Best of A Blogging Good Time September

27 September 2016

Dear friend,

Welcome to the "best of...#ablogginggoodtime."  Katie and I are overwhelmed by the number of fantastic posts linked up each week and in an effort to give something back I decided to run a monthly feature to showcase some of the brilliant bloggers who regularly link up with us.

The diversity of posts linked up every month is amazing...everything from recipes to poems and lists, heartfelt and inspiring stories to hilarious tales and brilliant tips. Thank you so much! I know that we both struggle every week to pick out a featured post.

This months featured posts include:

Being Mindful about Mindsets

September is a month I always greet with excitement…and trepidation.

Being a teacher this is the time when I get to meet all my new classes (which, after 15 years, I still find thrilling and nerve-wracking in equal measure) and I set myself all my targets and resolutions for the coming academic year. Things like:

I WILL keep on top of my marking this year, I WILL keep on top of my my marking this year, I WILL keep….you get the idea🙂

However, this is not going to be a post about how I intend to be a better teacher in 2016/17. Instead, it’s about the need for us all to take advantage of the extra bounce and energy that kids tend to bring to the classroom after their summer holidays and to build on this by encouraging them to approach learning (and other aspects of life too!) with a growth mindset. For those of you who this is new to this means:

“…people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.” (Mindset Online)


Oh I loved this! I try hard to motivate my students and be more than a praise teacher but I know I don’t always achieve that. I love using yet though and when my students say I can’t… I always answer, yet! Super post!

12 ways kids are like dogs...

  1. Given half a chance they will eat you out of house and home. 
  2. They will eat all manner of disgusting things but present them with a vegetable and they think you are trying to poison them. 
  3. All new things must be explored by licking them. 
  4. Selective hearing – call them from one foot away and they will completely ignore you, rustle a food packet from another room and they are by your side in seconds. 


I read this at the splash pool! 5, 8 & 11 were my favourites but I loved them all. I giggled all the way through and people were looking at me!

I'm autistic which means...

For the past 14 years I have worked with adults who have severe/profound hearing loss. The vast majority of the people I work with have what is called an acquired loss, which means that they were born with normal levels of hearing but became deaf at some point later in life.

Deafness is a hidden disability. If people become deafened after they have developed normal spoken language skills they don’t sound deaf when they speak. People may notice that they are using hearing aids but assume that this means that their hearing problem has been rectified simply through using them. Not so.

Becoming deaf can be a very isolating and lonely experience. Social interactions involving small talk and chit-chat suddenly require herculean amounts of focus and concentration. A few people cope by dominating conversations so that they do most of the talking and very little listening. Typically most deafened people tend to withdraw socially to varying extents, avoiding situations where they know that communication is going to be difficult. Common to nearly all deafened people is a tendency to pretend to understand what someone is saying rather than to ask for endless repetitions. I know that when I have been abroad on holiday, struggling to understand a waiter whose accent is strong and unfamiliar, I’ve found myself smiling and nodding in the hope that my response is the right one. Imagine if this was how most of your conversations panned out? This pretending to understand, or bluffing, is possibly one of the most confidence crushing habits a deafened person can form. You can see why it can be tempting for deafened people to become hermits, but social isolation is not good for us. Research suggests that social isolation is as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day

I absolutely loved this. As an EXPAT living in Holland I have really struggled to communicate and have in a post likened my communication problems to autism so I am over the moon to see that Lynne made that connection here too. I think her 3 step explanation is genius as knowing someone is autistic and understanding what that means are two different things. I am definitely going to try to use the 3 steps and teach my son this too. Thank you! ❤️ 

Teenage Girls Dressing Appropriately

What is an appropriate way for your teenage daughter to dress? My 13 year old is quite clear that for her age it means not wearing tiny crop tops and refers to those that do as ridiculous and asking for trouble. My son on the other hand at 17+ likes a girl in a crop top, but thinks at his sister's age it is too young. It's clearly a fine line.

Over the summer a couple of innocent events and conversations with my kids have brought this issue to the fore and made me think not only about the messages our young girls give off with the the way they dress but also about how we as parents manage it.

An end of term school trip to France for my daughter highlighted "skimpy dressing" as an issue. The Madame in charge of the trip stipulated at a parents pre-trip meeting that the girls should not wear any tops resembling a bra or "short shorts" which caused a great deal of mirth amongst some parents as they pointed out that early July in Southern France would almost certainly be hot so shorts would be a good option for the girls surely. Madame, however, was unswerving in her views and drew a line across her own legs to indicate what length of shorts would be acceptable. Not "short shorts" meant to the knee, not above and absolutely no bottoms on display.

With most of these issues I believe it is about open communication. About talking with your children honestly about their thoughts and feelings. I feel problems start when our kids feel they have to hide things from us. I also believe that we have a parental responsibility like Jo. Great, thought provoking post!

Things no one warns you about school

1. Velcro fluff. Velcro, particularly shoe velcro, becomes a magnet for all sorts of hair, dust and thread-related unmentionables. These unmentionables will need picking out on a regular basis, but it’s best not to think about it, or examine the contents too carefully.

2. Eau de PE kit. Do not, I repeat do not, sniff the PE kit at the end of term to determine whether it needs a wash. It will. Chuck it straight in the washing machine with a good dose of every washing-related concoction you can find under the kitchen sink. Then add a bit more for good measure.


Oh this made me laugh. I of course see the other side. Things that have driven me mad so far are unlabelled clothes left in the corridor, massive snacks that kids don’t have time to eat or sending snacks that kids don’t like, why? Perhaps I should write this from the teachers viewpoint, although my new boss may not be so impressed! Great post! 🌟

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