Time to think.

Usually we keep our news light and party-focused here at Diddy Rascals HQ, but this week is an exception in honour of the UK’s first ever Children’s Mental Health Week, that took place last week.

One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years (three in every classroom) has a mental health problem, and over half of all mental ill health starts before the age of 14 years (75% has developed by the age of 18).

As parents, these are stats we can’t afford to ignore.

Launched by charity Place2Be, the campaign for this week and beyond is to encourage everyone to ‘spread a little kindness’.

Not only can it help someone (old or young) going through a tough time, studies show that being kind makes us happier and less stressed too (which is a bonus, hey?!)

So get spreading! It’s not hard and who knows what a difference it will make to a little Rascal near you.

For more details on Children’s Mental Health Week visit Place2Be’s website: www.place2be.org.uk

It's all about the Rooster

Chinese New Year got off to a bang around the UK this weekend as firecrackers were let off in many major cities to herald the start of the Year of the Rooster.

London hosted the largest international gathering outside of Asia, with over 700,000 people gravitating into the city centre to join in the celebrations. There were also dragon-dancing extravaganzas in the North – Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle to name the biggest.

Roosters are the tenth sign in the (twelve year) zodiac and are apparently confident, honest and hardworking, who also enjoy being around people but can be seen as attention seekers.

Ring true for those spring chicken parents amongst you in the Diddy Rascals gang, born in 1993? Or the older parents who’ve been ruling the Roost for many years now (born in 1981 - or even 1969!)?

Celebrations carry on for a fortnight until February 11th, so there’s plenty of time for more partying and fire-cracking bangs! To find out your Chinese year and what that might say about you, visit: www.whats-your-sign.com/Chinese-zodiac-signs.html

Back with a bang!

We’re already in to week two of 2017 and just back in the Diddy Rascal’s office after a well-earned break following the all the festive fun and New Year’s celebrating.

Back to work and back to the New Year’s Resolution.

It’s January and so, along with the rest of you, our thoughts have turned to getting fit, losing weight and eating more healthily.  These three headline our national top ten (according to a BUPA poll of 2,000 Brits) followed by spending more time with those we love and taking more care of our own wellbeing.

That’s all to the good, but we’re older and wiser this year.  We know that making a NY resolution is one thing, sticking to it is quite another.  So the most helpful thing on the internet is not the list of top 50 resolutions (who has time to even read that, let alone act on it?!) but the top tips on how to STICK to them!  Read it here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/health-advice/common-new-years-resolutions-stick/

Thankfully, for us here at DR HQ, we already have one New Year’s resolution we’ll definitely be able to keep: keep partying!

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So it’s finally here… National Christmas Jumper Day!

We know we should be waxing lyrical about the festive woollens which we’re all wearing here at DR HQ (we’ve a Santa, red-nosed reindeer, and all-singing, all-flashing Christmas tree on one keenie). 

But actually what we want to tell you about this incredible polar bear made entirely from LEGO!

Don’t get us wrong. We’re not spoilers and we’re all enjoying the malarkey and mayhem along with the rest of you, as we do our bit to raise funds for Save the Children. But we have to admit, it’s only taken us a second to pull on our jumper to create our Christmas office spectacle.

Whereas work began back in October for the Addis family to create this giant model of the world’s largest land-loving carnivore. Day by day they put brick upon brick (coloured inside) keeping up the family tradition of the last (few) years, which has included LEGO creations of a church, market, angel, Santa Dalek and more.

To wow your kids with their Christmas LEGO best builds over the past 15 years hit http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/38328981

Mulled wine and mince pies aren’t the only things to get fruity during the festive season.

Turns out it’s the time of year when we spice up our love lives and get busy with the business of pro-creating.

Late September and early October are the busiest fortnight in the year for babies being born in England and Wales. Count back nine months and we’re right back here and now, as Christmas and New Year celebrations begin.

If previous year’s trends are anything to go by, the last two weeks of September 2017 will be full of new babes (literally!) on the scene. Over 1,900 a day…compared to only 1,349 on Boxing Day, the lowest birth-day of the year. 

So, if you’re wondering whether to add another little Diddy to your family, seems like this is the optimal time of year to take the plunge!

Source:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/september-has-been-the-most-popular-birthday-month-in-england-and-wales-for-the-past-20-years-a6778026.html

It was an absolute cracker!

The whole Diddy Rascals team would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who attended our Christmas rave at the weekend. All of you helped to make it another fantastic event.

We'll be announcing the next date and location very soon and we hope to see you all there...... x

Developing ‘An Attitude of Gratitude’

It’s Thanksgiving Day in North America, but it turns out we could all do with a good dollop of being thankful all year round, whatever side of the Atlantic we hail from.

Studies show that gratitude, as well as being polite and a nice way to treat people, actually improves our physical and psychological health.

People who are thankful sleep better, are more empathetic, less aggressive and have higher self-esteem.

And given that kids learn by copying role models, the best way to pass these benefits on to our little Rascals is to practice them ourselves.

So, we’ll start the ball rolling today.

Here at DR HQ we are thankful for….. parties!!!!  (And looking forward to our next one on Sun 4th December).

http://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/11/23/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-gratitude-that-will-motivate-you-to-give-thanks-year-round/#f5073926800a

Kids' BAFTA awards, get voting!

The countdown is now on until the Kids’ BAFTA award winners are announced, this coming Sunday 20th November. With only 5 days to go there’s still time for your little Diddy to vote for her/his favourite film, TV show and game.

We reckon the best film list is the closest call, with The BFG fighting it out against the ever-popular Disney with its Zootropolis, Jungle Book and The Good Dinosaur.

For full details of the shortlists and to vote go to: http://www.baftakids.org/

Whether you’ve a wee Diddy who’s into Finding Dory or Spongebob Squarepants, or an older Horrid Henry or Hetty Feather, the shortlist caters for all of them.

So get them casting their votes NOW!

We don’t usually advertise other people’s parties, but thought we’d make an exception for this one.

We don’t usually advertise other people’s parties, but thought we’d make an exception for this one.

Tickets go on sale today for ‘Rave for Refugees’ at Electric Brixton, on 9th and 15th December. Famous names in the line-up include Daphni, Eats Everything, Faithless, Jon Hopkins, Skream, Chase & Status, Rudimental, Shy FX and Sigma, with more to follow.

Help Refugees is the name behind the gigs, started by a group of friends in 2015 to raise £1,000 in response to the refugee crisis. They are now the biggest grassroots group providing aid to refugees in Europe and beyond.

Funds raised from the club nights will be used to help the 60,000 refugees currently in Greece (including 9,000 pregnant women and 24,000 children).

 

http://www.musicfestivalnews.net/rave-refugees-electric-brixton-tickets/

 

Want a story that will bring tears to your eyes?

How about the one about the 12 year old boy who pushed his friend out of the way of a car driving on to the pavement and was run over himself?

Or the story of the young girl with a rare condition which caused her face to become disfigured, who set up a You Tube channel to share her story and support others.

Just two of the stories behind the Children of Courage awards given out at the Pride of Britain ceremony last night in London that have prompted a tear and sniffle in the Diddy Rascals camp today.

Remarkable stories of remarkable children and adults. For the full list of winners visit: http://www.prideofbritain.com/

 

A new kid-friendly tablet for 2 – 8 year olds - why did it take so long?

A new kid-friendly tablet for 2 – 8 year olds - why did it take so long?

Sick of needing to give your kids your phone to play on, when actually you want to check Facebook or bus times?  ‘Playtime Pad’ may be just what you need.

This new kid-friendly tablet for 2 – 8 year olds will be released on 6 November.  With its funky bright colouring, ability to bounce not smash when dropped and easy to use parental controls to limit screen time, what’s not to like?

As well as being fun, the Playtime Pad has an education focus, drawing on the expertise of the US firm behind it, PBS, who distribute TV programmes with an educational focus worldwide.

With over preloaded 25 games and more than a million available via Google Play, there will be plenty to keep your little Diddy entertained!

For a full review visit: www.techcrunch.com/2016/10/17/pbs-debuts-its-own-tablet-for-kids-the-playtime-pad/

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WITH A FEW GOOD FRIENDS

The Queen becomes the world’s longest reigning monarch this week, following the death of the Thai king.  But she isn’t the only British institution to turn 90 this year. 

Today marks Winnie the Pooh’s 90th birthday and to celebrate he’s joined by a new friend – Penguin, in four new stories to mark the anniversary.

The author of the new books, Brian Sibley said: ‘The thought of Pooh encountering a penguin seemed no more outlandish than him meeting a kangaroo and a tiger in a Sussex wood’

Amongst the top tips for life learned from Pooh (in a survey of 1,000 adults) is: It isn't much good having anything exciting, if you can't share it with somebody. Who would have thought there could be so much wisdom in a cartoon character….

To read more great Pooh quotes go to:

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-10-14/winnie-the-pooh-turns-90-years-old-today/

A BIRD IN THE HAND......

Magpies are usually known as pests who steal things, but now here’s a true story that has warmed hearts here at DR HQ and shows things are not as black and white as they seem….

Sam Bloom from the Australian para-kayak team ‘adopted’ a baby magpie she found one windy day soon after she became paralysed. With her three sons she took on feeding ‘Penguin’ the magpie every two hours (so called because of his big feet and white and black fluffy feathers).

This saved his life and in turn is credited by the family for saving theirs.

Penguin became part of the family, living with them and becoming a listening ear for Sam, as she slowly recovered from her accident, as well as a playmate for the boys.

Check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37519032 for the full story, it's well worth a read.

 

Batman swoops in to support local charity

Batman swoops in to support local charity

Who you gonna call?

Not Ghostbusters this time, but batman...

Here at DR HQ we know that every child needs a superhero in their life. And kids in a wee Scottish town have got just that!

When Batman (aka Scott Allen) gets a call from Mum or Nan, he turns up on their doorstep and walks their child to school, telling stories of Spider Man and banishing the back-to-school blues.

Kids across the town of East Kilbride are benefitting from the services of this kind-hearted stay-at-home day, who gives any donations he receives to his favourite local charity.

He may not be busting ghosts, but super dad Scott’s definitely helping some kids to cope with some real-life things they’re down about.

We reckon it’s three cheers for Scott Allen (hip, hip hooray!)

Source:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/big-hearted-dad-beating-bullies-8800143