Does your teen know about National Citizen Service? NCS, it’s WAY cooler than it sounds…
Apr25

Does your teen know about National Citizen Service? NCS, it’s WAY cooler than it sounds…

A couple of years ago now, we saw an advert for the NCS – the National Citizen Service. We’d never heard of it before, but we loved the look of it, and when we discussed it with our oldest (who was 16 at the time) he was absolutely up for it. Sadly, his health took a back slide, and we just couldn’t be sure he was ready for a summer of adventure; but as our younger kids come to the right age, we’ll be...

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(Real Genuine Science-backed) Top 10 Study Tips For Revising
Apr17

(Real Genuine Science-backed) Top 10 Study Tips For Revising

There’s a whole Tumblr-pile of ‘Study Tips For Revising’; crammed full of tricks that will totally help your teenager ace their exams. I know – between a husband doing a BSc as a mature student and three teenagers running the gauntlet of state exams, we’ve probably seen (and tried) more than a few of them in this house. The husband tried chanting pages of impossible-to-remember facts to a favourite tune,...

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WIN 1 of 3 fab £200 GCSE Revision bundles (with headphones & Music too!) #RevisionThatSticks
Apr06

WIN 1 of 3 fab £200 GCSE Revision bundles (with headphones & Music too!) #RevisionThatSticks

Ugh, it’s that time of year when if you have a 15 or 16yr old in the house, then stress levels are seriously starting to soar (just in case you’re suffering, you might want to take a quick look at Things You Must Never Say to Your Teen During Revision.  It’ll help, that’s all I’m saying. But in all seriousness, there are ways in which you can help your teen really get the most form these last couple of...

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Yeah. Don’t Say THAT To Your Revising Teen (or Anything Else, Frankly…)
Apr02

Yeah. Don’t Say THAT To Your Revising Teen (or Anything Else, Frankly…)

What Not To Say to Your Teenager Teenagers. Bloody hell they’re tricky, right? I mean, don’t get me wrong, they’re adorable creatures – funny, smart, opinionated, interesting, purveyors of marvellous new music, sources of most excellent YouTube funnies, genuinely brilliant company, … but also as predictable as a cat in a force ten gale that’s being asked to wear purple boots. They won’t get up...

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Surviving Exam Season – Top Insider Tips From a Family Who’ve Been There
Mar25

Surviving Exam Season – Top Insider Tips From a Family Who’ve Been There

Exam season is upon us – and I’m definitely feeling your pain and your fear of ever Surviving Exam Season. I’ve parented through GCSE’s and A Levels, and child No.3 sits his GCSE’s next year – I’m becoming a pro at this. There’s an old Zen saying which I love; ‘Everything the same; everything different’. Every teen is unique, of course, with different struggles, different...

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Easy World Book Day Costumes – You’ve Got This!
Feb21

Easy World Book Day Costumes – You’ve Got This!

Come on, we all know it’s true. A part of our brain always dreads World Book Day, and honestly just thinks that there are no Easy World Book Day Costumes. Of course it’s a wonderful scheme, and anything at all which gets kids engaged and involved with books wins my vote. But. Ye gods, it’s not like we parents don’t have enough to do, is it? We may Home Educate now, but trust me, I’ve been there. Oh yes....

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