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Parenting

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Nurturing Your Teen’s Career Aspirations

    Many Year 11's are now deliberating over where to study for A levels and what subjects to choose. How can a school best support your teen to succeed in today’s workplace?

  • 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.

  • Woman lemon eyes

    Struggling with a moody teen?

    Lie's in, lemons and focussing on the glass half full will tap into the teen brain and help them feel happier, according to Queen Anne's head Julia Harrington.

  • 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.

  • Preparing for exams

    As exam season creeps gradually closer, we have this advice for students preparing for their GCSEs and A-levels - thanks to Ian Thorpe, the headmaster at Downsend School.

  • The 8 most important things to look for in a school

    ... and nope, exam results are not one of them! Here's the insider scoop on choosing the best school for your child from Emma Goldsmith, national Prep Head of the Year.

  • Screen time saviours

    Wondering what all that gaming and social media is doing to your kids mental wellbeing? Us too. So we've asked the experts for their advice on how to keep screen time safe.

  • Extra special

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

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    Sixth form swappers

    If your teen might benefit from a new academic start for A levels, here's the lowdown on what you should consider.

  • sad teenager boy sitting on floor jacket hidden face

    Autism, ADD, anxiety…

    Are our children in crisis? Psychologist Sarah Warley believes neuroscience can help. Muddy gets a crash course.

  • How to Talk ‘Careers’ with your Teen

    Need some help? Here are some handy tips from professional teen career coach Eva Harrison.

  • 7 things to ask at school Open Days

    Been to look around a school for your child and felt none-the-wiser about whether it will suit them? We've nobbled Rachel Dent, the head of top girl's school The Abbey, to help make Open Days work for you.

  • Surviving the summer

    If the thought of six long weeks with the nippers has you reaching for the gin at 10am, don't worry. Children's life coach Lisa Parkes is here to help.

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