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  • 8 Aug 2016

    The importance of play

    Play is described as the work of childhood so how can we encourage this natural exploration in our children? As parents, we ignore the importance of play at our peril. Neuroscientists have discovered that part of the brain is hardwired for play. Creative activity stimulates the frontal lobes of the brain so it is vital that we allow time and space for our children to play. […] more

  • 1 Aug 2016

    HOW TO GIVE YOUR KIDS A 1970s SUMMER

    Andrea Mynard gets excited about allowing her daughter a free-range summer holiday. The sun is shining, the summer holidays are beckoning and l’m starting to daydream about children climbing trees, having picnics and camping out in the tree-house. Images of my own 1970s childhood flash into my mind: cycling off with friends to a nearby brook to find tadpoles that we attempted to bring home in jam-jars, making treasure maps and dens and generally running wild with the three children who lived next door. […] more

  • 15 Jul 2016

    101 Free Summer Activities

    For many of us the summer holidays are here and, whether your children attend school or you home educate, it can be an expensive time of year. We’ve put together a list of 101 completely free activities for the whole family to enjoy this summer, with many that can be enjoyed indoors in the unpredictable British climate: […] more

  • 15 Jul 2016

    10 positive parenting tips for your wild child!

    HAVE A STRONG-WILLED CHILD? You're lucky! Strong willed children can be a challenge to parent when they’re young, but if sensitively parented, they become terrific teens and young adults. Self-motivated and inner-directed, they go after what they want and are almost impervious to peer pressure. As long as parents resist the impulse to "break their will," strongwilled kids often become leaders. 
What exactly is a strong-willed, or spirited, child? Some parents call them "difficult" or “stubborn,” but we could also see strong-willed kids as people of integrity who aren’t easily swayed from their own viewpoints. Laura Markham on why you are lucky to have a strong-willed child who can sometimes be a bit wild. […] more

  • 15 Jul 2016

    Plan a Staycation

    The word ‘staycation’ crept into our lexicon some time in the late noughties when people began to feel the pinch of the recession. Suddenly, jetting off to foreign climes wasn’t the cheap and cheerful option, and folks began to look closer to home for their summer jollies. A good thing too, with air travel cited as the least environmental form of transport. A staycation is basically a vacation at home. Here are some of the ways to make your staycation a family event to remember... […] more

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