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December, 2013

04 Dec 13

Why children need recreation time at home and at school

School recreation time is vital for our children to give their exhausted brains a rest and enjoy some exercise in the playground. But I have also found that it’s important to set aside time for fun activities at home. I encourage my kids Tom and Mary to run around for a while in the garden or play a board game indoors if it’s raining instead of sitting down immediately to do their maths or Spanish homework. It is not easy for teachers or parents to find the right balance between work and play, but children need recreation time for many reasons. Recreation – the fourth ‘r’ We all know that teachers are under pressure to drill reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic into their pupils, however young they may be. But what about the fourth “r” for recreation? School curriculums are packed with a variety of subjects, and there are only so many hours in the school […]

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02 Dec 13

Helping your children deal with bullying

Many children have to endure teasing from friends or acquaintances at some point. Sometimes it is all in good fun, but other times it is more frequent and hurtful and turns into bullying. It is important that we as parents teach our children how to handle these situations. But how? And how do we know when to step in and help our kids in the first place? Here are some of my tips for helping children deal with bullying. What is bullying? If someone is nasty to your kids once or twice, you probably would not describe that behaviour as bullying. If it happens time and time again, then it most certainly is. Bullying is not always physical.  Teasing and name-calling is bullying too when it hurts your child and happens on a regular basis. My kids Tom and Mary were both victims of teasing during their first years at school. Tom gave as good […]

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