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Be an advocate for outdoor play

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Do you remember how you used to play at the front of your house as soon as you got home from school, right up till dinner and then maybe even sneaked out after dinner to lay on the grass to look at the stars .... ? 
I remember but I can say, I haven't spent a lot of time looking out the stars for a while ... Maybe even a year? 
Children need and thrive on time outdoors. The statistics are pretty scary, in 2016 a survey in the UK was conducted and found that three-quarters of UK children spent less time outside than prison inmates, revealing the extent to which time playing in parks, wood and fields has shrunk. A fifth of the children did not play outside at all on an average day, the poll found. Source via: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/25/three-quarters-of-uk-children-spend-less-time-outdoors-than-prison-inmates-survey 
I am fortunate that I can start work early and get home early. So I have at least an hour before the sunsets to take …

Why you shouldn't stress your child when it comes to handwriting

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The easy no fuss way (that sometimes we forget), is to not stress ourselves or our child about their hand writing. Just give them time to practice it more.

At the end of Prep, we got called in for a parent interview. "Just thought you should know, I feel your son is struggling with hand writing."

We looked at what our son had written. He wrote two sentences using big words.

Afterwards we left and my husband said, "you know what, I looked at his writing and I thought it was really good."

I thought it was good to, considering he couldn't even write his name at the beginning of school.

However, I didn't ignore the advice. Instead, we practiced. He wrote every body Christmas cards and I did check the other kids Christmas cards, again similar writing then his.

Yet, we practiced, not too much but at least once or twice a week for about ten to twenty minutes and we stopped whenever he got tired from it.

When we practiced, I kept it light. I didn…