Why Graphic Novels Are Good For Struggling Readers.

Do your kids struggle or hate reading? You are not alone but did you know that graphic novels maybe be the answer? Graphic novels are a good choice for struggling readers. They have less text than traditional books, which makes them less overwhelming. Graphic novels are easy to read but have age-appropriate content.   For […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story – The Starfish.

                Here is one of my very favourite stories from my never ending notebook and everlasting coloured pencil. The Starfish Story One day a woman was walking along the beach when she noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story – Develop An Ant Philosophy

The Ant Philosophy by Jim Rohn   “Over the years I’ve been teaching kids about a simple but powerful concept – the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part: ants never quit. That’s a good philosophy. If they’re headed somewhere and you […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Parenting Story – The Seahorse in a Starfish World

Here’s a story from my never ending notebook and everlasting coloured pencil. The Seahorse Once upon a time, there was a young seahorse called Sidney. He was a lovely friendly and clever seahorse, who was very good at being a seahorse, but the problem was he was born in a world where most people were […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Parenting Story – Knowing Where to Tap

Here’s my Wednesday story  from my never-ending  notebook and my everlasting coloured pencil. Knowing Where to Tap At the end of the 19th century a wealthy mill owner was sick with worry as his steam boiler lay broken and his workers were standing idle. Time was money and as the hours and days passed he […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Parenting Story – The 99 Club

Every Wednesday I post an inspiring, thought provoking story for you to reflect on. I have been posting them for many years and today’s story from my never ending notebook and everlasting coloured pencil is called the 99 Club The 99 Club “Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Parenting Story To Ponder.

  I love stories! My Dad used to be a brilliant storyteller making up endless stories for me to fall happily asleep to last thing at night. He also used to tell my children “true lies” as he had run out of true stories about growing up in Balham during the war, learning how to […]

Why Taking a New Baby Home Is Like Learning To Drive.

Metaphors and stories have been used for centuries as a method of healing, learning and guidance for parents and children alike. Here is my Wednesday Story from my never ending notebook and everlasting coloured pencil  Why Taking a New Baby Home Is Like Learning To Drive. “Taking a new baby home is like learning to […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story To Ponder

“Response-ability” The magic of metaphor from my never ending notebook and everlasting pencil. “Response-ability” is a strange sort of word because it shows us that we all have a choice in the way we respond to the different situations and circumstances we find ourselves in. In most situations a lot of choice is actually available […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story To Ponder – Why People Like Clowns

Here’s my Wednesday story from my never-ending notebook and my everlasting coloured pencil. Why People Like Clowns “Why do people like me?” asks the clown. “It is because I make people laugh?” “They enjoy laughing certainly,” says his friend. “Or is it my colourful clothes, large shoes and big smile?” “They enjoy those too.” “But […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story – Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude !

Here’s my Wednesday story from my never-ending notebook and my everlasting coloured pencil. Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude! ~ Ralph Marston A gentleman once visited a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making an idol of God. Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby. Surprised, he asked the sculptor, […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story To Ponder – Falling Over

Here’s my Wednesday story from my never-ending notebook and my everlasting coloured pencil. Falling over Here’s a story from my never ending notebook and everlasting coloured pencil from Dave Mason from Hypknowsis “When I was a student, I went out one winter’s afternoon and I found that my old car wouldn’t start. I had been […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story – The Piano

Here’s my weekly story from my never ending notebook and everlasting coloured pencil. The Piano A mum wanted to encourage her young daughter’s interest in the piano so decided to take her to a local concert featuring an excellent and famous pianist. In the entrance foyer the mother met an old friend and the two […]