Wednesday Wisdom

Tooled Up tips for loving parents around the world.

Catching Our Breath

10/04/2024

Catching Our Breath

School holidays… they can be tricky beasts. On the one hand, it’s lovely for the kids to have a break, catch up with friends, see relatives, enjoy some downtime, and have greater opportunity to spend family time together. On the other, when children are at home (perhaps hoping for some form of entertainment from you), but ‘normal life’ also carries on, it can, at times, feel like a real challenge to keep all of the required plates spinning.

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No Simple Answers

03/04/2024

No Simple Answers

Whilst listening to the radio over the Easter weekend, I happened to tune into a conversation about smartphone usage hosted by British journalist Matt Frei. The topic of conversation was around whether phones were entirely to blame for the current mental health crisis affecting children and young people.

Brain Spring-Clean

27/03/2024

Brain Spring-Clean

As parents, our focus is on raising our children so that they can survive and thrive in adulthood. Throughout the parenting journey, we attune to who they are, nurture their interests, provide them with love and support as well as the necessary resources to cope with the inevitable challenges that will come their way.

Testing Times

20/03/2024

Testing Times

2,000 days. From your child’s first day in Reception to the day they sit down to their first GCSE exam twelve years later, they’ve probably spent just over 2,000 days in school. Goes quickly, doesn’t it? Whatever school you choose for your children, whatever subjects they take, whatever pathway they imagine for their future, exams are the immovable milestones of education.

The Magic Pill

13/03/2024

The Magic Pill

Here in the UK, it’s National Sleep Awareness Week. Recently, I went to a timely two-day conference organised by The Sleep Charity, a UK organisation which campaigns to improve sleep support and raise awareness of the value of a good night’s sleep.

 Sporty Saturdays

06/03/2024

Sporty Saturdays

Last weekend, I decided to do what I rarely do, and spend it watching school hockey matches. I realised that both of my children would be playing on adjacent pitches for the first time ever, in an away game, so decided to hop in the car to go and see them play.

Every Bite is a Battle

28/02/2024

Every Bite is a Battle

It’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week in the UK; a week dedicated to raising knowledge and understanding about a group of conditions that seem to be getting more and more common. Sadly, since the Covid pandemic, there has been a dramatic rise in referrals for eating disorders of all kinds.

Across the Generations

21/02/2024

Across the Generations

Over the half term holiday my family and I experienced a clash of cultures. Not the sort you might encounter on a trip abroad, caused by a foreign language, unfamiliar food or Mediterranean driving techniques. This was the culture clash of a family of four moving in for a week with a 70-year-old grandparent who lives alone.

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