Wednesday Wisdom

Tooled Up tips for loving parents around the world.

Embrace Your Eras

18/06/2024

Embrace Your Eras

It gets more difficult, as you move through the eras of your own life, to keep track of what’s popular. This is especially true when it comes to music. But in 2024, finding the centre of the musical universe is about as hard as finding the sun in the sky. Nothing in popular culture – perhaps nothing in the history of popular culture – is quite as big as Taylor Swift.

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The Value of Belonging

12/06/2024

The Value of Belonging

For many around the world this coming weekend, it will be Father’s Day; a day when we think about thanking the dads, grandads, ‘brathers’, foster or adoptive dads, step dads who love us, nurture us, sustain us, provide for us, mentor us, play with us and teach us.

SuperKind Social Action

05/06/2024

SuperKind Social Action

A week or so ago at Tooled Up, we interviewed Professor Geoff Thompson MBE. Amongst numerous other achievements in the world of sport, Professor Thompson is a five times karate world champion and founder of the Youth Charter, a charitable organisation which promotes the role and value of sport, art, culture and digital technology in the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities.

Grief's Gravity

29/05/2024

Grief's Gravity

This week I was in touch with a parent who is feeling the full weight of grief following a shocking loss. For those freshly bereaved, loss can manifest physically and emotionally, precipitating feelings of utter exhaustion and fatigue as well as profound sadness and shock.

The Examiner's Eye

22/05/2024

The Examiner's Eye

With exam season in the UK in full swing, many Tooled Up families are supporting a teenager sitting GCSEs and A-Levels. But what about after you step out of the exam hall and your paper is sent off to be marked? As an experienced English examiner, I want to show you how the process looks from the examiner’s perspective.

Skincare, #SephoraKids and Self-Esteem

15/05/2024

Skincare, #SephoraKids and Self-Esteem

Due to one of my children’s sporting activities, I spend a lot of time at a London swimming pool, which is positioned dangerously close to a very large shopping mall. A few months ago, I popped in at about 4.30pm to grab a few essentials, and found myself battling through hordes of tweens and teens to reach the shop I needed. Live music was booming from the upper floor, and a huge crowd was being whirled into an excited frenzy by a hype man on a thunderous PA system.

Body Talk

08/05/2024

Body Talk

Wednesday Wisdom readers are good people; loving people, who have likely attended a parenting talk once-upon-a-time, and ended up subscribing to these weekly musings because they have an appetite for learning and for research.

Meaningful Conversations

01/05/2024

Meaningful Conversations

This week, Wednesday Wisdom is written by Emma Leeson, Schools Co-ordinator at SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education), the UK’s national charity for Philosophy for Children. Emma will be joining us at Tooled Up on May 20th for an exciting live webinar, and here she shares thoughts on how we can have meaningful and connected conversations with our children, designed to deepen their thinking.

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