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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Building a Good Relationship with Your Child's Teachers

A teacher plays an important role in your child's life. Your son or daughter will spend each day with their teacher in the classroom, which can have an incredible impact on their enjoyment of school. For this reason it is extremely important for parents to get to know their child’s teacher and build a good relationship together.

Good communication with your child's teacher is essential to your son or daughter’s academic success. The more information parents and teachers share with each other, the more your child will benefit. Here is some great advice from St Hilda’s School in Hertfordshire, on how to build a good relationship with your child’s teacher…

As parents we want our children to make the most of their education and succeed at school. In order for this to happen it is essential to have regular contact with their teacher. ‘Parent Evenings’ are an ideal opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate. Parents can find out more about the subjects being taught in the classroom, and teachers can give advice on how to support learning at home. These events are crucial to your child’s development and should not be missed. Use this valuable time with your child’s teacher to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s school work or behaviour.

It is also important to keep your child's teacher informed about any changes at home. This information will help the teacher to understand any changes in your child's classroom behaviour and allow them to support your child effectively.

If you do need to discuss something personal, such as changes at home, then it is important to find a suitable time to speak to your child’s teacher. Parents often try to speak to teachers in the morning, when they drop their child into class. However, this isn’t always the best time for teachers. They will be busy checking that all of the children have arrived safely and they will need to get organised for the day ahead. Instead, it is best to wait until the end of the day, when all of the children have left; or arrange an appointment with the school office.

It is important for parents to remember that a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way. Parents can establish a good relationship with a teacher by providing positive feedback. If your child has enjoyed a particular lesson, be sure to let their teacher know. This will show them just how much their hard work is appreciated.

Lastly, it is important to keep a good attendance and punctuality record. This is not only a great life-skill for your child, but it can also help to build a good relationship with the teacher. This is because good attendance shows that both you and your child value their education.

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