Let’s all go camping!

Every time I go camping, I notice the extra freedoms that children tend to have on a campsite, and this year was no exception. As usual, my family (6yo, 4yo, husband) and I have been on a range of camping trips over the summer, and on each one, all the children I’ve seen have been running … Continue reading Let’s all go camping!

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The Realities of 21st Century Street Play: Losing your Children

I’m not sure if it’s the large collection of second-hand Little Tikes cars in our garden, or the wooden playhouse in the corner, or the general loveliness of my children (ahem), but most days we end up with other peoples’ children in our garden. In fact, the main reason this happens is because we have … Continue reading The Realities of 21st Century Street Play: Losing your Children

Why are children running rings around us? Is it ok to dislike the ‘Daily Mile’?

I’m a strong advocate of physical activity, particularly for children. So is it ok for me to dislike the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative? For those that aren’t aware of it, the Daily Mile is an initiative started off by Elaine Wiley, a headteacher from Stirling in Scotland, who began it in her school in order to … Continue reading Why are children running rings around us? Is it ok to dislike the ‘Daily Mile’?

A Personal Best!

Sometimes we need to go back to basics, and consider why we started out on our journey in the first place. It’s all too easy to forget the reasons why you do something, what drove you to get where you are and how far you’ve come. Considering this in the context of recreational running, it’s … Continue reading A Personal Best!

Virtual freedom: is technology good for children’s independence?

I am a strong advocate of giving children more independence. But what does is really mean in our age of technology and how important is it to children in the 21st century? Studies have shown that children don’t really like being alone. They would often prefer to be out with friends than on their own, … Continue reading Virtual freedom: is technology good for children’s independence?