OK, I apologise in advance for that rather grandiose title. However, a recent research piece from the BBC Terrific Scientific Sleep Investigation—in partnership with the University of Oxford—suggests 9-11 year-old children have the best reactions in the afternoon. Thousands of British school children aged 9-11 took part in the experiment, […]

Kids’ sleep investigation could alter primary teaching methods

I think I may have reached my complaints quota for the year – or possibly even the entire duration of primary school education. By nature, I am not a public complainer. I’m a British introvert and don’t like uncomfortable situations, atmospheres or rocking boats. Despite this, over the past decade […]

Return to being British, gently seething while not complaining

I don’t know if times have changed since I was at school in the 1970s and ’80s, or if my memory has simply failed, but I don’t recall a culture of gift-giving to teachers in the summer, as each academic year drew to a close. Nowadays it seems to be […]

Should I get my child’s teacher a gift?

The countdown is on to the summer holidays. 46 Days of Summer 21 July – 4 September 2017 I am determined this year is going to be a good one. The main concepts: No ‘going away’ holiday due to work commitments and finances, but build in regular trips and events. […]

Summer Holiday 2017 live blog

For most parents in Britain, this is about the time when they start panicking about the impending 6+ week school summer holiday about to descend on them. (Parents in Scotland get this joy about a month earlier and – at time of writing – are already in the middle of […]

How am I going to survive the summer holidays? Help!

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You’re a good parent and you’re keen to learn about the latest and greatest mobile apps, software, Internet services and online communication tools so you can keep your kids safe and secure without being seen as over-protective or overbearing. Yet you keep reading things in the mainstream media about phone […]

Snapchat: What it is and how to keep your kids ...

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All Hail Father’s Day For too long, it seems, the role of fathers has been sidelined in society. Perhaps because “absent father” is a more common condition and rolls off the tongue with greater ease than “absent mother”; because of the intrinsic belief in many societies that the mother role […]

It’s time to set the record straight on Father’s Day

Thinking about it in the cold light of day, it’s really obvious that a parent has far less than full control over what their children are told, and yet some days there’s a particular sinking realisation of that truth. Today was a pretty crappy day for our eldest daughter. We’d […]

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Beat the Street
Beat the Street (BTS) has descended upon our county for another year. It’s fair to say I was rather unimpressed with how things panned out last year, but the BTS team assure me all the bugs have been ironed out and they have learnt from previous mistakes, so we’ll see […]

Beat the Street “Live Blog”

It’s that time of year again when The British Toy Retailers Association reveals its lists of “must have” toys for the forthcoming Christmas season. This year, alongside the Top 12 toys (listed below), the TRA has created eight lists of toys in various categories: Action Station Connected Good Game, Good […]

DreamToys 2016: Top UK toys for Christmas 2016

Introduction Cups and Mushrooms is a fun, active game for two teams and is best played with larger groups of children – at least 10 but preferably more. Ideally played in a large space where there is room to run around – indoors or out. Equipment To play Cups and […]

Games: How to Play Cups & Mushrooms

Considering the plethora of technology options available to most people today, and the importance of teaching future generations how to communicate well, I don’t think it unreasonable to expect my daughters’ schools to take the lead on professional — and above all else accurate — communication. Yet I find myself […]

School communication – verdict: could do better