A parent’s guide PEGI age ratings

The video game Fortnite has attracted a lot of publicity recently. My eldest daughter, Helen, who is on the cusp of turning 10, was adamant she didn’t want to play it because of an incident involving another kid. She then discovered the game features some popular dance moves. Having learned of this and loving to dance, she recently sidled up to me and asked if I would buy it for her. The first thing I did was take a look at the PEGI age rating and I was very surprised to discover it was 12 years of age.

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I was inspired to produce this parent’s guide to PEGI age ratings because of my lack of knowledge of the age rating system. Pic credit: JEShoots on Unsplash.
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Easy chicken and noodle soup recipe

A few weeks ago, I made my daughters a dish that they’ll happily eat out of packet. It was a nice idea, but, they refused to eat my home-made version. I was thinking about what to do and my mind drifted off to my own childhood and a chicken and noodle soup that my aunt and grandmother used to make for me.

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Based on a recipe my grandmother used to use, my easy chicken and noodle soup. very simple to make and great for any fussy eaters in your family.
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Collect memories, not photographs.

I started a little something on Twitter the other day. I ran a poll asking whether people think it’s acceptable to use their phones to take photographs in schools and childcare settings.

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A dad takes a photograph of a school play. Do us parents really need to take photographs in school settings, or should we collect memories instead?
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Drone photography tutorial

With my children back at school, I took a short trip to the south coast earlier this week. I was armed with my new 10-stop filter for my camera and also my DJI Phantom drone. Depending on the weather conditions, I was either going to do some long-exposure photography of cloud formations using the filter or I was going to send up the drone to do some aerial photography of the coastal landscape.

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Image one. Camber Sands beach looking east from a height of about 50 metres. Vibrance, brightness and highlights have been altered in this image.
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Writing a letter to teacher

Returning to school as a parent was a very strange experience. I recall on one of Helen’s first days in reception class, standing in the playground feeling terrified as she played on a climbing frame, the only kid to be doing so. I wasn’t sure if she was meant to use the frame and was terrified that I might get in trouble for letting her clamber over it. It was like I had reverted back to being a school kid and was worried about upsetting a teacher or, worse still, the headteacher.

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Writing letters to your kids’ school teachers: An aspect of parenting that causes me huge confusion.
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