Opinions: Are the school summer holidays too long?

Every year there’s an outcry from critics about the length of school summer holidays. The debate has been rumbling on for years. As far back as the 1970s, education pundits and politicians have been advocating the idea of a four or five-term year. Back in 2012, Sir Greg Martin (former head of Durand Academy in South London) wrote that ‘school holidays are a pointless relic of the past’. Many have written about the folly of the long summer break, noting that the three-term school calendar is an out-dated Victorian system. But the current system also has its supporters. The argument is that the long school summer holidays are a necessity, both for teachers and children to recharge. But, do most of us just accept the three-term year because it is ingrained…

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Everyday Us: Cosy Slippers

Though my kids can wind each other up, and seemingly go from love to hate in less than a minute, deep down the do love each other. If Athena cries Arlo will ask me why she’s crying. If Arlo cries Athena will try and cuddle him and make him feel better – unless he’s crying in retaliation to something she’s done to him! But this week, now they’re both back at school and preschool and have burnt off energy during the day and on the scoot home they are both happy to sit together on one sofa (leaving me the other one all to myself – amazing) and curl up together and either watch kids opening boxes on YouTube, or if I get my way CBeebies or Fireman Sam or…

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Four things I’d love in my future garden

Top of the list of ‘things our next home needs to have’ is a garden. It doesn’t need to be a big one, it just needs to be some outdoor space, with enough room for a table and chairs and some space for the kids to run about in. I’d love to be able to do messy play outside, let them climb, jump and practise gymnastics, eat outdoors in the summer and maybe even work out there myself! Here are the four qualities my dream garden would have: Somewhere to grow a few veggies I’ve toyed with the idea of getting an allotment as there are a few near us, but not only are the waiting lists years long they’re a LOT of work and I think it would be…

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Teaching your kids about Recycling & ways to get them involved

In the past year or so I’ve become pretty enthusiastic about ‘going green’ where I can. Buying veg that’s not pre-packed (ideally from the weekly market, though we’ve just signed up to Riverford deliveries) reusing as much as we can and getting a larger recycling wheelie bin from the council to ensure we had space to recycle everything properly. We have reusable straws, have purchased glass food containers for cooking, storing and freezing bulk cooked meals and wash clothes at 30 degrees, amongst other things! Now I’m on a bit of a mission to teach the kids about wastefulness, recycling and other ways to help the environment. It started at the beginning of the month when we were at a festival, and they kids asked why there were so many…

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Travel: Iconic Destinations for your Bucket List

Are you one of those people that has a bucket list? When you’re younger often a holiday with your best friends was what you desired, the location didn’t matter as long as you were all together, the weather was good and you were having fun. Perhaps as you got a little older you may have started to plan trips, may have gone on city breaks as a couple, long haul flights and seen a little bit more of the world. As you get older, settle down and start a family time becomes more important, and how fast it goes. You worry about soaking up every moment, spending time with the family, and also giving them the experience of seeing the world. This is when you start to think about a bucket…

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Little Loves – August 18

Blimming heck, August literally just started and suddenly it’s over! I’ve managed to pack a lot into it, apart from sleep! We did two festivals, starting August at Chilled in a Field and then the Bank Holiday weekend at The Big Feastival. We also did day trips to London Zoo and Chessington, plus lots of seeing friends. Annoyingly Athena came down with some sort of V&D bug and hasn’t been herself for a few days, she’s just been napping and chilling on the sofa so we’ve had a few days at home recently but to be honest it’s been quite nice to just hang out at home (and it means I’m tackling laundry mountain finally!) So here’s my August ‘Little Loves’…   Read I read nine books this month (see my…

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Me and Mine in August 2018

Despite spending the vast majority of the month together we’ve not managed to take a sensible family photo this month on any of our many days out and weekends away, ce la vie! So I give you two selfies, one from our day out at Chessington and one at The Big Feastival, and also a photo of us all wearing masks at London Zoo. I think these pictures sum our month of fun pretty well to be fair, and we were too busy having fun to take a tripod somewhere and set up a proper shot! Sam is: Enjoying being a driving instructor! Playing LOTS of a game on his playstation that I can’t remember the name of. [I asked, it’s The Division] enjoying reading the kids their bedtime story. This…

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