Children

Preparing your child for starting secondary school

by ParentalChoice
in schools, Education, Children
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With excitement and a little trepidation your child will move on to secondary school in September! As a Headteacher watching parents dropping off their child I would observe the parents initially displaying more nerves than their son or daughter. If your child has had the opportunity to visit the school before starting or taken part...

Starting Primary School

by ParentalChoice
in schools, Education, Children
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For all parents there are key events that remain firmly fixed in the mind. One such day will be the day your child commences formal schooling. Personally, I can still feel the tiny hand that clutched on to mine as it was gently pulled away and Mrs Honey, my son’s first Primary School teacher, gave ...

How to Avoid Brain-Drain During the Summer Holidays

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Holidays, Family, Children, Childcare
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We all know that our children need a break during the summer, so they come back to school refreshed and ready to learn. However, research consistently shows that children can lose up to a third of what they have learned during the holidays. Thanks to Claire Winter and Families® Magazine here are eight great ideas to ...

Surviving the summer holidays

by ParentalChoice
in Work life balance, Holidays, Children, Childcare
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It’s almost here, every working parent’s worst nightmare, the summer holidays!!! Those three words strike dread and fear into the hearts of working parents everywhere. Just how do you get through them unscathed? With the average annual school holidays being three times the annual leave that a full time working parent is entitle...

LGBT pride month and how parents can support their LGBT children?

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, LGBT, Family, Children
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LGBT pride month is a celebration of the LGBT community and a recognition of what has been achieved, and what is yet to be achieved when it comes to LGBT human rights. Pride month tradition started in the 1970’s, when cities began hosting events to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in the United States. So why ...

Educating Children on Diversity within Families

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, LGBT, Family, Children
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We live in an increasingly diverse society and children will inevitably have contact with people from many different cultures, ethnicities and family compositions. Parents play an important role in teaching children tolerance and appreciation of difference in order for them to flourish and succeed in their communities and the wider...