Families Gloucestershire

Families Gloucestershire January – February 2014

A very Happy New Year to you from Families Gloucestershire!

Having exhausted a whole host of resolutions over the years I have decided that, in 2014, it’s time to adopt a new attitude.

I came across a snippet from a fellow Families editor about the Buddhist concept of ‘maitri’, unconditional compassion for yourself, on a daily basis. We know that children respond better to understanding and compassion for their mistakes than being berated – and so do we! So how about renouncing of beating ourselves up for good in 2014.

If you’d like to try something new this year, we have a selection of clubs and classes with something to suit everyone in the family. If you give a class a try, do say you saw them in Families!

In the Education section we focus on the debate over the best age for children to start school, look at changes to the Gloucestershire 11 Plus exam and include an insightful piece written by Rachael Ross, Chair of the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association on how her son Max has benefitted from attending mainstream education.

And finally, if you are battling with your child’s bedwetting, we have some tips we hope might help you overcome the problem.



Deborah Langham
0788 181 5962