How to help your teenagers with school and university decision making, even when you’re short on time.

This was first published on http://www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk , an online repository of advice, news and ideas for working parents. Follow the link to see it in its full original glory with pictures and everything! Compromise. Trade off. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Burning the candle at both ends. Any way you phrase it, the work-life balance … Continue reading How to help your teenagers with school and university decision making, even when you’re short on time.

Talk Health Partnership Part Deux (2nd collaborative blog) – What can parents do to help support their kids?

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Let’s have a mass debate. (The virtues of reason, composure, oracy and their impact on the opportunities available to their practitioners. And a cheap pun.)

It's been a little while since my last post so I thought I'd take the time to update on what's been happening. Excitingly the book is now printed and I'm the proud owner of several paperbacks with my name written all over them, which is precisely as exciting as I had hoped it would be... … Continue reading Let’s have a mass debate. (The virtues of reason, composure, oracy and their impact on the opportunities available to their practitioners. And a cheap pun.)

It’s World Mental Health Day – too serious for cartoons I’m afraid.

Given the renewed focus in the UK to address years of stigmatising, ignoring or explaining away it is refreshing to see mental health is being acknowledged as an issue worthy of time, money and initiatives. For too long the rote British attitude of 'stiff upper lip' has been the watchword of the many and asking … Continue reading It’s World Mental Health Day – too serious for cartoons I’m afraid.

New year, new you? Or rather new academic year/start of real life – what to do now?

Maybe it's the time of year, maybe it got posted at the wrong hour of the day, who knows, what makes one post soar like an eagle and another sink like the Titanic? My last post didn't get a huge amount of love or views from any quarter and rather than accept defeat graciously I've … Continue reading New year, new you? Or rather new academic year/start of real life – what to do now?

Take heart, GCSEs aren’t the bogeyman you may think.

With all the kerfuffle around numerical rather than alphabetical grading for the GCSE results, the widespread panic about hordes of students' papers needing to be re-marked, the screwing of the pooch when it comes to gaming the system with 'controlled assessment', this Thursday is going to throw up any number of question marks, surprises and … Continue reading Take heart, GCSEs aren’t the bogeyman you may think.

Just know even if your exam results aren’t what you expected, it’ll still be okay, you still have options.

'Life's a journey not a destination', so sang Aerosmith, whether you buy into their laidback drug fuelled rhetoric or not, it's not a bad motto to carry with you. Highers results are out today, A Levels are around the corner and as the expectation mounts so too does the pressure. If you get or indeed … Continue reading Just know even if your exam results aren’t what you expected, it’ll still be okay, you still have options.

What happens if your A levels aren’t what you hoped for? What to do when it goes wrong in your exams. Keep calm and carry on.

As the imperial death march intones in their sub-conscious, the school leavers of 2017 are a Schr√∂dinger's cat of sorts, where by they have both passed and failed their A levels and the truth is only a short hop away from revealing itself. It's like breaking something valuable that belongs to an irascible parent and … Continue reading What happens if your A levels aren’t what you hoped for? What to do when it goes wrong in your exams. Keep calm and carry on.

School swimming lessons – a perfect metaphor for hands off parenting.

Water is often used in metaphors, there's something poetic about the thrilling crest of a wave or the azure tranquillity of a hazy pond on a summer's day. Less often have poets used the metaphor of swimming lessons in schools. Today I seek to address that shortfall. Swimming lessons in school are a perfect metaphor … Continue reading School swimming lessons – a perfect metaphor for hands off parenting.

Debate goes on da-hook. (Jamaican angling pun masks lofty intent regarding debating in schools)

It's been a few days since I last posted anything, which is not only unlike me but is made starker still by the fact that things have actually been happening. Justine Greening has discovered ¬£1.3 Billion down the back of the sofa, which whilst heartening, smacks of carelessness in the first place but never let … Continue reading Debate goes on da-hook. (Jamaican angling pun masks lofty intent regarding debating in schools)