Mother’s Day gifts from our children.

I have been teaching for 20 years and every year I help children make cards or simple gifts for their mums for Mother’s Day. During this time, I have talked to children about why they love their mummy. What is it that makes their mummy special for them? I thought I’d share some of the things that they have told me. By sharing these, I hope that all mums out there will feel special this Mother’s Day. It’s the small things we do for our children that they love, cherish and remember the most. Interestingly, the answers the children have given over the years haven’t really changed.
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How to Create a Relaxing Atmosphere at Home.

The home is a place where you want to kick back and relax  and forget about all the stresses of the world. But everybody knows that it is never that easy to simply find peace and quiet in your home. There are chores to do, tidying, cleaning, cooking, upkeep, and everything in between!
But there are still solutions that you can explore to find the perfect relaxing atmosphere within the home. It’s important; our homes are our sanctuaries after all. There are many ways to create just a little bit more ambience of calm. Consider seeking these solutions to make you fall in love with your home’s atmosphere all over again.
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The Perfect Posture: How can we help our children protect their backs?

Good posture is essential, no matter your age. Failure to master this in your older years could lead to back problems and reduced mobility. As such, many of us attempt, often when it’s too late, to rid ourselves of bad posture habits. In truth, though, posture also matters a great deal when it comes to our children.
We may not think it, of course. The majority of the kids are many years away from back problems, so why should this be an area of concern? But, this should be a prevention instead of cure situation. Those formative years are essential for back health. Fail to get on top of this, and developmental issues could mean back pain much sooner in your child’s life.
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How can I develop my child’s working memory?

Working memory is where we can can hold onto things long enough to use them and it’s something that some children struggle with. It’s the part of our memory that is needed when you are going into a room to look for something that you thought about upstairs! Working memory is needed to follow instructions and for concentrating when learning new skills. Without it, your child may be incredibly disorganised and may struggle with learning new skills, particularly the building blocks for early maths and reading. Imagine the teacher is telling the children about a word problem in maths. Children have to listen and take in what is being said but they also have to digest what they hear and find the pieces of information that they will need to work out the problem. Children with a poor working memory may forget the first part of the word problem before the teacher has finished speaking or will not know which information they need to work out the problem. Obviously, this can impact their schooling and they may need extra help.
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How can I help my child to be more organised?

Do you get cross every morning trying to get your child out the door to school?
Does you child always forget their football boots/PE kit/toy for show and tell?


Are you always having to remind your child about what they need on each day?


You are not alone! This is something that many parents struggle with and I often get parents asking me how they can help their child improve their organisation.

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Quick and Easy Home Upgrades on a Budget.

If money were no object, then many of us may be doing home renovations, redecorating, or extending, left, right, and centre! But as this isn’t the case for the majority of us, we have to plan the updates and changes that we plan to make to the home, as well as save up for them. And with the cost of living rising and rising, it may seem that your plans for your home are a long way off. But there are some options for updating your home that are going to be a little cheaper than you may imagine. Here some ideas to give you a little inspiration; what will you change first?
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Is Modern Living Creating a Crisis for our Children?

I’ve talked before about my worries about the pressures on our teenagers today. I’ve also written about how we could be causing anxiety in our children. I read about how anxiety, depression and mental illness is on the increase and I’ve seen a rise in anxious children in the primary schools I’ve worked in over the last 20 years. As teachers, this is often a topic of conversation in the staff room. Why is it that young children, some aged just 9, are becoming more anxious about life? It is a real worry. This post is not meant to cause offence and these are my own views but I’m talking about real situations that I have witnessed.
I’m wondering if our modern lifestyles are one of the reasons for the rise in our children’s anxiety?
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Master the Art of The Children’s Party

Gone are the days of pass the parcel, musical statues and a few sandwiches. Kids parties can now be the most lavish of affairs with parents competing to see who can hold the most talked about birthday soiree for their offspring. While you may not be one for entering into such trivial matters, you can’t help but want your little ones to have the best party to celebrate another year on the planet. Read on to see how you can master the art of the kids party!
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