Brother and sister
May21

Brother and sister

With their brother away on his French exchange, my younger two children seem different. Like there’s a weight off their shoulders. They seem happier, lighter, more relaxed. Nicer, even. They are getting on so well together – chatting, laughing, singing, dancing. I see glimpses of this in the mornings on school days, when they chat about the minutiae of life at their school – who said what, who did what, who was...

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The tiredness myth
Dec09

The tiredness myth

Today I’m going to be a bit controversial. Possibly I may p*ss a few people off. But I strongly believe it, so I’m just going to put it out there. I don’t believe in the whole tiredness myth. There, I said it. Kids get tired for sure. So do adults. But tiredness should never be an excuse for bad behaviour. Bad behaviour is bad behaviour and should be punished. If your kids are tired and it is causing them to behave...

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Human behavior issues from a 9 year old
Aug10

Human behavior issues from a 9 year old

Today some questions from my eldest son on humans behaviour – why people do the things they do. Often the only answer can be ‘because they do’. Sometimes it’s possible to try to teach him some morals, but he sees the world in black and white like most kids and it’s hard to explain the grey areas in between. Why do some children like detention? (Surely they don’t!) Why do children like blackcurrant...

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