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Parenting

  • Stressed or unhappy child? Here’s how to help

    Have a kid that's struggling with their feelings? Take five and read these five nuggets of advice from author Poppy O'Neill before you tear your hair out.

  • Kids & eco anxiety: how to tackle it

    Getting past the doom and gloom to focus on positive action isn't always easy - but here's how from Leisa Stewart-Sharpe, who's written books for Sir David Attenborough's TV series

  • Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

    Ex Elle editor, parenting author and mum of four Lorraine Candy talks hormones (yours!), pot-plant parenting, and how adults need to look after their own mental health

  • Godolphin School, Salisbury

    An inspiring day and boarding school in Salisbury for girls aged 3-18, hitting its marks in everything from academics to art and sport in a supportive family atmosphere.

  • Are We Having Fun Yet? Highs & lows of the nativity

    In an extract from her hilarious new book, Lucy Mangan tells the all-too-familiar tale of a Christmas nativity, from the sublime to the ridiculous

  • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

    “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

  • Prep your investment early!

    ‘Catching up’ education after Covid remains a hot topic - we talk to Warminster Prep’s Head of Prep on why investing early in your child's education has never been so crucial.

  • The 7 questions everyone asks about online schools

    Where does the social side, sport and extra-curricular come in to virtual education, and what about a timetable and exams? We tackle the big questions about online schools

  • Stop fussing! And other lockdown lessons

    Parenting can be a little fraught when you're essentially under siege in your own house. So we decided to talk to our young people to find out what they think we could be doing better.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • Supervising siblings in lockdown?

    Ah, then you might need some tips with helping them get along!

  • Is an independent school right for you?

    Choosing a school for your child has to be one of the most important decisions of your parenting life, but have you considered going private?

  • Reclaim your weekend

    Are you overwhelmed and exhausted by the end of the weekend? No sooner have you reintroduced yourself to the kids after a week of work then Monday morning rolls around again. Ah, you need some Muddy help!

  • How to choose a prep school

    The most important things to look for in a school...and nope, exam results are not one of them! Here's the insider scoop on how to choose the best school for your child from Stonar School's Head of Prep, Rob Cunningham

  • To board or not to board?

    Could boarding school be the best thing for your child? Muddy talks to Rebecca Eves, Houseparent at Port Regis School, to find out why boarding for prep school kids is, well, a whole load of fun

  • Got sibling squabbles? Uh, yep!

    The holidays are here, and you know what that means. The kids are driving you nuts and, even worse, driving each other nuts! We turn to the fabulous Parenting Partnership for some top tips

  • Moving up – tips for starting senior school

    Moving into senior school can be a time of mixed feelings for children – so to make the transition easier we asked Simon Head, Headmaster at Chafyn Grove School for his best bits of advice.

  • How to grow happy kids

    How can you help your kids find the holy grail of happiness? We’ve found an expert who has previous in the matter…

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