Parenting

Are we over-testing primary children?

by ParentalChoice
in schools, Parenting, Family, Education, Children
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There is a feeling among many that we over-testing primary children and the tests children are required to take at primary school in England are overly complex and a source of “unnecessary” pressure on children at too young an age. On the contrary, the Government says testing is an important part of ensuring that children ...

Helping children manage stress during exam season

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Teenagers, schools, Parenting, Education, Children
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The summer term has started, and so has exam time so we are looking at helping children manage exam season stress.  While the lead in to the May half term is just a few weeks, for some families this time will be a highly stressful period.  Children in years 2 and 6 are taking the ...

“What’s the point? I’m going to fail anyway!”

by ParentalChoice
in schools, Education, Children
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“What’s the point? I’m going to fail anyway!” is quite possibly a statement you said growing up when talking to parents about exams.  If you are a now the parent to a teenager now, you may well hear it yourself over the next few months.  We know how our children like to take advice more ...

How employers can help working parents beyond flexible working

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Flexible working, Family Friendly Companies, Employee Benefits
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Real Business magazine has published an article which tackles the issue of flexible working for parents.  It addresses the three main issues faced by working parents:  the cost of childcare, flexible working and impostor syndrome.  It’s a very interesting read and has challenged businesses to demonstrate how they support wo...

Educational toddler activities – ten to try this spring

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Family, Children
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Toddlers are sensory learners who love to touch, smell and taste almost everything they encounter and with the start of spring, chances are your kids are eager to try something new and get their hands dirty!   Below, you’ll find a range of indoor and outdoor educational toddler activities to try this spring. They’ll promise fu...

Family garden safety

by ParentalChoice
in Uncategorized, Parenting, Family, children's safety, Children
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With the feeling that spring has most definitely sprung and we all want to get outside with our children Parental Choice is looking at family garden safety. Gardens can be fun places, especially for families. Whether you enjoy planting flowers and vegetables, kicking a ball around, eating or just spending time outside, gardens are ...