• On the Bright Side 12 Jan 18

    Raising a child who’s much brighter than his/her siblings or classmates brings plenty of challenges. Indeed, one mother has written about her experience of having a gifted child as ‘one of the... Read More

  • Look At Life: Odd One Out 12 Jan 18

    My husband and I met at sixth form college and have been together for nearly thirty years – married for nearly twenty of them. Only don’t ask me ‘how?’, as we have nothing in common... Read More

  • Risk-taking and Resilience 29 Dec 17

    When I first heard about teaching toddlers to assess risks, it made me smile – conjuring up images of earnest mini health and safety officers wearing hard hats and clutching clipboards. But the... Read More

  • Look At Life: Present Giving 15 Dec 17

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that, for women, Christmas ‘presents’ two predicaments… Not only are we the ones most likely to have researched the perfect gift for each recipient... Read More

  • Look At Life: Christmas Cards 1 Dec 17

    To send, or not to send: that is the dilemma. Should I cling to my longstanding Christmas card habit or try to kick it? After all, why go to the bother and expense when you can send a quick message or... Read More

  • Look At Life: Crazes 17 Nov 17

    Who could expect us to concentrate on algebra or Shakespeare’s sonnets when there was an electronic pet dying in our school blazer pockets? To the children of the late 1990s this question will... Read More

  • Look at Life: High Heels 3 Nov 17

    It was only when I went shopping for shoes with my teenage daughter that I realised I have a problem with high heels. She’s been invited to her first ‘formal’ party – one with a... Read More

  • Look At Life: Team Spirit 20 Oct 17

    Ever since the words ‘has potential but no team spirit’ appeared on my school report, my relationship to teams has been vexed. It’s an accusation I’ve heard all my life. Why am I rubbish at... Read More

  • Teaching and Talking 6 Oct 17

    When it comes to education, parents will generally move mountains to get their children into the right school. We’ll question them about their day (the familiar ‘what did you do at school... Read More

  • Look At Life: Guilt 6 Oct 17

    I seem to be feeling guilty all the time: a constant niggling like an itch that needs to be scratched. I’m a nice person (I hope) and I certainly haven’t committed any dastardly crime that I... Read More

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