School run conversations

‘Mummy, I’m going to miss Whizzy.’ ‘Who is Whizzy?’ ‘My pet.’ ‘I see. Is it an imaginary pet or a real one?’ ‘A real one.’ Me, virtually scratching my head and thinking that the only pets she’s got are a corn snake called Sienna and a cat that belongs more to the neighbours than to … Continue reading School run conversations

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Sexual education in primary schools – why it’s important to do it well

children may be those innocent beings you want them to be at that age, and they have no experience of real life, but they can read, they have their brains and they are real persons. They think, they analyse, they trust. Their brains don’t just wait until they reach the age acceptable to an adult before they can form an opinion or learn about sex, consent and how a relationship should work. So the earlier they learn this, the better!

Why even a 5 year old can see that referring to a child as ‘cute’ is not right!

‘Mummy, I get very angry when people at school and at gymnastics call me cute. I am NOT CUTE! Why do they have to call me that?!’ I asked what cute meant and she said ‘nice, lovely, pretty’. She didn’t want to be defined just by those words.  We thought about it for a while … Continue reading Why even a 5 year old can see that referring to a child as ‘cute’ is not right!