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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
 

The promises we make

It’s nearly Easter and it seems like a long time since our New Year’s resolutions were made.  Have I lost the extra weight?  Have I phoned my parents more often?  Have I managed to tidy up my papers?  Have I spent more time with my daughter?  Have I started going to the gym? [...]Read more
 

Teach your kids to dream

During the summer, in the midst of A level result fever, Stormzy announced he would be funding two places at Cambridge University for black students. The rapper wants to inspire smart black students to dream big and not to let the reputation of top notch universities intimidate [...]Read more
 

The balance of perfection

Spend a few minutes trawling Instagram or Facebook and we’re pretty sure you’ll come across several #soblessed #perfectfamily or #makingmemories posts, all creating a picture-perfect existence of family life.  However, look a little deeper, meet the people in the photos and we’re [...]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
 

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
 

The Popularity Contest

Every school and every class has students who stand out – not for being the smartest – but for being the ones everyone else wants to be like.  The popular people! What sets one student apart as ‘popular’? The answer is usually self-confidence and that leads to becoming a bit of a [...]Read more
 

Teaching children to think big

Children start young with big aspirations.  They don’t start off seeing any career as a tough nut to crack – they dream big and don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t become anything from an astronaut to a zoologist. As they get older they respond to being told ‘you’ll have to [...]Read more
 

The art of creativity

If you’re from a certain generation you’ll have heard about Edward De Bono and the concept of lateral thinking.  Some people call it creative thinking, some people describe it as right brain activity – but whatever you call it, being able to think creatively is a life skill every [...]Read more
 

Starting them young

Life seems to move faster and faster, work-life balance is constantly challenging and stress is now something we expect to suffer from on a daily basis – not just a very occasional issue. We look back at our schooldays and wish we could go back to when all we had to do was play [...]Read more
 

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