I don't take a paper. I mean, I barely have time to read my own name on an envelope, so working through all the many articles contained in a broadsheet is a luxury belonging - for the moment, at least - to another existence, one where I'm not permanently covered in PVA glue. (Also - the Internet. … [Read more...] about ONLY 1 IN 4 GIRLS CALL THEMSELVES ‘HAPPY’ – SO WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG?
Education is a hugely broad term for one of the main things we do with and for our children - whether at school, home or both. Here are some thoughts and tips on engaging with this aspect of our children's lives.
Blink, and three years will pass in an instant. I mean, while you know and I know that it's only actually been three minutes since our gorgeous 14-month-old boys moved into our family, the calendar (damn that thing - is it even a trustworthy article?) suggests it's actually been nearly three … [Read more...] about FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK A PROSPECTIVE SCHOOL (WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ADOPTED OR FOSTERED)
It's that point of the year when we're all (figuratively, if not literally) crawling our kids to school, fingernails scraping the parched grass as we pant towards the finish line of next Friday. Of course, we're aware of just how much our children's teachers have done for them this last year, and … [Read more...] about END-OF-TERM TEACHER GIFTS: ARE THEY COMPULSORY?
This Autumn, many of us will be visiting a primary/elementary school open day or three, trying to fathom where to send our little person next September. We may be wanting to know some good questions to ask while we're there. Perhaps you've already been. Maybe it's an easy choice or maybe there are … [Read more...] about TOP 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN VISITING A PRIMARY SCHOOL
A couple of years ago, I blogged about our reasons for sending our son, then 4, to a school which had been put in special measures. Two weeks ago, our daughter started at the same school, and I wanted to share with you why, two years on, we have no regrets about this decision. Positive … [Read more...] about WHY I’M (STILL) SENDING MY CHILD TO A SCHOOL IN SPECIAL MEASURES
It's September - which means back-to-school for lots of us, and first-time-at-school for some of us. Whether your child is just starting, or returning after many years, here are some ways that your school will be blessed for counting you amongst its families this year. Be actively … [Read more...] about FIVE WAYS TO BLESS YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL THIS YEAR
Well, we're well and truly on the home run now! Five precious days, and this long term will be over. For those of us whose kids began school in September, this term will have been significant. There will have been huge leaps forward, perhaps some setbacks, new things learnt (for them and for us), … [Read more...] about FIVE WAYS TO BLESS YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER AT THE END OF TERM (IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES)
When I wrote about why we were sending our son to a school in special measures last summer, it got a big response. We're now half a term in to our son's school career. Forget what he's learnt - I feel like I've been on a hugely steep learning curve since term began. And already God has graciously … [Read more...] about THINGS I’VE LEARNT SINCE SENDING MY CHILD TO A SCHOOL IN SPECIAL MEASURES
Prior to having my kids, I was a teacher. I longed to help my children succeed in school, but realised that much of this came down to parental input. Now I'm a parent, I get to put some of my ideas into practice. And the best part? I get to share them with you! Here are my very best tips to help … [Read more...] about 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL