January 12, 2020

As a family we are not into New Year resolutions (apparently 80% of them fail and we are never that well organised!) and more into trying to introduce behaviours that build habits over time. The important point with behaviour change is to keep things simple and actiona...

March 21, 2019

As a generation of parents, we need to admit that we took our eyes of the ball - from climate change, to Trump, to Brexit - we have allowed these things to happen to us and our children.  We can construct a complex analysis as to why; the truth is there are many reason...

September 18, 2018

​It's a question worth asking. Many financial habits and attitudes to money develop at an early age but, as recently highlighted by the UK's Financial Capability Strategy, too few children and young people are fully equipped with the mindset and skills needed to naviga...

March 16, 2018

Picture courtesy of parkrun St Albans

As a family we love parkrun – a free, weekly, timed 5k run, managed by a network of volunteers. All four of us run most weeks and both of my kids benefit immensely. Not only does it help their fitness levels - at 6 years old my daug...

October 13, 2017

I have been running MyPocketSkill, the start-up focused on connecting young people, aged 13-19, with paid and volunteering opportunities, for the last 9 months. Our aim is to tool-up teens with real-life skills.  

Then there is a host of other potential b...

April 4, 2017

As schools break up for long Easter holidays, arranging childcare is necessity for most parents. While there are a variety of clubs out there, hiring a (teenage) babysitter, in particularly as a wrap around care, can be an option worth considering. 

According to Sa...

March 7, 2017

As the statistics would have it, in 2015 there were 82,034 applicants for 7,424 places to study medicine in the UK with some schools reporting as many as 1000 applicants for 50 places. Those odds look daunting. Whilst getting high grades and demonstrating academic apti...

February 23, 2017

In this week’s guest ‘Inspiring teens’ blog we feature Phoebe Shergold-Willis.  Phoebe is Director and Founder of St Albans School of Acting (SASA) which she started when she was 19.  This is Phoebe’s story.

I was born and brought up in East London and I moved to St Alb...

February 17, 2017

It sounds like a dream combination – enjoy an hour’s lie-in, start school at 9.25 rather than 8.25 and then do better at your exams.  What’s not to like?  But this is not purely the product of a teenager's optimistic daydream, it’s a consultation that the Head at...

January 26, 2017

The MyPocketSkill team are often asked what kind of tasks are suitable for today’s teenagers.  We passionately believe that today’s teens are immensely skilled and resourceful and can offer a wealth of talents to the local communities and business.  There is a raft of...

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