Most of us remember being 11+ as we entered middle or secondary school. That time when we went to big school was like being dropped into the deep end when you can’t swim. Since life has moved on for us we now have our child in this time frame. Just like in every generation middle and secondary school has changed…. View Post
Kids and project work not a breeze? Try these
Project work can really test the limits of modern families. We all tackle projects differently and each child is no different. Do you have a cram it all in at the last minute, stay up late child? Do you have a start strong and get sidetracked with the colours and font child? Chances are however your child tackles project… View Post
How to completely change from you to them preparing the school lunch
We started with Parent’s guide to transitioning from doing the packed lunch as a starting point for school age kids managing their packed lunch. For the lunchtime menu to work well there has to be a few rhythms and routines to master. The second part of this system is a crucial step we often forget when we’re transferring knowledge in a family…. View Post
There are some big changes for RaisingPlayfulTots and Play-Activities. Tune in and hear what’s up! Would welcome your feedback WHAT TO DO NEXT: So you’ve listened to this episode – if you liked it and want to hear other ones – and I really think you will….you should do this right now: How to… View Post
How to protect without being overprotective
That gap between loving them in a protective cocoon and letting them experience the struggles and hardships of life is so hard for parents. Even a butterfly has to leave that protective cocoon and fly. Parents are often told they are overprotective. It’s not good. Do different. There’s a lot of fear around what might happen to our children… View Post
What is low-risk independence?
Welcome to part two of a series about encouraging independence in school-aged children. Parents know they should, but in an age of overprotective parenting, it’s just easier, quicker, safer- insert your word here too if we control it all. I hope we can take a fresh perspective to our ideas about independence during the school years. I’d welcome your feedback…. View Post
Are they getting enough Low risk independence?
Welcome to a series about encouraging independence in school-aged children. Parents know they should, but in an age of overprotective parenting, it’s just easier, quicker, safer- insert your word here too if we control it all. I hope we can take a fresh perspective to our ideas about independence during the school years. I’d welcome your feedback The journey from… View Post
10 Questions to ask your child instead of “What was your grade?”
As children move through the grade levels they start to have more tests and quizzes. Since the results are in numbers they are quickly translated into the letter grades. I’m a big fan of summative assessment at the end of work that sums up what’s been learnt in a few sentences and one thing to work on. This is where… View Post
Nurturing Whole Family Systems
Routines and Rhythms become more important as our lifestyles change. In the early years there were a lot individual milestones like walking, reading first words, blowing bubbles, staying and playing with something for longer and longer times. As we move on into the school years we need many more whole family systems. Systems where we all have to work… View Post
Where do I start teaching our laundry system to the kids?
Everyone has a slightly different laundry system. In most families, it falls to one person to push through the days or weeks laundry. Whether you have a large family or not children can learn how to do laundry. It’s just a system. Being able to do your own laundry is an anticipated family rite of passage. Children love the responsibility of… View Post
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