To my daughter’s school – what I’d like you to teach her

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the foundations of different education systems. In Finland, formal education doesn’t start until the age of seven. Prior to that children are in daycare, where they learn entirely through play. In Japan, they learn manners and life skills before embarking on formal education. Few schools hire cleaners. Instead the children clean the school themselves to teach them to respect their environment. I don’t necessarily agree with all the principles of any particular education system. It’s all about balance and finding the right fit for the child. But these are the things I’d like…

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What can you do if you are unhappy with the school place your child is offered?

Like many parents across the country, we are currently waiting to find out which school has a place for our child. I have written before about the fact that we don’t feel our local school is the best place for her, and questioned whether we really have the right to choose a school. What are your options if you are unhappy with the school place your child is offered? The right to an education is fundamental here in the UK and I will never forget how lucky my children are to have that opportunity. But I also have the right to…

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An education on the road

Before I had the children, I was always travelling. Every year, I’d go somewhere new. I was never one for package holidays but preferred to go it alone. New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Venezuela and Thailand are just a few of the places I’ve explored. Since having the girls, things have changed completely. I’d love to be one of these parents that just carries on travelling but the truth is, life just hasn’t worked out like that. So instead, we are making the most of the fabulous UK holidays that are available at the moment.  In the future though, things will…

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What age should I give pocket money?

Libby is 3 years old. She will be 4 in June and starts school in September. Last week, she had her first ever pocket money. I have been asking myself, at what age should I give pocket money? And in the end, it seemed to come naturally. She has started to want things and understand that things have to be paid for, and that she can’t have everything she asks for. This seemed like the right time. So, why have I started to give her pocket money so young? 1. Learning about spending Libby is slowly starting to learn what each…

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The impact of screen time on behaviour

This week, I wrote in my Thursday photo post that I had noticed a real link between Libby spending a small amount of time in front of a computer and a deterioration in her behaviour.  I want to put a couple of things in context. Firstly, I’m not judging or criticising anyone for letting their children watch television or use iPads or other technology. After all, I’m only writing this because I totally understand the need to use a screen to entertain children sometimes, because I did just that this week.  The second thing I want to make clear is that Libby…

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