I’m a big believer in the importance a very long summer holiday. Like many of the most academically successful countries in the world, we take an extended 10-week break. Learning never stops, it just takes a different form. This post looks at some of the benefits – I’m sure you’ll be able to relate! … More The Benefits of the Long Summer Holiday
Our weekend’s microadventure: a kids’ mud obstacle race in Essex! Check out the post for pictures and a short video of Bean10’s muddy fun day out! … More A Mud Obstacle Race Adventure!
It’s been a cathartic process to write up the highs and lows of our latest crazy adventure, so if you’re interested to find out what it’s like to run/walk/hobble through 100km, in the format of 4km loops run on the hour, every hour, for 25 consecutive hours, read on… And just a HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us virtually, in person or through your sponsorship. And particularly to Will and Ellie for completing this mad challenge with us! … More Running Our First 100km Ultramarathon
With the onset of the sun, our lives have been consumed with all things cricket related. During the many hours spent watching Bean10 play, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to observe and reflect on the huge benefits to be gained from being part of any team sport.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Phil Jackson
… More The Benefits of Children Playing Team Sport
I’m in the process of compiling a guide of our top 100 book recommendations for each age category. So, we’ve all been busily researching and reading away to make sure we haven’t missed anything exceptional to recommend on top of our existing favourites. To give you a taster, here are some of the best books we’ve read recently in the 9-12 and teen/young adult categories. … More What We’re Reading
For many years, I’ve had the desire to learn the old-age craft of searching for my own food in the wild rather than a supermarket, but my own ignorance and fear of accidentally picking something poisonous held me back. So, when I happened upon a local and highly rated foraging course, I booked us all straight in! Read this post to find out more about our latest microadventure! … More Learning How to Wild Forage
With lockdown starting to ease and the weather sunny and bright, we’ve finally started to venture outside of Kent (!) to enjoy some much-needed family adventure time! Here are seven ideas for microadventures perfect for completing during springtime in the UK. Hope you find some inspiration! … More 7 Spring Microadventures
At the beginning of the first lockdown, we instigated a now much-treasured family tradition of a Saturday family movie night. Here are thirty of our favourites – some classics, others recently released; some light-hearted, others more serious and poignant – all of which will be loved by tweens/teens and adults alike. … More 30 Family Movies to Watch with Your Tweens/Teens (that Parents Will Love too!)
Passion is like the heart that focuses us on our goal. Resilience is like the blood that keeps the heart pumping. Together they make grit and after years of research Angela Lee Duckworth has proved that people with more grit are much more likely to succeed in their life goals and be happier too. Who wouldn’t want that for their children? This post looks at the resilience element, highlighting ways you can help your child learn this key skill. … More Teaching Your Child to be Resilient
“My child hates writing. I can’t get him/her to write anything,” is one of the commonest complaints I hear from parents. I can empathise. Although I have one writing-lover in this house, I also have a writing-hater. And yet that child is now a competent writer. Here are our top tips for how to support your child in developing this essential skill. … More How to Teach Writing in Your Homeschool