Unfortunately, it can help you “connect and share” with people NOT in your life as well…
My boys, at 3 and 6, are a little young for Facebook yet, but, as long as its reign as the most popular social networking site continues, it’ll only be a mere few years before Christopher starts to nag me for it.
And that’s if he even bothers to ask me, and doesn’t just set up the account on his own. And that, apparently, happens a lot.
I’ve had a rather enlightening week this week, as both a teacher and a parent. As part of the new English GCSE syllabus, pupils must hold a discussion on a choice of topics, and the most popular choice for the groups in my year 11 class (ages 15-16) was a discussion of the positives and negatives of social media sites.
So last Friday I spent the day learning A LOT about Facebook from perhaps the people who know it best, and have decided to put together an article on a range of points that I feel, as parents, you might want to know.
If you’re looking for a cheap family day out that’s full of fun, Conwy, I’m sure, will not disappoint.
Jack and I took the boys there on the weekend and we all had a great time. I guess it is weather dependent; torrential rain will – literally (!) – put a dampener on most things, but, as long as if you have a dry, bright, albeit cold day, you’re guaranteed to be entertained in Conwy.
OK, so there is no true quick and easy way to lose weight, but I can offer a few simple tips and ideas that might make a little bit of difference and help you on your road to shedding a few pounds.
The majority of parents in the UK want what’s best for the children and, when it comes to their education, what’s best is Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Oxbridge is still the Holy Grail of universities and, whilst these universities might not suit all personalities, when it comes to academia they’re unrivaled.
So, how can you help your child get into one of the most prestigious universities in the UK? Within my role at school, I’ve fostered links with both universities in the hope of raising the aspirations of some of our most academically gifted pupils and, although my boys aren’t even close to their high school years yet so the prospect of them attending university is still a faraway thought for me (thank GOD! I’ll definitely be a crier when that time comes!), I thought I’d put together this article based on the experience and insight I’ve gathered.
It’s been ages since I last wrote, so a thousand apologies to start, but this is one day out I really can’t sit on and keep quiet about.
Keeping an eye on us….
Yesterday Jack and I decided to take the boys to Monkey Forest in Trentham, near Stoke-on-Trent, on the recommendation of my brother and sister-in-law. I’m the type of person who still gets excited when she visit Walton Gardens in Warrington and sees squirrels running around the place; at Monkey Forest I nearly weed myself with excitement. Oh, and the boys loved it as well…
I know she’s vile and opinionated, rude and obnoxious, and so out of touch with the real world it’s almost painful, but I do find Katie Hopkin’s interviews to be strangely captivating.
Every now and then I like to punish my husband for no reason other than to satisfy my sadistic tendencies. If you’ve read my post, “Jack’s High Ropes Hell”, about our experience on a high ropes course, you’ll know all about his fear of heights.
Last weekend I decided to inflict upon him another form of cruel and unusual punishment and book us for a go on the zip wire recently opened in North Wales, in Bethesda quarry.
As the summer hols have come around yet again, I’ve been scouring the Internet for ideas on where to take my boys, and decided to put together an article on my favourite places to give something back to other mums! Hope you enjoy the read…and maybe even find it useful!
1. Harry Potter Studio Tour
OMG…what happened to their faces?!
It can be a difficult task sometimes getting your kids to read, and I recognise this as both a parent and an English teacher. With the huge range of technology available to children nowadays, including computers games, Facebook, mobile phones, Sky TV etcetera, it can be a real challenge trying to motivate young people to pick up a book. But, reading is a such a valuable skill, and an incredibly rewarding one, and I think most good parents support the idea that children should read more.
And so, I have put together a list of great children’s authors in the hope that they might provide inspiration to parents out there looking for good material their kids can get stuck into. Hope it’s useful!
(By the way, JK Rowling and Harry Potter aren’t on the list because that would be too easy!)
10 Great Places to Eat in North Wales
My favourite dessert, and I’m not afraid to admit it!
I’m definitely guilty of falling into the trap of eating at the same place whenever I go out for a meal. It’s nice to go somewhere you’re guaranteed quality and service; you know the menu, the prices, the location and parking facilities. It’s kind of like wearing your favourite outfit for a special occasion; if you look good, why change? (Except to avoid smelliness, of course.)
So I’ve put together my Top Ten Places to Eat in North Wales. All the restaurants on the list have, on every occasion, provided delicious food and wonderful service, so if you do every fancy a change, it’s well worth giving one of these places a go.