AAGH! She’s starting school!

Starting school can be an anxious time, both for parent and child. Returning to school after the summer break, even if you've been there before, can be just as bad. All the feelings you could be feeling! You are anxious about them being away from you all day, in a new...

Do you trust your children on their own?

Do you trust your children on their own?

Now that the weather is becoming dryer and warmer we all know that it does us good to be outdoors more. Medical advice is to get out in the sunshine, breathe the fresh air and get the sun on our skin. Aside from that I know I feel better when I’ve had some time...

Are you robbing your child of their childhood?

Are you robbing your child of their childhood?

That’s a harsh and perhaps controversial question I know, but I’m very concerned about our young children.  If you have known me for a while you’ll know what kind of parent I have been. In some ways I let my children follow their dreams and in others I put the...

The 3 Keys to a great relationship with your child

The 3 Keys to a great relationship with your child

There are many many factors that affect the relationship we have with our children, and over many years. You will know what’s true for you right now. Personally, I have found time (lack of it) and tiredness to be my major factors. When I have not made time for my...

Shut up and listen!

Shut up and listen!

How often do you shout at your child? Does your child ever shout at you? Why does listening matter so much anyway?? Your job as a parent has always been to keep your child safe and to teach them the important things so that they can be independent and make their own...

Why is your child naughty after school?

Why is your child naughty after school?

Do you find that when you collect your child from school they are like a wild animal? Are they rude and loud even when you tell them off? Do you wish they were better behaved at home? When I was a Reception class teacher I used to notice that when my new children...

Time

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?

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

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...