Goal! Why Girls’ Football is Increasing in Popularity

May 11, 2016

Since the mid 1800s, football began as a game that boys and men played, much like most sports. Back then, all sports were for the male gender. Women were told it wasn’t lady-like to participate in such events. Women’s football made headlines in England in the late 1800s. That was when the Ladies’ Football Association was first pioneered by women from the suffrage movement. Although it didn’t last (the league…


Is Five Years Old Too Young To Start School?

March 20, 2016

Children in England start school much sooner than children in other Western European countries. Compulsory education starts at 5 in England, and many children begin education at 4, but in other European countries such as Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, school starts at 7. Children in England are making their way through the curriculum while their European counterparts are making their way through the sandpit at Kindergarten or enjoying time at…


Squashing Sibling Rivalry

February 28, 2016

Siblings will fight. It is inevitable and if we were honest, it would be weird if they never did. But sometimes the fighting can become too much. You start wondering if the strife growing between your children may carry over to when they become adults. All parents hope that their children will grow close enough so that they always have someone to depend on and be there if they need…


Too Much of A good Thing – How To Stop Your Kids Consuming Excess Sugar

February 20, 2016

Added sugar. It’s everywhere. Even in supposedly healthy items. And our children are consuming it in droves. Sugar has been shown to cause a royal ton of health issues from diabetes to obesity yet it is in more things than you can possibly imagine. So what’s a mum to do when she wants to give her kids the best nutrition possible without being a total killjoy that burns every single…


How Do You Cope With Your 3 year Old Interrupting?

October 21, 2015

Research has shown that one of the main parenting issues raised by parents of 3-4 year olds is the problem of children interrupting adult conversations. We have all witnessed the scenario: adults are mid conversation when 3 year old runs up to his mum “mummy, mummy guess what?….”. The child is obviously completely oblivious to social expectations and ‘politeness’. So, how do we as parents deal with this? Firstly we…


Good News For Parents Of Summer Born Children

July 22, 2015

The announcement this month by the government that they are to launch a review into schools admission policy comes as welcome news to many parents of summer born children, and in particularly to those who are part of the ‘summer born’ campaign. The review has been launched by Education minister Nick Gibb in response to concerns that summer born children face falling behind and being segregated into lower ability groups….


How Team Sports Can Benefit Your Children

With busy working lives it can sometimes be difficult to motivate ourselves, let alone our children; but getting our kids involved in sports during free time, especially if that sport involves being part of a team, can be particularly beneficial. Psychologists believe that participating in team sports can be a fantastic tool in increasing a child’s self esteem. Through team building and healthy competition, children get the chance to leave…

June 24, 2015

Summer Born Children: Should School Entry Rules Be More Flexible?

It seems there is an ever-growing concern over the psychological welfare of the ‘summer born child’ when it comes to school admissions. You may or may not be aware that the compulsory age for starting school in the UK is actually 5, and not 4 as a lot of us believe. It is ‘common practice’ in this country for children to start in reception class in the September following their…

June 14, 2015

Developing your child’s self esteem

A child’s level of self-esteem can be a crucial factor in their success and happiness over their lifetime. Equipping your child with a healthy self-esteem is a valuable gift that should not be overlooked. It is much easier for a child to develop a positive self-esteem right from infancy than for an adult to try to improve upon a negative self esteem. So, how can we work towards developing our…

May 16, 2015

Are You ‘Sugar Aware’?

Most of us are aware that too many sweets, cakes, chocolates and sugary drinks are bad for our kids. Many of us do our best to limit the intake of sugar in our children’s diets, and a lot of us believe we are doing a reasonable job. However, how many of us are aware of the sugar content in some of the foods we see as ‘safe’ and ‘nutritious’? Would…

April 11, 2015