Pride In My Daughter E What Wonderful Text I Received

My 21 year old daughter is now carving out her life in another city to where I live, it’s not quite what I thought would happen when I remember her being a little girl and starting school, but you at some point start living your own life and making your own decisions about exactly how you want to live your life. I know did at around her age. Even though we live a two hour drive apart we are still as close as ever and the other day she texted me which had an image attached to it was this…. [Read More]

Homework Oh! How’s It’s Changed

Ok! I come from the era of schooling when homework didn’t start until you started high school. I guess that makes me old, haha! Well, not that old! I genuinely cannot remember having any homework during primary and junior school, and I am happy about this because it allowed me to be a kid, so that when I got home from school I could go and play outside with my friends or watch TV, which I think is perfectly normal for any child up to the age of 10 or 11. The last thing thing children need at that age… [Read More]

Year 2 And SATS: My Thoughts

My twin girls, R and M, have now been in year 2 for nearly a month, and already I’ve noticed a huge difference in both of them.   In their previous years they tended to have teachers that were for want of a better description, smiley and happy all the time, and most of their learning was done through play, but this has all changed since they started year 2. When we asked the girls what their new teacher is like, both of the girls replied saying she shouts a lot. Of course there is nothing wrong with a teacher… [Read More]

A Final Post About My Daughter E And University: She Is A Qualified Nurse

It’s been nearly three years since I took my daughter, E, to Southampton to start her university course to study nursing. It actually only seems like yesterday, and I clearly remember how emotional I was at leaving E at her university halls, and the drive back home was lonely. It gave me plenty of time to reflect on how much she had achieved in such a short time, and of course I knew I was going to miss her, and it was tough leaving her a two hour drive away from home, but that’s life and your children grow up… [Read More]

Does A University Education Prepare You For The Real World?

I will start this post by saying I never went to university or for that matter ever had the opportunity to do so. At age sixteen I finished my GCSE’s and was promptly told by my mother that I needed to find a job as she was not going to fund my life. So on a personal experience level I have no idea of how university does or doesn’t prepare you for the real world, but… Two of my children have attended university. One has completed her course and the other is moving into his second year in September, so… [Read More]

Should We Encourage The Competitive Edge

We live in a world today that is very much dog eat dog, and in the business, sport or in fact any path we take in our lives, it has a competitive edge to get ahead or finish first, or top of the pile. This is the way the world has evolved. There was a time when it was natural to just take part without the fear of not winning. It didn’t matter where we finished and we didn’t need reminding, it’s the taking part that matters, which we are now on a regular basis reminded of by schools or… [Read More]

Is A University Degree Really Worth All that Debt

Two of my children are currently studying at university and I have often wondered if the final degree they receive is worth the debt that is going to hang around their necks for possibly years? This debt could easily amount to 40k-50k. That in anybody’s language is massive. Especially as when they enter the workforce, their earning capabilities are very low and in all honesty, paying back university debt will be the last thing on their mind. What they will earn initially will probably only just about cover their living expenses on a day to day to basis, because even… [Read More]

When Parents & Teachers Meet – Another Take on the Parent-Teacher Conference

Mrs. D shares some first-hand advice from a teacher’s perspective in her article “Preparing For the Parent-Teacher Conference” available online at:http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/68592/preparing_for_the_parntteacher_conference.html. It is great to hear an experienced teacher’s perspective on parent-teacher conferences. As a veteran of dozens of the yearly meetings, I’ve certainly formulated my own opinion about how to prepare and navigate the conferences. While I agree with Mrs. D. on many points, I think there may be more to keep in mind – and maybe some advice for teachers as well… As an involved parent, I’ve had my own “take” on these annual meetings and have developed… [Read More]