Should Primary School Children be Tested?

I was recently made aware that next year, our children, who are in year two of primary school will be doing their SATs or National Tests as they’re now know. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Our girls will be seven when they take their SATs, and although many people have said not to worry about them or the results, I can’t help but worry. Some argue that testing children at such a young age is good because it’s preparing them for tests they’ll take when they’re older, whilst others argue that the tests are purely for the… [Read More]

Should schools enforce the daily mile?

Have you heard of the daily mile? Perhaps your children already take part in it at school? Do you think it should be enforced in all schools? For those of you who don’t know, the daily mile encourages children to run or jog at their own pace for a full 15 minutes every day. A lot of schools have already signed up to the initiative, and I think it’s a great idea. This kind of follows on from yesterdays blog post, The Reality of Raising an Indoor Generation. More and more children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. That’s… [Read More]

6 ways to have a brilliant summer – despite the weather

Summer is here, meaning sunny days, picnics and having fun enjoying the fresh air, right? Wrong, if the British weather has anything to do with it! But don’t let storms keep you inside. The long days are an ideal time to get out with your children, giving them new skills and experiences and making for some lifelong memories. Life under canvas Camping can teach children about the world outside without leaving your back garden. You don’t need a big tent, just a quick pop-up one – the kind you would take to a festival (remember them?). Failing that, sling a… [Read More]

9 Critical Tips for Traveling by Car with a Baby

Traveling with your baby in a car can go two ways. Your baby might sleep the entire way, waking only to eat, and dozing quickly off again with a clean nappy and a full belly. The other scenario is that your baby screams the entire way, resulting in frayed nerves and you considering if the return trip home is truly necessary. A new location is good, right? It is impossible to predict how your child will behave on a car ride. Parents should be prepared for all scenarios, so let’s take a look at the best tips for traveling by… [Read More]

Should you charge your children rent?

After over hearing a conversation a few weeks ago about whether or not parents should charge their children rent when they enter employment, I was curious to hear what other people thought about this. I spoke to my husband, Nigel, who blogs at DIY Daddy, who thinks that parents should definitely start charging their children rent as soon as they enter employment. He says that it’s a good way for our children to learn that they need to pay their way in the world, and contribute toward food and bills etc. It will help to teach them the value of money… [Read More]

What age should children get a mobile phone?

I was 11 years old when my parents bought my sister and I our first mobile phones. After months of nagging and making promises to keep our bedroom tidy, our parents finally gave in and agreed. The Motorola D160 wasn’t the best looking mobile phone, but back then it was one of the ‘must have’ phones. Just look at the size on the screen! Imagine having a screen that size now! It was pretty basic, with it’s green LED backlight and one game included, namely snake, but for my sister and I, it was the best thing since sliced bread! Of… [Read More]

Encouraging Children to be Healthy and Active

As many people know, I enjoy keeping fit and I try my best to eat healthily too. This is something my five year old twins have started to take notice of in recent months. They’ve always know that mummy likes to run and they quite often join me in stretching after my runs. They know the names of the stretches and the muscles that each particular stretch is for! They also know that it’s important to keep fit and eat a varied diet. Now, I have to be honest and admit that when I was a kid, the last thing… [Read More]

Handwriting on the decline among Children

It might not come as much of a surprise that handwriting is one of the skills that’s been on the decline over recent years. With the rise of technology such as ipads, tablets and smart phones, there isn’t such a need for children to be writing as much as they used to. It’s a little worrying as it’s such a vital skill especially for adult life and it also comes with added benefits such as helping with relaxation and focus. There are plenty of statistics surrounding handwriting, and National Pen have put together a few along with some tips and… [Read More]

Do Children Need Rules?

Rules. Do they restrict us or keep us safe? Do they limit what we can do or do they give us reasonable boundaries in which to live our lives by? I guess it depends on your outlook? I like rules in some situations. For example when driving my car, I know that when approaching a zebra crossing I should stop to let pedestrians cross the road. When ordering a drink at a bar I know that I should let the people who were there before me be served first. Rules can be good, but they can also restrict us which… [Read More]

Are you an over-sharent?

A few weeks ago my husband and I attended parents evening at our girls school. On the way out, my husband picked up a copy of a magazine called ‘Digital Parenting‘. Having never heard of this publication before, I was curious to see what it was all about. As it happens, it’s pretty much summed up by its name! The magazine covers a range of topics from cyber-bullying, fake news and screen time. One article I came across is called ‘Are you an over-sharent?’ I instantly felt a slight pang of guilt. I mean I have been known to share… [Read More]