Autism – the myths & facts

It is important to remember the autistic spectrum is just that – a spectrum. People with autism are all different and have varying challenges and strengths. Advice can be conflicting and it can be hard to know what to believe.  Here we look at some common misconceptions. Autism is a ‘trendy’ condition that everyone seems to be keen to diagnose. There...

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Violence against women – talking to teens

Creating positivity around women and talking about gender equality to young children is thought to help with how boys, in particular, will treat women when they become adults. This article looks at how you can make a difference to the way your older children view women. For advice and tips on how to help younger children see our article ‘Educating...

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Is your child on the autism spectrum?

This week is World Autism Awareness Week. We will be publishing a series of articles regarding autism across the week which we hope will be useful to you. People with autism have many different traits and this list is not exhaustive, nor will one person have every sign. Communication difficulties Echoing words/phrases without contextTaking...

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Tips to help Your Children Back to School

The return to school on Monday 8th March will be quite daunting for many young people. After weeks away from their regular place of learning they will naturally wonder what school will be like when they step through the gates. Some children cannot wait to return while others may feel nervous. As a parent you will be aware of most of the concerns...

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Back to school post lockdown

Back to school following lockdown Have you seen the meme featuring Hugh Grant as the prime minister in Love Actually representing parents across the country at 9.05am on 8th March?  Hilarious and in many cases true! But what are the plans, and what do we really need to know about our children returning to school?  We have asked consultant Sarah...

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Reading with children

Reading with your child It’s never too early for children to start reading; the right book can live long in the memory and help get them hooked from an extremely early age. Reading is essential for babies’ development. Experts claim that babies respond to familiar faces, voices and being held close straight from birth so even newborns will love...

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Tech consumer to tech creator

Tech Consumer to Tech Creator Some commentators regard our children’s obsession with technology as one of the greatest challenges facing parents today. Whether it is YouTube, videogaming or Facebook, technology is occupying more of our children’s time and energy than ever before and drastically changing the experience of childhood. Whilst experts...

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Wellbeing as a working parent

Taking control of your wellbeing as a working parent Whether it’s your children or the printer refusing to cooperate, working from home and homeschooling can be a challenge to juggle at the same time. An overwhelming 84% of you said in our Instagram poll that you thought your wellbeing had taken a negative turn this lockdown. Here are some tips...

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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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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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