The Sircles of school life

A successful school does more than just follow the national curriculum and meet attainment targets, school is an integral part of the community around children. By working alongside parents and families, adults become allies focused on education, health and wellbeing.

For any relationship to work, especially one as complex as home and school, the most important aspect is communication. Creating a clear, open and transparent space for communication means that everyone is on the same page and is able to offer the best support for a child.

The problem with communication in a busy modern school is it is potentially complicated. Thank goodness we no longer have to deal with hundreds of letters going home every day which both the environment and parents are grateful for!

However, there is a drawback to our new digital age, schools are beginning to use many different systems to get important information to parents, this can be both expensive and inefficient. Parents often miss essential...

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3 Tips for Beating New School Year Nerves

It’s not quite the end of term but so many parents (including everyone here at mySircles HQ), are already looking forward to 6 weeks without the school run! At this point September seems very far away but like all moments in life, it soon sneaks up! Before we know it, the fresh September air will be upon us and with it will come the rush to buy new uniform, the smell of new pencil cases and a whole new playground dynamic to navigate!

To both children and adults a new school year can be an an anxious time, everything is so new and everyone has to find their feet. A new school year means a new class, new timetables, new clubs, new homework, new PE days, new calendars and for some children new schools entirely.

Anxiety comes from change so what can we do as parents to ease the transition for our children (and us)! In this post we will explore 3 things you can do to prepare your child for the change that September brings.

1. Open up the lines of communication

Giving your child the...

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Connect with Parents to Help Your Children Thrive

Let’s be honest, the parenting game is hard work and sometimes all the best intentions in the world still don’t feel good enough! There is one thing you can do though that will help both yourself and your child and it has nothing to do with your relationship with your child and everything to do with your relationship with other parents! In this post we will explore how connecting with other parents can improve family life.

The Practicalities of Parenting

Has your child ever come home with the wrong uniform or kit? Have you ever been unsure of what the homework is? Has there ever been a cancellation of a school club? Have you ever been running late for the school run?

These are real parent problems but they hardly scratch the surface. Every day you can face a new challenge, I know this because I am a parent and this is my life too. The only time I have able to find quick resolutions have been when I have had other parents to call on for support. Together we are stronger...

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Preparing Children For School

Summer’s over and it’s time to help get our children back into a school routine. But getting kids back into the swing of things does not need to be stressful or expensive. All it needs is our time and some nurturing. Here are some great tips that you can try to get your little one ready for school:

  1. Read! There are so many benefits to reading. Apart from sharing the moment that story-telling brings, parents also have the opportunity to open up a dialogue around key issues. It gives children the opportunity to express worries or challenges they might be facing or prepare them for what is yet to come.
  2. Listening! Teaching children the discipline of listening, waiting their turn and not being overtaken by excitement, will help them adjust to frameworks within school environments and prepare them to engage more effectively with their peers. Play games that involve taking turns and encourage fair play and good sportsmanship.
  3. Self-reliance! There are such fun ways to teach...
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Engaging with Parents at Your Child’s School

As children prepare for the start of a new academic year, many parents face challenges around communicating with other parents at school. Increasingly there are Facebook Groups for this, but if you are not a Facebook user or prefer not to communicate on school-related matters using social media, then it leaves little choice, other than trying to find contact details of other parents and using either chat apps, email, text messaging or just trying to catch parents at the school gate. The latter can be difficult if you are a working parent!

When just starting your parenting journey, there are some great options to get connected – such as join or start a playgroup, join online forums and socialise through events or even just a walk in the park. Putting yourself out there is half the battle and by making connections when you have time to do so, are great.

But as children get older and regardless of whether your child is starting nursery, just starting school, moving up a year or...

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Anxious Time for New School Starters

The Summer term of school is a period of mixed emotions for children and parents. For some it is full of excitement, thinking of starting a new year or moving school. But for many, it can be an anxious time, particularly for parents that have children starting school for the first time.

Research by PACEY  highlighted that 71% of parents are anxious about their children starting school and 48% of parents are more anxious than their child. One in four parents were seeking advice on how to prepare their children for school and avoid potential tears.

To ensure your child is ‘school-ready’, try out some of these activities:

  • Play school – get your child familiar with the ‘physical’ environment of school – use as many opportunities as possible to take the journey, as well as visits to the school. Talk to them about the excitement of starting school, your own early memories and have them looking forward to their big day.
  • Start a...
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A Simple Solution For Stressed Parents

Cambridge-based start-up mySircles is leading the way for parents with children at school, that want to ditch social media for a dedicated communication tool. Last week mySircles Kickstarter campaign was launched with the aim to raise enough funds to develop this platform for nationwide launch.

If you are a parent, chances are you will know what it feels like to face problems such as confusion over homework, struggling to contact other parents at school or finding out about your child needing a costume for World Book Day on World Book Day! It is frustrating and heart-breaking to watch your child suffer over homework or panic because you are running late for pick up.

The law prohibits schools from sharing contact details of other parents. This results in parents communicating using email, text, Facebook, chat, Whatsapp, Messenger; many parents use a combination of all of these and life can get very confusing. Everyone will have a preferred platform and so as people reach...

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The New Wave Of Working Mums

A study by  The Ohio State University and Mayo Clinic last year highlighted that women who put in long hours for the bulk of their careers, are more likely to suffer with life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.  With nearly 12,000 people taking part in the said survey, the results showed those working on an average of 60 hours or more over three decades appear to triple the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis.  The resulting effect of more stress and sleep and digestive trouble causing fatigue.

And a mother’s work is never done when the office hours are over.  Traditionally, Mum’s also do the lion’s share of work at home, including taking time off to look after sick children, school runs and everything in-between.  However, the new wave of working Mums are changing the rules of the game.

More women are starting to take charge of work-life balance and there is a growing shift towards...

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How to Explain Terrorism to Your Child

The devastating attack at Arianna Grande’s concert in Manchester’s last week event has shocked the world and left us broken.  Comprehending what happened, targeting innocent people including young children, is difficult for adults to understand, but even more traumatic for children. Here are some ways to help your child deal with what happened:

  • Reassure your child that they are safe by offering some perspective, that this type of danger is incredibly rare and unlikely to happen to anyone they know and there is much done to keep us safe and protect us.
  • Age-appropriate conversations are important. Explain what death means, it is not usually until the age of 5 or 6 that children really know that death is permanent.
  • Explain why it happened – by talking about bad behaviour, not bad people. This will help children distinguish between bad acts and bad people, which can be more easily understood.
  • Children are surrounded by social media and conversations on the...
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Start behaving like a child!

At some point in our younger years, we decide to make the transition between being treated as a child to being recognised for the level of maturity the left brain brings. We stop behaving like children and logic and rationality come into play.

This implicates all area’s of our younger lives – we go from living the life we dream of – to the life we are expected to live. If I think back to my younger years, I was at my happiest when I was centre-stage and leader of the pack, which manifested in energy, idea’s, excitement and having a lot of fun. But somewhere along the way, we get conditioned to think that child’s play is just that! We begin to compromise and set our own limiting beliefs around what we believe is possible.

In 2004 when I set up my first company bStrategic, I relished running my businesses in a way that was advancing my clients to the next level. Helping and inspiring businesses gave me the rewards I was seeking through tangible results...

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