At my son's school there seems a strange divide over parties. Whole class parties have been quite common and everyone in the class has been invited. Some parties have been for smaller groups: often all the girls or all the boys. We go to most of the birthday parties that J is invited to. We go if ... Read More about Why Don’t Some Children Go To Birthday Parties?
My six year old boy still loves his cuddles. He is a bit of a Mummy's boy if I'm truthful, but that seems to go along with being kind, sensitive and not overly boisterous, so I'm happy with that. If I go away for a few nights he wants to make up for the cuddles he's missed out on and he goes into ... Read More about Cuddles
We recently had a school sports day. My son, J, is slim and about average height, but he isn't a natural athlete. I work hard at encouraging him to push himself physically, as he is inclined to be cautious and lacks confidence in this field. I also insist that he does a weekly swimming class plus ... Read More about School Sports Day – An Exercise in Humiliation
I've previously written about the fact that my son isn't dry at night. We are using size 6 nappies still because he is very slim at the moment. Nappies are quite a bit cheaper than pyjama pants, not least because they come in bigger packets, so you can save if you buy in bulk. We need them in ... Read More about Still In Night Nappies At Six
I recently heard two parents bemoaning the lack of after school revision classes for year 6 SATs tests. My initial reaction was one of horror and pity for the children involved, who were clearly being worked hard at home to achieve good SATs results. The concern seemed to be that if their child ... Read More about Do We Push Our Children Too Much Academically?