Choosing The Right Primary School 

Research suggests that the first seven years of a child’s life are crucial for their development and future success. Therefore choosing the right primary school is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. But with so many schools to choose from, how do you know which one is right for your child? are they all the same? does it make a difference at all?

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There are many factors to consider when choosing a primary school for your child. Proximity to your home or workplace may be the most important to many parents but actually, should it matter that you may need to add 10 minutes to your daily journey if it means finding the best school for your child? 

The quality of teaching and the curriculum are the key factors. But what other things should you look for? A good primary school will have a supportive and friendly environment where children feel happy and safe. The school should also have strong links with the local community, when considering these things you should make sure to choose a school with teachers who are experienced and qualified to teach young children. On curriculum, Be sure to choose a school that offers a well-rounded curriculum that includes not only academics but also enrichment activities such as art, music, and physical education. Finally, make sure to visit the school and meet with the principal before making your decision. By considering these factors, you can be sure to choose the best possible school for your child’s needs.

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Child brain development happens in spurts the first period of intense growth happens around age two, with a second peak occurring during adolescence. At these points in time, there are twice as many connections between brain cells than at any other point throughout life; this means children’s experiences here will have lasting effects on their development down the road! this is why choosing the right primary school is so important. 

A good primary school will provide a solid educational foundation that will prepare your child for the rest of their schooling journey and beyond. Teachers who are passionate about their job and have high expectations of their students will help your child to reach their full potential. A curriculum that is both well-rounded and challenging will provide your child with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. 

So when you are looking for a primary school for your child, keep in mind what I said, that the quality of teaching, the curriculum, and the environment are the important factors to consider. Taking the time to find the right school will make all the difference to your children’s future so choose wisely, your child’s future depends on it. 

My little boy goes to school in September, I am so excited but feel worried, no, worry is the wrong word, nervous.. nervous is what I am, I want him to have the best education possible and set him up for success in life. We decided on a school non of his nursery friends are attending but whilst this was important for some parents to “ensure he had friends” this wasn’t a consideration for us at all. 

I wanted him to be with like-minded individuals. I wanted him to be in an environment where he would feel challenged and engaged. 

I’m confident we got it right! ask me in 7 years if we did 🙂 

Comfort eating doesn’t make you comfortable – so why is it called comfort food?

Shouldn’t it be called uncomfortable food, your clothes don’t fit you anymore you start to get out of breath walking up the stairs, complete strangers call you fat, you’d love to run in the park with your toddler but scared he will out run you… what’s comfortable about it? The idea that eating makes you comfortable is silly, and I should know! Look at me in 2006 and look at me now in 2021 I look like I ate all the years in between and licked the plate. 

In a world where so much depends on what we look like, ones mental health can be greatly impacted by the negative connotations being over weight can bring. Having been someone who has struggled with my own weight for a while now I know all too well the impact being over weight can have on your body, but also on your mental health. I know myself that when I work out I feel much better, yes I hate the run and yes I hate squats but afterwards when your clothes start fitting you better and you can walk up the stairs without getting out of breath it gives you a lift, lightens your spirit, not to mention the load on the knees. 

It got me thinking, why do we allow ourselves to get like that? There is always an excuse for not working out but never for not eating why is that? I pull a muscle in my arm so can’t curl a dumbbell but can easily curl a burger and fries in me gob, why is that? I’ve tried every diet under the sun I’ve tried every work out known to man, I lose weight and then just put it back on. 

I can only put it down to mindset, I’m lazy! There i said it. I’d much rather sit on the sofa and watch Netflix or Amazon Prime (other streaming services are available) and eat crisps then put my treadmill down in the kitchen and work out. Why? Will I feel better after it? Yes! So why not do it. New Years resolutions don’t work, the only way a New Years resolution will work for me is if I make a deal with god himself and he strikes me down if I don’t achieve it and even then I’d probably fail. 

I’m so determined with everything in my life except what I look like and I often ponder why that is, people who don’t know me call me arrogant, I’m not.. If I was would I allow myself to get into the state I have been, I probably was when I was younger but aren’t we all? My issue is I don’t really trust many people so if I trust you you’ll get to know me, if I don’t then I’m afraid the shutters are up and if that comes across as arrogant then it’s shame on you for not getting to know me.

So anyway back to my point… I suppose the main issue with eating comfort food is the cost to eat healthy, why does a healthy meal cost 4x as much as a pack of Turkey Twizlers and Chips? We have an obesity problem in the lower classes in the UK yet it costs 4x the amount to feed a family a healthy meal, a fairly recent study showed that the average healthy meal would cost £9.68 compared to your average (and lets face it probably tastier meal) unhealthy mean of £2.46, this means the poorest 20% in society would need to spend nearly 40% of their income to eat well.

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You do the maths and tell me it makes sense. 

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