Tag Archives: good childhood

Every little bit helps.

I’ve always believed that how we look after the vulnerable is the essence of a civilised society, hence my career in psychology and my interest in promoting wellbeing. I’m not comfortable with any narrative that assumes individual responsibility alone will … Continue reading

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Let Child Development and Not Child Care Guide What We Offer Young Children

Childhood is amazing, so much miraculous growth and development over the first few years of a child’s life. It’s so important that we give children what they need for a happy, healthy childhood. Children enter the world as helpless babies … Continue reading

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Let’s Stop the Race through Childhood: We Can’t Live their Lives for them.

“Too many parents try to live their child’s life for them” was a recent quote from Eton’s Head teacher Tony Little, this comment really resonated with me for many children not privileged to attend this well-known school. I suspect what … Continue reading

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School holidays: how children learn even when they appear to be playing.

Will your children have a happy Easter break 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 … Continue reading

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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

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Don’t Let Stress Spoil your family’s Christmas.

Christmas is a magical time of year but it can also be rather stressful. Modern life is fast and highly stimulating, we are bombarded by information and are tempted by endless opportunities which create increasingly high expectations of what we … Continue reading

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What Children Need to be Happy, Confident and Successful

I am grateful for this review from Chris Chesterman at Quest Psychology which has recently been published on his website. This book by Jeni Hooper, an educational psychologist, is an important work for anyone – parents, teachers, children’s professionals etc. – who … Continue reading

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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

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What children really need from early years provision is time for high quality play.

Politicians of every party want to make their mark on education. Their policies however, don’t always reflect the evidence of what works and can stem from firmly held beliefs that are resistant to reason. We currently have a government which … Continue reading

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D is for Deferred Gratification and (Self) Discipline in the A to Z of a Flourishing Childhood.

Introduction The A to Z of a Flourishing Childhood series explores what makes for a happy, confident and successful childhood. I write about what makes a real impact on children’s lives: whether at home or at school, when playing with … Continue reading

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