#iwill – Making social action part of life for 10-20 year-olds

Having got two children through their teenage years and with another going through it, there is one thing that frustrates me no-end. Lack of meaningful work for teenagers. Most companies will not employ a young person before they have officially reached school-leaving age due to the many employment restrictions on young workers, which therefore means that young people cannot find employment until after the last Friday of June of the school year in which they are 16. I remember having… Continue Reading “#iwill – Making social action part of life for 10-20 year-olds”

Mummy’s Guilty Pleasure!!

Cocktails Aruba

The lovely Kaz from Ickle Pickles Life and Travels has kicked off a fantastic new bloggers tag called Mummy’s Guilty Pleasures, and I was delighted when I was tagged to join in by the lovely Zena from Zena’s Suitcase. For my non-blogging readers, a ‘tag’ is where there is a selection of set questions and we ask our blogging friends to answer them. It’s a lovely chance for you to get to know us a little bit better and we learn a little… Continue Reading “Mummy’s Guilty Pleasure!!”

Tips for Surviving the Terrible Twos

Sebby

Although every child is different, there seems to be that one thing which every child has in common and that would be the Terrible Twos. As a parent, you feel horrible calling such a wonderful time in your child’s life ‘terrible,’ but there is no other way to describe the rapid onset of temper tantrums or your toddler’s stubborn resistance to being told what to do. While you, as a parent, know the purpose behind what you are instructing your… Continue Reading “Tips for Surviving the Terrible Twos”

The Free Play Experiment #PetitsFilousPlayFree

Earlier this month I partnered with Britmums and Petits Filous to help share the Free Play campaign to ensure it doesn’t become a thing of the past. Play is an important part of child development – from physical development of their muscles and motor skills, to the development of cognitive and communication skills and social/emotional growth. The key feature of free play is letting kids get bored sometimes and allowing them to find their own solutions – without reaching for… Continue Reading “The Free Play Experiment #PetitsFilousPlayFree”

The thing about school league tables…….

Exams

An article appeared on my facebook timeline last night that I was genuinely troubled by. England’s worst schools revealed….. The article, written by the Daily Mirror, which can be read here, states that official government figures released this week, show that one in eight mainstream secondary schools are under-performing. Schools fall below the government’s performance threshold if pupils fail to make enough progress across eight subjects, with particular weight given to English and maths. This is only the second year… Continue Reading “The thing about school league tables…….”