Time

Time – How much can kids do? This morning I’ve started a Declutter Your Day Facebook Challenge. This morning the focus has been on what we would like a bit of extra time for. I’m very tempted to say, ”To be more productive.” But what does that really mean? I spend a...

Can you tame your monsters?

As children we all have huge emotions. You see it every day in toddlers, who become so overwhelmed they break down into a tantrum, completely out of control. As they become older different types of emotions start to emerge. As well as joy, happiness, upset and anger...

Why we didn’t raise money for Red Nose Day

There’s been some controversy around Red Nose Day and Comic Relief this year which I think is interesting. I heard Richard Curtis speaking about the portrayal of Africa last night and he acknowledged that on the night the images are very much about need. And that’s...

What does your child think of themselves?

These days children are in a highly competitive environment from the minute they start school – and that’s about to get worse! The Education Department may argue it’s the best way for teachers to assess where each child is and what each child needs but have you ever...

Do you need to prepare your child for Big School?

I heard an interesting comment on the radio this morning. The discussion was regarding children missing school and whether they necessarily miss anything important. The caller made the point that if we have the belief that real learning happens in school it follows...

Mindful Monsters

Scope has designed a lovely set of activity cards for families that you can share with your children. You can subscribe monthly and receive 7 activity cards. I'm really happy to say that I'll be supporting Scope by subscribing to this scheme and using the activities...

Have I told you about tomatoes?

Have I told you about tomato plants? Well here goes.... When you have a tomato plant you want it to grow and produce yummy tomatoes. So you put it in nutritious soil, you water it, you feed it, you protect it from frost and pests, you give it sunshine and warmth....

Let your child be different!

Is your child's butterfly identical to mine? When your child brings a piece of work home from nursey or school do you imagine it’s unique to them? Do you assume that they have done all the work themselves? Let’s imagine the class topic is The Hungry Caterpillar and...

Friday Fun – Caterpillars Christmas Calendar

How’s your week been? It’s 1st December tomorrow! How are you feeling about time? Last week I spoke about the idea of either being a frog or a sloth. In reality, we are all frogs and sloths at different times. I think the trick is to maximise your frog time. Know when...

Friday Fun – Frogs & Sloths

How’s your week been? Are you feeling as if you’ve got less time now the winter is truly here? From talking to parents, I know that many of you don’t feel as if you have enough time to get everything done at this time of the year and that’s very stressful and...