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The Power of Play: 10 reasons why children play to learn

Children at play are not playing about. Their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity” Michel de Montaigne 16th century writer Children learn through play, but equally importantly, play teaches children how to learn. Psychologists from the early … Continue reading

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What works to support children’s wellbeing and resilience.

Wellbeing and resilience are not skills you are born with, nor can they be handed on by wise advice, they are skills which have to be learned. Developing the skills which create wellbeing puts a young person in control of … Continue reading

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Creating confident learners: is a growth mindset enough?

The advantages of a Growth Mindset are well known and many schools now have an active Growth Mindset policy. Growth Mindset is a brilliant and deceptively simple concept based on Carol Dweck’s research. She has identified that learning is more … Continue reading

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C is for Confidence, Competence, Choice and Control

Today I’m waiting to hear from the lawyers about my house move. It’s nerve wracking because I have no control now that I have done everything that I can to help things along. I’m an optimist but maybe an impatient … Continue reading

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What children really need from their summer break is to discover and use their strengths.

Will your children have a happy summer doing things they love and avoiding boredom?  Are you confident that things will go well or do you wonder what to do for the best? Is this a time for rest and recreation … Continue reading

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Do you really want your child to be a genius?

Why oh why does a programme like Child Genius get an audience? It is wrong on so many levels, elitism, a fascination with the eccentric and a guilty pleasure in finding fault with the parents whose greatest wish is that … Continue reading

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Building children’s self esteem: 5 common mistakes and how to avoid them

Self esteem:is knowing that you can handle what life sends your way. It is the ability to put your best foot forward and cope with life. Self esteem determines how you see yourself and creates the ability to take on challenges. Self … Continue reading

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The importance of play and why children need more of it.

Play is like sleep, it is vital but extremely under rated by our too busy, achievement seeking world. Both seem like an option, rather than a necessity, that can be pushed way down the priority list. Yes it would be … Continue reading

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G is for Growth Mindset: The A TO Z of a Flourishing Childhood

Introduction. When we give children a great start in life their chances of being happy, confident and successful soar. As a Child Psychologist I’m interested in what works to give each child what they need to flourish. I’ve focused on … Continue reading

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C is for Confidence and Competence: How to Avoid a Toxic Childhood and Flourish

What makes a real impact on children’s lives: whether at home or at school, when playing with friends or spending time alone? How can we set the scene to give children the best experiences for a happy childhood and to … Continue reading

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