You can now customise your tags in Arabic typography!

School is fast approaching which means it’s almost time to get ready to go back to nurseries and schools in the upcoming weeks and beyond.

This year, and with the rise of COVID cases, it’s time to get ready by protecting your kids and making sure their items and clothes are all labeled. Did you know that our labels are all anti-bacterial?

Also, in a recent survey by My Nametags, one third of mothers in the MENA region report that their children lose their valuables most frequently at school.

The best news? You can now personalise your nametags in Arabic typography.

We know your kids would love to design their own stickers, order your Arabic name stickers today here.

Mothers in the MENA region are divided on how to parent and how kids’ personalities should be shaped

My Nametags, the leading UK-based personalised sticker and label maker for kids, conducted a regional survey asking mothers in the MENA region about their parenting style. As it turns out, mothers are divided between allowing their kids’ personalities to flourish, and why it is important to have rules and regulations.

The majority of mothers surveyed (67%) responded that it is very important to allow a kid’s personality to independently take form, from a young age. They also indicated that they “encourage him / her to flourish and be who they are.”

On the other end of the spectrum, other mothers had a different viewpoint. When asked “how important is it that your child has his / her own personality?” they responded that it is “somewhat important.” Going one step further, 33% of mothers said that “having rules and regulations from early on helps shape kids’ personalities.”

Do personalised labels and stickers help shape kids’ personalities?

At My Nametags, that value proposition of the brand is that each kid is unique and should be celebrated for their values and traits. That is why the shapes, colours and fonts are all in the control of the child, to choose their ideal label and sticker to mark their valuables. My Nametags, available the UAE, also offers personalised Arabic name labels and stickers for kids.

The art of parenting, without labels

With the role of parenting taking on new forms in recent years based on studies in psychology, parenting styles and attachment styles, there is no right or wrong way to parent. Understanding the nature of the child, their temperament and unique traits, should be the core focus of parents. And so, an adaptable parenting style is recommended, to allow the kid’s personality to flourish.

Order personalised labels for kids in the UAE

With kids often losing their valuables, from water bottles to favourite toys, uniforms and lunchboxes, My Nametags sought to help kids keep track and feel responsible to safeguard their valuables. My Nametags has been in the UAE since 2007, personalising labels and stickers for kids.

Check out the latest range of customised name labels and stickers for kids, available in Arabic and English here.

Water bottles and teddy bears – the most lost items by kids in the MENA region

What items do kids in the MENA region and specifically the UAE, lose the most? And how can kids keep track of their valuables in crowded places? My Nametags, the UK-based leader in personalised name labels and stickers for kids, surveyed mothers to find the answers to these questions.

What the survey results showed, was that kids lose their water bottles the most. This is followed by their favourite toy or teddy bear. Other items kids often lose include stationary (pencils, sharpeners, notebooks), items of clothing (uniforms, jackets), accessories (hair clips and hair bands) and their pacifiers (or dummy).

Some mothers also shared the most precious item that their kid has lost, from their favourite spoon, to jewellery items. 

Can personalised labels help kids keep track?

The answer is yes. According to 92% of mothers surveyed in the MENA region, they believe that if their kids’ items were labelled, then it could help them keep track.

My Nametags has been designing and customising labels and stickers for children since 2004. Based in the UK, My Nametags now serves 127 countries globally, and has been in the UAE since 2007. From the brand’s experience, the more personalised the label or sticker is, the more likely a kid will look after their valuables.

Check out the latest labels and stickers from My Nametags, available in both English and Arabic typography in the UAE, to suit the unique personality of every child.

During the pandemic, personalised labels and stickers for kids help keep them safe

In light of the global pandemic, having personalised labels and stickers to mark kids’ belongings has helped keep them safer. Be it water bottles, lunchboxes, clothes and shoes, with every kid using their own personal items, mothers are more comfortable and at ease.

What happens when kids lose their favourite items?

Kids often form attachments to their favourite items. It could be a certain toy, a cartoon character water bottle, or even a preferred pair of shoes. Typically, these items may provide security to the kid. And if they so happen to lose them, it can cause frustrations and feelings of being upset. By keeping personal items labelled and ensuring the kid feels responsible for them, they are more likely to keep track of them.

When a kid does lose their favourite valuables (and mothers in the MENA region confirm that their kids do, quite often), parents should greatly comfort their children. Also, it is advised not to offer a replacement for the item immediately to soothe the child. It is also recommended that parents help the child try to find the item and manage their hopes, should the likelihood of finding the item be unlikely.

Explore the latest My Nametags collections of personalised name labels and stickers for kids, available in Arabic and English.

Where do children lose their valuables? Mothers share their stories

Schools & playgrounds – the two places children lose their valuables the most

In a recent survey by My Nametags, one third of mothers in the MENA region report that their children lose their valuables most frequently at school. Classrooms can be a hectic place for children, and items can often be misplaced or forgotten. Mothers also report that valuable items also go missing in playgrounds or play areas (which came in as the second highest response).

My Nametags, the UK-based personalised sticker and label maker for children, sought to understand the frustrations of mothers, and how often their children lose or misplace items. The results were astounding, showcasing that mothers across the MENA region have the same concerns.

All of the mothers surveyed shared that their children’s belongings, from water bottles to backpacks, uniforms or lunchboxes, do not seem to make it back home. This happens every week or every month, in 42 percent of the cases. Most mothers surveyed confess however, that sometimes, they have no idea where the item has gone and some children even manage to lose their valuables at home 20 percent of the time.

This, in turn, results in quite a few tears (on the child’s part) and growing expenses for families, who have to replace these items.

However, there is a solution that all the mothers agree on. They share that having personalised and labelled items can help their children keep track.

Mothers share that having personalised and labelled items can help their children keep track.

My Nametags, which was founded in 2004 in the UK, has been personalising labels and stickers for decades, to help mothers and their children keep tabs of individual belongings, in 127 countries globally. In the UAE, My Nametags has been supporting mothers and their children personalise their valuables since 2007.

As a recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Award, My Nametags was recognised for its excellent business performance, offering high quality standards in customer service and employee care.

Check out the latest from My Nametags, with labels available in both English and Arabic typography, to suit the unique personality of every child.

My Nametags Explores the Impact of Lockdown on Children

We speak to thousands of parents every day and know first-hand that the impact of lockdown on children has been significant. With current restrictions continuing to limit what we can do in our day-to-day lives, we were interested to see how the additional time spent indoors is affecting our customers and their families. 

The Impact of Lockdown on Children

Our research revealed that almost half of children are spending more time in their bedrooms than they did pre-COVID. These children are spending an additional four hours in their bedrooms every day on average, with bedrooms being used for all aspects of their lives, from socialising to homework and even eating meals. 

This has undoubtedly had an impact on children, and our research found that 44 percent of parents are concerned that their children have been negatively affected by the additional time spend in their rooms. 

Boredom was found to be the most common by-product of spending more time confined to their rooms, with almost half of parents claiming that their children are often at a loose end. This was closely followed by a lack of motivation (34 percent), increased frustration (27 percent) and decreased social skills (25 percent).

What the Experts Say

Parenting Expert, Bea Marshall, gave us her insight into the findings: “It is evident from this research, and other research that has been published over the last year, that the impact of the disruption to our children’s lives due to COVID-19 has been significant. Lockdowns and other restrictions have meant that whole families have had to completely rethink life together and that has meant a dramatic increase in time spent together in one place, largely indoors.

“Our children have been under significant pressure to adapt quickly to a new paradigm. During times of stress, bedrooms can be places of refuge, peace and comfort so it is natural that children would seek out their private space to avoid sibling conflict, overstimulation and to recharge their energy. For this reason, the increased time spent in their bedrooms should not automatically be a cause for concern for parents.

“The impact of COVID-19 on our children’s mental health is significant and is showing up in their behaviour and engagement. As we move towards fewer restrictions our children will have the opportunity to restore balance as they spend time with friends again, go back to their classrooms, and hopefully longer days and warmer weather will lead to more time outdoors.”

Top 10 Tips for Improving Children’s Bedroom Space: 

Whilst we don’t have much control over the amount of time children are spending at home at the moment, we do have control over the environment, and simple changes can make a big difference. As bedrooms have never been so important, we’ve pulled together a list of easy tips to ensure that they remain a space that children can escape to and enjoy.

  1. Create a dedicated workspace to separate homework, sleep and play. If possible, this workspace should be outside of the bedroom.
  2. Ensure you are allowing plenty of natural light into the room – it’s the world’s natural mood booster.
  3. Brighten up the space by using temporary wall stickers to add pops of colour in a quick and affordable way.
  4. Declutter – a crowded, messy bedroom can be overstimulating and lead to disruptive sleep patterns. A tidy room will also feel brighter and airier.
  5. Introduce storage solutions. Bright and compact storage solutions are a great way to add colour to a room and make it easier for children to tidy.
  6. Update old furniture with a lick of paint. Painting furniture is an easy way transform tired-looking bedrooms and can be done incredibly cheaply using sample pots of paint.
  7. Let fresh air into the room regularly. The amount of clean air in a room can make a big difference to our mental and physical health, so try to open the windows several times every day.
  8. Consider lighting. Dimmer switches are an easy way to ensure children’s bedrooms remain light and bright during the day and calm and relaxing around bedtime. 
  9. Set clear boundaries around the functions that bedrooms are used for. For example, encourage children to eat meals away from the bedroom.
  10. Make a weekly plan to ensure you are regularly spending time outside of the home as a family – this might be a walk in the woods or a trip to the park.

You can discover more about our easy-to-apply wall stickers here

Simple and Easy treats to make at Easter

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Easter is fast approaching which means there will be lots of extra chocolate in our homes over the coming weeks and beyond. You may also be struggling to come up with fun and engaging things to do with the children over the school holidays as we are spending more time at home, so we’ve put together some ideas for delicious and simple treats you can make with your kids this Easter.

Rocky Road

A delicious treat that’s easy to make and tastes great, you can also add in some fruits like raisins and cherries to make it slightly healthier. The kids will love using up their leftover chocolates and treats. Try this simple, no bake recipe and enjoy!

Rice Krispie Cakes

A classic treat  and so easy to make, This will be a firm favourite with the kiddies, they’ll enjoy making them as much as they’ll enjoy eating them. You can get adventurous and add in marshmallows or jelly sweets or keep them as simple as you like. Check out this recipe to get started.

Easter Egg Cookies

Cookies are always a firm favourite and the kids will love making these Easter themed treats. There’s nothing quite like warm cookies, straight out of the oven! These are really easy to make plus if you’ve got a lot of cookie dough left over you can freeze it and bake more cookies another time, see…delicious and efficient! Check out this quick & easy recipe.

Ice Cream

Now that the days are getting (slightly) warmer, we’ve got the perfect excuse to indulge in Ice – Cream. Ice cream is actually easier to make than you’d expect so why not give it a try?  Plus it’s super flexible, you can add as much chocolate or as little as you want, the choice is yours! This recipe takes only a few minutes to prepare and you can be certain the children will love sampling the finished product!

You can find many more recipes and demonstration videos online. 

Will you give baking a try this Easter? If you do, we would love to see your results, tag us on Facebook and Instagram

7 Simple ways to transform your child’s room

Has you child’s room looked the same for a while now? A place your children like and feel comfortable in is incredibly important, especially now that they are spending so much time in it. So here are a few simple ways to make your child’s room a more creative and comfortable place.

1 – Make a drawing board!

2 – Rearrange – move the bed to the opposite side of the room, have the desk facing a different way, the rug in the centre of the room instead of the side – change it up!

3 – Indulge your children – ask how they would like their space to be – even if you’re not willing to turn their room into a sandpit or paint all the walls bright orange you will likely be able to find a compromise and draw inspiration from what they want.

4 – Update – After looking at the same things and the same colours for a while it is nice to give them a new look. Get some paint and update the furniture in your child’s room – white drawers turn green, the wardrobe now has flowers – there is so much you can do!

5 – Patterns! Get some coloured tape (Washi tape is great) and get creative. You can use them instead of frames, to create a pattern on drawers, it’s such a simple way of giving things a more fun look.

6 – Switch the boring drawer knobs for some funky new ones.

7 – Get creative with wall stickers! – Have you seen all the themes we have available on our site? And if you really want to go crazy you can mix these up – clouds with dots and suddenly it’s snowing in the room. There are so many fun combinations you could do, check our our wall stickers here.

Be careful though, you don’t want to make it too nice – you’ll have plenty of ‘I don’t want to leave my room’ when they get to their teenage years…

Become more green!

The new year had the tendency to make us reflect and strive for new things. Resolutions are made – some to be kept, others to be half followed and some to be forgotten. If one of your resolutions includes being more conscientious of your choices and the impact they have on the environment we have gathered, just for you, 21 simple ways to become more green in 2021.

1 – Recycle everything. You are probably thinking ‘but I already recycle’ but take a moment to think whether you are doing it correctly and if you are recycling all you possibly can. It might even help to make a diagram of what goes where (or better yet, ask your children to draw you one!) and stick it on the bins.

2 – Plant a little garden either in the back garden or on the windowsill. It does not have to be complicated, start with some herbs like basil or mint, next thing you know you will be growing your own tomatoes and lettuce! 

3 – Collect rainwater to water your houseplants and garden – this is so simple and yet most of us do not bother doing it. But we should not forget that even water can be reused!

4 – Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot.

5 – Switch your lightbulbs to more energy efficient types.

6 – Use natural light for as long as you can and turn off the lights when you leave the room.

7 – Go paperless. Nowadays nearly every business gives you the option of being contacted via text or email rather than letters. Think of all the paper you will save by opting out of letters that end up unread and directly thrown in the bin anyway…

8 – Walk, run, bike! If you are able to make the journey by walking or riding your bike, do so. You get some exercise in AND you help the environment.

9 – Invest in a reusable coffee cup. Anything that is used once and disposed of is something to avoid. So instead of going to a coffee shop and getting a coffee served in a paper cup bring your reusable cup and ask them to fill that instead. Some coffee shops will even offer you some kind of reward when you do this.

10 – Use reusable bags. They are environmentally friendly, more resistant and more comfortable to use! 

11 – Use reusable water bottles not plastic bottles. Get a funky colour and maybe even decorate it with stickers so it is a little more personalised.

12 – Reuse paper: print on both sides or use the back of used paper – it is great for children’s drawings or to-do lists!

13 – Replace your disposable cotton pads and face wipes for reusable ones. 

14 – Swap paper napkins for cloth napkins – which can make your table look even nicer!

15 – Reduce food waste. Do not buy, put away and forget about it until it has gone bad. Think about what you will use each product for before putting it away and how long it will last. Then plan your meals around the food that needs to be consumed first.

16 – Have a plan B – when you miscalculate how long an item of food lasts, use it for something else. Things that have gone slightly mushy are normally great for smoothies or baking, for example. 

17 – Start a compost bin. You can use it for your own garden or you can give it to someone who has a use for it. Community gardens which you can find online will normally take them – someone will thank you!

18 – Buy second hand – whether this is clothes or household items giving something a second or third life drastically cuts its carbon footprint.

19 – Donate – following on the previous suggestion, donating the things you have in the house that you do not use or need is a great way to tidy your home and to allow your items to find a second home.

20 – Borrow instead of buying which is great because you save money, resources and space! Think about the last time you decluttered your space – how many items did you get rid of that were only used once?

21 – Label your items – this will ensure you do not lose as many things, meaning you will re-buy less and so use less resources. Visit our sustainability page to know more.

As you start your ‘greener journey’ you will realise how simple some of these things are to do. Mostly it is down to being more intentional with the things you consume and how you consume them. So stay informed, keep an eye out for information on how to be more environmentally friendly – follow some sustainability pages and blogs – it doesn’t mean you have to read about it everyday but it should be on your radar. It is vital that we continuously look for ways to improve, that we spread the word and teach others and the next generation. 

Our Labels are Antibacterial

Why label your children’s items?

We have become increasingly aware of how quickly and easily germs can spread. With that in mind, we started to think about what exactly our children do that could be putting them at risk, and sharing items is at the top of the list. Stationery items children bring to school and use day in day out: pens, colouring pencils, rulers, calculators are amongst the most commonly shared items between children. Labelling each and every item is more important than ever before. Not only will labels help your children identify their belongings but, to give you a little extra peace of mind, My Nametags labels are also antibacterial. 

The science

Our labels are tested to be antibacterial by Industrial Microbiological Services and have been awarded a certificate under ISO 22196 (Measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces). We cover all of our labels with a silver-based antibacterial coating which will kill any bacteria or microbes that may be on the surface of the labels.

Conclusion

We always try to keep people’s needs in mind when we develop our products. As well as being antibacterial, our labels are wear-resistant, washing machine and dishwasher safe and can withstand the rigors of school life which means they are perfect to use on just about anything. Stationary, lunchboxes, school uniforms, face masks – everything is identified!

To design your own set of labels, visit our website.

The End of Lost Property

90 Million Items at Risk of Being Thrown Away in the UK This Year

Like many things in life, going to school is a little different in 2020. A lot has changed due to the ongoing pandemic; classes are now in bubbles, lunchtimes are staggered, and even lost property boxes cannot operate in the usual way. At My Nametags, we know how easy it is for children to lose things and the turnover of clothing in families can feel very high. So, we were intrigued to find out how the changing regulations are affecting the amount of lost property that is thrown away in schools each year.

The Findings

Staggeringly, our research found that the average child permanently loses nine things per school year. With 10 million school-aged children across the UK, this adds up to an eye-watering 90 million lost items every single year. This is more of a concern than ever before as the lost property box can no longer store lost items in the same way due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, more lost items are being thrown away instead of being reunited with their owners.

In addition to the environmental impact of lost property ending up in landfill, the financial strain for parents is also considerable. We found that the average parent spends an additional £139 per year replacing things their child has lost, which equates to an astonishing £1,957 throughout their school life.

It came as no surprise to us that school jumpers are the most commonly lost item. Whether they are being used as goalposts on lunch breaks or left in the changing room after PE, jumpers can be easy for children to lose track of. They are lost so regularly that a quarter of parents have bought more than one, so they always have a back-up. Parents also said that school books, stationery and socks were among the most commonly lost items.

10 MOST COMMONLY LOST ITEMS

1.         School jumpers

2.         School books

3.         Stationery

4.         Socks

5.         Gloves

6.         Toys

7.         Shoes

8.         Gym kits

9.         Hats

10.        Phones

Preventing Lost Items

With the growing awareness of the environmental impact of unnecessary waste, we all need to consider how we can avoid adding to the problem. Our research shows that only a third of parents use name labels to prevent their child from losing items and a fifth buy new instead of looking for things they have misplaced. Whilst the lost property box may have changed, with a little help from a name tag children can be spared the heartache of losing treasured items, whilst parents can be safe in the knowledge that they are benefiting both their wallets and the planet.