The lessons children will never learn from homework

I’ve never really known how I felt about young children having homework. It’s a subject I’ve read a lot about and in principle, I’m not against it. Libby has been bringing a reading book home each day since starting school. We read those in the mornings before school because she can’t concentrate by the evening when she’s tired. And our 10 minutes together each morning has definitely improved her reading. But I think that’s enough. The problem with homework Libby has recently started to have a little bit more homework. Usually some basic maths or writing, always based on the…

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Lessons from my children: On saying ‘No’

Since beginning my love affair with Instagram just a few short months ago, I have become more aware of the world around me. This afternoon on my walk, I noticed that the sun glancing out from behind the hills onto a tree cast it into a perfect silhouette. As I stood there for a few moments, committing the beautiful view to memory and to camera, it crossed my mind that the structure of the trunk, branches and twigs were reminiscent of the skeleton of a leaf. The tree follows a tried and tested structure that it knows to be strong and effective…

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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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Learning from the best

  As parents, we all do our best to show our children the right path. We try to teach them right from wrong and guide them to always do their best and be happy. Sometimes though, adults just don’t make great teachers. By adulthood, we have all become cynical and negative to a greater or lesser degree. We often fail to take in the beauty of our surroundings. And of course, as a species we are systematically destroying that beauty day after day. So sometimes, children need role models that are not adults. And in my humble opinion, that’s where pets…

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Do we really need it?

Everywhere I look, I see children with the latest gadgets and technology.  There are television series especially for young children to help them learn. There are apps, websites and games to keep them entertained and assist with their development.  Occasionally, my girls watch the TV or a film. Libby enjoys nursery rhymes on YouTube and Lia likes to watch as well. They both dance and sing along. Libby knows all the words and Lia joins in with some of the actions.  And yet, I can’t help but feel that they learn more from actually doing things the old way, tech…

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