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  • Step away from the screens

    Overstretched parents, tech-addicted kids and, shockingly, exercise levels dropping from the age of seven – what can be done to help children get moving again?

  • 11 secondary school choices in Northants

    Who better to ask about school choices than a school girl! Now at sixth form, 17-year-old Bibi Baker gives us the low-down on some gems in Northants

  • Surviving the summer with kids

    Do the summer holidays have you breaking into an anxious sweat? Are you booking day trips and play dates (and stocking up on gin?) Don’t worry girlfriend, I’m hearing you. We’ve all been there. The whine of ‘I’m bored’. Or, ‘he’s been in my world on Minecraft’ don’t quite align with the vision I have of […]

  • How to tame your teen

    Teenage kids. Who’d have ‘em? And how the heck do you parent them? There’s certainly much agonizing about this subject around the watercooler (OK, tap) at Muddy HQ of a Monday morning. Which is why we’re currently all fighting over the dog-eared office copy of Ian Williamson’s excellent new book We Need To Talk: A Straight-Talking […]

  • How to help your kids’ self esteem

    The Manor School, Abingdon It’s National Offers Day today, and more than half a million 11-year-olds across the country will learn what secondary school they will be attending from September. Experts have predicted that tens of thousands of youngsters are likely to miss out on a place at their first choice of school, but whatever […]

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