Tooled Up Education

Embrace Your Eras

It gets more difficult, as you move through the eras of your own life, to keep track of what’s popular. This is especially true when it comes to music. But in 2024, finding the centre of the musical universe is about as hard as finding the sun in the sky. Nothing in popular culture – perhaps nothing in the history of popular culture – is quite as big as Taylor Swift.

The Value of Belonging

For many around the world this coming weekend, it will be Father’s Day; a day when we think about thanking the dads, grandads, ‘brathers’, foster or adoptive dads, step dads who love us, nurture us, sustain us, provide for us, mentor us, play with us and teach us.

SuperKind Social Action

A week or so ago at Tooled Up, we interviewed Professor Geoff Thompson MBE. Amongst numerous other achievements in the world of sport, Professor Thompson is a five times karate world champion and founder of the Youth Charter, a charitable organisation which promotes the role and value of sport, art, culture and digital technology in the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities.

Grief’s Gravity

This week I was in touch with a parent who is feeling the full weight of grief following a shocking loss. For those freshly bereaved, loss can manifest physically and emotionally, precipitating feelings of utter exhaustion and fatigue as well as profound sadness and shock.

The Examiner’s Eye

It’s late May, which means many students are deep into their exams. Here in the UK, GCSEs and A-Levels are in full swing, and many Tooled Up families are rallying to support their teenager in making it through exam season, and beginning the long wait for Results Day. But do you ever wonder what happens to all those exam papers after students have put down their pens?

Skincare, #SephoraKids and Self-Esteem

Due to one of my children’s sporting activities, I spend a lot of time at a London swimming pool, which is positioned dangerously close to a very large shopping mall. A few months ago, I popped in at about 4.30pm to grab a few essentials, and found myself battling through hordes of tweens and teens to reach the shop I needed. Live music was booming from the upper floor, and a huge crowd was being whirled into an excited frenzy by a hype man on a thunderous PA system.

Body Talk

Wednesday Wisdom readers are good people; loving people, who have likely attended a parenting talk once-upon-a-time, and ended up subscribing to these weekly musings because they have an appetite for learning and for research.

Meaningful Conversations

This week, Wednesday Wisdom is written by Emma Leeson, Schools Co-ordinator at SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education), the UK’s national charity for Philosophy for Children. Emma will be joining us at Tooled Up on May 20th for an exciting live webinar, and here she shares thoughts on how we can have meaningful and connected conversations with our children, designed to deepen their thinking.

Challenges around Change

We are seeking a new family home; a process that has reminded me of both the anxiety-inducing aspects of upheaval and of all the exciting and life-enhancing opportunities it can ignite.

Sibling Influences

A friend of mine recently asked me a question using terms I haven’t heard since I was at school. “Now that you’ve had two children,” she asked, “do you believe in nature or nurture?” It’s a question all parents must ask themselves at least once a week: how do you explain why your children are the way they are? And once a sibling arrives it gets twice as complicated. Because these two children, both made from what you might assume are the same ingredients and raised by the same parents…why are they so different from each other?