The Benefits of Children Playing Team Sport

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
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What We’re Reading

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

Learning How to Wild Forage

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

30 Family Movies to Watch with Your Tweens/Teens (that Parents Will Love too!)

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!)

Teaching Your Child to be Resilient

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

How to Teach Writing in Your Homeschool

“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

Exploring Dominica – The Adventure Island

Known as the Caribbean’s adventure island, Dominica is without doubt the perfect spot for thrill-seeking families, with gorgeous volcanic scenery, stunning waterfalls, boiling lakes, hot springs, secret coves, a permanent pod of sperm whales, oh and no poisonous snakes or spiders. Heaven! In honour of the anniversary of our visit (after which we hit our first lockdown), I felt it was a good time to record our adventures on this amazing little island. … More Exploring Dominica – The Adventure Island