Education and parenting articles from the King's team

Convince Me!

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Kids of all ages are excellent at wearing down the resistance of a parent who denies permission for them to go somewhere due to lack of safety or suitability concerns. Unfortunately many kids use annoying methods such as:

- repetition ( Can I go? Can I go? Can I go?) ;
- questioning ( Why can’t I go?);
- guilt ( You never let me go anywhere!);
- nagging ( Can I, can I, can I go, pleeease!) and
- whining ( Ahhh! Whyyy Caaan’t I gooo!)

Topics: Parenting, Behaviour

10 Fun Card Games for Mental Maths

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Who’s for a quick game of cards?

Card games help reinforce maths strategies learnt at school  in a fun and informal way. They let children learn from experience, develop ‘mathematical fluency’ and improve memory and confidence.

Here are 10 great games to play with your children to sharpen up their primary maths skills ...

Topics: Primary School, Prep, Numeracy

How to Speak So Young People Will Listen

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If you find that your young person’s eyes glaze over the minute you start to talk to them, then don’t despair. Sometimes all it takes is a small change to encourage your young person to listen to what you have to say.

Topics: Parenting, Behaviour

How to Tell Relatives, Babysitters, Teachers and Even Your Spouse Your Screen Time Rules

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You wouldn't send your kid to a sleepover without telling the parents about your kid's allergies or bedtime bugaboos. Why not use the same logic with screen time rules?

We know it's hard to do. It can feel like you're being judgmental or don't trust the other person to take good care of your child. But if you have strong preferences about what and when your child consumes media, you need to speak up even when you're not around to supervise.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Internet, Primary School, Preschool, Prep, Toddlers

Why You Shouldn't Skip the Parent Teacher Interview

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So your child’s doing just fine at school: No problems with grades or homework, seems happy with their friends, no complaints from any of the teaching staff. Do you really need to attend that parent teacher meeting?

Or maybe your child hates school, is always in trouble and you just can’t face seeing their teacher to hear all about it … Again!

Topics: Parenting, Teachers, High School, Primary School, Anxiety

What's in a Name?

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Recent internet buzz is that parents across the English-speaking world are starting to call their baby daughters “Khaleesi” after a character from the all-conquering Game of Thrones books and TV series by George RR Martin. This has me wondering about the influence of pop-culture on children's names.

Topics: Parenting

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