The importance of encouraging our children to be their ‘own people’

This is my review of Chapter 4 of ‘How to Talk so kids listen’ about ‘encouraging autonomy’. This is an interesting chapter for me after Curly Headed Boy asked me a few months ago “when are you ever going to let me out on my own”.  As a 13yr old boy was killed on the crossing near school at Christmas […]

Do we have a bad habit of confusing our kids so they don’t know what they are feeling?

The first book in my long list I’m going to review is: ‘How to Talk so your kids will Listen and Listen to kids will talk‘ by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. To help me, I’m going to do an in depth review of each chapter, and then at the end of the 6-12 weeks it takes, I’ll write up […]

How does it feel when your hero falls off their pedestal?

  Oh Lance Armstrong, how gutted am I; you were the ultimate in marketing/hope story dreams.  The cancer recovery, the seven wins of the Tour De France (my husband is a fan, and I like the bums), the amazing record. We’ve been listening for years about the fact that it was all a lie, but I admit that I really […]

Does your past affect your worries about your children’s schooling?

What makes us feel one way or the other about education and the choices that we have to make for our children? Some of it must be society and peers.  But I reckon a big part comes from our own childhood. I was sent to an all girls school; hence my dislike of single sex education. I also went private […]

Family Gap Year vs Finding The Magic at home

With the big hairy northern one being made redundant, we’ve been talking about taking a year out as a family gap year; maybe 6 months in the states, home for my brothers wedding and 5 months in Australia and New Zealand. Curly headed boy is 6yrs old, and having been to a private school is a bit ahead of our […]

Video Wed: Do you let your child believe in magic?

Superheroes, Fairies, Magic, Sea Monsters: The world of a child is full of magic.  So do you encourage it because the role playing and imagination is meant to be good for their development.  Or do you worry about what will happen when the reality of life hits them? Then there is romance, princesses, and happily ever after.  Does that really […]

7 Tips For Helping Your Child Enjoy School More

So Curly Headed Boy started in reception last September.  I expected it to be a bit tricky, but by the end of the first term he was no happier and it was really affecting him at home. So I’ve been posting about the 7 steps (See the category ‘starting reception‘) that I took to try and resolve it, but I […]

Is Narration Taking Away Our Children’s Imagination?

Curly Headed Boy has discovered Bambi.  After an initial avoidance due to him knowing that the Mummy dies, he sat down and watched it, and has done so again several times since, interspersed with Scooby Doo of course!  It was such a blast from the past, I’d forgotten how different the old Disney films are. On the second watch I […]

Video Wed: Thought Provoking Cartoon About Education

Hi Guys, Welcome to my new slot ‘Video Wed’.  Now normally I’m expecting this to be quick little videos to cheer you up, make you laugh, or inspire you.  But every now and again I might add something different, and that’s how I’m starting. I saw this video last night and was transfixed.  For a start I love these cartoon […]

Giving your children confidence by focussing outside of school

So I mentioned a while back that Curly Headed boy wasn’t happy at school and had lost confidence.  I’m going to summarise all the steps I took to help him out next week.  But first I want to talk about the final option in a bit more detail. Now I’m not a ‘pushy’ mum, as I don’t panic about not […]