Kidtection fundraise for Samuel and the Caudwell Children’s Charity

Kidtection has donated a clutch handbag made by Proenza Schouler, for an Auction launched by Kidtection’s Angel investor to raise £50,000 for Samuel, who has cerebral palsy to have an operation to help him walk and run like a normal 7 year old. Samuel was born with Cerebral Palsy. The muscles in his legs are tight and will continue to get tighter as he grows reducing his mobility. Apart from that he is a happy little boy who loves cars and football. Great Ormond Street Hospital have advised that alternative physiotherapy techniques and an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy “SDR” would be life changing for Samuel and enable him to live a normal functional and independent life. But this is currently not available to him on the NHS. The cost of the operation and follow up physio is around £50,000. Alongside the Proenza Schouler handbag donated by Kidtection, (retail value...

Home Alone – A night out or a weekend

  How to decide whether to leave your Tween or Teen home alone Leaving your teens home alone?  Deciding if your tween or teen is ready to be left home alone can be a tricky decision. A tween is a boy or girl aged 8 to 12 and a teen aged 13-19. We at Kidtection focus on 8-16 ages a tween or a teen. We believe that third adult in the house (aside from the parents is a vital person) especially in long school holidays and after school. However, home alone there is much to consider, we would never consider leaving an under 16 year old alone for a whole weekend (unless adults popping in) at least. There are lots of things to think about. Plus, there are no hard and fast ‘home alone’ rules or laws because every tween or teen is different. Whether you or your tween or teen are comfortable with the idea will often depend on how mature and adaptable your tween or teen is – and we all know...

Kidtection featured in Time & Leisure Magazine

 Kidtection featured in Time & Leisure Magazine   Seonaid Mackenzie serial entrepreneur from Sturgeon Ventures, has invested in Kidtection alongside Peter Conway, the founder. Seonaid saw the opportunity due to lack of childcare agencies focusing on skills to assist children to learn to think for themselves, and as a full-time working mother she saw the need for a Kidtectionist in her life. Seonaid believes, as a mother of a Tween and a Teen herself, that a third person is vital in the 21st century family. A Kidtectionist can be your eyes and ears in social media where your Teen may not want you – for example on their Facebook or Instagram pages. At school it’s not cool for your Teen to have a nanny, but a Kidtectionist is seen as friend and a mentor during these changing years – someone to speak to about the tough issues at school or the first...

Self Harm in Children on the Increase in the UK

  Schools are struggling to deal with rising numbers of students self-harming, two major teaching unions say. The number of pupils hurting themselves is said to be at a high. Seonaid Mackenzie launched The Wellness Fund Foundation in 2008, and continues to look for major donors to be able to create The Smart Love Company to educate Schools and Parents, what is self harm and how to you deal with it, and more importantly why it is on the increase. Also to squash the myths, such as its attention seeking – NO its a secret!! Its a girl thing – no boys are the greatest rise! Seonaid Mackenzie feels that the increase of Social Media is having an impact, it takes away a human ear to listen, it takes away empathy ie a hug. We were born to have human touch, and human interaction. Its not just about cyber bullying it is losing that human quality in kids lives. Also the increase...

The Trouble with Teens

The trouble with teens is they think they don’t need a nanny or au pair, especially if you’ve been with them since they were much younger. They might feel that they’ve outgrown you or be embarrassed that their friends don’t have someone looking after them. The truth is they don’t need you in the same way but that’s not to say they don’t need you at all. They need a cook, chauffeur, laundry maid and friend – all of which are file in the dictionary of job descriptions under ‘nanny’. Parents who keep nannies on for older children often have busy lives, working long hours or travelling frequently and want someone else to take care of the day to day tasks so weekend time as a family can be maximized. So teens do still need someone to buy their supplies for school projects, someone to make sure they get some dinner and someone they trust who isn’t a parent or teacher to talk to. Next time...

Teenage stress and dyslexia – by Nicola Morgan

Teenagers have a few different stresses from adults. One that we forget is this: every schoolday, teenagers are under pressure to succeed at things they are not good at. Adults usually don’t because we’ve chosen jobs where we focus on our strengths. We usually avoid doing things we’re bad at. But picture a typical day for a teenager: in a maths lesson, struggling to understand a new maths concept. She* feels stressed, upset and demoralised. She heard the teacher praising the ones who understood quickly. Why can’t she do it? Still upset, she rushes to a French lesson where she has to switch her mind to a test. She can’t focus on the first questions as she keeps thinking about the maths lesson; she doesn’t do as well as she could and the teacher is disappointed. Someone makes a narky comment at break time and then it’s PE – something she hates. She goes from there to Geography, which she...