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Setting up for a Tech-Lite Summer

Setting up for a Tech-Lite Summer

As I write, my seventeen year old daughter is in her room on her own computer doing an online research internship with someone she has never met in another city. Her entire social life is organised through lengthy text threads and she stays in touch with friends, some in different countries on endless Facetime calls.

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Remedies to Reduce Exam Nerves

Remedies to Reduce Exam Nerves

This week thousands of children went into the exam season - including my daughter starting her GCSE exams and Ann’s daughter sitting Advanced Placement tests in the US. They will be followed by thousands more who will be set end of year exams after the half term holiday.

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Friendships

The Power of Friendships

With schools open, an easing of covid restrictions and spring in full bloom, children can now focus on one of the most important things in their lives - their face-to-face friendships.
As parents, we may be worrying about how our children catch up on schoolwork, but it’s crucial that children re-build their friendships and hone their friendship skills.

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Father and Son

Raising sons to become men of integrity, kindness, compassion and respect

How do we raise our sons to become men of integrity, kindness, compassion and respect? Given recent events, this is the question many parents are asking us. Ahead of the two boys workshops this term, mum of 2 grown sons, Juliet shares her insights into how parents can integrate the ideas of consideration, tolerance and consent into their daily lives at home.

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Helping children adapt to being back at school...

The first week back to school has been a flurry of excitement and nerves, and a level of chaos, as we’ve had to adapt to the change of pace and routine. Now the first week is done, we need to turn our attention to the next few weeks, terms and even years of schooling that our children have ahead of them.

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Looking ahead to 2021 – from Melissa Hood

The start of 2021 has been very challenging with high numbers of CV19, a total lockdown and a return to home schooling. You’ve been overseeing lessons, whilst trying to carve out some time and space to do your own work. It’s been sooo relentless and tiring.

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Ann’s story – the power of connection

I’m always in awe of people that have birth plans that they actually stick to! While I’m quite organised, I never quite got to the point of making one because my child has always been one step ahead, and her birth was no different.

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Jenny’s story – the impact of negative labels

As a child I found my emotions difficult to manage. I had a lot of them, and they all seemed quite intense! They often led me to behave in ways that my parents, friends and teachers found inconvenient.

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Juliet’s story – moving from controlling to supporting

I had a very clear idea of the sort of parent I would be - calm, capable, organised, upbeat, ready to cope with anything, and always available to my children. As a result, I knew that my daughters would be charming, well-behaved, kind, helpful and the best of friends.

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Victoria’s story – adapting positive parenting skills to the needs of the child

With a background in psychology, specialising in early years child development, and years of experience working as a primary school teacher, I expected myself to be a really great parent…. But I struggled.

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