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Letter from the editor

Kate Hilpren.
Editor, Chalk & Chat

Gearing up for summer can be a time of polar opposites for parents. On the one hand, your household may be fraught with revision and the build-up to important exams. On the other, you may be planning this year’s summer holiday. This issue should help you on both counts.

Our interview with mental health expert Cat Williams, for example, aims to show parents how they can help build your child’s resilience so they can cope with the stresses and strains of growing up. Meanwhile, our two travel articles – one on best child-friendly hotels in the UK and the other on the exotic family holiday destination of Zanzibar – should give you plenty to consider for your holiday in the sun. Having a staycation this year? Be sure to check out our article on best children’s bikes so your kids can stay active and make the most of those long summer days.

In this issue, we also look at which schools stand out for teaching entrepreneurship – and why more schools should be taking the issue of enterprise more seriously in preparing young people for the world of business. Other highlights include how you can help your kids learn to touch type and how to can spot the signs that you may have been wasting money on a tutor.

As ever, the usual slots such as Book Corner and Education Dilemma should give you plenty to think about.

We plan to bring you the usual rich mix of humour, entertainment, debate and practical know-how – all with parenting at the very heart of every article. We hope you enjoy it, as well as the new look we’ve given the magazine.

Kate Hilpern


Chalk & Chat 2018

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