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Helping Your Child to Concentrate

Developing concentration skills is a key part in a child's development - and succeeding in any field, be it artistic, sporting or academic requires the ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Concentration is one of what we call the Four Cs (along with confidence,...

Out of the Mouths of Babes...

Yesterday, I was wrestling - completely unsuccessfully I might add - with some work (and quite probably huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf). My son wandered over to me and asked what I was doing. "I'm just trying to get this work done, but I'm finding it...

Tips to Deal with Bossy Children

Many children reach a 'bossy' stage at one time or another, for most it's simply part of their development - as they develop a stronger sense of self, they want to take more control. This may manifest itself in a number of ways - perhaps in their interactions with...

Guest Post on Baby Budgeting

Becky from Baby Budgeting was kind enough to offer me a guest posting slot this month, so please do pop over to take a look and let me know what you think via the following link - Imaginative Play for Children Whilst you're there do check out her other posts - the blog...

Praising Children

Most parents totally accept the idea that praising children is very important. You can use praise in any number of ways e.g. you've noticed their actions and appreciate them; or you may use praise to recognise and commend their talents or abilities. It can help boost...

Surviving the Supermarket

Thank goodness for 24 hour supermarkets. Often I tuck the little ones up in bed and leave the hubby to watch them and then go off to the supermarket all by myself. Late at night it's often nigh on heavenly... Or as close to heavenly as the weekly shop can get! I...

Dealing with Other People's Children

Pretty much everyone who works at Perform deals with other people's children on a regular basis. For the most part, the children are pretty well behaved. They are often high spirited so the challenge is normally getting them to focus their energies. But of course from...

Sibling Rivalry

Whilst sibling rivalry is common, it can be nonetheless upsetting for all involved. As a parent and as someone who deals with children on a daily basis, I've both experienced it first hand and have had numerous conversations with parents who are struggling too. So,...

What Do You Want to Be?

Today I was chatting with my son about the various jobs which grown ups do - so of course I just had to ask him what he wanted to be when he grew up. His first answer? SpongeBob SquarePants! I suggested maybe he meant he'd like to work in a restaurant like SpongeBob - but...

Balancing Acts

As a parent and as a Principal, I think it's often tricky to strike the balance between giving your child the requisite 'push' and allowing them space to develop in their own time. For example, one of my Perform parents is facing something of a dilemma right...
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