School attendance – a new perspective
Mar29

School attendance – a new perspective

I’ve always been a big believer in school attendance. I don’t believe in kids staying off school for colds or coughs. At primary school, when kids got 100% attendance certificates, my kids were often among them, and I always felt very proud of them. But recently I’ve had a bit of a change of heart. Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to trust my kids. I know they like school, so if they say they’re...

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Inexplicably sad
Oct15

Inexplicably sad

Ever since I gave up ‘proper’ work to work for myself at home, I’ve been happy. Happy to be on my own. Happy with my own company, my own space, my own peace and quiet. And happy with the variety and buzz of my work. But over the past couple of weeks, something has changed. At times I feel bored and lonely and inexplicably sad. Since the summer, I haven’t had as much work as I’d like. I’m working at...

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Overwhelmed
Sep24

Overwhelmed

There was a week or so towards the end of the school holidays when I wanted it all over. I wanted the kids back at school. They were arguing, fighting, bullying, niggling. They were being nasty to each other and they were driving me mad. They needed the routine. So did I. But be careful what you wish for… Because being back at school means letters and cheques and emails. It mean dance lessons and Scouts and football. It means...

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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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