Giving your school-aged children some freedom

Despite the advent of podcasts, blogs and other forms of digital media, radio is still a great place for holding live discussions and debate. Just yesterday I was involved in a very interesting discussion on Radio 5 Live about how much freedom you should give your school-aged children. The result was rather like what’s happening in Parliament with Brexit: There was very little consensus whatsoever between the three of us who were chatting about the issue.

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Is there a correct age to allow a school-aged child to walk home from school alone, catch a bus or go shopping? What’s your opinion? Pic credit: Kristina V on Unsplash.
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An educational experience at Kidzania London

As I revealed a few weeks ago, I was recently appointed an ambassador for Kidzania London. It’s a venue my kids love because the experience gives them some independence and they love the idea of earning money.

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The Town Square at Kidzania London.
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Highlights from the #SidebySide2019 Canadian fatherhood conference

You know when you do something that leaves you feeling all positive and makes you feel hopeful for the future? That’s how I feel having just returned from the Side By Side fatherhood conference in Canada.

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I spent two very thought-provoking days at the Side By Side Canadian Father Involvement Conference in Ottawa.
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Summer Sessions at Institut Montana Zugerberg: My Kind of Bilingual School

I have long tried to nurture an interest in foreign languages in both my daughters – an interest which comes from my background.

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Institut Montana Zugerberg in Switzerland. Can you think of nicer surroundings to attend summer sessions and learn a second language?
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Discussing The Baby Club with TV legend Nigel Clarke

Inclusion may be something of a trendy buzz word, but as a man who has spent several years as the man in carer for his kids, it definitely has its place. There have been moments as a parent I have felt like the odd one out or unwelcome, the only dad in a room full of mums. The Baby Club is a new TV series that’s about to launch on the BBC’s pre-school channel CBeebies and inclusion is very much a big part of the show. I caught up with legendary presenter Nigel Clarke to find out more about the series.

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I speak to TV presenter Nigel Clarke to find out more about The Baby Club, CBeebies latest offering for infants under 18 months of age and their parents and carers.
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