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  • Lessons learnt from lockdown teaching

    Schools have had to adapt to a brave new world of online learning - but now what? Helen Pike, Master at Magdalen College School, Oxford on the challenges of blending the tech and the teaching come September.

  • 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.

  • To school or not to school?

    It's the dilemma that's dividing the nation - is it safe to send our children back to school on Monday? Two Muddy editors, one pro and one against, explain why they've made their personal decision.

  • How you can help your child’s mental health

    Anxious, stressed, unhappy... words now regularly applied to describe children. In National Mental Health Awareness Week we're asking - are there simple steps parents can take to ease the pain?

  • 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).

  • How to keep your kids learning in lockdown 

    It’s tricky enough for adults to stay motivated right now, but how on earth do you keep your kids positive, bright and ready to learn? Two top local schools offer some great advice.

  • How to get your child to engage with reading

    The mums at Muddy HQ are struggling with this: how to get our little darlings to step away from the darn screen and read more books. What to do? We asked an expert.

  • 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.

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    How to help your kids handle exam stress

    How do you help your children to manage their exam stress? Helen Pike, Master of the Oxford's high-achieving Magdalen College School, knows. Read on and thank us in the summer!

  • 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?

  • 7 things adults can learn from teenagers

    Teenagers are snowflakes, always on Insta and wear silly clothes, right? Wrong! We spoke to a group of super-smart teens to get beyond the clichés - and garnered some unexpectedly ace advice.

  • How to tell if your child is thriving at school

    Sometimes it's hard to tell whether young children are happy at school - ever tried to get a straight answer out of a six-year-old? We asked an expert how to gauge whether things are going well.

  • Hey, parents, leave those kids alone!

    A new parenting manual urges us to back off and let our kids take the lead. Veteran teacher (and mother of three) Esther Wojcicki on why being a ‘panda mum’ is the way forward.

  • 4 ways to shake up your child’s education

    Amidst countless stories of anxious children and stressed teachers, is it time to rethink how we school our kids? The head of Swanbourne Prep School in Bucks thinks so!

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