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Keeping Facebook safe for parents

As parents we’re constantly being told we need to monitor our children’s movements online, their social channels, who they’re talking to and to watch for bullying.  But, as parents, there’s no one doing the same for us? How do we know what we shouldn’t be doing online?  We’ve put [...]Read more
 

Half-term cheap breaks

Holidays are expensive in the summer, but the half-term break can offer cheaper options than the main school holidays.  As long as you’re prepared for the weather, you can still have a great break at a fraction of the cost. Do your research If you want to take the kids to a theme [...]Read more
 

Teach your teen sensible snacking

It’s safe to say that almost anything we buy ready-made contains sugar.  It can feel like an uphill struggle trying to limit sugar in both our and our kids’ diets, especially with the great British sweet-tooth. The trend for dessert bars as a ‘healthy’ alternative to chocolate [...]Read more
 

The carrot and the stick

Every child needs to know their boundaries – and each child is different – what works for one child may not work for others.  Some children only need asking once, others have to be nagged into submission! The child psychologists recommend that you focus on the positive so that [...]Read more
 

Family fitness

As a rule, active parents make for active kids.  If you’re a naturally outdoorsy parent who loves being outside, the chances are your kids will also enjoy it too. Being outside and having family time together will usually involve leaving the house and venturing into the great [...]Read more
 

That magic little word – Routine

From the moment you discovered you were going to be a parent, the word routine started to sneak into conversations about your child.  Friends and family were full of advice and statements like: ‘Make sure you get the baby into a routine or they’ll never sleep properly’ And ‘You [...]Read more
 

Secondary stress

Secondary school is a huge jump for children.   The pressures on them from all angles, not just in the classroom, but at home, in clubs and with friends are different now and at first can seem enormous.   As a parent, how do you spot the signs that something’s wrong and that the [...]Read more
 

Get ready for the 11-Plus …

Ideally, you should start preparing your child around a year ahead.  So if your 9-year old will take 11-Plus in January 2019, it’s now a great time to start helping them to develop the skills needed to take their exam with confidence. It’s time to start your plan. For English [...]Read more
 

The 12 days of Christmas – for parents

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A partridge with planting instructions for a sapling pear tree. How sweet and what a lovely idea. On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Two turtle doves and a instructions to build a dovecote. Hmmm, I wonder [...]Read more
 

Internet safety for your family

You may see it as a blessing or a curse, but the internet now dominates pretty much everything we do. Need an answer to a question, Google it. Want to know what’s on at the weekend, check Facebook Want to follow the latest TV show, check Instagram. We now live in an instant [...]Read more
 

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