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10 Things that Parents with Kids under 12 should do this Summer

by admin, July 21, 2017, 2:41 pm
    School is finally out and yes, summer is a certainly time to relax and unwind for both families and children. However, being the aspirational parents that we are, it is certainly not a time for taking our eye off the ball when it comes to learning. Family learning can greatly compensate for the loss in learning which occurs naturally
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Resources for GCSE/A-level students and their parents

by admin, February 1, 2017, 10:19 am
  Dear parents and teens, thank you for attending my recent talk on “Optimal pathways towards Success”.  Please find below a list of some useful websites/resources that I have compiled to help guide students towards positive choices in terms of subject choices at school and when considering future study or career plans. This is not an exhaustive list and will
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14 websites to help you buy a pressie for the man who is really hard to buy for…

by admin, December 5, 2016, 7:17 pm
  Let’s start with what he likes to do: 1. He loves to get on his bike Three options for you: some gorgeous cycle wear, the latest safety helmet that lights up and a camera so he can record all his sporting activities: 2. He loves technology The Amazon Echo – God knows what this is, but
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14 websites for men who are frantically searching for the ideal Christmas present for the mother of their children

by admin, December 5, 2016, 10:17 am
  I have been asked by numerous men (husbands of friends) this week about suggested gifts for their spouses – hence this blog post. Hope it helps, gentlemen! I have made it easier for you, as you simply have to think about the sort of woman she is and that can be your starting point…sorry if some of the suggestions
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Raising socially confident kids: best tips for parents

by kathy, May 28, 2016, 7:57 pm
  We have all heard of the “Eton effect”, whereby public school pupils are seemingly able to take every social situation in their stride, get their opinions heard above the crowd and display a self-confidence most of us could only dream of! Truth of the matter is: socially confident individuals tend to get places, and whether we like it or
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May half-term: try something different

by kathy, May 22, 2016, 10:36 am
  Alpaca trekking in Norfolk This is arguably the most fun activity we have ever done together as a family. Taking an alpaca for a walk is rather like taking a very large dog for a stroll, only when it stops for a wee, you are there for absolutely ages! and you have to get used to rather loud noise
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Building children’s self-esteem: five golden rules for parents

by kathy, April 14, 2016, 4:21 pm
  Most parents intuitively know that children need to feel good about themselves to be happy and to progress in life – the same applies to adults – but practically speaking, how does this work? What do we need to be doing or saying to our children to ensure that they grow up to be happy adults, with a strong
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Five of the best parenting tips I’ve ever heard

by kathy, February 28, 2016, 10:42 am
  When I deliver talks and workshops in schools, it surprises me how many parents and teachers ask me what my best parenting tip is. Over the years I have interviewed many leading figures from the world of education and psychology, but a few golden nuggets have stayed with me.   1. Be the kind of person you want your
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Helping your child with creative writing: 5 things to try

by kathy, February 23, 2016, 12:44 pm
  As every parent of a primary age child knows, these days in schools there is a big emphasis on literacy. Our little ones, soon into the primary years, are encouraged to put together exciting stories, packed full of rich vocabulary, imaginative characters, perfect punctuation, convincing connectives and great grammar. No easy task for little minds! or even big minds
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Talking to teens about next steps in education

by kathy, September 23, 2015, 10:57 am
  Contrary to what you might have heard, parents are still most influential when it comes to young people’s decisions about their educational choices. Peers rank high when it comes to weighing up what to do in any given scenario, but parents’ views generally trump those of the majority. So when it comes to offering careers advice to your teen
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Getting our kids to open up

by kathy, September 2, 2015, 5:22 pm
  Parents, are you tired of the same silence that greets you every school day at 4pm when you excitedly ask, “How was your day?” Let’s think why our children may choose not to open up to us at this point in the day. It is pretty simple. After a long day at school they can be utterly exhausted from
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Starting secondary school

by admin, August 26, 2015, 2:10 pm
  We kick off the ‘back to school’ season with 5 Things that parents need to know if their child is off to secondary school for the first time this September. (1) Organisation matters! For the majority of children, leaving Primary school behind, the biggest challenge will be around organising their things. Whereas at junior school, they may have had
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