I am normally quite a talkative person but even I was rendered speechless when I read this article about some of the many ‘Curriculum Cleansing’ changes that Michael Gove is planning.
For example, currently all GCSE students have to study English by either taking English Language GCSE and an English literature course, or a single English GCSE which combines both language and literature. Both options introduce children to English literature. Read more »
Did anyone read this story recently about a grandfather in Kent who went to pick up his granddaughter and was given the wrong child?
He took this child to a doctor’s appointment where she was prescribed liquid paracetemol and then took her back to school. At the end of the day, she was picked up by her mother and, it was only later when she told her what had happened, that the whole story came to light.
I don’t know the exact details, only what was reported, and regardless of the extraordinary notion of a presumably competent grandfather confusing a random child with his own granddaughter, the obvious question here is:
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I had to share this piece by Tim Lott in The Observer last week.
Tim talks about the struggle he had to get his eldest daughter Ruby to eat fruit and vegetables as a child. Ruby refused to eat anything remotely healthy and the article starts with him talking about the meltdown he had with her at Ikea Brent Cross over a pea. He was determined for her to eat just one little pea, even if it was smothered in tomato ketchup or dipped in honey. But, despite offering rewards and punishments, she wouldn’t eat the pea and hasn’t ever eaten one since.
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I really can’t stand the term Mumpreneur.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s a series about a young girl whose mother marries the King and therefore becomes Royal overnight. The episodes are based around the dilemmas that young children experience and the plots all have strong moral messages behind them. the show also has a fantastic musical score which particularly appeals to me. Read more »
I read this article in the Independent in June and it made me so cross that I couldn’t bear to blog about it. However, following all the international coverage about The Duchess of Cambridge breast-feeding – and having calmed down somewhat(!) – I thought I should share it.
Essentially, the report says that breast-feeding your child improves their chances of becoming a successful adult.
Apparently, a study analysed 34,000 people born in the 1950s and 1970s and claims that breast-fed children are 24% more likely to be upwardly mobile and 20% less likely to drop down the social ladder.
In a nutshell, they claim that the findings show that breast-feeding enhances brain development, which boosts intellect, which in turn increases upward social mobility. Read more »
Forgive me quoting one of my favourite Stephen Sondheim songs from Into the Woods but these are wise lyrics and I do think that we should be extremely careful about what we say. Children really do listen, and they listen to their parents the most.
In my role, something I hear a lot of parents doing is talking about their children within ear shot of their children and describing them in different ways. A word that comes up a lot is that the child is ‘shy’.
If you read my blogs regularly, then you’ll know that I have a bit of a bugbear about the word ‘shy’. I don’t like the word and I would never use the word ‘shy’ to describe a child. Read more »
I was watching BBC Breakfast on Monday morning and there was a debate on between two working mothers about whether women should feel guilty about working. The two mums were expressing different views on the subject.
My immediate thought was “Are we REALLY still discussing this subject in 2013”?
My reaction reminded me of the episode in Scandinavian drama Borgen when Denmark’s female Prime Minister has taken time off work because her daughter is seriously sick. Predictably, the Danish media starts raising questions such are “Can a woman be a Prime Minister?” , “Can a woman juggle home life and work life?” and “Should a woman be in politics?”
You’d have to have been living on Planet Mars recently not to have heard about Michael Gove’s suggestion to have longer school days and shorter holidays and the negative reaction there has been to this. Mr Gove believes that our school system was designed for a 19th-century agricultural economy, children are trailing behind and that school hours and holidays need to be more family-friendly. With teacher and parents groups opposing this move, it’s hard to think who he is trying to appeal to.
Personally, I think that a 9am-3.30pm is enough of a school day for children. I wouldn’t relish picking my children up at 4.30pm as I think that they’d be exhausted. I also like them to do after school activities on some days and just chill at home on others. But would longer hours mean that our children would really benefit? And is it worth considering?
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It’s all about her daughter Lily’s meltdown at the age of 11 owing to being continually ‘pushed’ too hard academically from the age of 3. Because of this, Lily was conditioned to believe that her value as a person was down to her success in school. Feeling continually criticised and judged, her self-esteem and confidence were hugely affected leading to Tanith changing direction in order to not jeopardise her daughter’s happiness and relationship with her.