Tips For Clingy Toddlers, Separation Anxiety & Nervous Kids.

              How many of us have left a inconsolable child in childcare or school and gone on our way with a sick heart, wondering if we’ve done the right thing? I’ve been answering toddler questions for a regular feature that I write for an In -house magazine in the […]

Dear Teacher.

  Here’s a beautifully heartfelt letter I discovered on Mamapedia as kids return to school this week. Dear Teacher, Today I relinquish my precious children into your care. Do you know how important you are to me? To them? From this day forward, you are a valuable force in what defines them. You will encourage […]

Scandal of Britain’s lazy parents.

As my regular readers will know I used to be a  Deputy Head teacher and  I also taught Reception  Class children starting school. So I was surprised to read about the rising number of children still in  nappies when they start primary school. Staff say they are increasingly forced to  disrupt classes to change pupils or […]

Starting School Survival Guide.

Today I’m delighted to have Sarah Ebner as my guest blogger today the author of The Starting School Survival Guide. “It’s nearly time for parents to send in their application forms for primary schools in England, and I know how stressed many of them are. How? Because they tell me! And because I write about […]

New School Term – My advice in the latest Tesco Magazine.

  New term worries – sorted! Here’s my advice in the Tesco Magazine today. Tips for making the transition into secondary school or university easy and panic-free Secondary school 1. ‘Get everything organised and bags packed the night before to avoid a panicked rush,’ says teacher Charlotte Blake. ‘Know your child’s timetable so you can […]

The Sue Atkins Parenting Expert Podcast – Starting School

This Parenting Expert Podcast looks at practical ways to make starting school is easy, relaxed and a very positive experience – after all I have had 22 years as a former Deputy Head and Class teacher who taught from Reception to teens ! Sit back and relax and pick up my tips, techniques and practical […]

Starting School. The BIG DAY

Shiny new shoes – how to prepare yourself (and your child) for school! From the moment you play peek-a-boo with your baby, you are preparing them for the process of moving away from you and learning about independence. Separation can be a difficult emotion not only for you as a parent but also for your […]