How to get a teenager to do their homework
Oct14

How to get a teenager to do their homework

If you’ve come here looking for answers, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place. I am firmly of the view that you CAN’T get your teenager to do their homework. Not if they are a certain type of personality. No doubt there are a few very strict families out there who rule their kids by fear – and have done from very small – who can’t get their teenagers to do their homework. But we are not...

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Starting to shine again
Jan16

Starting to shine again

My younger son is a highly intelligent boy. He goes to a very selective grammar school, full of highly intelligent boys and girls. Yet, for the first 18 months there, he continued to shine. Even in that environment full of very clever kids, he still stood out. But somewhere around the middle of Year 8, he started to slack a bit. He wasn’t doing as much homework. And the homework he did do, he tended to do late on a Sunday night....

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A birthday photo walk in Bristol
Nov02

A birthday photo walk in Bristol

As my younger son’s birthday fell in half-term, we wanted to actually do something to celebrate. But, just as he didn’t know what he wanted as presents, he didn’t know what he wanted to do either. We talked briefly about a trip to London, but soon rejected it on the grounds of being both expensive and time-consuming. Then my son mentioned that he needed to do some landscape photography for his art homework. So we...

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The new school – homework stress
Oct05

The new school – homework stress

I feel lucky that my eldest breezed through his GCSEs without breaking into a sweat. He didn’t stress at all. My younger son doesn’t worry about homework much either. But my daughter is a conscientious girl and I always feared she would be one of those kids who stresses over homework. I love that she’s conscientious. I love that she cares. I love that she always gives 100% and does things to the very best of her...

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Project 365 2015 Weeks 39 & 40
Oct03

Project 365 2015 Weeks 39 & 40

Three quarters of the way through the year already! It seems to have flown by. I’ve noticed my pictures have settled into a bit of a pattern of scraping the barrel midweek – when you get treated to something from my garden or round the house. It’s so difficult to take interesting pictures when you’re stuck inside on your own all day! Here’s our fortnight in pictures… Day 260 – Sunday 20th...

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