Preparing for online school interviews

How to prepare your child for an online interview For some parents across the country, the start of a new year coincides with entrance exams for independent schools.  Most common entry points are at 7+, 11+, 13+ and sixth form, with 11+ being the busiest exam period for schools as it is a natural entry point for secondary education. Any parent...

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Top 8 eco-resolutions

Your Top 8 Eco-Resolutions for 2021 Has Lockdown 3.0 put your normal personal new year resolutions on hold?  We take a look at eight ways you can do your bit to help save the planet. In 2019 the world stopped and took notice of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg.  Her eco-activism inspired school strikes and high-profile meetings with world leaders. While...

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Vaccination – Hope for Normality?

A first hand account from one of Your Employee Wellbeing’s consultants on having the Covid -19 vaccination. As we enter our 3rd national lockdown in the face of spiralling numbers of new Coronavirus cases (thanks to a ‘mutant’ variant) it’s hard not to feel – as you look out at the cold, grey January weather – that we are living...

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The importance of flexible working for wellbeing

The importance of flexible working for wellbeing At Working Families—the UK’s work-life balance charity—we have seen first-hand the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on working parents and carers. As the pandemic unfolded, we were inundated by queries from working parents and carers urgently seeking our help as they struggled to remain in work and...

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The good enough parenting club

Why I Want to be in the Good Enough Parenting Club This year has been a year like no-other.  We’ve all spent way more time with our kids and partners than we thought we ever would.  How are we all doing? There have been lots of times this year when we’ve seen or heard stories of the perfect banana bread and children homeschooling for...

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Poor employee wellbeing = poor retention

Poor employee wellbeing = poor retention levels New research by Benenden Health has shown that 42% of employers have experienced an employee leaving because they felt their mental wellbeing was not being looked after. Wellbeing is a clear priority for younger members of the workforce, with a whopping 78% of employees aged 18-24 saying they would...

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Why good nutrition benefits the workplace

How good nutrition benefits the workplace Good nutrition provides us with the energy and nutrients we need to excel in whatever we do, as well as to improve our personal wellbeing. We all know that eating the right foods contributes to our physical health but research into our biochemistry has linked poor nutrition with increased stress, anxiety...

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Momentum joins the big Christmas Challenge

Momentum joins the Big Christmas Challenge Each year Parental Choice chooses a family-centred charity which is local to us in South West London to highlight their work in the lead-up to Christmas. This year, we are delighted to tell you about the brilliant Christmas campaign being run by Kingston-based Momentum. Momentum Children’s Charity...

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Tackling your child’s gaming issue

Tackling your child’s gaming issue With Christmas approaching we anticipate there being many gaming gadgets appearing under trees around the country.  Kids will be ecstatic, but many parents will be worried about the effect this new gadget will have on their off spring. We asked Dr Michele McDowell for some advice.   As an educational psychologist,...

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Preventing loneliness at Christmas

Preventing loneliness this christmas This year, more than ever loneliness is going to be felt by the our elderly loved ones.  Covid restrictions mean many will be facing time alone, or at least may be in a smaller group than they’d like. Guest blogger Ella Hendrix has some advice for us all on preventing loneliness this Christmas. Most years,...

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