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  • Should your child change schools for Sixth Form?

    Thinking of shaking things up for your child when it comes to A Levels? Here's everything you should consider about making the Sixth Form swap.

  • 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

  • How to choose the right prep school for your child

    Thinking of sending your child to a prep school? Here are the top insider tips on what you really need to look for to make it a perfect fit…

  • 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

  • Top tips on moving schools (from the experts)

    Moving from primary to senior school can be a daunting time for kids AND parents so we’ve picked the brains of experts in the area to help make sure the transition’s a smooth one all round.

  • 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

  • Is there a best time to move schools?

    Thinking about changing your child's school before Year 7? Could combining a state and independent education in early years be the way forward?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Sixth form swappers

    If your teen might benefit from a new start for A levels, here's what you should consider.

  • How to tame your teen

    Has your little darling become Kevin The Teenager? We've asked a top parenting expert for advice on those adolescent years.

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