We all need more encouragement… particularly after a tough week

Feedback from Wellington School

Some weeks are just harder than others and this one hasn’t been great… at the moment I am living through GCSE stress as well as actively supporting a daughter who is doing her NQT year as a Y3 teacher, however much she loves teaching it is tough, who else would have to do a 60 hour week just to keep their heads above water.

Such is the life of a mum trying to juggle supporting family issues with pressures at work – I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just find it hard going.

Fortunately, I did have a bright spot this week, it came in the form of encouraging feedback from parents at a workshop I delivered at Wellington School, Somerset on Monday (above). I love delivering these sessions so it is good to know parents find them helpful.

At the moment, particularly if our teenagers are doing exams, they need loads of encouragement – it is suggested that we should use 6 words of encouragement to 1 word of criticism. However, I think we all need more encouragement so this week I am going to focus on encouraging those around me because I know the difference it made for me this week.


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Surviving maths GCSE!


I have every sympathy with parents of teenagers struggling to revise maths GCSE,  I feel your pain…

So, I  thought you might be interested  something I have found helpful, Corbett maths cards.  These cards are great,  there is 1 card per topic and on the back, there are 3 Q codes taking you to a short video summarising the topic, one for past exam questions on the topic and one for the answers! Therefore, parents can  support their teenagers without understanding anything about maths.

My daughter has been going through these cards, each topic takes from 15 to 45 minutes depending on how difficult  the topic is. Working through these cards is a great way build confidence in maths and I would definitely recommend them. I only wish there were similar cards for science etc.

To get hold of the cards go to:  https://corbettmaths.com/revision-cards/


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Building your teenager’s self esteem!

Heathfield community school

I am looking forward to the next sessions for parents at Heathfield Community School, Taunton.

This sessions will be in the staffroom from 6:30 PM-7:45 PM when we will be looking 

Monday 27 March: Building your teenager’s self-esteem

This session will cover:

•    Understanding why teenagers think about themselves the way they do.
•    How self-esteem develops over time and why Year 9 is so challenging!
•    Practical ways in which parents can build their teenager’s self-esteem.

To book your place go to: https://building-your-teenagers-self-esteem.eventbrite.co.uk

There will also be opportunities for you to ask any questions you may have at the session.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the workshop.


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Looking forward to visiting Perrott Hill School, Crewkerne

I am looking forward to visitmanaging teenagersing Perrott Hill School, Crewkerne  in January to run the first of 2 workshops on “Building a positive relationship with your pre-teen/teenager”

This workshop will help parents to understand:

  • Why your pre-teen/teenager behaves the way they do, including insights into the development of the teenage brain
  • The impact of different parenting styles on the behaviour of their pre-teen/teenager
  • How to talk so pre-teen/teenagers will listen
  • How to manage behaviour, conflict and negotiate boundaries

There will also be an opportunity for parents to ask any parenting questions they may have.

I have been running these workshops at Heathfield Community School, Taunton for the last 2 years and they have been popular with parents, this is what some of the parents have said about them:

  • It is very helpful in better understanding how the teenage mind works
  • Very worthwhile – would definitely recommend
  • Good to see we are not alone with our teenager issues

I want to make this a relaxing and enjoyable evening, it is an opportunity to find out more about teenagers, meet other parents and hopefully get some new ideas on how to approach different situations.

I am really looking forward to this!

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Keys to managing your pre-teen/teenager’s behaviour


I thoroughly enjoyed the last session I did at Heathfield Community School, Taunton, when we looked at how to communicate with teenagers so teenagers will listen! We had a very helpful discussion and concluded that the next session should focus on managing behaviour. Therefore, the next 2 sessions will focus on the whole subject of managing your pre-teen/teenager’s behaviour.

Each session will focus on practical ideas and suggestions for making a difference at home.

Managing behaviour 1.  This session will include:

  • Planning for better behaviour
  • How we all have different styles of parenting and the impact these styles have on our children
  • It’s not what we say, it is how we say it!
  • Managing boundaries
  • Tips on improving consistency in terms of maintaining boundaries etc!

To book your place please go to:  https://managing-behaviour-session-1.eventbrite.co.uk

Monday 30 January, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM

Managing behaviour 2. This session will include:

  • The nagging index
  • Managing conflict
  • Negotiating with our teenagers
  • Finding the hidden goals behind behaviour
  • What are appropriate punishments & rewards and how you can use them

To book your place please go to:  https://managing-behaviour-session-2.eventbrite.co.uk

There will also be opportunities for you to ask any questions you may have at both the sessions.

I look forward to seeing some of you at both of the sessions.

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