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  • Has the IB finally overtaken A levels as the smart choice for kids?

    The International Baccalaureate is admired by universities, respected by companies and gaining traction in the UK with online school Kings InterHigh offering the first ever fully-virtual IB from Sept 22. What’s the fuss about? We ask Head of Sixth Form Alessandro Capozzi

  • 30 Ways to entertain the kids this half term

    Half term incoming! But how to keep the kids entertained and from climbing the walls you ask? Your bespoke Muddy Guide of course. Read on for the coolest stuff for them to do across Glos & Worcs, from toddlers to teens.

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    Muddy reviews: Abbey College, Malvern

    Looking for a unique and quintessentially English day and boarding school with a dazzlingly international feel? Abbey College in the stunning Malvern foothills is an academically-driven yet nurturing choice, and something slightly different for your teen scholar.

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    20 Ways to say I love you on Mother’s Day

    Treating your mum? Hope to be treated yourself? Either way, we have some brilliant ideas to spoil the lady in your life on 27th March. From afternoon tea set to a grand piano to glorious gardens, cool classes and a mamas & mimosas spa day (ooo!). Find some lady-shaped fun here.

  • Stressed or unhappy child? Here’s how to help

    Have a kid that's struggling with their feelings? Take five and read these five nuggets of advice from author Poppy O'Neill before you tear your hair out.

  • Kids & eco anxiety: how to tackle it

    Getting past the doom and gloom to focus on positive action isn't always easy - but here's how from Leisa Stewart-Sharpe, who's written books for Sir David Attenborough's TV series

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    Half-term saviour! 40 things kids will love

    Your half-term survival guide has landed - how about 40 brilliant things to do with the kids across Glos and Worcs? From kayaking and cinema arvos to alpaca treks and sports clubs, your wish is our command. Find them all here.

  • Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

    Ex Elle editor, parenting author and mum of four Lorraine Candy talks hormones (yours!), pot-plant parenting, and how adults need to look after their own mental health

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    King’s Hawford, Worcester

    Looking for a dynamic and nurturing school for ages 2 - 11 with a special Swallows and Amazons feel? This co-ed Prep near Worcester has a fiercely outdoorsy offering with a strong academic record. Read our review here.

  • Are We Having Fun Yet? Highs & lows of the nativity

    In an extract from her hilarious new book, Lucy Mangan tells the all-too-familiar tale of a Christmas nativity, from the sublime to the ridiculous

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    Back to school blues? 10 essential survival tips

    A new term beckons and so do the tears. Whether it's early years or teens, it's time for a whole new set of challenges. We find out how to survive (you and them) from parenting coach Julie Cresswell. Don't enter the gates without this A* advice.

  • Beaudesert Park School, Minchinhampton

    A high-achieving and nurturing co-ed Prep school with a laser focus on pastoral care, all wrapped up in a fairytale Cotswold setting that oozes Swallows and Amazons charm.

  • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

    “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

  • The 7 questions everyone asks about online schools

    Where does the social side, sport and extra-curricular come in to virtual education, and what about a timetable and exams? We tackle the big questions about online schools

  • Stop fussing! And other lockdown lessons

    Parenting can be a little fraught when you're essentially under siege in your own house. So we decided to talk to our young people to find out what they think we could be doing better.

  • How to manage back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • Back-to-school for grown-ups

    The kids may be going back to school but why should they get all the new gear? We all deserve shiny winter boots and bags too. Here's our pick for back-to-school style.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

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    To school or not to school?

    It's the dilemma that's dividing the nation - is it safe to send our children back to school on Monday? Two Muddy editors, one pro and one against, explain why they've made their personal decision.

  • Living in lockdown with teens – eek!

    Here are 20 things to do that might encourage your teenagers to get out of bed by midday – or at the very least by least by nightfall (fingers crossed).

  • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

    Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • The Half-Term Handbook – 50 Amazing Activities

    Your Half Term Survival Guide is right here - we have 50 brilliant things to do with the kids across Glos and Worcs

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    Parlez-vous teen slang? The language barrier has always been a problem when it comes to parent/child communications. Do you find the way your little darlings speak totally basic or, like, lit?

  • Got sibling squabbles? Uh, yep!

    Are the kids are driving you nuts? Even worse, are they driving each other nuts! We turn to the fabulous Parenting Partnership for some top tips

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