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  • Positive strong boy in boxing gloves and a superhero cape

    Mental health: Give your kids a happiness MOT

    Think kids don't have a care in the world? Lockdown has taken its toll and young people are struggling. Here's some practical advice to help when they're not feeling OK.

  • Girl holding hands to her face

    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.

  • Virtual Open Days

    How to nail virtual school open days

    A global pandemic won't stop your school search, but it does make it trickier to view them. Queen Anne's head Julia Harrington gives her tips on what to do and ask at a Virtual Open Day.

  • Back to school chalk board

    Parents: How to manage your back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • Superhero teenage school boy

    Education SOS: coping with back to school

    Well, it's been a nightmare year for kids only made worse by the exam results debacle. As we plot their return to school, Reading Blue Coat's new head Peter Thomas offers some keep calm and carry on advice.

  • Marked wooden school door with metals sign Exam Room Enter

    The Parents’ Guide to Surviving Exam Results…

    … because it's not just the kids who are bricking it on GSCE and A level results days this year!

  • 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 […]

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    Kids driving you nuts? Try these parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

  • 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.

  • teenage girle in red sweatshirt wearing ssuglasses with daisy in mouth

    Living with teens in lockdown – 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).

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    How to keep your kids learning in lockdown

    It’s tricky enough for adults to stay motivated within their four walls, but for children it’s even tougher. So how do you keep your kids positive, bright and ready to learn? Two top local schools offer some great advice.

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