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Can science make your child ‘smarter?’

  I blogged a few weeks ago about an article claiming “how to make your child into a genius” and today I found this article which I thought I’d share with you too. It’s apparently about how to make your kids smarter (this time...

150 years of Alice in Wonderland

This year sees the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It's no surprise that this book has stood the test of time and is still as popular in 2015 as it was when first written and read by the likes of Queen Victoria and the...

Are you a Tiger Parent?

Tiger Parenting is a term that has become fairly common place since Amy Chua’s bestseller, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, was first published in 2011. But Tiger Parenting is hardly a new phenomenon and parents have been pushy, I’m sure, since time began....

Autism and the phenomenon of Minecraft

My children, aged five and eight, are obsessed with Minecraft and I know many parents have the same experience. When I get home from work every day, I sometimes wonder if they are more excited to see me or my iPad! Markus “Notch” Persson, who taught himself to...

The benefits of being bilingual

One hundred and fifty years ago, a number of Welsh pioneers left Wales to set up a new life in one of the most remote and inhospitable places on earth: Patagonia in Argentina. They did it to safeguard their language and culture because they believed that Wales was...

Pushy parents stress out children

"Pushy parents stress out children” according to Tony Little, the Head Teacher of Eton School in an article published on Monday by Abigail Simmons for bbc.co.uk, which you can read here. He says that there has been a rise in the number of parents...

Team Elsa or Anna - who's the winner?

  We’ve just released details of this year's Summer Holiday courses and I'm excited to say that we’ll be putting on mini-musical versions of The Ice Queen for 4- 7 year olds, inspired by the global phenomenon, Frozen. Putting together the...

Making speeches from a very young age

I’m passionate about children being confident when they speak in public and it’s something that we are very committed to at Perform. We have numerous exercises that we play with the children at our weekly workshops - public speaking really can be learnt. Having...

Is your child a fussy eater?

I came across an article yesterday by Spanish paediatrician Carlos Gonzalez and its title, “What to do if your child won’t eat” grabbed me because I have two extremely picky little eaters at home aged 5 and 7, which is a source of constant despair and...

Are schools failing our children?

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...
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