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Lucy's blog

Cracking the Whip

There was a really great piece by journalist Tanith Carey in the Sunday Times in December which I've been meaning to blog about for ages and I urge you to read. It's all about her daughter Lily's meltdown at the age of 11 owing to being continually ?pushed'...

When should I start my child on a musical instrument?

My son's starting Reception class in September, so the ?Tiger Mother? in me contacted the school to ask when he could start learning an instrument. Apparently, his school has a policy of not starting children until Year 2, so if I want him to begin learning before then,...

Happy St David's day

When I was a child, my favourite days of the year, in order, were: 1) Christmas Day 2) My birthday 3) St David's Day The first two are obvious of course - they involve presents! But the third, St David's day, might surprise you.   For those who...

Just Say No!

No, this blog post is not about the toe-curling anti-drugs eighties-fest that is the Grange Hill Just Say No video (though it's worth having a look if you fancy a nostalgia-based giggle). It's about a much more prevalent problem in primary school at least -...

Rainy days and Mondays

With half term approaching and the British weather being what it is, it's always a good idea to be prepared and plan some activities to avoid finding yourself with a house full of grumpy bored faces. So here are my top favourite 'rainy day' activities purloined...

Could you make do with just 10 items?

On a visit to the dentist this week, I was flicking through an old copy of Red Magazine and came across an article called "Your Life in 10 Items" - sadly I can't seem to find it online, so you'll have to make do with my synopsis... Ready? Here goes :) The...
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