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21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

The trio behind Your Kids Next Read - award-winning children's authors Allison Tait and Allison Rushby, and popular teacher-librarian and blogger Megan Daley - bring us the definitive list of books that make great gifts for reluctant readers. ‘Reluctant readers’...

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

I’m feeling a little bit proud. I just taught 27 Year 3 students how to do a running stitch so that they could DIY felt Christmas baubles for home. I love encouraging my class to get creative and sewing is next-level for many of them. These felt Christmas baubles...

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

My kids spend a lot of time outside, even now that they are older. Sending them out for a play is something I've done since they were small and we just never really stopped. But I get that coming up with outdoor activities for older kids can be problematic. My girls...

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

At last, it's gift ideas for tween boys time! We've found gifts to sort the teen girls, teen boys and tween girls and here we are buying for adolescent boys. They are a tough crowd to buy for, let me tell you. If they're sporty, they've already got all the sporting...

21+ Christmas gift ideas for teen boys they will really love

21+ Christmas gift ideas for teen boys they will really love

Okay, so these gift ideas for teen boys are in addition to the gift ideas for teen girls list from earlier in the week. I say this because I really don't believe there are such things as 'boys things' and 'girls things'. There are just teen things. But I split the...

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

It can be hard to accept as an adult parenting teens that perhaps you are part of the problem. The ‘problem’ being the repetitive arguments that start with a niggle (bedroom a bombsite, clean laundry chucked into the bottom of the wardrobe), and escalate to a...

9 recycled craft ideas for kids

9 recycled craft ideas for kids

The great thing about recycled craft is that you don't need money and you don't need to muck around organising things. You just pull out the recycling bin and let the kids go for it. Our recycling boxes get raided on almost a daily basis. Before we put our cardboard...

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

The risks of porn on our tweens and teens is far greater than most parents realise. Today teenagers are viewing far more pornography than their parents realise. And the porn they’re watching is much more “hardcore” than mums and dads could possibly imagine. These were...

How to set boundaries on Fortnite and other video games

How to set boundaries on Fortnite and other video games

There's a lot of talk in the media lately about 'gaming addiction', spurred on by the game Fortnite. Kids are stealing credit cards,  screaming like toddlers, wetting themselves and failing school. Schools are issuing warnings, people are worried about paedophiles,...

Step-by-step budget Harry Potter party for muggles of any age

Step-by-step budget Harry Potter party for muggles of any age

There will hopefully always be a kid who wants a budget Harry Potter party. The Harry Potter books are too wonderful to keep for one generation. Every year a new muggle discovers this magical series and the request goes out: "I want a Harry Potter party for my...

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Are you neglecting the most powerful act of self-care?

Are you neglecting the most powerful act of self-care?

Many of us are (rightfully) focused on taking care of our health, eating nourishing whole foods and trying to be active … while meditating and flossing and taking some time of disconnection, away from devices. These are each a wonderful act of self-care, and they...

How to help your child be more assertive

How to help your child be more assertive

My middle child is a shy one. She's full of beans and very outgoing when she is comfortable, but struggles when she doesn't know people well. In fact, I'd go so far to say that being asked to be more assertive with people she doesn't know is the very, very worst thing...

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Here’s a treat – the Mars Bar slice. Take a Mars Bar and add butter to it then stir in some puffed rice and then coat the lot in chocolate. Oh lordy, it’s like taking a murmur and turning it into a heart attack, but in a totally fine way. This is quite simply the...

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