How Do You Talk to Children about Cancer?

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In this episode:

  • Marcus Rashford & Tom Kerridge have launched their budget cooking tutorials on Instagram – let’s get cooking!
  • YouTube’s Kids App has a Rabbit Hole Problem
  • Mattel launches Toy Recycling Initiative
  • Sue Atkins in Conversation with Henrietta Mackenzie: Author of ‘The Secret Lives of Two Googly-Eyed Cats’ in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Marcus Rashford & Tom Kerridge have launched their budget cooking tutorials on Instagram – let’s get cooking!

England footballer Marcus Rashford and Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge have joined forces to launch budget cooking tutorials for low income families.

The Manchester United striker, who last year forced the Government to extend free school meal provision for hard-up families, said he wanted to inspire people to make easy but healthy meals on a budget.

His latest campaign, named Full Time: Get Cooking With Marcus And Tom, launches this Sunday and coincides with the Government’s Healthy Start payment scheme, which supports low-income households with grocery shopping.

The duo’s 52 tutorials will be posted on Instagram every Sunday, and cover recipes including fish pie, Mexican-style chicken, and Mr Rashford’s childhood favourite, spaghetti Bolognese, as well as lighter meals such as overnight oats and sandwiches. The clips will also feature famous faces from the worlds of sport, music and television.

Check them out


Answer :

Tips for talking with children about Cancer

  1. Think before you talk.
  2. Pick your time carefully.
  3. Choose who will talk.
  4. Find a good place.
  5. Keep it simple.
  6. Remember their age.
  7. Be prepared to answer difficult questions.
  8. Allow time for your child to absorb the news.
  9. Be as open and honest as possible.
  10. Explain the changes they can expect.
  11. Encourage your children to express their feelings.
  12. Reassure your children.

Here is a very helpful, comprehensive article from Cancer Centre   about why should you talk with your children about cancer.

Talking to children and teenagers

Click here for advice from Macmillan Cancer Support


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YouTube’s Kids App has a Rabbit Hole Problem

There’s an autoplay feature that keeps one video coming after another with no pause or interruption. When one video ends, another video selected by YouTube Kids’ recommendations algorithm automatically plays. Right now, autoplay is on by default, and there is no way to turn off autoplay, so YouTube Kids will continue to feed children algorithmically curated videos that run indefinitely unless someone happens to show up and intervene.

“If you’re a 6- or 7-year-old child, you’re basically watching what’s being recommended to you,” Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA), a member of Congress whose kids use the app, told Recode. “If you combine that with the endless loop of autoplay, then if you’re not sitting next to your child while they’re watching YouTube, that can get away from you pretty quickly.”

So, my advice is to keep an eye on what your kids are watching !!!


Mattel launches toy recycling initiative

Here’s a good thing I read about:

 Toys are getting greener with Mattel PlayBack, a program designed to recover and reuse materials from old products in the manufacturing of new toys.

Consumers can find free shipping labels online to package and send their old Mattel toys back to the company. They will be collected, separated by material type, processed, and recycled. Products that can’t be repurposed into new toys will be downcycled into other plastic products or converted into energy.

As of right now, the programme recycles Barbie, Matchbox and MEGA products, but the toy company plans to expand it to eventually accept any Mattel product. PlayBack is currently available in the US and Canada, and also launched in France, Germany and the UK through third-party recycling partners.

This initiative follows the appointment last year of Pamela Gill-Alabaster as Mattel’s head of sustainability. Gill-Alabaster specializes in minimizing corporate environmental impact, developing sustainability metrics and creating long-term brand-purpose strategies.

Image by Mattel


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A positive approach is really the most successful and best way to guide your child’s behaviour.

This means giving your child attention when they behave well, rather than just applying consequences when they do something you don’t like.

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