Tag Archives: engagement

How to support your child’s learning, no the answer isn’t supervising homework.

Do you want to spend your time standing over your child to check homework or would you rather help your child develop the values, skills and knowledge to be independent and self reliant. Some children are born with powerful drive … Continue reading

Posted in Positive Parenting, Teaching and Learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Play and Child Development | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why I don’t believe that motivation is irrelevant to success

Research has been published recently which claims that motivation is irrelevant to results in schools. They even suggest that as motivation goes down in high performing countries like Korea then results go up. The danger here is the failure to … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching and Learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Creating a happy, secure and empowering childhood: 5 wishes for 2015

The turn of the year is traditionally a time for reflection and for considering self-improvement. Instead I have been thinking about what would make the biggest difference for children in our care. I wish you all a happy and fulfilling … Continue reading

Posted in Helping Children Flourish | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Positive Psychology, Teaching and Learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Helping Children Flourish, Positive Parenting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Helping Children Flourish, Play and Child Development, Positive Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Play and Child Development | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Helping Children Flourish, Positive Parenting, Teaching and Learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Playing to Learn: 10 reasons why play is vital to healthy development.

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. There is wide … Continue reading

Posted in Play and Child Development, Teaching and Learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments