Tooled Up Education

Stress-free School Mornings for Teens

Whether it’s forgotten homework, missing PE kit, friendship issues, or simply being tired and grumpy (us or them); school mornings can feel like a stressful part of the day for both parents and teens. There are little things we can do to help teens approach the school day positively and nudge them to be organised and motivated for the day ahead. Here are some of our top tips that can help school mornings work better for the whole family.

A Quick Guide to Festivals (and Relevant Tooled Up Resources)

A music festival is about so much more than the headline act. It’s an immersive event that feels a million miles away from everyday life – and for parents, a daunting prospect if their teenager announces it as their next big plan! This quick guide, developed in conjunction with drugs education charity the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about festivals, as well as signposting to further sources of information. Please note that legal information and some of the services referenced are applicable to the UK and rules for other countries may differ.

Supporting Your Child if They Feel Worried about Their School Residential Trip

Whilst some children count down the days until their school residential, others worry. Being away from home, eating different foods, trying new activities and being in an unfamiliar place can be exciting, but some children find this change to the norm challenging, and they might even be reluctant to go. If your child is feeling a bit wobbly about an upcoming residential trip, take a look at our actionable tips, designed to equip you to work through their concerns together and help them to feel more prepared.

My School Trip

For many children, going away on a school trip is a really exciting experience. For others, it can be a big source of anxiety. This activity encourages children to consider what they are looking forward to and also anything that’s making them feel a bit wobbly, and provides an opportunity for parents and school staff to work with them and come up with a plan of what might make them feel better about it.

Chores List for Children Aged Two to Five

Even when children are very young, it is a great idea to ask them to participate in family life. Chores hone executive functions in children, are immensely self-esteem boosting and send a signal that your family is a team and everyone needs to play their part. We’ve put together some age-appropriate ideas for tasks and chores around the home and have also left you space to add your own.

Chores List for Primary Aged Children

It is a great idea to get children participating in the day to day running of family life from a young age. Chores hone executive functions in children, are immensely self-esteem boosting and send a signal that your family is a team and everyone needs to play their part. We’ve put together some age-appropriate ideas for tasks and chores around the home and have also left space for you to add your own.

Chores List for Young People Over the Age of 11

Chores hone executive functions in young people, are immensely self-esteem boosting and send a signal that your family is a team and everyone needs to play their part. We’ve put together some ideas for tasks and chores that your tweens and teens can do around the home. We have also left space for you to add your own.

Involving Children and Teens in Household Chores

Encouraging young people to do jobs around the house doesn’t only benefit family life and the running of the home. It also helps to develop their confidence, teaches useful life skills and promotes a sense of responsibility. Read our tops tips for encouraging children to get involved in household jobs.