael, who is of Jamaican origin, with her tight dark curls and brown skin.

With Millie and Marcia now in their uniforms for the first time - they're one pair of twins who teachers shouldn't struggle to tell apart.

275x250.jpgThe average British parent will have recently spent £1,000 kitting out their children to go back to school, it has been found.

A survey of parents discovered the cost of school uniforms, accessories and additional activities soon add up to a wallet-busting and surprising amount.

95% confessed to spending £500 on new school clothing and gear this summer and 81% said they'd spent as much as £500 on school trips and activities like music classes or swimming lessons.  

Almost half of of those polled also said they felt pressured into spending more money on 'branded' products for their kids to take to school.

25% say this is so their kids fit in with peers while 10% say it was to stop bullying… because everybody knows a pair of Nike trainers will stop a fat ginger kid from being picked on.

275x250.jpg A German toy firm has started producing a range of cuddly-toys which each suffer a psychiatric disorder.

Creator Martin Kittsteiner, from Hamburg, says he came up with the idea for the soft toys after joking with his girlfriend about her teddy bear collection.

Between them they created and produced a collection of toys with mental illnesses ranging from depression and water phobia to bipolar disorder.

The £25 each toys are currently on sale online and Martin says they are proving a hit with children and adults… keep reading to discover the illnesses.

275x250.jpgToddlers named Rose and Corey are the hardest to handle, according to a study of parents.

Children bearing these monikers are said to be more likely to throw tantrums, kick up a fuss and argue with their parents.

The names emerged in a study of 3,000 parents of children who were asked to reveal the name of their youngsters and rate their behaviour.

The study also showed girls are marginally more difficult to handle than boys - with 58 per cent of girls often throwing tantrums compared to 56 per cent of boys.

Other big handfuls include girls named Sophia, Victoria, Faith and Isabel and boys  called Jay, Bailey, Kyle or Kian.

275x250.jpgTech-savvy schoolchildren are coming up with more extravagant excuses for failing to submit homework on time, it has been found.

Old favourites such as "the dog ate it" are being replaced by tech-laden excuses involving crashed computers, printer failures and broken email servers.

A survey of 500 teachers and 1,000 school pupils found three quarters of teachers are now hearing more tech-based excuses with eight in ten saying kids think they won't understand the tech.

The most common excuse for not handing in homework is now "I emailed it to you, but I got a bounce-back email" followed by "I deleted it by accident".

But home-work skiving traditionalists will be pleased, "The dog ate it" is still the third most popular… though no teacher has ever believed it.

275x250.jpgThe average mum is a master multi-tasker who carries out the roles of 23 different professions, a study has revealed.

Researchers found modern mothers have to be a cleaner, entertainer, chef and accountant, as well as travel agent, teacher and chamber maid.

On top of that they also have to have skills as a first-aider, dog walker, chauffeur and hairdresser.

The study also found the average mum works more than 13 hours a day while the kids are off school, getting out of bed at 7.16am and finally switching off at 8.41pm.

Personally we think moms carry out the duties of 24 different professions…  given the amount of time they spend watching soaps surely they could add TV critic to the list.

275x250.jpgMillions of parents admit fibbing to their kids to get them to eat more healthy foods, a study has revealed.

Researchers found eight out of ten mothers regularly wheel out old classics such as 'carrots will help you see in the dark' or 'crusts will make your hair curl'.

Other popular food fibs include 'eating vegetables will make you big and strong' and 'Spinach will give you muscles like Popeye'.

A cruel claim the ice-cream van only plays music when it has run out of lollies is also still commonly used.

What, what? You mean ice-cream vans playing music do still have ice-cream left? Suddenly my parents have some explaining to do.

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