Hard Evidence: at what age are children ready for school?
By David Whitebread, University of Cambridge
When are children “ready” for school? There is much debate about when the transition between play-based pre-school and the start of “formal” schooling should begin. The trend in the UK primary school curriculum over recent decades has been towards an earlier start to formal instruction, and an erosion of learning through play. Continue reading “Discussion: UK Education”
Let’s go on an Alphabet Journey! Craft and activities around letters in the alphabet – a new letter each week. Dragon expressed interest in letter forms and in this series, I explore fun ways to incorporate this into his everyday activities.
Continue reading “We’re Going on an Alphabet Hunt”
Do you really know when to potty train your toddler? I thought I knew but boy, oh boy, was I wrong. Here I share my experience and why waiting six months made all the difference. Continue reading “When to Potty Train”
For me, Studland Beach in Dorset is right up on top of the list of serene beaches. Granted, I haven’t seen them all but this is a true beauty. Part of the National Trust, we like to take advantage of it every chance we get. Unfortunately, it had been a while since my last walk here; my last visit here was with a friend when Dragon was still in the womb – too long!
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This morning started out a bit difficult – several cries in the night kept me awake for a while – and consequently, D and I were both a bit on edge. Saying that, all improved after we had a bite so maybe we were just a bit hangry? After some great play outdoors, trying to ‘wake’ the ‘asleep’ snowman by kicking and stomping on it, hiding-and-seeking and cooking up some delicious leek and potato soup, he miraculously went down for a nap. I’m convinced it had nothing to do with the previous two days of no naps but was just my well-honed parenting skills that made that happen…! Continue reading “One February Afternoon”
Just when you think you’re back in a rhythm of 8h night-time sleep, Dragon has a way of putting your life back on its head. Due to reasons unknown to my husband and I, we’ve been getting 5am wake-up calls this week – full-on screaming and gone are the days of playful roaring. So how do we cope with the ever-changing landscape of parenthood?
Continue reading “An (Interim) Review of Agile Family Living”
If you’ve not come across TED before, it’ll change your world. Inspirational talks by leaders in their various fields, the platform shares insight into all aspects of life – science, humanity, technology, and parenting. Here I have listed some of my favourite talks on parenting and family life.
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My husband started a new job in the new year which has meant longer hours and less time with family. We were spoiled in the past as we had an amazing work-life balance: home by 5, cook dinner, play with our boy Dragon, relax or go to the gym/for a bike-ride. For some much-needed together-time, we headed to our local park on Saturday to take in some fresh air and recuperate from what has been a week of adjustment. Continue reading “The Simple Things in Life”