Month: March 2016

Introducing Parent View

The Parent View home screen.

I come from a family of teachers – including one who became an Ofsted inspector – so I’ve always had an interest in education and, unsurprisingly, this has only increased now that I have one child at school and another starting in September. I was interested, then, to find out about an online questionnaire known …

How to save smarter

Several piles of pound coins.

Aviva is on a mission to help Britain save smarter. Last week I wrote about their great new Financial Personality Tool and was pleased to discover that my alter ego was The Oracle. This puts me in a good position to share some tips for how to save smarter. What I will say before I …

There’s a role in my bucket

Last year, I wrote a post about a bucket. It wasn’t an ordinary bucket; it was a bucket with a great destiny ahead, which I was excited about helping it achieve. Unfortunately, it was robbed of its intended role of homebirth companion by Amelie deciding that a 40-minute rush to the second nearest hospital accompanied …

To fee or not to fee

A dictionary with a pencil and writing pad.

We attended parent consultations for both Dylan and Xander this week and a common denominator was their impressive literacy skills. Proud face. They both love books and have vivid imaginations, so it’s not really surprising that they’ve been experimenting with language more of late. I find the influence of technology on their language particularly interesting. …

Introducing YouTube Kids!

I have to admit that I’m a little late to the party with this one but if, like me, you’ve been slow out of the blocks, allow me to introduce you to YouTube Kids! It’s the first ever product that Google has developed specifically for children and should give parents peace of mind that their …