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Are schools failing our children?

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In the words of Roald Dahl's, Matilda, Sometimes, you have to be a little bit naughty. We’re all a little bit naughty sometimes so it figures that our children are too. But, when I'm visiting classes, I often hear tales from parents about their...

Sensory Processing Disorder

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One of my friends has just been told that her child has Sensory Processing Disorder. Sensory Processing Disorder is when children find it hard to handle the information their senses take in. It typically affects hearing, touch, taste, sight and smell but can also...

Do screens kill creativity?

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  I read this article recently which discusses how parents bribe their children with computer time. I have to say that it did rather resonate with me as I am definitely guilty of using my iPad to keep my own two kids quiet. If you don’t have time to read...

Does learning a musical instrument help brain development?

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  I know plenty of very bright musicians but does learning to play a musical instrument at an early age actually help with brain development? Or is it simply that parents who can afford to give their children music lessons are also going to be...

Top tips for taking children to the theatre

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I have quite a lot of theatre trips planned for my kids this Christmas and with the panto season in full swing I thought I’d post the blog I wrote a few years ago about top tips for taking children to the theatre.  You might have seen the news this week about...

iPads and autism

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As a parent of two young children (5 & 7) I am aware that sometimes they do spend a bit too much time than I’d like on the iPad. But I've always taken the view that, providing you supervise the apps that they use and limit the time sensibly, there probably...

Tra, la, la…singing is officially good for you

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I come from Wales which is often dubbed The Land of Song. Singing is a huge part of our culture and daily life. I was therefore delighted to read this piece in Time magazine which claims that group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve...

Give your children the best education

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Do you have a view about education? Most of us do. What is education for? How does it help our children? There are many politicians with extremely strong views about education. Are they right? Do they know how to bring out the best in our children? It’s a subject that...

How hard should you push your child?

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There's a question I keep asking myself at the moment. “Am I pushing my seven year old too hard?” It’s something I know my other mum friends and I talk about when we are together.  So, it was interesting to read this article in The...

What does drama bring to people?

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I know I go on about this in my blogs but drama is SO powerful. I'm aware that some people see drama as a dispensable add-on in schools. An extra-curricular activity that's fun but not educational. At a time of budget cuts and standardised tests I can see why...
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