‘The past is a place of reference not a place of residence’, Willie Jolley. I’ve been mulling this over in relation to my own story but also my children’s. The memories we have of our past can be so strong, they
My youngest moves from Year 6 in Primary to Year 7 in September which is causing much anxiety for him presently. As his two older siblings have gone through this journey, which you would think might help – it actually doesn’t.
Well the sun was shining for about 5 minutes here in the UK – now back to dull and rain! We’re about to approach the end of the school year and I’ve been reflecting on this last year. Firstly I’ve been
I’m often surprised at how quickly opportunities can switch over to overwhelm and vice versa. If you’re thinking of those summer months ahead and wondering if it will bring great opportunities for rest, fun, refreshing, or overwhelm of too much time
I went to a conference this last week called ‘Trauma, Resilience and Recovery’ run by Jane Evans and Lisa Cherry. It was a brilliant day with lots to think about as a result. One of the phrases that Lisa Cherry used
I am, I can, I ought, I will – a philosophy on education by Charlotte Mason that raises some interesting thoughts to consider in our British educational environment. School is supposed to be a place for learning, creativity, achievement and growth.
I’m in a particularly honest mood which is probably not the best place to write a blog from so apologies straight away! My blog buddy and I are writing to the theme ‘Life goes on’ this week and I love the
‘The only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing do nothing and be nothing’ – Aristotle. Wow what a quote and sometimes I do feel like that – you know those days when anything you say or do just seems to come
We are real Bear Grylls fans in our house, particularly our youngest who couldn’t think of anything better then being dropped out of a helicopter over a murky lake in the middle of the jungle, eating insects and drinking his own
It always makes me smile when I hear people doing positive reinforcement techniques with children in groups like in a classroom. When you hear an adult say “wow Jenny’s sitting really nicely – thank you Jenny” – when what they’re really
I have a confession to make this week – one I’m slightly embarrassed about but I don’t mind admitting to my blog friends out there. I love country music. Yes I know it’s a terrible confession but it’s true. Not that
We’re doing a series at our church at the moment called Ask It – it’s asking the big questions in life and talking through what the answers might be. So the first week we looked at the question “what’s the wise
There are many children who show extremely challenging behaviours – whether at school, in youth activities with other children or at home. They may be the ones in fights, or verbally abusing the teacher, they may be swearing and throwing things
The silly season is well and truly upon us. The decorations are out – in the shops if not in our homes, the music is on, the presents are being bought and the excitement (or anxiety) is beginning to show itself.
Some people are fascinated with storms – whether it’s following the weather forecasts religiously, chasing twisters or watching all the relevant news reports. My youngest son has a real interest in Tsunamis at the moment – watching them on You Tube
I’ve been to most of my children’s parents evenings in primary school but I had to miss my youngest sons one this last week so my husband went instead. This was the rant he put on Facebook as a result and