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  • How to manage back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • Back-to-school for grown-ups

    The kids may be going back to school but why should they get all the new gear? We all deserve shiny winter boots and bags too. Here's our pick for back-to-school style.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

  • How to keep your kids learning in lockdown

    With no school for the vast majority of children until September, we’ve enlisted help from some of the top head teachers in the area for advice on how to keep your kids motivated and balanced. We hope it helps!

  • Help improve your child’s mental health

    We all know that over the last decade mental health issues generally – and particularly in children – have reached Code Black. With the royal family and celebrities opening up about their own struggles, the stigma of mental illness is slowly disappearing. One of the interesting questions not often asked though is how, as parents, […]

  • Living in lockdown with teens – eek!

    Here are 20 things to do that might encourage your teenagers to get out of bed by midday – or at the very least by least by nightfall (fingers crossed).

  • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

    Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    Parlez-vous teen slang? The language barrier has always been a problem when it comes to parent/child communications. Do you find the way your little darlings speak totally basic or, like, lit?

  • 8 top tips for stress-free childcare

    With the school holidays fast approaching, Mel Yershon, founder of The Perfect Childcare Company, shares her top tips on taking the stress out of childcare.

  • Extra Special

    With stress and anxiety high on the school agenda, attention is turning to what schools can offer kids to help them medal not just in lessons, but in life.

  • The Muddy guide to GSCES

    Confused by the the new approach to GCSE grading? Beth Foster offers help with numbers.

  • Muddy meets: Belinda Callow, Bishop’s Stortford College

    A learning environment that celebrates ideas, innovation and creativity? Welcome to the Pre Prep school at Bishop's Stortford College.

  • She Inspires Me, St Francis’ College

    To celebrate International Women’s Day, St Francis’ College Letchworth invited three inspiring women to talk to the students, parents and teachers at the school. The event was also open to the good people of Letchworth, and the house was full. Speak. Do not remain silent. First up was Dr Preti Taneja, who went to school at […]

  • Be a safety-net parent, not a helicopter

    Feeling stressed? What’s your solution? Mindfulness or double espresso? You can’t stop worrying? Do you bring wine o’clock forward or dip into downward dog? All of us experience stress, and it can be overwhelming. But if you’re a parent of a teenager, well, that’s a whole other barrel of bananas. Nicola Morgan is an expert […]

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