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**Disclaimer: my family have been given a year’s subscription to Smartick in return for media coverage on my platforms. This piece has been written by the Smartick team and I have not been compensated for posting it. The mission behind Smartick is quite simple: help every child master the maths foundations and develop lifelong traits like perseverance and a strong work ethic along the way. How exactly? The answer is multifaceted and a bit more comprehensive. First and foremost, an online mathematics method that immediately corrects exercises might not sound so innovative, but here are some of the reasons that …

Everything I Thought I Knew about Teaching Kids Respect was Wrong. Here’s What I’ve Learnt During a Decade of Parenting

Before I became a parent, I thought I knew everything about teaching kids respect. When my kids were really small, my views were still pretty much the same. I don’t know if it’s the era we’re living in, my decade of experience as a parent, or a combination of both that have changed my views. Whatever the reasons, I now see most of the traditional respect-teaching methods as pointless, at best, and outright damaging at worst. Let me bust some popular myths for you. Myth 1: Above all else, we must teach our girls to respect themselves While I agree …

paleo vegan bbq sauce

Paleo Vegan BBQ Sauce (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

My paleo vegan BBQ sauce has just five ingredients, and as with all my recipes, is ridiculously easy to make. Most bbq sauces have ketchup as the first ingredient, which instantly means lots of sugar. You should know by now how much I dislike the s word. I’m using blackstrap molasses as the (natural) sweetener here, which gives the sauce a lovely liquorice taste. Molasses is loaded with iron, B vitamins and a whole host of other vitamins and minerals. It is said to help with the symptoms of PMS, stabilise blood sugars, improve bone health and give the skin …

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Am I Being Judged or Am I Judging Myself?

All too often people (mainly mums) tell me they are being judged, mostly by other mums. No less than five times in the last week, different people have said: “don’t judge me” usually followed up with “I know you wouldn’t”. Two things here: firstly, why say something you don’t mean? Secondly, anyone who properly knows me, knows that I am the LEAST judgemental person you are likely to meet. Yes, I speak my mind, often without a filter, but that is not the same as being judgemental. Plus, with my background, I have no right to judge anyone. There is …

What Class Am I? On Class and Bridging the Gaps in Society

There are fewer topics capable of dividing a room as quickly as class. I’ve been pondering the question “what class am I?” for years and still have trouble answering. According to this article, which was posted in the wake of the Brexit referendum, most Brits consider themselves to be working class. I myself grew up in a working class household, but it would be more apt to describe many members of my family, during those years, as the didn’t work class. Probably goes a long way to understanding why I don’t have strong ties to the working class. A brief …