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Summer jobs

If you have a teenager, you may be facing a summer where they disappear into their room with an electronic device, only emerging for meals.  Or they’re champing at the bit to be taxied about to friends, sports activities and more. Worse still, activities they want to do [...]Read more
 

An apple for the teacher

  There’s something that you don’t know until your child starts school – teachers get presents at the end of each year and at Christmas.  And Reception is the statement year for gifts! As with so many things, from first school parties to first school parents’ events, [...]Read more
 

Join in!

Gone are the days when after school clubs meant the recorder, football or netball. Now you can be a ninja, bounce yourself fit and even try fencing!   Ninja training   With independent children’s gyms popping up around the country, it’s easy to find fun gymnastic–style [...]Read more
 

Story time

If you were read to as a child, the chances are that you’ll remember it.  The feeling of being tucked up in bed listening to your favourite book being read to you, with funny voices and maybe even actions.  Story time is so important and really helps with your child’s [...]Read more
 

Jewellery crafts you can make at home

Jewellery can be such a great way to craft with your kids, make presents and just have fun mixing lots of materials, colours and shapes.  Here are our favourites:   Friendship bracelets   The colourful bracelets that were all the craze in the 90s have never really gone away.  [...]Read more
 

Summer holiday fun

The summer holidays are not far off and there will probably be delight at time off school.  However,  it won’t be long before either the kids complain that they’re bored, or you start to worry that they’re glued to their screens for more hours than is good for them.  It can be a [...]Read more
 

Finding motivation

Part 2 (Here’s part 1) In  part 1 of this blog I described how I could relate to Dori and her short–term focus in my daily struggles and how I overcome them.   But I also relate to Nemo’s dad sometimes, too.  That’s when I set my long-term goals and I must keep my mind [...]Read more
 

Finding Motivation

Part 1 It turns out that both Finding Nemo and Finding Dori are great ways of understanding motivation.  Both animated films by Pixar demonstrate how we deal with our life goals. Sometimes we have to be more like Dori just trying for the next step.  Sometimes we have to be like [...]Read more
 

Virtual teachers are coming

With the education news full of teacher shortages and bigger classes, any parent could be forgiven for worrying that quieter children may lose out on attention and help when they need it. Enter AI! Artificial Intelligence is already operating on some university campuses.  At [...]Read more
 

Healthy spring salads

With the weather warming up, the comfort foods of winter can be replaced by healthy summer salads.  But this doesn’t mean you have to stick to lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Peach salad Peaches are a great way to sweeten a salad.  Use a mix of leaves, nuts, seeds and then griddle [...]Read more
 

Summer holiday savings: where to get the best deals

The thought of booking a holiday in the school summer holidays can make you break out in a cold sweat.  The higher cost, the busyness and the heat can all make the thought of going away in the summer less than appealing.  But, for many, it’s the only chance you get of a break [...]Read more
 

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