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Handling Disappointing Exam Results Positively

The envelope gently lands on the doormat with more of a flutter than a heavy thud, but the contents have the potential to help your child’s dreams come true... or…

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Handling Disappointing Exam Results Positively

The envelope gently lands on the doormat with more of a flutter than a heavy thud, but the contents have the potential to help your child’s dreams come true… or shatter them into a million tiny pieces …… for now. But it’s about mindset, getting back up, […]

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Is singing nursery rhymes included in your everyday routine?

What is it about nursery rhymes that is so helpful to kids? A recent study has revealed half of millennial parents can’t recite many popular nursery rhymes all the way through! A tenth of millennial mums and dads do not sing lullabies at all to their little ones […]

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Getting your kids to help around the house – made easy of course!

I’m speaking on BBC Radio Kent about the importance of giving your kids chores to do in the house. I believe it makes them feel part of the family team, it teaches them independence and gives them the feeling of competence and capability. If it feels like […]

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How To Talk To Children About Money During The Cost-of-Living Crisis To Support Your Kids’ Wellbeing.

How to talk to children about money during the cost-of-living crisis to support your kids’ wellbeing through these challenging, uncertain, and worrying times. Families across the country are feeling the pinch amid the cost-of-living crisis – and it’s affecting children’s wellbeing and mental health. A recent […]

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Pocket Money – Ages & Stages

              Money makes the world go around!’ as Lisa Minnelli happily sang in the hit musical “Cabaret” and it certainly seems to be true on more than one occasion, but debt is on the increase and there seems to be more […]

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In need of some quick tips? Here’s my Traffic Lights, Pause Button and Scales Techniques

                The Traffic Lights, the Pause Button and the Scales Techniques We all get some physical signs when we are getting wound up or stressed, so it’s helpful to teach your kids to recognise their own signs. I use the […]

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Is your child a hopeless screen-ager?

  Children today are growing up with computers, Gameboys, Play Stations, X-boxes and Wii’s. They are the generation of screenagers. But what does this mean to your child’s development? Well, it means that your child will: be strongly visual and think in pictures be literal as opposed […]

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What to do when they say “I’m BORED!” – let the BORED JAR do the talking!

  I get asked a great deal about what to do or say when the kids moan ‘I’m bored’ & I always suggest making a ‘I’m Bored Jar’ With lockdowns, holidays, working from home & hybrid working – it’s is the perfect time to put together […]

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‘There’s Nothing to Do!’

It’s the Summer hols and unless you are happy to dust off and dry clean your Butlin’s Red Coat ready to entertain the kids full time here are some simple ideas from Huffington Post Parents blog 🙂 Now that it’s summer, my 9-year-old son is constantly complaining […]

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It’s the Summer Hols – do you leave your kids ‘Home Alone?’

As schools break up for the holidays, a children’s charity is urging parents to think carefully before leaving children home alone over the summer. I’m speaking on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester about leaving children alone. It’s a difficult problem as there is no firm law around […]

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Are You Dreading The Summer Holidays ?

  I’m speaking on BBC Radio about the cost of keeping your kids busy, occupied, productive and entertained through the long Summer Holidays. I always remind the families that I work with that the Summer is a wonderful time to build memories with your children that will […]

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50 things to do before you’re 11¾. Hiding in trees, rolling down hills and having fun with your kids this Summer.

  What’s 50 things all about? There’s nothing quite like fresh air, exercise and family time. You can’t beat the fun you have in the Great Outdoors and creating memories that will last a lifetime. But sometimes convincing your kids to get outside can be a bit […]

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It’s the Summer Hols – SO…….. How much screen time is OK for your kids?

When does screentime become unhealthy – what are the guidelines and how can you ‘Talk & Teach’ your kids to find that balance between enjoying their iPad and playing outside? Many parents believe that technology and gadgets are essential for their child’s development, but it can quickly and easily […]

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Things to do, places to see to keep SANE in the Summer Holidays !

How can I make the Summer holidays fun, relaxed, interesting and happy – building childhood memories that last a lifetime? Where can we go that’s interesting? What can I teach the kids that’s inspiring – how to cook, how to bake, how to paint, how to garden, how […]

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Holidaying with teens – 10 things you can ALL do!

  We’ve just come back from our hols in Spain and we all had brilliant time so here are some of my top tips for enjoying not surviving your Summer Hols with your teenage kids. 1. Daydream and visualise it going well. Spend just 5 minutes a […]

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