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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

  • Holiday fun! What’s on in Norfolk this May half term

    Somehow, it's already half term again! From a cool new climbing cafe to a fairy festival in the woods, we've got something to keep kids of all ages occupied - fun guaranteed.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • It’s Children’s Book Week! Check out May’s top releases for little bookbugs.

    To celebrate Children's Book Week we asked our friends Leanne and Dan at Norwich's Bookbugs & Dragon Tales to recommend their top pick of this month's new releases for the young and young at heart.

  • 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

  • How to look after your child’s mental health

    After an unsteady year of lockdowns, school closures, and frightening news, many kids are struggling with their mental health. We talked to Town Close School about what can be done.

  • Festival of Sport: 7 Reasons to Book Right Now

    The starriest sporting event in the Norfolk calendar is coming to Holkham this summer. So dig out your trainers and start limbering up. It's going to be epic.

  • 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 […]

  • Ready for homeschooling?

    Muddy enlists help to get parents prepared for the challenges of back to school at home

  • Surviving your family 24/7

    If you're teetering on the edge of sanity already, check out our expert guide from local Wellbeing Coach and ZenMuma - Jackie Heffer-Cooke. Jackie??? 

  • 12 Top Tips to Home Schooling

    Where to start? Here are our top tips from creating the right environment to useful resources for home schooling. Good luck!

  • Communication Concerns?

    If your child is off to school for the first time and you're worried about their speech and language development - read on for some great advice from ISLTS Speech Therapist Lorna Bailey.

  • Leave those kids alone

    A new parenting manual urges us to back off and let our kids take the lead.

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