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Restaurant Review: Southam Street, Notting Hill

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Southam Street. All photos courtesy of NHYM apart from this one, courtesy of the internet. NHYM 2018. 

I am always excited to hear about new restaurant openings in Notting Hill, because one easily gets bored (yawn) and tired by the same old stalwarts (ie. ‘Shall we go to Osteria/The Oak/e&o?’ etc…) So when Southam Street invited me to write a review of their new restaurant, I was more than happy to oblige since I love Pan Asian food and I love Notting Hill. So last Thursday, I took some friends along to try it out.

Southam Street is a Robata and Raw restaurant set over two floors with a top floor Tequila bar. That night we were seated on the ground floor, which has a scandi feel to it: white-painted exposed bricks, Danish-style chairs and industrial pipes coming out of a very cool ceiling.

Golborne Road is having something of a renaissance and this restaurant is just one of its recent openings. 108 Garage established itself as ‘the one to watch’ when it opened in 2017 and received brilliant reviews, quickly finding a spot in Bloomberg’s Best 100 restaurants in the UK: So it is unsurprising that the duo behind 108 Garage opened a new resto down the street called Southam Street (and that duo is a story in itself with Luca the Italian banker and Chris the Gumtree Chef.)

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Double Salmon Roll. NHYM 2018. 

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Yellowtail Tartare. NYYM 2018

We started out our meal with some of the raw offerings: The Double Salmon Roll and the Yellowtail Tartare. The double salmon was fresh and succulent, just as any good sushi restaurant in Mayfair with triple the price. The yellowtail tartare was good, but perhaps less memorable.

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Bao Bun. NHYM 2018. 

But let’s cut right to the chase. The Korean fried chicken Bao Bun is really the piece de resistance in this restaurant and is – literally – everyone’s favourite. We all ordered one, but one of our friends liked it so much, he ordered two. Someone said they would come to Southam just for it and my husband still raves about it.

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Thai Salad. NHYM 2018. 

I personally also love the Thai salad with mi-cuit salmon and salmon roe mixed with grapefruit, shallots, and lots of herbs – it is delicious and after the salad and the Bao Bun, I could have gone home happy.

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Iberico pork. NHYM 2018. 

But instead, we kept ordering, and had the wagyu beef sliders, which were very tasty, and the Iberico pork pluma – also very good. As sides, we had asparagus grilled on a Robata a la Nobu style, which I really liked, and broccoli in sesame sauce. All quite delicious.

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Rump Steak and Broccoli. NHYM 2018. 

The rump steak was a bit on the fatty side and could have used a bit more sauce/marinade, but by this time we were so full that we didn’t really care.

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Fondant. NHYM 2018. 

For dessert, the chocolate moelleux hit the spot, which rivals Nobu’s as well and the panna cotta, which wasn’t panna cotta, but a chawan mushi (Ok, the Japanese version of a panna cotta) was equally delicious.

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Strawberry Chawan Mushi. NHYM 2018. 

It was all very beautifully decorated with edible flowers and pretty colours. The only – little – downside to the whole experience was the service…which was slightly inexperienced. Cocktails came at staggered intervals, and questions about the food were met with head-caught-in-headlights stares: ‘How are the sliders? Uhm. I don’t know, I haven’t tried them. How is the Iberico pork cooked? Uhm, I don’t know, let me ask’ which happened a few times, but having said that, they were very friendly, mostly attentive, and did try.

Overall:

Southam Street is a great little addition to west London’s dining scene with some excellent dishes (crispy chicken Bao Bun and Salmon Roe Thai Salad) and some old Nobu-style favourites. The service could use some refining, but the food and the friendliness was enough of a distraction to keep us happy all night long.

Thank you Southam Street for a wonderful Thursday treat!

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

@NHyummymummy

**Southam Street invited me and three friends but all views and opinions expressed are my own**

 

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Review: Limewood & The Pig, Hampshire

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Limewood Hotel & Terrace. Photos Courtesy of NHYM 2018

We first heard about Limewood about 10 years ago after it first opened through a friend and colleague’s of my husband’s who raved about it and kept telling us that we should go, saying that it was her favourite country hotel. But then, something overwhelming happened: we had kids and you-know-how-it- is, only hotels with kids clubs came onto our radar and we said we would go when our children were older. Well, they are now – a little – older, and we finally made it to Limewood last weekend for the most glorious weekend in the history of UK bank holidays. We wanted to run to this friend to tell her how much we loved it, but sadly we couldn’t, because this friend succumbed to her fight against breast cancer a few years ago. So, it was with some sadness that we loved this place, a place that for us, will always be linked to her.

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Garden. Limewood. Courtesy of NHYM 2018. 

I tell my children to appreciate everything we have and not to take anything for granted, whether family, friends or our health – all of which I have lost at some point. When I feel myself getting angry and frustrated by little things, I try to tell myself not to ‘sweat the little things.’ And in some ways, the harder times I’ve experienced over the years have taught me about appreciating the happier times and how to be happier overall.

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Limewood Pathway. NHYM 2018. 

But enough philosophising, you’ve probably come for a hotel review, rather than a lecture on happiness! So, back to Limewood: so much of it is ab-fab. We had a wonderful ‘Pavilion’ which is comprised of two interconnecting rooms, one on the ground floor where the kids stayed and one on the first floor where we stayed. It felt like your own little house at the back of the hotel’s garden with plenty of space, charm and was very family friendly where we could open our door and let the kids run around wildly in the garden.

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Bathtub in bedroom. NHYM 2018. 

Our bedroom had a large four-poster bed and a bathtub literally amongst the trees. It felt as if you were in a treehouse somewhere far away. Limewood is in the middle of the New Forest (not in the outskirts like Chewton Glen) with wild ponies roaming around freely, which we saw when we went tandem bicycling.

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Limewood Bar. NHYM 2018.

Other parts of the hotel I really liked were the bar, the huge spa and pool, and the breakfast room called the scullery. What differentiates Limewood from many of the other grand old hotels is that it is a boutique hotel but with 5 star amenities and it is equally as luxurious as any 5 star. It is just the right size and is beautifully designed, from the rooms to the breakfast room, whereas some of the larger hotels can become impersonal like the Grove or the Four Seasons.

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The Pig. NHYM 2018. 

On Saturday, we went to the Pig, which is the sister hotel of Limewood. It is basically its younger, hip sister, equally beautiful, but more rustic-chic than grownup Limewood, in a drinks-in-a-jam-jar kind of way.

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The Pig Conservatory. NHYM 2018. 

The restaurant is in a very cool conservatory with food that is all locally sourced. Like I said, hipsterville. We ate outside on the terrace because it was so beautiful out, but would love to go back at night one day as it is apparently quite stunning as well for dinner. The Tomahawk pork is its claim-to-fame, so be sure to order that if you go.

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Limewood Grounds. NHYM 2018. 

Back at Limewood, the children spent hours on the swings, but we also went bike-riding, swimming in the pool and to a cute little farm Longwood, when we decided that Paultons and Peppa Pig World didn’t quite flow with our weekend plans ;). There were plenty of children because it was a bank holiday weekend, so if you’re looking to go for a romantic weekend as a couple, don’t go on a BH weekend!

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Back Garden Limewood. NHYM 2018. 

Everything about the weekend was stunning: the weather, the hotel, the food, and the room, although I couldn’t have called it a relaxing weekend: there were moments when I longed for a kids club, but nonetheless it was absolutely lovely and we will certainly be back. Everyone I speak to loves it there and I can understand why. Our friend would have loved to hear that we finally made it there ten years later and loved it too.

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy

@NHyummymummy

**In memory of my husband’s Limewood-loving friend who fought so bravely and strongly against breast cancer**

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Review: Annabel’s, Mayfair

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Annabel’s Mayfair. Photo courtesy of NHYM 2018.

A few weeks ago, a new giant opened in town: the newly renovated Annabel’s on Berkeley Square, inhabiting 26,000 square feet in the middle of Mayfair, with a £60 million renovation price tag on it. Of course when the opportunity came up to go, I said ‘yes’ faster than a Londoner says yes to sunshine. And it is spectacular, in so many ways. There are not a lot of places that could pull off a pale pink staircase with a hot air balloon suspending a white unicorn in the air. But Annabel’s manages to pull it off.

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Annabel’s Staircase hot air balloon. NHYM 2018. 

Richard Caring who re-opened this club seems to have one thing in mind: to blow out any of the competition out of the water. What I mean by that, is that he clearly hopes Annabel’s takes over as London’s newest, brashest, boldest and beautiful private member’s club, luring members away from the Arts Club and 5Hertford Street. And so far, it looks like he is doing a good job.

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We ate on the ground floor in their piece de resistance outdoor garden which has a retractable roof and it was a beautiful, balmy evening that you could be anywhere, in Miami, or the South of France or Italy, or right here in London. It is a mix of Richard Caring’s Ivy Chelsea garden with plants, flowers, trees, flora and fauna but with the Arts Club’s polished elegance. The food? Well, the food was secondary, I only had eyes for that garden, but it was still good in an Ivy-kind of way.

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Upstairs bar courtesy of the internet/Sunday Times. NHYM 2018. 

Upstairs, there is a lush, colonial opulence in the Elephant Bar, with images of elephants everywhere and a colourfully painted jungle wallpaper. Next to it is a private dining room with what looks like a giant Italian murano chandelier hanging from a ceiling full of carefully carved cornices and there is another private dining room which looks like a white wedding venue.

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Women’s bathroom Annabel’s NHYM 2018.

Oh and the women’s bathroom on the 1st floor is just the most Instagrammable bathroom I have ever seen: the ceiling is made of thousands of roses, the swan taps trickle with water into pink sinks and the lighted mirrors make you feel just like a star. You could just bring the party in there and spend the whole night here.

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Ceiling of roses Annabel’s NHYM 2018. 

The place is huge – upstairs is the Mexican, which has a cosy, but completely different feel to the rest of the club, and downstairs is the nightclub, which has a small dance floor and lots of place to have dinner. Right now, there is plenty of buzz around Annabel’s that I’ve already been twice in one week, but I wonder how it will stay full once the buzz has died down. We managed to dance to some oldies-but-goodies, from ‘Bamboleo!’ to ‘It’s Your Birthday,’ which brought me back to 2003. I hear that they are trying to lure a younger crowd, but so far, I haven’t seen it happen and feel comfortably not-too-old there. It is still very much an ‘older-crowd’ territory.

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Wallpaper in the nightclub courtesy of the internet. NHYM 2018.

Annabel’s is a design feat. The mixtures of colours, themes, art and decoration manages to come together and make something spectacular, but at times overwhelming. It is the opposite of minimalist: Everything here is maximalist, from the loos to the walls.  Everywhere you turn, there are intricate details and designs that have been carefully thought out and the place could be considered completely garish, but somehow these over-the-top themes, colours and details work together. So for a fun night out in a group, Annabel’s is great. Just don’t expect monochromes and geometry here, it’s all about letting your imagination run wild.

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

@NHyummymummy

 

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Review: Four Seasons Kuda Huraa & Four Seasons Explorer, Maldives

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Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Pool Maldives. All photos NHYM 2018. 

Welcome Back! And hope everyone has had a wonderful and relaxing Easter break! We have just returned from one fab trip to the Maldives. Again. I know, it’s really not original, but it’s the one place I go where I don’t have FOMO. People are always telling me, ‘Oh, go there [fill in the blank], it’s just like the Maldives,’ but then I go and I say ‘It’s not the Maldives.’ Yes these are very first world/1%er/I-can’t-believe-I’m-writing-this-there’s-a-war-in-Syria musings, but the Maldives are truly my HappyPlace. So here I am writing about it – mostly in denial of our f*up world – but also because I am hoping to live off my ‘Maldives High’ for a few more days…

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We decided to go to the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa not because it is the best/most beautiful/most unique island, but because it is so nice & easy. Some people have told us the Four Seasons Landaa is nicer and bigger, but it requires waiting for a seaplane after a 14 hour flight+layover vs. a 20 minute boat ride which starts your holiday. Having gone on a seaplane last time and knowing about our flight’s layover, I just wanted to get to the resort ASAP. It is still beautiful and with small children, Kuda Huraa just ticks tons of boxes and you can rarely go wrong with the Four Seasons, because it is reliable, has great service and great food.

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What makes it so great, and the Maldives in general, is that I can spend one week barefoot and my children have complete freedom on the island. It is quite a small island which makes it really easy for the kids to go to the kids club, the pool and our Bungalow all by themselves. And traveling with my almost 70-year old mum, she was quite happy not to do too much walking. And my kids LOVE the kids club there. To the point where at 8:45am they went to the kids club and were told to come back in 15 mins when it opened at 9am. (One small caveat – the kids club is great for young children, but for older children there are bigger islands with more catered towards older kids).

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The bungalows all have traditional, thatched roofs which I really like since I am not really into ultra-modern design hotels – I am more Robinson Crusoe than Ian Schrager –  and all have private pools. The only slight downside is that the bungalows are all a bit close to each other. But my daughters loved that: one afternoon I was closing up our room and couldn’t find one of them. She had wandered over into our neighbour’s pool for a pool party with one of her new friends.

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The inside is spacious and immaculate with wood features and of course the typical outdoor shower that the kids loved.

MaldivesBeachNHYMThe beaches are beautiful but what makes the Maldives so unique is the sea-life and the lagoons. If you’re not into snorkelling and diving, this may not be the right place for you, but as a lover-of-oceans, this is truly my paradise. On our trip, despite coral bleaching, Tsunamis and general coral degeneration, we saw hundreds of spinner dolphins, a pilot whale, turtles, stingrays, hundreds of fish and lots of black tip and white tip reef sharks. The underwater life is what really brings me back here every time and is so unique to the Maldives.

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At Kuda Huraa there is a whole Marine Saver Centre with Marine Biologists who look after injured and sick turtles. My daughter spent a day with them, which is just so cool, feeding them and giving them medicine, as well as trying to help regenerate the corals, which are sadly all dead. And while she was helping to save the oceans, I was happily diving and surfing.

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Yep, that’s me on my surfboard, chilling out, waiting to catch a wave… The Maldives are really the ideal place to learn to surf, first with a lagoon lesson and then out on the waves. Amazing! The combination of surf & diving is just unbeaten. My kind of heaven.

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Adults only pool and in the distance is the Four Seasons Explorer. 

While we were there, we were lucky enough to go on the Four Seasons Explorer for a visit. For those who don’t know about the Four Seasons Explorer, it is a live-aboard boat that travels around the Maldives, taking you to unspoilt and undiscovered places to dive/surf/swim. What a way to get to know the Maldives. (I loved hearing about a 16 year old who threw her 16th birthday party on the Explorer. That’s one sweet 16th.)

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All Aboard! Back deck of the Four Seasons Explorer.

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The rooms looked very comfortable and cozy.

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Main restaurant on the Explorer.

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Sunset Bar. 

Every night at sunset we had our routine of the shark feeding and the crab race that the whole family loved. We were happy, our children were happy, what else can you ask for? As we said when we got back to London: The Maldives (and the Four Seasons) didn’t disappoint. That’s the thing with the Maldives, you know you will always have a magical time, and it is really a place where worries don’t exist – except whether to go swimming or to go to the kids club for the kids and diving or surfing for the adults – and for a few days, you can convince yourself again that the world truly still is an awe-inspiring and peaceful place.

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Until next time Kuda Huraa…

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

@NHyummymummy

 

 

 

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A DAY OF BARRE & DISHOOM

The other day, a friend invited me to a Barre class at Equinox High Street Ken. As most of you know, I am not exactly what you would call a ‘gym bunny’, let alone a ‘ballet swan’ and I’d always imagined a Barre class as full of jetes, pas de deux, arabesques and demi pointes: full of complicated and difficult ballet moves. But when the class started, I realised that this was actually more Pilates than Royal Opera House. Phew. And here I thought I was going to be the ugly duckling stuck in the middle of a Swan Lake production. Barre is more about strengthening your core while using a barre, which I can just about handle.

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It was a great class, working on everything from your gluteals (bum), triceps (bat wings) and abs (muffin top), so really all I need to go from an ugly duckling to Gisele (the ballet and the supermodel versions). Well not quite, but that’s what I kept telling myself when I reached 45 minutes into the class and all I wanted to do was lie down in Child’s pose for a little nap. But hey, I made it! I survived 1h05 of the barre class, which was actually really quite enjoyable and even though I can barely walk now, I have happily checked off my once-a-month-workout.

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After the class, three of us headed across the street for breakfast at Dishoom, which just opened in High Street Ken. I never thought about Indian food for breakfast, but our barre teacher swore by it and we were convinced. This is Dishoom’s sixth outpost, which are restaurants based on Irani cafes in Bombay that opened their doors to everyone: from businessmen and families, to taxi drivers and writers. This one has an art deco, opulent feel to it, but with cafe tables and chairs, so a mix of elegance and casualness.

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We had chai lattes to start with: I mean the real kind, not the Starbucks kind which is all- milk-and-a-little-bit-of-spice. This was rich black tea, milk, massala, cinnamon, cardamon and other spices, which the waitress kept pouring into our glasses. She also suggested the naan and eggs which combines an English breakfast and naan with a sweet Indian sauce. It was delicious… We sat for a few hours chatting and discussing everything from spies, country weekends, and competitive sports. For a while we forgot that we had children in school and went back to the idleness of lazy, all-day-long-brunches pre-kids. We all had things to do, but for once, decided to forget about our kilometre-long to-do lists. A few hours later and it was pick-up time. Time to get back to reality, to coughing children, to post-school activities, and planning Easter egg bonnets. But just for a while, I remembered what it was like to have time for myself, right in the middle of London.

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

@NHyummymummy

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The British Schooling (Torture) System

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Images courtesy of the internet. NHYM 2018. 

Lately, all we’ve (the mums) been talking about has been exams: it is January when most of the 7+/8+/11+ exams are happening and it’s been dire: chatter about who’s taking what exam, to what school and who’s been getting interviews etc…and those that say they aren’t taking them and you see them at the 7+ hiding in the bushes. I have consciously not yet entered this quite cutthroat world, but eventually, I too will have to face it.

I was having lunch with a friend who is slightly panicking because she has never tutored her kids but now has the 11+ coming up next year and is worried about her child not getting into any school. She is adamantly against tutoring, but I told her that the problem is that everyone else is tutoring, so you need to know what you are up against. She then said ‘This is crazy. What are we doing to our kids? And to what end?’

I have heard of people going on anxiety pills for the infamous 11+ – and that’s just the mums – and children not able to sleep at night because of exam stress as young as 7 years old. Everyone is getting stressed: fathers losing their s*&t and mums taking a year off prestigious jobs to overlook their children’s progress. But it is starting earlier and earlier. Children are already being tutored in Reception and by Year 2, everything accelerates when those looking to do the 7+ are already learning the Year 4 curriculum. I’m being advised by a friend on what activities my child should be doing right now for her future university application. It’s all very fast, too early and too soon.

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So, why are we doing this to our children? The most prestigious girls school in the UK has an extremely high rate of mental health issues: anxiety, depression, eating disorders and personality disorders. Until this changes, I would never send my children there. And the girls consortium who is trying to scrap their exam because of exam stress. Isn’t it all a bit much for 11 year olds?

I understand the statistics though: the better school you get into, the higher chance of going to a good university, and the better the university, the better chance of getting a good job. This is all true, by all means. But it’s not the only way. There are ways of getting to the top without these illustrious diplomas and distinctions.

My alma mater receives 30,000 applications for something like 1,500 spots. There is no way I would get into it these days. But I have hope that there are plenty of great schools/universities – perhaps not the best but very good – that will provide my children with a great education. So, let’s all relax a bit. If you’re not trying to be a billionaire/Fortune 500 CEO/Entrepreneur of the year, then you should relax too (and if you are, good luck to you). Most of us are lucky enough to send our children to good schools, and most likely they will end up in good universities. So, let’s just take a step back and realise that the world will be run by robots anyway, so your kids might as well have fun along the way.

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

 

Here’s some advice to parents from Hannah Ogahara, who runs a local tutoring agency Love Learning Tutors:

How to be involved in your child’s school life without being overbearing

It is easy enough to be involved with your child’s studies when they are young but what do you do when your child grows into one of those moody teenagers? We’ve all been on the receiving end of some harsh backchat. It can leave you feeling helpless when all you want to do is to offer your years of experience. Let’s face the facts, it may be a challenge to be your child’s best friend over the next few years, but here are some simple things you can do to ease tension at home and stay involved without becoming overbearing.

Actively listen

One of the greatest frustration that teenagers face is when parents make assumptions about what they should be doing. This is quite a general one and includes friendship groups and interests as well as school life. It may be that you don’t remember the particular teacher they are talking about, or perhaps you weren’t really listening because you were juggling many tasks when they confided in you. We recommend discussing school life with your child and making an effort to really listen and retain what you are being told. This builds trust and the knowledge that they can come to you for guidance.

Be aware of your communication style

If you find yourself getting into frequent arguments with your child about school, change your approach. Try to avoid confrontation and change the focus to constructive solutions. Veer away from the nagging voice and steer towards calm, pragmatic tones. Ask open question rather than questions that can be quickly shut down.

Swap “Have you done your homework?” and “Where is your homework?” for “Do you have a lot of homework?”, “Tell me about your homework, is there anything interesting?”

Ask small questions often

Get into the habit of asking small school related questions often so that it doesn’t come as a surprise when you need to bring something up. Try remember who is teaching what, which teachers they like and which they don’t. This shows that you’re really listening and taking interest. It makes it easier for your child to keep you in the loop.

Celebrate

Let your child know when they are doing well and celebrate successes together. Everyone loves to feel successful and valued. No matter how big your child gets, no one is immune to a bit of praise (provided they feel they have earned it). This should encourage your child to tell you how things are going on a frequent basis.

Share stories

Carefully select stories to share about your school experiences. Regardless of whether they are things that went well or terribly wrong. A good story provided at the right time can allow for bonding between you and your child. It helps your child understand that you’ve been through the same things are sympathetic towards them and their academic journey. Be on the same team rather than opposing sides, “you are wrong” vs “I am right”.

Less “When I was at school it was much harder because…”

More “I had a similar teacher who used to…”

Don’t take it personally

This is one of the hardest tips to put into practice. Having your child snap at you can leave you feeling distraught; and feeling that your constant efforts to provide them with the best you can, aren’t being appreciated. Unfortunately, adolescence is a difficult time for everybody. The above suggestions will help with positive and open communication, but things will not always go to plan. When this happens take a deep breath and step away for a moment, rather than letting things escalate.

www.lovelearningtutors.com

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Review: BOOM Cycle

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‘I feel like the tortoise in the Tortoise and the Hare race, and I have Bugs Bunny’s Tasmanian devil spinning right past next to me.’ 

When Hilary Rowland, the co-founder of Boom Cycle invited me to one of her spinning classes, my friends all laughed: ‘maybe you should start with an easier class’ one friend suggested. Granted, the last time I exercised was at Les Caves du Roy during last year’s August Bank Holiday and I have always followed the ‘black-clothes&green-apples-all-day-keep-the-fat-away’ philosophy. But as I put on the years, I have been putting on more and more of a muffin top and as I mentioned in my new year’s resolutions, I am ready for some exercise!

So last week, I went to Battersea, to one of Boom Cycle’s latest studio openings. Boom Cycle is doing well and is expanding; it recently opened this Battersea studio in September and just opened a studio in Hammersmith. When I walked into the Battersea studio, I felt like I entered someone’s Wellness, Lifestyle and Fitness Instagram account, where everyone is super-fit and wearing stylish exercise-wear, and they all have a water bottle or a juice in their hands.

Boom Cycle follows the trend of SoulCycle, the cult cycle class in the US, where you cycle in the dark with dance music. Hilary, from Kentucky, felt there was a demand here in the UK and started the company with her then boyfriend. Previously, she worked in New York as a model and became a SoulCycle fan there. She is blonde, tall, fit and radiates sunshine. When she greeted me she told me ‘You’ll be fine, it’s just like dancing!’

I took my seat on a bike next to a serious looking cyclist who basically didn’t have a water bottle because she is so hard core – to give you an idea. The lights were low and the music pumping. Hilary, who taught the class, has so much energy and enthusiasm that it is impossible to imagine her cross or sad. She motivates us with words like ‘Motivation, Determination, Power!’

I feel like the tortoise in the Tortoise and the Hare as the class starts and I have the Tasmanian Devil spinning next to me. As I start feeling out of breath and my legs start to ache, I glance at my watch and only 5 minutes have elapsed! There is no way I am going to finish this class. OK, I could fake a sprained ankle, or maybe complain of chest pains. But no, I hear Hillary’s voice yelling ‘Resolve! Dig deeper!’ and I am snapped out of my haze and am back spinning as fast as I can, but relative to my spin neighbour, I feel like a senior citizen.

Half way through the class, the lights go even dimmer and I relax, no one can see me faking-it-until-you-make-it. I go at my pace and let the pros get on with it. The adrenaline and endorphins have started flowing and I do feel quite good about myself. After we finish, Hilary tells me she is doing 14 classes this week because of instructors being off. Insane, I say, but she tells me she’s used to it. Teaching that class was a piece of cake to her. As I hobble out, I think to myself that it was a lot fun and feel quite proud for not bailing out. Although it is for the sporty types, if I can do it, anyone can.

https://www.boomcycle.co.uk

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

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