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Healthy Kids are Happy Kids

As the kids go back to school after the holidays are you making sure they start the term fit and healthy?  It’s that time of year again.  The nights are coming in earlier and there is less time to run around outside, but more than ever children’s...

Posted on 19 October 2012

Is Lack of Sleep taking its toll on Children?

How many hours of sleep does a five-year-old need?  Does the time at which a child sleeps matter? What hormones are produced only during sleep?  If, as a parent, you don’t know the answers, you are not alone.  According to a new survey by the Slee...

Posted on 21 June 2012

Good Night Nutrients

Can Nutrition Help Your Child To Get A Good Night Sleep? Can’t sleep or won’t sleep?  Children’s sleep problems are some of the most common parents face.  The result is not just exhausted children who struggle to learn or concentrate but parents i...

Posted on 11 November 2015

Choosing your child’s school – what to consider?

Of course you want your child to be happy and healthy – you also want to give them the best education available. So how do you decide?  It is really important to be ahead of the game and understand what’s out there and what will work for you and...

Posted on 31 July 2012

Homework Battles

Parental involvement in their children’s education is a hugely important, but what is required is a balance between providing support and making your child an independent learner.  Parents who do everything for their children are putting them at a...

Posted on 07 June 2015

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a huge area, one you may be struggling with, may be involved with already or just want to know more.  As a starting point here is a brief quote from the National Curriculum with regards to SEN.  'Schools have a...

Posted on 28 October 2015

Making your child's schooling a success

Dee Francken, renowned education consultant calls on her years of experience as a former head to provide some useful tips on making sure your child is prepared for school and gives advice on laying the groundwork to give them a successful school...

Posted on 02 July 2012

How to succeed as a working parent

A recent report* declared that working parents splash out £2,000 a year on ‘bribes’ for their children as it emerges that four in ten parents spend less than seven hours a week with them.  Half of these parents buy guilt presents for their childre...

Posted on 19 March 2015

Are we losing communication skills?

Before the days of mobile phones, texting, computers, internet access, game consoles and endless television channels what did people do?  The answer is that they used to communicate face to face.  They used to sit down and have a family meal...

Posted on 13 July 2012

How can I be a Great Dad?

With governmental changes to Shared Parental Leave there is a greater emphasis on fathers and the role that they play than ever before.  However, with the pressures of work, being a father and having the time to engage with your children is not an...

Posted on 16 April 2015

Raising a 21st Century Teenager

Nobody has all the right answers when it comes to bringing up kids, let alone teenagers.   As parents, we feel the pressure to turn out perfect children and be perfect parents – no such thing!  Parents of teenagers often feel: Worried that they...

Posted on 13 July 2012

Siblings without rivalry!

Sibling rivalry has always had bad press - think of Cain slaughtering Abel and Joseph being thrown down the well and sold by his brothers because they were jealous of his beautiful multi coloured coat! Sibling rivalry can apply to any child living...

Posted on 01 May 2015

The Challenges of Stepfamilies & Single Parenting

Stepfamilies have a bad image.  Single parents are either frowned upon or felt sorry for.  Think of Snow White’s jealous stepmother, the unrealistically positive Brady Bunch or Princess Jasmine’s desperate single father. Of course real life is mor...

Posted on 05 January 2017

What is dyslexia?

A working definition 1.1 There are many published definitions of dyslexia.  The Expert Advisory Group considered these carefully, in constructing a working definition for the review that includes key characteristics as explained below.  The workin...

Posted on 30 July 2016

Top tips on school selection

The process of choosing and applying for school can be a minefield, here, Dee Francken, education consultant goes through the maze of options available, giving helpful tips on how to choose the most suitable school for your child and how best to...

Posted on 02 July 2012

Special Educational Needs Glossary

Special needs glossary of terms   ADHD:   Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A learning disorder which involves being unable to follow instructions, acting impulsively and being unable to keep still.   Anger Management:   A programme design...

Posted on 28 October 2015

Fussy eating

Ask any mum or dad for their top ten worries about parenting and encouraging children to eat well is normally high on the list. The Children’s Food Trust ran a survey with Mumsnet and parents told us fussy eating was one of the main reasons why th...

Posted on 19 October 2012

School meals

It started as a blog that only her family were expected to read. Now, nine year-old Martha Payne’s NeverSeconds diaries about her lunches at school in Scotland have become an internet hit – getting parent forums talking again about what’s on the...

Posted on 28 May 2015

Fruit juice facts

Fruit juice is one way to help your child reach the five portions of fruit and veg they need to eat each day, and to take in important nutrients like vitamin C. But it’s easy to forget that fruit juice contains sugar too. This can contribute to...

Posted on 12 October 2012

Bringing it to the table - eating as a family

New research from the Journal of Epidemiology and Child Health looked at the eating habits of almost 2,400 children in south London. On the day of their study, they found that children whose families said they always ate together round a table ate...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Have you got a Calcium Kid?

And I don’t mean the film ! Far too many children aren’t getting enough calcium. In fact, one in eight 11-18 year-olds aren’t getting the recommended amount , and it’s a big problem. We need calcium for strong bones and teeth, especially during...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Don't go cold turkey...

Christmas dinner’s only just out of the way, but don’t swear off the turkey for too long. It’s a great way to help make sure your children are getting enough folate. This nutrient is one of a group of B vitamins and occurs naturally in foods, thou...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Cheesed off?

A new survey out this week highlighted that cheese can often contain more salt than you might think. Read a good summary of the response in the Guardian . Most kids love cheese, so what’s the best way to use it in a healthy diet for them? Here are...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Five a day for kids: Mission Impossible?

Five a day. On paper, it doesn’t sound too scary, does it? But for loads of parents who email, call and write to us every day, I know that even with the news of pledges from supermarkets, caterers and retailers this week under the Fruit and Veg...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Letters on lunchtime

Bonfire night may have been and gone, but it seems that time for lunch is still causing fireworks for some parents who’ve contacted us recently. We’ve been emailed by several mums and dads who are worried about their children not getting enough ti...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Make 2015 the year of eating well

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Did ‘Dry January’ end for you on Saturday the 3 rd ? How about some resolutions that really pay off? Here are the Children’s Food Trust’s top tips on helping your child to eat better in 2015. Try them all...

Posted on 30 January 2015

Your Senior School Child’s Internet Journey

For many senior school children, their digital world might seem as important as the real world to them.  They might spend their evenings chatting to friends on Facebook, texting, watching and uploading videos on YouTube or downloading from iTunes....

Posted on 19 March 2015

A guide to childcare options over the summer holidays

If I were a bonneted Victorian peasant, my heart would gladden at the thought of a long summer break from school during which my children would gladly assist with the harvest.  As a modern day working parent my shoulders slump at the thought of...

Posted on 28 May 2015

How to teach kids the value of money

How to teach kids the value of money from pocket money to part-time jobs It is important that children recognise the value of money and understand that it is not an unlimited resource which can be blown on one occasion. They can learn how to be...

Posted on 20 September 2017

Understanding your child’s needs during puberty

Spots. Mood swings. Hair “down there”. All the physical and emotional changes during puberty can be pretty overwhelming. Your support can mean a lot to your child. When your child starts puberty, there will be various changes that will become...

Posted on 15 September 2015

Understanding your teenager’s brain

As our children enter puberty, their minds and bodies go through huge emotional and physical changes. The first growth spurt in their brain occurs in the first three years of life, whilst during middle childhood their brains settle into a slower...

Posted on 30 September 2015

Girls and periods: How to support your daughter through a difficult time

Girls usually start puberty between 8 and 13 years old and they go through a lot of hormonal changes in this time. Speaking to your daughter about these changes can be difficult and embarrassing for both of you, especially for dads! But it’s...

Posted on 14 October 2015

Guide for trouble free sleepovers

More commonly referred to as “work of the devil,” a sleepover can strike fear into the heart of even the most fun loving parent.  It’s not unusual, given the mayhem, mess, lack of sleep, and subsequent grumpiness the following morning, to hear...

Posted on 09 April 2018

Back to school

Long, lazy days, filled with day trips, late nights, and an ever-sliding routine are what make the school summer holidays. But as the days draw in and the autumn term looms, here’s how to tackle that tricky transition back to structured days and...

Posted on 24 August 2017

How to have a Happy Halloween

Whether you revel in All Hallows’ Eve or prefer to hide away, the goblins and ghouls of 31st October have steadily crept up on us all. We’ve rounded up some of the latest advice for parents on how to keep children entertained, happy and safe amids...

Posted on 25 October 2017

How to ensure your child has a healthy relationship with social media

Is social media “ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”? These are the words of a former Facebook executive, who recently expressed regret and guilt over his part in building tools for the social media network that are “destroying h...

Posted on 24 January 2018

Life’s so unfair: a parent’s guide to the teenage brain

Some days, it takes the patience of a saint to parent a self-centered, moody and seemingly lazy teenager. In a nanosecond their mood can flip from one extreme to the other. What is going on with them? - And how should parents react? We’ve gathered...

Posted on 23 March 2018

Fortnite: Battle Royale – Harmless gaming craze or something to worry about?

Say “Fortnite” to any child over the age of eight, and the chances are that the reaction will be much more than a flicker of recognition. If that child isn’t already playing the game, then a friend probably is. Since its launch in September 2017,...

Posted on 24 April 2018

Are Smartphones Damaging our Children?

Smartphone use – what are the dangers? Many parents ask this and other related questions, like How many hours is safe ? Is Social Media the main issue ? Where do I look for guidance ? Just by typing “ are smartphones safe for children ” into Googl...

Posted on 08 May 2018

Parent or friend; can you be both?

Can parents really be friends with their children? Or is it better to be the ‘best’ mother or father you can, and leave being their ‘best’ friend to their actual friends? We’re not going to pretend there’s an easy answer; unfortunately there isn’t...

Posted on 01 August 2018