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  1. Hi all I'm looking for recommendations for a one to one swimming instructor for my 6 year old who is very nervous. Group lessons haven't worked. We are not a member of a private gym such as Virgin so can't access the private lessons there. Need someone kind and patient who will give lessons in public pools around South West Sheffield, or perhaps Dronfield. I'm aware there is an old thread on this but I've found swimming instructors move on a lot so looking for an up to date suggestion. Thanks
  2. Hi folks I wonder if anyone can help please? I am trying to add my NHS.net account to Outlook 2015 (via office 365) on my iMac. I have added nhsmail accounts successfully to earlier versions of outlook on my PC and to my iPhone. However, I cannot find any guidance for Outlook 2015 and I am finding server and port settings for previous versions are not working. I have been trying for hours and it is driving me a little insane. I contacted NHSmail helpdesk but they don't support outlook. If anyone has any guidance I would appreciate this. Thanks
  3. I thought that Squiggs probably explained it a bit better than I, hence why I thought I would quote those words rather than trying to make the point myself! Apologies if it looked like I was saying "I already said that", I was meaning to say "hear hear"!
  4. Not too worried about broken wrists and ankles as they can usually be fairly easily fixed I would like to learn more about the mechanics of the skateboard/ bmx/ scooter helmet upon impact from different angles. It seems generally a lot more robust for children and in particular less prone to being pushed backwards and exposing the forehead compared to the standard cycle helmet. Keep thinking about getting one for my kids. One of mine could do with wearing one permanently
  5. Scoop, I can tell this is a topic that is emotive for you, though I suggest that I have not definitely misread your post as I don't have any problems reading and again this clearly shifts the blame onto me with no responsibility for that fact that your words are at best rather open to interpretation. But perhaps we agree to disagree on that. Back to the subject, I am not sure that one can make a confident single educated decision about helmet use based on the current research, as it does not appear to generalise to all settings. However the research is dense and I do want to come back to this having taken more time, and in the meantime I concede to not bang my drum until I have done so. How my efforts are better directed is probably up to me to decide but in my view I see skate parks as an area where helmets are more likely to be effective and where helmet use is easier to influence. I see enough of these type of injuries for it to matter, usually as outpatients with more subtle injury, but still with devastating consequences. Thank you for pointing me in the direction of some further research. There are some new papers I had not seen. I am not sure that so far my conclusions are the same as yours, particularly when it comes to children riding away from the road, but I want to look into it some more, and urge others reading this not to jump to conclusions that helmets for their children are pointless. Anyway it is the weekend now- nearly time for a glass of wine. I wonder if we know each other ;-)
  6. Hi scoop Thanks for the reply and for raising this important aspect of the argument. I am aware of a lot of this research, though won't claim to know all of it, so I am going to have a good look through your link. I am open to changing my view. However, I will say that I am concerned in this case about the children I see who are injured in skate parks or away from the road through relatively low impact falls where a helmet is likely to have been of benefit. The RTA cases are another issue and the case of high speed cyclist-vehicle collisions on the road is I agree different kettle of fish when it comes to the benefit of helmet use due to the mechanism, velocity etc and therefore not comparable. With respect to the population research I can't help think there are many other moderating and confounding factors, but I am going to have another look at this in more detail and perhaps come back with some questions. :-) ---------- Post added 19-09-2014 at 15:51 ---------- I think this is one of the points I have tried to make, perhaps a bit better put! ---------- Post added 19-09-2014 at 16:02 ---------- Upon reflection I feel I should say that with the greatest of respect Scoop, your post is a little aggressive/rude. Even if I am entirely wrong (which I don't think I am but prepare to stand corrected) my intentions are good. I find it a shame that people speak to each other this way. It gives forums a bad reputation and could be quite hurtful. I would have thought that as a moderator your role is to set an example and discourage people from attacking each other on the forum?
  7. Hi forummers I am interested in raising awareness and encouraging use of bike helmets for our children, particularly in skate parks. I notice at my local park (Millhouses) lots of kids doing stunts without helmets. Anyone interested or have ideas? My background is that I work with children with brain injury, including those sustained in parks like this without helmets (or even on their own driveway but this is more difficult to tackle). I also have links with some of the brain injury charities. Obviously people don't like being told what to do including both kids and parents, so I am thinking about how this can be encouraged at our parks by raising awareness of the risks, as I think a lot parents don't realise. Whilst teenagers will do their own thing, I also see nice parents with good kids but no helmet, possibly just not aware of the risks? Interested in thoughts and ideas
  8. Thanks for the replies. Sorry delayed response but not online too often. Just letting her carry on is definitely not an option. It is affecting her relationship with people, who come to the house and don't like her to be near them due to it. And personally I don't like it. I am not madly against dogs licking but this is quite obsessive, and she always goes for the mouth . It seems to be about acceptance and submission as the more you say 'no' and push her away the more desperately she does it. Might need to get a dog trainer to help but will keep trying the ideas suggested.
  9. Wondered it anyone had any good ideas. We have an adorable working type cocker 4 yrs old, acquired 9 months ago having previously used for breeding then working. She is a fab, happy little soul, gets quite a bit of exercise but she likes to lick us! Would like to deal with it as I don't like my face licking! She can't seem to help herself. I looked into it and see it can be an anxiety or submissive behaviour. Have tried ignoring and turning my back without much effect. Any suggestions? Thanks
  10. I suspect this topic has been addressed before but there appears to be a real need for a paedestrian crossing at the crossroads of abbey lane and abbeydale road. There is one on the abbeydale road but not abbey lane. Whenever we cross, like today to go to the Christmas fair, I feel like we are risking our lives. I see someone was knocked down there again a couple of weeks ago. Does anyone know if this has been raised already? It didn't come up on my search. Thanks
  11. There is the cautious view and the realistic view. Pre kids I said I would never leave them unattended but reality is that unless you shut the dog away most of the time (or the kids!) then when the phone rings, door bell goes, pan is boiling over, toddler needs urgent wee or falls over and starts screaming, baby yelling etc etc stopping to put the dog away is not realistic. For this reason we are extremely selective about the sort of dog we have. Still this does not entirely mitigate risk, though the risk of other household accidents for children is actually higher, but we do leave our older children unaccompanied with the stairs which are actually very dangerous and associated with serious brain injury.
  12. We have ourselves the most adorable working type cocker who is 4 yrs old on Monday. She has been with us around 2 months and has fit into our family perfectly. She is fabulous with the children (our main concern and why we chose her) and heaps of fun. She was previously working (flushing/beating) and used for breeding prior to that. She needs stimulation and things to do so we are looking for ideas. She loves people, is very fit and fast and her concentration isn't too bad (for a spaniel). We don't want to hunt. Tried flyball this week and hoping to try agility. Also looked into PAT but she is a bit giddy right now (mainly pawing & licking problematic at moment but working on it). In the home hide and seek is a hit (excellent at sniffing out children hidden inside boxes) and we are trying to train her to put shoes away that the kids leave around though mainly she currently puts them where we can't find them Wondered if there was anything we have missed?
  13. Hi, we have young children and we are also looking for a dog. You can see my recent thread. We have always had dogs but ours died recently. My children are 5 and 2. Have to say I am finding it hard to find the right dog, that suits us and also the children, though we are still looking and thinking about it all. What I would say is (and I don't expect you to answer this) but if you do decide to have another baby, it becomes very hard work. When we had our second baby we did regret having a dog. Fortunately he was an mature settled dog who didn't ask a lot. Now our kids will be 3 and 6 this year, life is a bit more settled, we get more sleep (most of the time!) but recent years have been tough. When my eldest started school, getting her out to school, and getting a stroppy toddler ready, and nursery drop off before work, whilst also having to walk a dog, inevitably at 6am, and often in the dark isn't a lot of fun! Though you may have people to help you which makes it easier. Good luck with your search. It is a lot of fun. Bear in mind you will need the dog not just to get on with your family but other peoples childen when they start coming for tea, birthday parties etc :-)
  14. Thanks for the replies. As beautiful as she is I think we are not the home for her as much as she may not be the right dog for us. I think our lifestyle will be terrifying for her and we will always be worrying about her, mainly about things scaring her (mostly kids!) and the outside chance age could snap as a result, even though she seemed an unlikely candidate scared animals can be unpredictable. She was so beautiful I think she will be homed.
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