Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation
Aug02

Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation

Do you remember the slogan for London 2012? Inspire a generation. Part of London hosting the Olympic games was that it should have a legacy, in terms of its transformation of the local area, but also in participation rates of sport. All those cyclists, swimmers, athletes and gymnasts were supposed to inspire us all to get off our backsides and get active. There was certainly a spike in cycling for a while, but that has tailed off. Can...

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Safe space blogging: Letter to my dear boy
Apr19

Safe space blogging: Letter to my dear boy

I am offering my blog to parents of older children as a safe space to blog anonymously. It will both help them to offload and help other parents who may be going through the same situations in silence. I’m pleased to welcome my second anonymous blogger today, who is struggling with her tween son’s behaviour. My dear boy. I’m writing this because I’m hoping it’ll be good to get it out. You’ll  never actually read...

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The end of year exams
Jun11

The end of year exams

Almost without exception, all secondary schools do end of year exams in the ‘non-exam’ (ie not years 11 and 13) years. So what is the purpose of these end of year exams? And should kids and parents be worrying about them? The purpose is mainly to see how much progress kids have made over the year and how much they have actually learned. They are often used to place children in sets for the following year. End of year exams...

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Why do I care if other people spoil their children?
Dec19

Why do I care if other people spoil their children?

The other day I had a nasty comment on my old Christmas Eve boxes post (the comment has been deleted and the commenter has been blocked because it was pure nastiness and not constructive). I get very few nasty comments on my blog, but they always upset me. But a small part of this one got me thinking. She asked why I care what other people do with their children? Well that’s a big question. I would be lying if I said I...

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The new school: Catty behaviour
Nov13

The new school: Catty behaviour

Everybody says it. Girls are catty. Girls are nasty. But I’d never seen it myself. I know some girls struggle with other girls being nasty from as young as 6 or 7, but my daughter has never experienced it. I like to think it’s because she’s so nice, but I know the reality is that she’s just lucky. She’s never been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Never had that face that someone has taken a dislike...

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