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WELCOME WELCOME KOTC FRIENDS AND FAMILY We re thrilled to bring you this very special festive edition with a great new look and lots new content full of ideas to help you and your family plan and prepare for the festive period and new year ahead Sound good So let s start the lead up to the festive season with a literal jump and encourage you to visit the fun and fabulous trampoline park Costa Jump that is open all year round yes even on Christmas day see back page for details We re thrilled to have two Costa families share their festive experiences with us on page 4 and super excited to announce that a large children s play and party centre Mundo Mania is opening in Estepona early December see page 6 for details Before a new school term starts in January I d like to recommend you read about the benefits of extra tuition on page 8 and how it can help your child in so many ways even if they aren t struggling in school On page 10 inspirational children s author Anna McKann graces us with her knowledge and recommendations for the ideal children s books to gift your child this Christmas Talking of Christmas em I wonder what Dolita thinks Anna has a touching short story for your child to read on page 11 Do you need to encourage your child with arts and crafts or would like to inspire them with new ideas then you can do just that on page 12 as MyGeckoBox leads the way with their fun new craft box sets for kids Once again we help you to plan and prepare for the year ahead with our pull out Calendar of events and holidays on page 16 How easy does your child find to give and do they understand the true meaning Get some ideas on how to teach them this important value on page 18 followed by our unique Christmas gift ideas on page 19 Learning to speak Spanish can be challenging but is vital if you live in Spain and also important if you are visiting Learn on page 20 how Solingua is making this more appealing for both tourists and residents I don t know if you know but Santa and the Three Kings are coming oh yes And I m just as excited as the kids So where can we see them Find out in our Festive What s On Guide on page 22 Are you a social butterfly or need a bit of encouraging We can help with some tips and advice on where to go online for parenting tips and groups to network with on page 28 Oh and did I not say KOTC will have our very own social network for families launching in 2017 Exciting KO T C PUBLICATIONS Finally with more to share with you our Empow ered parents on page 30 I m now coming to a close and approaching the end of 2016 feeling re flective on an unbelievably busy year with a few un expected surprises not all welcome but all with a valuable lesson to learn from I hope the year has been good to you all so far has given you much to be grateful for to care for and to aim for May the year ahead bring you joy and hope and keep moving you forward with love compassion and the ability to cope Okay enough sentiment although sincere I now invite you to delve in enjoy and hopefully fill you with cheer With love and much blessings S lo parte de nuestro contenido en esta edici n est en espa ol Nuestra publicaci n anual prevista para abril mayo tendr mucho m s contenido en espa ol para que usted y su familia puedan disfrutar Estamos muy contentos de contarles que en 2017 nuestro sitio web ser traducido completamente al espa ol Les deseamos a usted y a sus seres queridos unas vacaciones festivas muy especiales y bendiciones para 2017 PAGE INDEX 4 6 8 10 11 12 14 16 18 19 20 22 26 28 30 31 Family Life in Spain Costa Families at Christmas Mundo Mania Exciting New Children s Play and Party Centre Educating Young Minds Extra Tuition Is it Necessary Children s Book Reviews by Anna McCann A Christmas Story Dolita s Christmas by Anna McCann Arts and Crafts Encouraging Creative Play at Home Winter Activities Try Something Different 2017 Pull Out Calendar Important Events and Holidays Editor and Publisher Lynne Duncan Production and Design Job Hugenholtz job komedia es Sales and Enquiries Tel 34 640 694 173 lynne kidsonthecosta net Ventas e informaci n Espa ol juliana kidsonthecosta net Gift of Giving Teach the Spirit of Giving to Our Children Christmas Gift Ideas Unique Fun and Educational Solingua New and Dynamic Way to Learn Spanish What s On Listings Your Guide to the Festive Period Family Law Residence and Relocation Social Activities Let s Get Social Empowering Parents Services News and Resolutions For further information and to download our digital version www kidsonthecosta net kidsonthecosta kidsonthecosta KOTC Our Vision for Families FESTIVE SEASON 2016 33
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FAMILY LIFE IN SPAIN Costa Families at Christmas Kerys and Aine shares with KOTC what life is like for them and their families living in southern Spain at this very special time of the year and then we settle down to a home cooked extravaganza of food served up by the local supermarket We particularly like the fish and meat available at Supercor We are lucky enough to have a great view of Gibraltar so at midnight we can always take advantage of the free firework display that s provided Do you celebrate The Three Kings on 6th of January Of course We join the very busy streets in the local town and watch the elaborate parade of the 3 kings who throw sweets and gifts for the children to collect Its magical and frenetic and great fun Kerys can you tell us a little bit about your family There are three of us and a rabbit called Connie Jesus my partner 43 and me Kerys 48 with Sophia age 3 years We live in Venta Melchor in the hills of La Linea de la Concepcion We live here because Jesus works in Gibraltar as a Pharmacist and we moved to Spain in Jan 2014 just after Sophia was born We love living here so much that this year we took the big step of buying our own property a house in a urbanisation so we have a lovely community atmosphere and feel very welcome Sophia started going to the Spanish public preschool in September and I work part time as a private science tutor so I can still fit in all I need to do for the family and enjoy the beautiful place that we live in We are a house that is a pure mix of UK and Spain and we do all we can to incorporate both cultures for our daughter What do you like to do to prepare for the festive period I always put up the house decorations at the beginning of December I love to add lots of sparkly lights with the Christmas tree as the focus I m not a fan of Christmas fruit cake so I will make a UK traditional Christmas log chocolate sponge cake instead I also start to bake and buy mince pies We also stock up on palvorones crumbly sweet delicacies individually wrapped giant slabs of turron anything from nougat to nut chocolate and Jesus dad each year prepares everyone in the family a bottle of sloe gin or pacharan a beautifully fruity and intoxicating warm aperitif Can you recommend any festive events and activities for families to enjoy on the Costa del Sol For us at this stage it s about introducing our little one to the typical traditions One at a time Last year we went to an event in Gibraltar there was Santa who arrived to spread joy and happiness with balloons gifts and fun It was simple and straightforward This year we are going to UK and we will show our daughter the carol service and Christmas panto Do you like to eat out on Christmas Day or do you stay at home We definitely prefer to spend Christmas at home with the family Our Spanish family much prefer to celebrate on Christmas eve Noche Buena where we meet together as many of the family as possible and start preparing the meal around 3 5pm we start tapas and chat and drinks at around 7pm Our main meal normally is served anytime after 10pm dessert 12am and party games and fun into the early hours There is always a lot of fun laughter photographs singing and jokes It s fantastically exhausting At sometime around 1 2am gifts are hidden around the house and the youngest in the family are sent to find them When found we each get to open our gifts there and then Christmas day is much quieter and normally we will visit a church or a local town to have a walk take in some fresh air and relax How does your family celebrate New Year As we are fairly new to this area and we have a little one we have recently spent NewYears Eve with friends who also have a toddler We get the little ones into bed 4 Lastly what does Christmas mean to your family Christmas is a time when we stop and spend time together as a family and appreciate each other I love it Aine can you tell us a little bit about your family We are a family of four My husband Eric is 40 years old Canadian living here for 14 years now He speaks English French and Spanish I am11 37 years old Irish living here for 12 years now I speak English and Spanish We have two children Leo is eight years old He loves karate green orange belt video games and a bit of football Maya is four years old She loves ballet and anything princessy We live between Elviria and El Rosario What do you like to do to prepare for the festive period We go to Ireland every second year This year we are staying in Spain We absolutely love decorating the house going to Christmas markets going to Malaga to see the lights etc This we do every year whether we go to Ireland or not This year we are going skiing as well which will add to the excitement as the children are dying to see snow Can you recommend any festive events and activities for families to enjoy on the Costa del Sol As above the lights in Malaga and all the little markets Do you like to eat out on Christmas Day or do you stay at home We usually stay at home but this year we are going to eat out We are thinking of going to Los Arcos in Benavista How does your family celebrate New Year We wrap up warm after dinner and go down to Marbella for a walk along the paseo kids on scooters or bikes etc Then home light a fire watch a movie with popcorn have a vino It s a far cry from before we had children Do you celebrate The Three Kings on 6th of January Yes well the children get presents from Santa on 25th and then they get one thing from the Kings as well We go to La Cala de Mijas to watch the parade and then the next morning they get their present Lastly what does Christmas mean to your family We are both self employed and extremely busy most of the time So Christmas is a time to spend some quality time together Since we started staying in Spain every second year we realise how much stress it is to travel at that time of the year A huge thank you to both Kerys and Aine and we wish you and your families the most magical time over the festive period
FAMILY LIFE IN SPAIN  Costa Families at Christmas Kerys and Aine shares with KOTC what life is like for them and their fam...
Costa Christmas Collections Be the reason a child of domestic violence or living in an orphanage smiles this Christmas Buy a present wrap it in festive paper and label with the age and sex of child intended Drop to one of the drop points listed ready for collection and distribution to the children Why not swap secret santa at work this year and all buy a gift for a child instead Ages range from 1 19 years with many teenagers For specific details of children and wish list presents please contact Kara Robertson of The Boardwalk Restaurant Marbella on 672575644 DROP OFF POINTS The Boardwalk Restaurant Marbella Beckitts Restaurant Marbella Kids Kingdom Estepona Loft and Roomers Marbella Mijas Martins Hair Salon Benalmadena Mick Mahon Tattoo Streets of London La Cala Bar Marie La Cala Hills Rob Barbers Los Boliches Ipin Global Fuengirola Los Boliches Jammy Olive Caf Calahonda Pabletes Hair Salon Benalmadena Playwright Elviria Bardou Salon Puerto Banus Club La Costa Mijas Grapevine Properties Guaro Muse Hair Salon Mijas Golf Speed Financial Services La Troche Coin Reflections Hair Salon Central Plaza Puerto Banus Lou Lou Jane Puerto Banus and many more Collections are picked up on December 15th The Boardwalk Restaurant Marbella have also started up a project trying to get the 18 19 year olds in the orphanages in to work They have employed two boys and are training them as chefs in their kitchen If you would be interested in getting involved in this scheme please contact Kara Robertson on 672575644 or email karacaradas yahoo com
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FAMILY FUN rd NCELADA ESTEPONA OPENING SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER IN CA A WORLD OF FUN FOR EVERYONE We are excited to announce that a new children s play and party centre is about to open in Cancelada Estepona Mundo Man a will be the biggest family entertainment centre in the area offering something for all the family babies toddlers kids teens mums and dads and even grandparents The centre will offer children the chance to play learn and develop in a fun stimulating and safe environment Facilities will include Baby and toddler soft play area Huge play frame for 3 to 12 years olds with slides ramps sports field ball pools trampoline and climbing wall Teen Zone with pool table tennis air hockey table football and foot pool Caf and bar serving drinks breakfast snacks lunches and dinners The menu at Mundo Man a will be nothing like the average play centre food It s a menu that any restaurant would be proud of with options to suit all taste buds Comfortable seating areas in a bright secure and welcoming environment Plus lots more exciting attractions to come in 2017 The centre will also be hosting children s birthday parties communion celebrations and private parties and putting on regular events including workshops and play days live shows and music We can t wait GRAND OPENING Join Mundo Man a on Saturday 3rd December for their Opening Party from 12pm onwards meet their jungle Mascot Milo the Monkey lots of family fun surprises in store CHRISTMAS AT MUNDO MAN A Visit Santa s Grotto Sat 17th Sun 18th Dec 12pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7pm Thurs 22nd Dec 5pm to 8pm Fri 23rd Dec 5pm to 8pm Sat 24th Dec 12pm to 2pm Plus kids Christmas Crafts workshops see website for more details For more details visit www mundo mania com MundoManiaSpain MundoManiaSpain 6 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N MundoManiaSpain
FAMILY FUN  rd NCELADA, ESTEPONA OPENING SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER IN CA  A WORLD OF FUN FOR EVERYONE  We are excited to announc...
OPENING SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER MUNDO MANIA TUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE VEN A JUGAR EN LA SELVA TROPICAL The all new Family Entertainment Centre that offers hours of fun for all the family in a safe and friendly environment El nuevo centro de ocio con actividades para toda la familia Nuestras instalaciones ofrecen horas de diversi n para todas las edades en un entorno seguro y agradable Baby toddler soft play area Huge playframe with slides ramps sports field ball pools trampoline and climbing wall Zona blanda de juego para beb s y ni os peque os Teen Zone with pool table tennis air hockey table football and foot pool Gran rea de juego con toboganes rampas campo deportivo piscinas de bolas cama el stica y pared de escalada Caf and bar serving drinks breakfast snacks lunches and dinners Zona para adolescentes con piscina tenis de mesa hockey de mesa futbol n y Foot Pool Comfortable seating areas in a bright secure and welcoming environment Cafeter a y bar que ofrece bebidas desayuno aperitivos almuerzos y cenas Regular special events Birthday parties communion celebrations and more in our fun themed party rooms C modas zonas para sentarse en un entorno luminoso seguro y acogedor Eventos frecuentes More attractions to come in 2017 Fiesta de cumplea os comuni nes y otros eventos en nuestras salas tem ticas A WORLD OF FUN FOR EVERYONE T 34 952 938 173 info mundo mania com www mundo mania com
OPENING SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER    MUNDO MANIA  TUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE     VEN A JUGAR EN LA SELVA TROPICAL   The all new Fami...
EDUCATING YOUNG MINDS EX by Anne M J T I O I N U T A R T Most people seem to think that anyone having extra classes is failing in school or has had a bad exam result This is only true in some cases The rest of the students having home tuition are actually doing all right at school but they want to improve or just learn more In many cases the students don t ask enough questions at school and are left with doubts or misunderstandings However in a private class they can get answers to all their doubts They get a chance to reassure themselves that what they are doing is right Other students quite simply want to improve in some or all subjects and learn more than what there is time for at school Then there is another group those that essentially ask to have their mistakes corrected ie what the teachers used to do Teaching methods today often encourage teachers to comment on a student s work in such a way as to not discourage anyone however very often this implies correcting only a few mistakes not all As a result especially spelling mistakes are left uncorrected At some later stage one of these misspelt words is suddenly corrected often leaving the student perplex as to why the correction hadn t been made earlier Sometimes home tuition means homework help Most parents do not have time to help their children and some are not able to sometimes because of a language barrier the reasons vary 8 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N In many cases the students themselves are not fluent in the school language usually English or Spanish However it is very important to stress the fact that homework help by no means signifies doing the homework for the student It is guidance and clearing away doubts and problems so the student can fulfil the requirements In other words reinforcing and adding to the work done at school and hopefully as a result the student participates better in the school class environment Tuition is much more than what is mentioned here but all in all tuition is always something positive for the students and teachers alike The satisfaction of work well done is always present Anne is university educated English French Spanish Psychology and more and has always had a passion for teaching and encouraging students to learn and develop themselves in general and in all school subjects If you would like advice on benefits of extra tuition for your child you can contact Anne on Tel 667 894 891
EDUCATING YOUNG MINDS  EX  by Anne M.J.  T I O I N U T A R T     Most people seem to think that anyone having extra classe...
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BOOK REVIEWS INSPIRED STORYTELLING AND GIFT IDEAS Amazingly it s that time of year again Christmas is nearly upon us and we are thinking about the present list who s cooking dinner and hopefully the real meaning of Christmas If you need a little bit of help with the present list then I have some great suggestions for book gifts I will most certainly be purchasing a copy of The little girl who lost Her Name by David Cadji Newby and Pedro Serapicos I came across this book quite by accident when approaching a local printer for my own children s picture books and was looking at a sample of their work Lostmy name was birthed in London in 2012 and apparently the company have sold thousands of books inspiring over 1 000 000 children These delightful and enchanting stories tap into the heart of every young child who loves to be the focus of attention A book about themselves Personalised a gift they will undoubtedly keep forever Yes there s one for the boys too Very cleverly written in rhyme each individual picture book takes the young reader on an adventure to find their name which yes can you believe they had forgotten Well with the help of some interesting characters and animals who they meet on the journey they of course discover their long lost name Another story for the older children which is expected to be a best seller with excellent reviews is Tales of the Peculiar part of Miss Peregrines Children s series Added to which the movie directed by the amazing Tim Burton is released this autumn Now this one personally is not for me but Ransom Rigg s style of storytelling works for many The book a series of ten short stories with a somewhat bizarre and fairy tale nature is gruesome in parts Suitable for kids of 10 years and over so I m told I find some of the stories disturbing Then come to think of it most of the nursery rhymes that I grew up with were quite disturbing too Will I go and see the movie Maybe And by the way the hard bound book is absolutely beautiful slim and with a ribbon as a book mark Finally a fabulous Kindle recently published for young adults is by the author Sara Tun Confronting the Darkness What an excellent read Not too much to handle about 10 000 words but very descriptive quite enthralling in fact this book gained my interest from the beginning 10 Both the powers of darkness and the angelic forces the battle between good and evil and Jasper s search for truth was intriguing The fact that Jasper the main protagonist longed and was desperate to be alone suddenly found herself in that very position in a world where everything had disappeared around her made me smile and symbolises the thought that we must be very careful what we wish for The story was deep and thought provoking whilst entertaining and beguiling I love Sarah s style of writing and can t wait to read the sequel So with the winter months ahead dark and cosy nights at home lets encourage reading It keeps the kids quiet entertained and hopefully educationally inspired Happy Reading Regards Anna Anna Mckann spends her time between the Yorkshire countryside and her home in Spain She has worked in the educational and childcare sector for 30 years Anna is the author of the Chavos Novels and the Rianbo s Travels series You can find out more or purchase her books from annamckann com www chavos org and www sharonhousepublishing com
BOOK REVIEWS  INSPIRED STORYTELLING AND GIFT IDEAS Amazingly it   s that time of year again. Christmas is nearly upon us a...
by Anna Mckann DOLITA S A CHRISTMAS STORY Christmas WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT THOUGHT DOLITA AS SHE WANDERED THE STREETS The beginning of the festivities Nine consecutive days of candlelight posadas centred around children The purpose behind them was originally a practical way of teaching the children about the story and birth of Baby Jesus Sadly much of the meaning had been lost as the emphasis moved to merry making the ruthless smashing of pi atas and a mad scramble for the fruits and sweets that they contained Decorated Christmas trees and nativity scenes with clay figures could be seen in many of the homes She had caught glimpses through the windows of some of the houses as she passed by Dolita wandered for hours At one point she managed to sneak into the foyer of a grand hotel before being discovered by a brusque security guard and being thrown out How she sneaked in was a daring feat for a street kid but something that she was determined to try She hid behind the luggage trolley as a guest and his entourage pushed to get through the swing doors She managed to squeeze between them and remarkably made it as far as the entrance to the restaurant Raggy Man her little dog nestled snugly under her arm Dolita could hear talk of preparations for an exotic feast Roast suckling pig turkey ham wild greens in mole sauce and hot fruit punch Oh Raggy Man I don t fancy the mole sauce but I sure would like a piece of that turkey she whispered R a s p b e r r y truffle mmm sounds good But before she heard another word she was discovered and escorted rather roughly out of the building What a commotion She was only a kid after all Why had she created so much attention Don t think they like us Raggy she laughed examining her bruised and scuffed knees as her little body scraped the pavement So indeed what is Christmas all about I suppose that depends on who is asking the question Her mind drifted She thought of the other homeless kids dealing with the pain and misery of the streets Did I do something wrong Raggy Was it my fault Why was I abandoned to live on the streets In spite of the love she had for her little dog she felt a huge chasm of loneliness Knowing that she mustn t give up hope She thanked God for her friends the other street kids But the desire to have a family a real home and share with them the Christmas festivities burdened her Tears fell from her cheeks she snivelled and wiped them away She remembered Street kids don t cry A Vision Birthed Anna s books are fiction based on fact Initiated by many trips to Mexico City between Autumn 2003 and Spring 2013 visiting homeless hungry and kids who dreamed of a better life she began writing Anna also pioneered the charity RCC International and has dedicated all the profits from her books to help and support street children worldwide For more information check out www annamckann com and www rccinternational org uk Silently walking away from the hotel Dolita recalled the stories that Christmas Eve was always rounded off with the opening of presents for the children Slumping in a doorway Raggy Man by her side the sadness overwhelmed her She didn t know how long it had been since she had eaten the hunger pains gripping her stomach A Mexican family crossed the street and their two young children chattered gleefully as they tossed sunflower seeds to a few wandering pigeons Their little girl carried a rag doll A young Indian girl passed by her children trailing behind carrying all their worldly belongings in green plastic bags A boy ran to catch up with them holding an enormous drum base It looked heavy and the poor little mite could barely see over the top of it The church bells rang out in the distance as a tall skinny boy picked up a dirty plastic cup that had the dregs of a cappuccino which had been discarded He slurped the remaining contents grimaced and spat them out Then after burying his head in a nearby trashcan he surfaced with several items of scraps He ravenously ate what looked like the remains of an enchilada Dolita studied every one of them quietly They were all living in the same city yet how different their lives must be She reached over and pulled Raggy Man to her side squeezing him with all the love she could muster 11
by Anna Mckann     DOLITA   S  A CHRISTMAS STORY  Christmas     WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT     THOUGHT DOLITA, AS SHE WAN...
ARTS CRAFTS by Yvonne Newman mee aatt hhoom Encouraging Do you ever wonder what some words mean when you are reading your social media messages Here is one example Edufun Let me explain Edufun It s a made up word that describes education combined with fun Creative learning whilst educating young children has proven to be so successful kindergarten and primary schools take this very seriously They believe creativity stimulates children s minds and makes them more receptive to learning facts I am sure more than a few of us already know this it s not new We have all been to parent meetings and ducked into classrooms festooned with hanging solar systems Now at home we are getting crafty crazy too Weaving sewing baking they are all out there in boxed sets and have been for years But we are seeing an increasing array of craft sets coming into the shops every day Mr Maker and Mr Tumble are out there fighting for the top spot with some of the more established craft box companies Here in Spain we have a new contender MyGeckoBox who are bringing us their brand of Edufun in English and Spanish Mr Maker better watch out as they are delivering to the UK too The concept is simple Whilst having fun making a bubblewrap crocodile for example and other rainforest creatures children are 12 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N learning which creatures inhabit this environment Other topics such as Under The Sea children get to create a finger puppet starfish which can lead to absorbing all sorts of information such as starfish have googly eyes on each tentacle Who knew crafting could be so informative This educational aspect is why craft kits are now being produced prolifically some just for fun and others with a EduFun you know what it means aspect As a backlash to kids spending too much time on the computer and in front of a TV we are now leaning towards our kids crafting at home more and more Hear Hear we say Surprise your little one with a Kids Craft and Activity Box delivered free to your home Sorpresa su peque o con una artesan a y la actividad de los ni os Caja entregado gratis a su casa www mygeckobox com
ARTS   CRAFTS by Yvonne Newman  mee aatt hhoom  Encouraging Do you ever wonder what some words mean when you are reading y...
365 THINGS TO MAKE With almost 100 five star reviews from parents on Amazon 365 Things to Make and Do is the perfect way to stimulate your child s creative talent and imagination with fun crafts for two to ten year olds There are 100 colourful fun projects novel ideas for cards gifts decorations and accessories attractive ways to jazz up a T shirt or create a costume and delicious recipes for fancy cakes and other edible treats Each project comes with easy to follow instructions including an at aglance guide to age suitability time taken and materials needed while handy templates allow you to cut the perfect shape With more books in the serious these are sure to be a winner with your child EmmaOwl com ArtfulParent com Fun Crafts Kids on Facebook Finger Print Salt Dough Christmas Trees Activity for Younger Children This is the ideal craft activity for younger children this Christmas They will be so excited to be able to make their very own Christmas tree decoration which they can then give as a gift to family and friends For instructions on how to make visit www emmaowl com fingerprint salt dough christmas trees 13
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FAMILY ACTIVITIES WINTER ACTIVITIES The fun doesn t stop in southern Spain even though the days are shorter and the climate cooler This is the perfect time to try other activities which you might not think of doing with the family during the hotter months VISIT THE GREATEST ADVENTURE PARK IN ANDALUSIA Snow Activities end of November to end of April Take your family to the snowy mountain peaks of Sierra Nevada this winter approx 2 hour drive from Malaga airport and enjoy a plethora of activities including an ice rink toboggans ski bike chair bike mini ski mini snowboard and roller sled Trineo Ruso a combined bobsled rollercoaster ride They have a fun cr che facility for children aged 4 months to 8 years For more information visit www sierranevada co uk Prison Island Challenge For those of you that remember the Crystal Maze on TV and always wanted to try it well now you can with a similar concept here on the Costa del sol Prison Island opened during the summer in Benalmadena to rave reviews and is the perfect way for families to challenge themselves both physically and mentally It s great fun and perfect for team building as you have to figure out in groups of 3 or more how to escape from a series of challenging rooms Ideal for party celebrations and educational activities for schools Recommend for children 9 years and over and kids under 12 to be accompanied with an adult Visit www prisonisland es Other great activities AVENTURA AMAZONIA MARBELLA is the largest adventure park in Andalusia and the only one right on the coast With 83 challenges in the trees and 20 ziplines distributed over 6 adventure circuits MiniKids Kids Explorador Jungla Aventura and Deportivo you can also launch yourself on the longest treetop zipline in Andalusia an amazing 240m in length The Minikids course comes with many adventure games manual arts zipline and a climbing wall for kids between 4 and 6 years old Enjoy their multi adventure circuits for 3 Excitement and Adrenaline packed Hours which means you can go round the circuits as often as you like in that time For opening hours and more information visit www aventura amazonia com Bookings 952 83 55 05 14 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N Costa Jump in San Pedro del Alc ntara huge indoor arena with wall to wall trampolines and other fun activities Delicious chocolate making at Mayan Monkey Mijas in Mijas Pueblo Adventure walking at the Caminito del Rey the king s walkway in El Chorro suitable for children 8 years Get your skates on at Benalmadena Ice Rink Arcade fun on a rainy day with games bowling mini golf go karting and more at Centro Commercial Malaga Nostrum Take a mini bus tour or cable car to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar Perfect time to take a trip to the Malaga Lake District for a range of outdoor activities and soak up the countryside atmosphere Head to Malaga City for some history culture variety of children and adult theatres museums and exhibitions With so much more and no space to list sign up for our newsletters at www kidsonthecosta net for details on more family fun activities to enjoy
FAMILY ACTIVITIES  WINTER ACTIVITIES The fun doesn   t stop in southern Spain even though the days are shorter, and the cl...
Events Birthday Parties Schools Team Building Families Friends Beat the Bars www prisonisland es Tel 34 951 137 242 Puerto Marina Benalm dena FESTIVE SEASON 2016 15
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YEAR CALENDAR 2017 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2017 1 January New Year s Day and a holiday 6 January Three Kings Epiphany See Traditions 28 February Andalucia day 9 April Palm Sunday 13 April Maundy Thursday 14 April Good Friday 17 April Easter Monday 1 May Labour Day Public holiday 15 August Feast of the Assumption 12 October Spanish National Day 1 November All Saints Day 6 December Day of the Constitution 8 December Immaculate Conception 25 December Christmas Day Public Holidays have been marked on the calendar 16 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N
YEAR CALENDAR 2017  PUBLIC HOLIDAYS  2017 1 January  New Year   s Day and a holiday 6 January Three Kings  Epiphany  See  ...
Holidays in Spain are a rather complicated affair National and regional public holidays are set by the Spanish government but local events are arranged by the cultural departments of the relevant councils and not usually published until just before the actual celebrations Also remember that if a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday quite often people take an unofficial extra day bridge day on the Monday or Friday though there is a possibility that this will be abolished Most companies and banks will be open but many shops close However if a National Holiday falls on a weekend then usually no extra day is given in lieu Of course many businesses close completely for the whole of August LOCAL HOLIDAYS Keep informed of local holidays and important information by signing up for our newsletter at www kidsonthecosta net OTHER DATES St Knut s Day Sweden Burns Night Scot Australia Day Holocaust Memorial Day Chinese New Year Year of the Rooster Valentines Day Carnival Monday Carnival Tues Shrove Tuesday Pancake day Ash Wednesday St David s Day St Patrick s Day Fathers Day Spain Mothers Day UK Clocks go forward Jewish Passover St George s Day Mothers Day Spain May Day Bank Holiday UK Spring Bank Holiday UK Ramadan begins Fathers Day UK Summer Solstice USA Independence Day Bastille Day France Bank Holiday UK Islamic New Year Diwali Hindu Clocks go back Halloween Guy Fawkes Night UK Remembrance day UK Thanksgiving USA Hanukkah St Andrew s Day 13th Jan 25th Jan 26th Jan 27th Jan 28th Jan 14th Feb 27th Feb 28th Feb 1st March 1st March 17th March 19th March 26th March 26th March 10th April 23rd April 7th May 1st May 29h May 27th May 18th June 21st June 4th July 14th July 28th Aug 22nd Sept 19th Oct 29th Oct 31st Oct 5th Nov 12th Nov 23rd Nov 12 20 Dec 30th Nov TRADITIONS CHRISTMAS Apart from decorating the local streets and trees with lights in Spain the Nativity Scenes can be very lavish Even banks and offices put on enormous belenes and locals can be seen queueing to see the best displays Most European countries exchange presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day but here in Spain the Catholics follow the New Testament story of the Magi Three Kings or the Three Wise Men known in Spain as Los Reyes Magos so the two main days are Christmas Eve and the Day of the Three Kings Most bars and restaurants are closed on Christmas Eve as this is the evening when every generation of the family get together to enjoy a traditional feast After the meal the adults exchange gifts but the children usually only get something small they have to wait until Los Reyes Magos Although many families attend Midnight Mass others stay at home celebrate the birth of Christ with a bottle of bubbly NEW YEAR S EVE The evening is celebrated in Spain in a similar fashion to the UK Many families will eat in restaurants and some bars close for private parties At 11 o clock the streets are deserted but just before midnight the town squares begin to fill with families in party outfits ready to celebrate with music and dancing Apart from the traditional champagne they have the twelve grapes These are eaten at midnight one on every stroke of the clock to bring good luck This is not as easy as it sounds If you haven t joined in before make sure you do this year be prepared to party till dawn THE THREE KINGS 6th January is Three Kings Day or Los Reyes Magos This is the day the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem and its the most important for Spanish children as today they receive their presents The Kings arrive overnight on the 5th January riding horses and leaving presents for the children During the day of the 5th January a special cake is eaten called Rosca de Reyes a ring shaped pastry covered in sugar and fruit flavoured sweets WARNING Some cakes contain plastic toys so be careful when the little tots eat them In the early evening there are processions when sweets are thrown from the passing floats to the children The next day 6th the children finally get to open their presents CARNIVAL This fun filled extravagant week long event is celebrated in the run up to Lent throughout Andalucia Look out for organised excursions to Cadiz the largest and most colourful in the region All local councils arrange a special programme of events throughout the week and a host of activities for children The Carnival centres around Shrove Tuesday and most towns celebrate the carnival with processions either the weekend before or after SEMANA SANTA EASTER Palm Sunday 9th April Easter week 16 22 April Public holidays are Maundy Thursday 13th April and Good Friday 14th April but many people take the Easter Monday 17th April off as the night before Easter Sunday has processions and masses till the early hours Processions of floats and penitents can be seen throughout the week in Seville Malaga around the old town amazing Granada and Cordoba as well as in most towns and villages Benalmadena Pueblo also stage El Paso where the story of the crucifixion is performed by the locals in parkland near the Bhuddist Stupa on Maunday Thursday and Good Friday Free FERIAS FIESTAS Spanish ferias fairs usually start midweek and finish on Sunday night In the larger towns they start at midnight on the Sunday with fireworks Monday after the feria is often a local holiday to give everyone the chance to recover Along the Costa del Sol you can celebrate on the following weeks Seville 2 weeks after Easter The biggest spring fair held in Andalucia Jerez First week in May La Linea Second week in July Estepona First week in July San Pedro Third week in October Marbella Second week in June Mijas Second week in September Fuengirola First week in October Benalmadena Pueblo Second week in August Arroyo last week in June Torremolinos Last week in September Malaga Third week in August One of Andalucia s most enjoyable PUBLIC SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Christmas Dec 22nd 2016 5th Jan 2017 La Semana Blanca 27th February 3rd March Easter 10th 16th April Labour Day 1st May Summer holidays begin 23rd June International school holidays vary Please contact your school for dates 17
Holidays in Spain are a rather complicated affair. National and regional public holidays are set by the Spanish government...
A CHRISTMAS GIFT TEACHING THE SPIRIT OF GIVING TO OUR CHILDREN Christmas is the perfect time to teach our kids and teens the true spirit of giving that will last them the whole year through and hopefully remain with them for a life time Traditionally we think of Christmas as a time to give presents to our family friends colleagues and those in need all of which stems from the three wise men giving gifts to baby Jesus on his birth An important message here is that these gifts were not given to seek one in return but rather to express the joy and excitement of His birth in recognition that He was a gift to the world from God and an example to follow in our daily lives THE SPIRIT OF GIVING SHOULD ALWAYS BE FROM A PLACE OF LOVE GRATITUDE AND OR EMPATHY Sadly the true meaning of Christmas has become lost and commercialised and so also is the spirit of giving lost to so many of us today So what is the true meaning of giving For many giving is a way of expressing our gratitude or a way of saying I love you or thinking of you or a congratulation type gift on reaching a milestone or a job well done It can be a number of different things but really the spirit of giving should always be from a place of love gratitude and or empathy Does giving always mean you need to spend money or gift a present Sometimes it is lovely to receive a gift in this way but no giving can mean many things that are even more special Such as sharing your time with a person who is lonely shopping for a neighbour who is unwell gifting your unwanted presents and even the ones you do want to those in need helping out in community and school projects donating food and clothes to the homeless volunteering your time with your local charity walking the dog for an elderly or disabled friend who can t any more sharing your lunch with your friend who forgot theirs going out of your way to drive your colleague to work as their car is in the garage for a week giving up some of your time on Christmas day to feed the homeless a special lunch dinner YOUR CHILDREN NEED YOUR PRESENCE MORE THAN YOUR PRESENTS JESSE JACKSON baking some delicious cakes hand make arts or crafts giving your pocket money or some of your savings to a good cause buying a homeless person their lunch Many of these are little things to us but mean so much to many people Sometimes we need a gentle reminder of just how important they truly are As parents we can always do better and should be demonstrating what we are encouraging our children to do also as they learn better by doing what others do especially from mum and dad What are the gifts that mean the most to us For a family I know the gifts that I most treasure are the ones that my children hand make for me or go out of their way to spend their time on such as making delicious pancakes for mother s day or cleaning the house without being asked or when I have seen them giving their last bit of pocket money to someone in need Also when your partner takes the dogs out for a walk when it was your turn and you weren t well and you didn t even need to ask him just as mine did last night and your elderly and loving parents who always seem to know what to do and say to make your life that bit better at just the right time What are you most looking forward to this Christmas I was reminded just last week by my 14 year old son of what our family is most looking forward to when he said Mum do you know what I m looking forward to the most this Christmas Just spending time with all the family doing our fun Christmas things It wasn t about presents for him it was about the gift of each other s time spending it together as a family and enjoying our precious time together creating memories that we will look back on and cherish Now that is a gift that you can t wrap up My hope and prayer for you and your family this Christmas is that the spirit of giving is alive and well as is the true meaning of Christmas with much Blessings of course there are also gifts that are special but need a little bit of money such as 18 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N Lynnewritten with love
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LANGUAGES IDIOMAS NEW AND DYNAMIC WAY TO LEARN SPANISH Located in in Puerto Marina Benalmadena Costa Marina Solingua is a school for foreigners and for residents where you can learn Spanish at all levels They are also accredited by The Cervantes Institute Solingua offer a wide range of courses En la academia de idiomas Solingua ofrece WE ARE A NEW for youth and adults for groups and mos tambi n cursos de ingl s alem n y FRESH DYNAMIC individuals from beginner to advanced level franc s y nos esforzamos para que nuestras HAPPY SCHOOL They also organize short tours and excurclases sean siempre din micas atractivas y diverWHICH IS sion in Andalusia depending on students tidas Gracias a nuestro personal apasionado y DIFFERENT FROM needs profesional nuestras instalaciones de ltima genOTHERS Their mission is to provide a linguistic eraci n la magn fica ubicaci n y nuestros m toand cultural experience for all their dos modernos de ense anza podr s hablar muy students for learning Spanish with so much fun At the same pronto tu nuevo idioma con mucha confianza y soltura para cualquier time students can immerse themselves in a socio cultural new situaci n de tu vida cotidiana Somos un centro preparador para los context interacting with different nationalities while learning the ex menes oficiales de ingl s Cambridge alem n Goethe Institut y traditions and habits of the Spanish culture espa ol Diplomas de Espa ol como Lengua Extranjera DELE This joyful experience and friendly service is what helps them to stand out from the rest Introduce your young children to a second language and you give them a chance at greater fluency and access to countless professional opportunities later on Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and the official language in 21 countries Teaching Spanish to your children will expand their minds and enrich their lives Some important benefits are they could talk to more people develop early language skills get an academic advantage increase opportunities for travel expand future employment options etc Your children can learn Spanish with qualified friendly animated and native speakers and they can have fun with them Parents why not learn Spanish too It is proven that those who do can help their children even more as it becomes a family experience helping each other it is especially great for new families who have moved here 20 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N Adem s en t rmino de horario somos bastantes flexibles ofrecemos clases por la ma ana y por la tarde para todos los niveles b sico intermediario y avanzado Te invitamos a 2 clases de prueba totalmente gratis Ven y aprovecha esta oportunidad For further information about the prices and the courses please contact us info solingua es or phone 34 952561475
LANGUAGES   IDIOMAS  NEW AND DYNAMIC WAY TO LEARN SPANISH Located in in Puerto Marina, Benalmadena Costa Marina, Solingua ...
WHAT S ON What s On Events We re spoiled for choice in the lead up to and during the festive period with so many wonderful family friendly events and activities to choose from to help get us in the festive mood spend quality time together and keep the kids entertained over the holidays With something to suit everyone in our What s On guide you re sure to be entertained Please do check before heading out to any event that there are no changes or cancellations Also please visit us on Facebook for more events to be announced kidsonthecosta CHRISTMAS ATTRACTIONS Santa s Grotto and the Three Kings at a Place Near You Thanks to the magic of Christmas the children will be able to visit Santa at a number of fun family friendly locations along the Costa del Sol until 5th of January Grottos at shopping centres include La Canada in Marbella Miramar in Mijas Costa and Plaza Mayor near Malaga city and are just a few of the places to visit him over the festive period Times vary so please visit their websites or at the Centres for details Every year lots of family play centres on the Costa del Sol such as Yoyuba and Fantasyland in Mijas Kidz Kingdom and Funky Forest in Estepona have their very own unique Santa s Grotto Christmas parties and other fun festive activities for all the family to enjoy Contact them directly for details Christmas Service Christmas Eve At The Iglesia San Miguel in Calahonda Traditional family Christmas Service with carols which starts at 7 00pm Children are invited to dress up in nativity costume costumes are also available at the Church and during the service everyone will receive a Christingle Orange For further information contact Sandy 669 952 554 or visit Facebook St Andrew s Chaplaincy or www st andrewscofe spain org Exciting news Santa is setting up another Grotto at the wonderful new children s play and party centre Mundo Mania in Estepona see page 6 for details Nativities 27 November 6 January Nativity Scene s take centre stage in towns all over the Costa del Sol Each one with its own unique display and beauty depicting scenes from the birth of Jesus Many of the handcrafted figures are animated and everyone is encouraged to visit and admire the workmanship and it sets the scene for the festive period ahead reminding us why we celebrate over the festive period Which one is your favourite Post a photo of yours on our Facebook page 22 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N Christmas Service at The Iglesia San Miguel Calahonda Christmas Concerts 1 December Christmas Carols with the T I M S Choir 6 pm at Town Hall Branch Office La Cala de Mijas Free entry Email frd mijas es to book your tickets 15 December Christmas Carols with the TAPAS Choir 6 pm at Town Hall Mijas Pueblo Free entry Email frd mijas es to book your tickets
WHAT   S ON  What   s On Events We   re spoiled for choice in the lead up to, and during, the festive period with so many ...
Christmas Lights 18 November Gibraltar Festival of Lights Venue John Mackintosh Square 6 9 pm 25 November Malaga City Christmas Lights On Soak up the spectacular atmosphere and catch the first glimpse of these eye catching decorations being turned on Lights switched on at 7 30 pm Venue Calle Larios and Plaza de Constituci n Lots more Christmas lights being turned on in towns all over southern Spain Check with your local town hall for dates Christmas Markets and Fairs 3 December Aloha College Christmas Bazaar El Angel Nueva Andalucia next to Aloha Golf Aloha College will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar from 11 am to 4pm At the event you will be able to buy Christmas gifts and decorations cakes and other goodies and try all the different international dishes prepared by Aloha parents For children there are games face painting a fantastic Santa s Grotto and bouncy castles There will be tombolas with boxes of chocolates and bottles toys and book stands music and dance interludes and a raffle at the end with prizes donated by parents and local businesses Entrance 2 per person For more information Tel 952 81 41 33 or email accommunications aloha college com Christmas Bazaar at Aloha College Marbella 12 November Anglican Church Charity Christmas Fair The Anglican Church of the Costa del Sol west celebrates the opening of Christmas season with their annual Christmas fair The event will be held in the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos Estepona All proceeds go to support the work of charities including Mercy ships Emmaus and Caritas For more information contact Joanna at joanna low57 gmail com Tel 952 808 605 is 20 November Santa Paws Christmas Fair Palacio de Congresos Estepona For all the family to enjoy and raise much needed funds for ADANA from 10 30 a m 4pm Donation 2 euros Free for kids www adana es is 25 November Winter Wonderland Charity Xmas Fayre A place of wonderment to bring the kids and enjoy Santa s Grotto Mince Pies and Mulled Wine Singer Ashley warming your cockles The Great Festive Bake Off Competition Raffles Stalls with Xmas pressie ideas scented soaps jewellery Cards Book Gifts and so much more Attendance is free and everything raised will go to Last Chance Animal Rescue Venue Neli G s Complejo Las Palmeras de Benavista 4 29680 Estepona Henry Ford 10 December Benalmadena The Festival of Christmas Traditions is on in Arroyo del la Miel from 11 00 am until 11 00 pm Email residentes benalmadena com for full program of events 26 December 4 January Giant Amusement Park MIMA XIII MUESTRA INFANTIL DE M LAGA Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de M laga MIMA is a much anticipated family event during the festive period as the place becomes one huge amusement park with a variety of leisure sports and educational activities for kids aged between 3 and 12 years old to learn playing There is a specific area for parents with activities for them too www fymca com FESTIVE SEASON 2016 23
Christmas Lights 18 November Gibraltar    Festival of Lights    Venue  John Mackintosh Square, 6-9 pm 25 November Malaga C...
WHAT S ON Other Events 9 17 November 26th Fantastic Film Festival University of Malaga This fantastic film festival is back showcasing some of the very best films in a variety of genres such as science fiction fantasy and horror http www fancine org 26 27 November Pet Fair Palacio de Ferias y Congresos M laga Children love animals and especially their pets Mi mascota is back for a 5th time and is the only pet fair in Andalusia With an exhibition area and lots of activities demonstrations and workshops to keep your kids happy and entertained for hours this is a must attend event for all animal lovers 5 11 December Gibraltar International Magic Festival Enjoy with your family an amazing line up of Magicians Illusionists Circus acts The festival will take you back to the Great Magic shows of years gone by bringing you the best magicians from around the globe It s a Not for Profit event with a sole aim to promote Magic Circus and encourage visitors to try out various exciting elements Children and adults will experience a magical world this Christmas www magic gi On 6th January Epiphany The Festival of the three Magic Kings Fiesta de Los tres Reyes Magos is a special celebration in Spain of when the three wise men kings brought gifts to baby Jesus 24 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N 31 December New Year s Eve Party Time Many town halls put on a party in the local plaza but be warned that nothing really starts until 11 30pm ish Take your own grapes bubbly and soft drinks for the kids to save money 12 13 December Peppa Pig Festival Marbella 10 30am 2 30pm A four hour event for children 3 to 6 years Rotate in small groups with up to 10 animal characters and Peppa Pig entertaining them in fun activity workshops www undiaconpeppafestival com 18 December Rapunzel A Tangled panto Moonlight bar Sunset Beach Hotel Benalmadena Doors open 3 30 for 4pm start Tickets only 5 euros and 1 euro for kids under 16 Performed by the kids of Club DanSing Tel Tina 607 146 954 for more info
WHAT   S ON  Other Events 9 - 17 November 26th Fantastic Film Festival, University of Malaga This    fantastic    film fes...
What s On Events 18 December Winter Festival This wonderful Winter Festival starts at 12 noon in the beautiful setting of edible gardens in Arboretum Marbella There will be stalls activities for children and the theme will be sustainable Christmas trees with activities for making trees out of recycled materials www facebook com ArboretumMarbella 22 24 December Paella Cooking Christmas Malaga 11 00 am With Paella being Spain s most famous dish why not immerse yourself in this very special complete cooking experience Shop at the market and prepare a Christmas edition paella Kids are very welcome so why not make it a festive family experience www spainfoodsherpas com paella cooking classes malaga 25 November Black Friday Event Malaga City For shoppers who love a bargain Growing in popularity every year this is the perfect time to get some early presents for Christmas and Epiphany Gibraltar Traditional Christmas Fair is normally on end of November to early January with free kids rides on certain days Visit www visitgibraltar gi events for details of announcement 25 December Animals in Distress A I D are holding a Christmas Lunch at Los Cabales Restaurant on the road between Coin and Cartama on Christmas day Welcome drink lovely 6 course lunch AND a 1 2 bottle of wine per person and entertainment all for just 39 90 Profits from the day goes to help the animals Tickets must be purchased in advance For more information call Joe on 626 942 427 or visit www animals in distress eu On New Year s Eve or as is know in Spain Nochevieja The Old Night it is traditional to eat 12 grapes with each of the 12 strokes at Midnight Each grape signifies a month of the coming year It is said for each grape you can eat you will have a month of good luck in the new year FESTIVE SEASON 2016 25
What   s On Events  18 December Winter Festival This wonderful Winter Festival starts at 12 noon in the beautiful setting ...
FAMILY LAW Habitual Residence of Children and Relocation When parents separate and live in different countries there may be a very difficult decision to be made about where the children live and what effect a change of residence has on them The laws in Europe and most other countries focus on the habitual residence of the children The decision on where the children have their residence is based on a factual investigation For example a child might be in school in England but actually have a habitual residence in Spain Referring to European case law Justice Hayden in a Supreme Court ruling in England BA Minor EWHC 2174 stated in considering where the child is resident facts should be presented to show the child s day to day life and experiences family environment interests and hobbies friends etc and an appreciation of which adults are most important to the child The approach must always be child driven By far the best approach is for the lawyers to mediate a settlement so that the children have a fixed and stable arrangement spending time with each parent and keeping regular contact by phone skype and other means when they are with the other parent Relocation of the children may be the only and best option where the custodial parent has to leave Spain For parents currently living in Spain and having their habitual residence here they will have to seek a relocation order in this country if the other parent does not give their consent This does not mean that the child s residence cannot be changed as in some cases this may mean returning to the country of origin if there is no social family and economic support in the country where they are living For more information contact De Cotta Law info decottalaw net or call on 952 52 7014 family law for a confidential consultation 26 Complete Legal Services Specialists in Family Divorce Law Conflict over taking children overseas after a divorce Kidnapping and Child Abduction Divorce and Property Child Maintenance Head Office Centro Comercial Valdepinos 1 y 3 Urb Calypso 29649 Mijas Costa near Calahonda T 34 952 527 014 E family decottalaw net www decottalaw com Mijas Costa Coin Nerja Tenerife
FAMILY LAW Habitual Residence of Children and Relocation When parents separate and live in different countries there may b...
Volunteers Needed A N D A L U CIA www childlineandalucia org Would you like the fantastic opportunity to volunteer with children and young people Would you like the chance to give something back Childline Andalucia are looking for friendly committed approachable people to join our school education team We organise fun and educational classes and groups about well being and safety host parties and events arrange activity days in and out of school and organise craft fairs and special events If this sounds like something you might be interested in or you would like more information please contact Helena Travis Email helena childlineandalucia org Call us on 0034 606 345 290 Prior work with children and young people is helpful but not essential due to the nature of the support we are providing
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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES S T O E CIAL G S T LE Today parents are fortunate to be helped in so many ways to guide them on how to positively bring up their children Social media is a huge part of that but many parents can be overwhelmed with too much information and can also be left feeling inadequate in their parenting techniques as they read about the many super parents who seem to be getting it just right No parent gets it right all the time but we can get wiser and learn how to read our children better be better prepared for the very special job of parenting and learn from others all whilst enjoying the journey KOTC has put together our favourites from other parents who share on the web to help inspire and encourage you along the way hat is something that made you smile today W What is something that made you cry today What is something that you learned today www EyesOnHeaven net 15 Ways to Be Christ to My Children www ArabahJoy com Effective Parenting 101 www LittleHeartsBooks com Parenting a New Baby www InThePlayRoom co uk Please share your tips and advice for parents at Facebook kidsonthecosta Each week the best ones will be selected for our new website launching end of November credit and backlink given to your website social media pages 28 K I D S O N T H E C O S TA T H E F E S T I V E E D I T I O N
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Teaching Your Kids About Money www ThirtyHandmadeDays com Get in touch if you have a Youth Club Social Group for Kids or Social Club Activity aimed at parents you would like to share with our readers Do You React or Respond to Your Kids www ImperfectFamilies com Las Tareas Domesticas una Aventura Familiar https ContigoEnCadaMomento wordpress com NEW SOCIAL NETWORK FOR FAMILIES LAUNCHING 2017 FAMILIES ARE LIKE BROWNIES MOSTLY SWEET WITH A FEW NUTS KOTC Social Is an exciting new social networking club for families in southern Spain launching in 2017 Whether you are new to Spain or have been here for years it is a great way for all the family young and old to encourage share inspire network and make new friends There will be clearly designated areas for everyone to go to making it easier to network with like minded people in a safe and fun way you just choose which one suits you best Create your own profile page groups activities events share important news ideas and keep informed of issues that matter to you Be a person that others will look for your posts daily because they know you will encourage them Be the positive one and help others to have a great day and you will find that not only they like you but you will like you too John Patrick Hickey Oops Did I Really Post That KOTC Social is for New Parents Kids Teens Parents and Grandparents How do you join For a limited time you can sign up free of charge Go to www kidsonthecosta net and click on KOTC Social then register your interest for a free membership before we launch and to keep informed of all the latest developments as well as our all important launch date KOTC RECOMMENDS costawomen com for mums and grans mumabroadspain com for mums lifeofdad com for dads musical ly for older teens 29
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