Trust your gut instinct and persevere
Being qualified as a children’s nurse and health visitor didn’t really prepare me for all that comes with being a parent. Sure I knew what the textbooks said and had supported families but no one – not even if they had tried – could have prepared me for the emotions involved in raising children.
60 per cent of parents say they need inspiration to help reignite their imagination as they’ve ‘forgotten’ how to play
Disney has brought together The Institute of Imagination, parenting experts and theatrical stage-masters to launch The Gift of Play – a new campaign hosted on a dedicated website [disneythegiftofplay.co.uk], which is entrenched in Disney’s nearly 100-year legacy of creative storytelling, to encourage adults and children to have more shared imaginative playtime together.
Digital Detoxing: How to Break Up with Technologies as a Family
Technology has become an everyday element of contemporary living. It doesn’t matter if you’re a tech wizard or a technophobe, chances are you own a digital device or two. The convenience of technology can often lead to people spending excessive amounts of time in front of the screen, including children. In fact, 5-7 year-olds typically spend 4 hours doing just this.
As part of Anti-bullying week, here's some tips of how to 'navigate' children's online bullying
As a mum, one of the biggest fears for my children is online bullying, I kind of feel it's out of my control and I don't know where to start to ensure their safety. A child can quite literally be reached 24/7 online; I think that's why I worry so much and it doesn't matter how many rules you put in place, do you think they always adhere to them...probably not if they are anything like my nippers! As part of Anti-bullying week, I have some really useful tips from a child development expert Dr Kalanit Ben-Ari, pulled together by Envirofone on how to 'navigate' children’s online bullying - how to spot it and tips that might help. Also, on Apps and programmes that can be used to monitor/track/control your child's online activity.
Teachers from Top UK Private Schools say Period of Online Learning Helped to
Close the ‘Achievement Gap’ for Children who Need More Time to Learn
As a parent, you are likely to worry how much your child has been impacted by the pandemic in terms of their education, and I'm sure in the past, many of us have worried about how much attention your child pays in class. So it's really interesting to hear Hugh Viney, Headmaster at Minerva’s Virtual Academy, a virtual online learning school comment on the impact of the pandemic on teaching “We are definitely hearing a lot more traditional schoolteachers talking up the benefits of online learning. Learning has never been a ‘one size fits all’ approach, it just doesn’t work that way. "
10 tips on how to effectively homeschool - including 10 great websites/resources
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If you had a hundred home educators in a room, each of them would likely have a different approach, but there are various steps you can take to get the most out of homeschooling.
With a third national lockdown closing most UK schools, Greg Smith, Head of Operations at Oxford Home Schooling, one of the UK's leading home education providers, has given his 10 top tips on how to effectively homeschool.
Let's get crafty at Christmas
With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get crafty with your children. We are big fans of fingerprint and handprint crafts which are not only simple to make but are a treasured record of tiny hands for grandparents and other special relatives. While a few pipe cleaners and a handful of beads can be turned into a pretty Christmas tree decoration.
We can't be more excited at Parent Time to watch Becoming You, on Apple TV. It's narrated by Olivia Colman that documents and follows children from around the globe, how they grow and develop from birth to age 5.