There have been so many missed ‘lasts’ for this year’s 6’s. No leavers’ assemblies, last sports day or school trips. When something so important is coming to an end, it’s a good time to reflect to help us move on in a grounded way.Continue reading
Together we will mark the end of this most unusual of school terms with the Big School Bell by standing on our front doorstep with something to represent what she celebrates from year 7.Continue reading
Join the Big School Bell in a moment of national recognition to mark the school year-end for our children.Continue reading
I am grateful to Rite for Girls for planning this unique celebration. I will be celebrating this as a mother and professional. Will you?Continue reading
What do our children need from us during this transition?Continue reading
After pausing in February, Hong Kong Girls Journeying Together group were able to gather again on Saturday 23rd May. Becoming 12 is a portrait series by Phillipa Bloom which mirrors the monthly rhythm of the group.Continue reading
As Rites for Girls’ mission is to work towards a better world we join in the global uprising to address the oppression of people of colour everywhere.Continue reading
Whenever your child returns to school, she will need your reassurance that it’s safe. Expect a period of adjustment and take time to reconnect with the pattern and pace of school life.Continue reading
Rites for Girls is bringing back the coming-of-age rite of passage which gives dignity and power to girls as they journey towards womanhood.Continue reading
At the end of my talk I’m often asked what one piece of advice I would offer parents. Impossible to answer of course, although I did surprise myself one evening by saying “Get a pet!” (Aside: we talk a lot in Girls Journeying Together groups about how to manage the bigger feelings that come in the preteen and teen years and every time someone will say that their cat or dog helps a lot.)
Even better than pets are parents. Nothing beats what a parent-on-a-good-day can offer their child. And because we can’t always be at our best, I’ve a simple suggestion to make up for the times when we’re impatient or distracted: make space for one-on-one time. It can be short and simple, like stopping off at a café for a hot chocolate, but it’s planned, and in the diary at least once a month, so it can be relied upon and looked forward to. Then treat it like a date. Make an effort, put phones away, be fun, don’t cancel.
A child feels good about herself when an adult chooses to spend their spare time with them.
Don’t underestimate how much you can make life good for your child. No matter what else is happening in your child’s life, having time with you set aside makes whatever they are dealing with easier. Make plans today!