Finding the Joy of Reading

I remember their beaming smiles, the excitement of becoming ‘big girls’. An initiation into a world until then mysterious and unknown. Books. Learning to read. A key milestone in education. Where one of my daughters had excelled in her first academic year, it all came crashing down in the following one. She developed an aversion…

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Change: tackling it positively

At the moment there is big change in our lives. Our house is about to get torn to shreds by builders, including creating an annexe so that we can have my brother in law, who needs a little extra support, live with us; we have yet more schooling issues with our children that we are…

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The mental health price of academic focus

I am worried about the education we provide to the children in this country. I am worried because two of my daughters are going through it already and I don’t like what I see. I am worried because of my own negative experiences of secondary education. And I am worried because of the apathy some…

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Back to the old skool

A little while ago I wrote about how ‘stuff’ and decluttering made me feel. Since then I have been travelling a little way down the road of becoming unburdened. I aim to write in depth about whether I manage all that I want in that respect another time. But this week I found something in…

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Resistance to school…how I’m dealing with it (or not)

One of my daughters doesn’t like going in to school. Apparently when she’s there she’s fine, but the anticipation of it and the act of leaving me at the classroom door is sometimes too much for her to bear. I can see the anxiety in her eyes. And it’s probably reflected in mine. It starts…

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