Category: Education

So, my kids don’t go to top universities

So my kids don’t go to top universities My kids are not at top universities. I am well aware of that thanks!  What I am sick of is (some) other parents who feel the need to point it out …oh was that the old poly?’ (sad face), …’oh Brookes, not actual Oxford?’ (smug face). A simple congratulations will do! Stop loading me with your hang-ups about your own children’s education. My approach to education is very considered. I have never been a parent who put a huge amount of pressure on my children, but I did it for a...

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5 university essentials – the important bits no one tells you!

This day was NEVER meant to come! I vividly remember the moment my eldest found out he had got into university. We were on holiday and waiting for the UCAS website to open. When the results came in we jumped about with relief and disbelief, but after the initial wave of excitement, a rather new and uneasy sensation swept through me. This amazing news meant he would be leaving home in a few weeks’ time. My little boy. This day was NEVER meant to come. But some seriously good acting and a strong desire to avoid making him emotional,...

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What do you Buy Teenagers Who Love To Cook

Teenagers Who Love To Cook Cooking is cool again! With the extensive media coverage top chefs such as Jamie Oliver receive alongside the huge success of TV series like The Great British Bake Off, many teenagers are being inspired to put on a pinny and to find their own way around the kitchen. Saf and I have been lucky enough to support teenagers who love to cook at a secondary school. These students were passionate and talented cooks, many of who went on to take Food Technology at GCSE level. As someone who loves to eat, but who really does not...

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Do you know a child who loves science? – 10 great ideas for geeky teens!

It’s British Science Week  9th – 18th  March My teenage daughter, Annie, is the scientist in the family. She is our geek and that is not the insult it used to be GEEK –  typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit So, we decided to spend some time finding great ideas for geeky teens. Do you know a child who loves science? Our geeky teen has helped us find things to appeal to young people with scientific minds. 1. Molymods   You might have heard your children talking about molymods. They are used in schools to...

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Children’s hobbies and why they should remain just that

Why Children’s hobbies are so important The definition of a hobby is An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure. A hobby is meant to be a hobby When our children take up something new it is exciting. We begin to see their true personality and individuality. Then when they start improving we instinctively feel the need to encourage. This is a natural, healthy reaction as we want the best opportunities for our children and their future success, but we need to take heed. By definition, a hobby is a pleasurable, leisure activity, so as soon as we put pressure...

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