Topic: Parenting

Fortnite and Fanaticism

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Working with kids in schools these past weeks, and indeed having five children of my own, has alerted me to the seemingly unprecedented obsession with the new online game Fortnite. Not since Pokémon Go has something seemed to take the world by storm, leaving parents wondering when it will ever stop.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Internet, Primary School, Technology

How I Got Sucked Into My Kids' Gaming World

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Like many parents, I struggle with kids and screen time, most notably with computer games. I set time limits on play, check games are age-appropriate, ban devices from the bedroom and offer all sorts of alternative play and activities … but still get disheartened that my two boys would rather race virtual cars and navigate imaginary worlds than kick a football around or build Lego.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Internet, Primary School, Technology

Talking to Kids Makes Them Smarter

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The links between school achievement and parents’ ability to talk with kids from a young age are now well established.

The language stimulation children receive when they talk with parents is one factor. But engagement in conversation with parents benefits kids in a far broader sense.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Primary School

Fostering Healthy Sibling Relationships

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If your kids constantly fight with each other, then don’t despair. All that emotional energy isn’t going to waste.

According to a recent study, sibling fights teach kids important conflict resolution skills. In fact, parents who stop their children from arguing may well be depriving them of important learning opportunities.

Topics: Parenting, Behaviour, Social Skills

Mother's Day Ideas You Might Want to Skip

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A few years ago, I received a beautiful hand-made Mother's Day card from my eight-year-old entitled "Mum I love you because ...". Inside he had written an impressive two paragraphs extolling my ability to unstack dishwashers frequently and efficiently. How I felt loved! Clearly his love-language was 'acts of service'.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Primary School

Faster Lunch Boxes

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There are some wonderfully creative, thoughtful parents who scour Pinterest for novel ways to present a sandwich or jazz up the contents of their kids' lunch boxes. And then there are the frantic, time-short parents whose main concern is how quickly they can throw together some (healthy-ish) packed lunches before dashing to work/doing the school run. This blog is for the second category.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Primary School, Food, Preschool

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