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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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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Delaying a family as a woman

Delaying a family as a woman Fertility in the workplace – family and career Can women have it all? A century ago, women were expected to get married and have children by the age of 20.How times have changed! This is the mighty 21st century, when women can choose to have a career before having children. They don’t even have to settle down...

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Helping kids make healthy choices

Help kids make healthy choices Parenting isn’t a job for the faint of heart. You have to have nerves of steel and the patience of a saint, but in the end it’s all worth it to see your babies grow into smart and capable adults. A key to doing this is instilling healthy habits early on by setting a good example. Your kids want to be exactly like you...

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How to help our children love their bodies

A positive body image?  How to help our children to love their bodies. I don’t know about you, but during lockdown my dress size definitely went up and my fitness levels absolutely went down.  Some people embraced the opportunity to stay at home by expanding their skill set, learning a new language, challenging themselves to ride hundreds of kilometres...

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Helping children sleep

Help your children sleep The end of the summer marks the start of a new school year for children across the United Kingdom.  Schools in Scotland and Wales have already started their new academic year, and within a few short days, students across England will be joining their peers in a return to the classroom.  For many children this will be the...

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A dad’s experience of lockdown

A dad’s experience of lockdown Statistically, mothers have been more affected by children not being in school, lack of childcare and generally ‘keeping house’ during lockdown. How did the dads cope?  We haven’t heard much in the press, so we thought we’d ask a few.  Here is first of two articles by Joe Young (aka www.dadonspl.co.uk). ...

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Lockdown, from burn out to muddling through

Lockdown, from burn out to muddling through In our house we started lockdown a week or so earlier than the rest of UK, our son developed, what in hindsight, was “just a cough” and we started self-isolation on the 17th March. We diligently marked the calendar with our 14 days, my wife was upset that we had to cancel our daughter’s cello exam, while...

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Dads Homeschool

Dads homeschool Around the world during this COVID crisis, it seems that mothers are taking on more of the home-schooling burden than fathers. I heard the other day that dads typically get 3 hours of uninterrupted time for everyone hour that a mum gets, partly due to the “Muummm!” factor, where children call for their mother’s attention more than...

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Virtual holiday care

Virtual holiday care This month parents across the nation came to terms with the fact that the majority of school students will not be returning to the classrooms this term.  Many are left wondering what this will mean for them and their family.  Remote home schooling, for most children, continues to be the norm and then the summer holidays begin. ...

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