parenting

Spoilt for choice?

Children have extraordinary opportunities available to them at prep school but how can they keep their feet on the ground and not take these for granted? Alastair Speers of Sandroyd offers some advice.

Embrace something new

There is a growing tendency for children to specialise too early. Bill Sawyer of Yarm Prep argues that children should regularly embrace something new in order to ensure they maintain breadth.

Encouraging happiness

You cannot expect your child to always be happy but, as Beth Kerr of Cognita explains, there are vital things you can do as a parent which help encourage healthy patterns of sleep, diet and exercise.

Parenting for resilience

Julie Robinson offers some suggestions to help your child cope if encountering bullying at school.

Finding perspective

It is easy to get caught up in all the pressures of life – at work, home and school. Kit Thompson of Unicorn School urges parents to step back and check if there is enough space in their family lives.

Ten golden rules for parents

It's often as hard for parents as it is for a child when starting a new school but, as Linda Renfrew of Hoe Bridge School suggests, there are some simple rules which make life so much easier for everyone.

Measuring a child’s success

Success is a relative concept as Tim Smith of Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep explains. Sometimes, to help motivate a child, it is better to remove pressure and remember it's a marathon and not a sprint.

New term resolutions

The start of term is a time to look ahead not just academically but pastorally as well, says Claire Boyd of Wimbledon High School. Positive behaviours can make all the difference to a child's mental fitness.

Editorial: The value of money

Matthew Smith looks at why we live in a society where spending money to educate your child is seen as buying 'privilege'.

Facing disappointment

Dealing with disappointment is a key life skill all children must develop. Alastair Speers, Headmaster of Sandroyd, looks at why parents must step back and try not to always shield their children from failure.

Preserving childhood

It is easy for parents to look back on their childhood with nostalgia. Sophie Banks, Headmistress of Eton End School, explores how we can preserve the best of childhood with the realities of the modern world.

Don't worry, be happy!

Parents take comfort in the belief that the most important thing is for their child to be happy at school. But is this really enough? Gareth Jones, Head of St. Andrew's Prep Eastbourne, looks at both sides.

Acceptable ambition

It is only natural to want the best for your child but how do you ensure that parental ambition is in line with your child's needs? Matthew O'Reilly, Head of St Mary's Junior School in Cambridge, explains.

Editorial: Mixed messages

Many years ago, I remember talking to a well-known prep school headmaster. Being somewhat new to the nuances of the education world, I put it to him that teaching prep school children represented a unique challenge. 'Oh no' was his instant response.

In schools we trust

The critical relationship between parents and schools is one of trust. Dominic Floyd, Head of Prep at Mount Kelly, looks at how online forums and messaging groups can significantly erode this.

Getting enough sleep?

Some children struggle to get off to sleep and as a result this can become a cause of stress and anxiety for parents. Jane Prescott, Headmistress of Portsmouth High School GDST, offers some advice.

Is it really worth it?

Sending your child to a prep school is a very serious financial outlay but the benefits are considerable. Sally Weber-Spokes, Head of Yarrells School, explains why prep education is worth every penny.

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