When gender stereotyping costs businesses money

Gender stereotyping. Girls wear pink, boys wear blue. Boys play with trains, girls play with dolls. Women are nurses and men are doctors. Males are strong, females are weak. Females show emotions, a real man never cries. It’s wrong, all of it. And as a society, I hope we are working on it. But it goes further than that and on an everyday level, businesses are losing money because of their attitudes. The bike incident My husband works in a small city and on his lunch break, he sometimes has a look around the shops. I’m not one for buying…

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Premier League Primary Stars – One Year On

A year ago, Premier League Primary Stars was launched. It is an education programme accessible for all schools throughout England and Wales. They hoped to engage 10,000 schools by 2019 but the programme has been more successful than anyone could have hoped for. In 12 months, 15,442 schools have become involved, working alongside 101 professional football clubs. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Celebrating the Premier League Primary Stars On Thursday night, I joined some fabulous bloggers at an event to celebrate the achievements of Premier League Primary Stars. I hadn’t heard much about the programme before, and…

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Thursday photo #206 – taking control

For the past few months, I’ve felt a bit like I was drifting along. There was always too much to do and not enough time. And yet, I felt like I should be doing more. Fitness and weight loss After losing Pluto last week, I realised it was time to get back into running. I had tended to walk most days because I didn’t have time to both run with Bubbles and walk Pluto. So, now it’s just me and Bubbles going out each day, there’s no excuse not to run. I’ve entered a triathlon for July so I need…

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How a science toy could save the world

Did you know that only 23 per cent of people in core STEM occupations in the UK are female? Or that only 4.5 per cent of commercial airline pilots are women? This isn’t a throwback to 1957, it’s now. This is the world our children are growing up in. Exploring science A few weeks ago, Libby came home from school and informed me that she wanted to go to science club. If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that Libby wants to do everything. Music, drama, swimming, cycling, running, writing, dancing, climbing, cricket, rugby – you name it, she…

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Thursday photo #205 – the hardest week

There were high hopes for the Easter holidays around here. The weather would improve, we’d go on holiday in the camper van in the sunshine. There would be days out, chilled evenings and walks on the beach with the dogs. But you know what they say about best laid plans. Warwick Castle It seems like a long time ago now that we went to Warwick Castle for the day, but it was only last Thursday. The girls had both been suffering with a cold and Libby was still a bit under the weather that day. But we’d said we’d go…

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Goodbye to the one who loved me

There’s something special about the relationship with a dog who chooses you as his own. From the moment Pluto strolled into our house as a rescue dog, he had decided that I was his. And that’s how it has always been, for nine happy years. I couldn’t change your beginning It’s hard to say what Pluto went through in the early years, but he wasn’t a happy dog. When our local rescue found him, he had been beaten and starved. There was wood embedded into his chest, requiring an operation to remove it. And it was many months after we…

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9 things you need to know about a family visit to Witley Court

We only discovered Witley Court a few weeks ago despite living nearby. It’s an English Heritage property with woodland walks, formal gardens and a fascinated stately home that is completely in ruins. Not only is it the perfect destination for a family day out, but it’s dog friendly too. Here are 9 things you need to know about it. 1. Entry fees and English Heritage Witley Court is an English Heritage property, so don’t forget to bring your card with you if you’re a member. Entry to Witley Court costs £22.40 for a family, whereas family membership to English Heritage…

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