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Weekly with David Boddy: Parenting Q&A 9

February
25

David Boddy, former Headmaster, grandfather of nine and now senior education consultant with home tutoring company, TUTOR DOCTOR, answers your questions on parenting...

Q: My 3- year- old goes to a nursery where other children are learning to read and write. He won’t even pick up a pen. Should I be worried?

A: Definitely not. I know of a youngster who didn’t show any interest in reading or writing until he turned 7, causing much anxiety to his parents. Now he is nearly 16… Read more →

Weekly with David Boddy: Parenting Q&A 8

February
7

David Boddy, former Headmaster, grandfather of nine and now senior education consultant with home tutoring company, TUTOR DOCTOR, answers your questions on parenting...

Q: With all the rumpus about what is happening on social media, should I ask my teenage son to let me follow him on Instagram?

A: You should do more than that; you should open up a proper, and probably on-going, conversation with him about what it means to leave a digital footprint. Just this week we have seen… Read more →

Weekly with David Boddy: Parenting Q&A 7

January
30

David Boddy, former Headmaster, grandfather of nine and now senior education consultant with home tutoring company, TUTOR DOCTOR, answers your questions on parenting...

Q: Sorry to introduce the ‘B’ word, but my son’s secondary school has said that because of Brexit, foreign languages are going to take a secondary place in the school curriculum. Surely this can’t be right?

A: Private school headteachers have the right to manage their curriculum in the way they… Read more →

Weekly with David Boddy: Parenting Q&A 6

January
25

David Boddy, former Headmaster, grandfather of nine and now senior education consultant with home tutoring company, TUTOR DOCTOR, answers your questions on parenting...

Q: We have just had the terrible news that my son has failed his 11+ entry tests at the three private schools he really wanted to go to and we are now desperate. He is feeling a failure and we don’t know what the next steps should be. Can you help please?

A: You and he may not take too much consolation from this,… Read more →

Weekly with David Boddy: Parenting Q&A 5

January
17

David Boddy, former Headmaster, grandfather of nine and now senior education consultant with home tutoring company, TUTOR DOCTOR, answers your questions on parenting...

Q: Why do schools keep giving out so much homework? My son has work to do every night of the week and then he has to study. It seems to be burning him out. Am I right?

A: Almost as certain as MPs can’t agree on what is to happen with Brexit, headteachers can’t agree on the benefits of homework and how much… Read more →

Weekly with David Boddy: Parenting Q&A 4

January
4

David Boddy, former Headmaster, grandfather of nine and now senior education consultant with home tutoring company, TUTOR DOCTOR, answers your questions on parenting...

My 18-year-old son is facing a social dilemma. A lot of his peers are involved in ‘serious’ relationships, but he wants to work hard for his A-levels. Peer pressure is mounting for him also to get involved with a girl and he does not want to be ostracised for not joining in. Advice please.

Although… Read more →