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Why cramming the night before an exam rarely works

Why cramming the night before an exam rarely works

The date for an important exam is looming. You know you have to study for it. Suddenly, it’s the evening before the dreaded date, and you feel like you haven’t studied enough, if at all. It’s time to try cramming all the information you can into your brain. By Amy...

5 common screen time issues and realistic ways to handle them

5 common screen time issues and realistic ways to handle them

TVs, gaming consoles, tablets, phones and the screen time issues they throw up in our families would have to be the Achilles heel of modern parenting. I'd hazard a guess that various screen time issues are the biggest reasons for fights between parents and teens and...

How to keep older kids reading (and why it’s so important they do)

How to keep older kids reading (and why it’s so important they do)

Fitness experts talk about the importance of regular exercise and fresh air for tweens and teens, so surely a teacher librarian can talk about the importance of reading in their lives? It should be our goal to keep older kids reading for so many reasons. We live in a...

Books for reluctant readers: Review of Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Books for reluctant readers: Review of Malamander by Thomas Taylor

This review of Malamander is part of our ongoing quest to encourage reluctant readers to find their 'key' book. Maybe this is the book that will unlock their love of reading? Malamander is a quirky adventure tale about friendship, being brave, optimistic and, most of...

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

Most kids and teens love listening to stories and as they get older the urge to tell their own stories grows too. For some kids (often those we call ‘born writers’) this is an easy thing to do - no list of creative writing ideas for kids needed. They grab a piece of...

High-school is when not holding kids back really bites

High-school is when not holding kids back really bites

I've popped up on Babyology's The Parent Panel podcast talking about holding kids back at school, mothers-in-law, doing your kids' homework and what I do when the kids yell. Yeah, just hanging out with Shev and Kochie, as you do. You can listen to the podcast here:...

3 strategies to help kids develop critical thinking skills

3 strategies to help kids develop critical thinking skills

Critical thinking skills for kids are considered crucial for problem solving and effective decision making. In fact, critical thinking may be the most important skill our kids can develop. It's not enough to know things. We need to be able to independently make sense...

What to do when your kid just doesn’t like the teacher

What to do when your kid just doesn’t like the teacher

One of the hardest things when you have kids in school is when your kid just doesn’t like the teacher. It's a daunting prospect, especially at the start of a school year. Your child can feel overwhelmed, sad, frustrated and downright scared.  I'm a mum of two...

Our #1 rule for our kids’ mobile use

Our #1 rule for our kids’ mobile use

This is a really simple phone rule for kids, but it surprises me how many families don't make it mandatory. Let me tell you, it's non-negotiable at our place. If my kids ever break this rule, their phones get confiscated immediately. It's super-simple: Turn off phone...

School photos are nothing to smile about

School photos are nothing to smile about

It's school photos time! Prepare to draw your wallets at dawn, people. They'll shoot first and stab you later. The 'Basic' package of school photos at our primary school costs the equivalent of a small car. It also contains at least 117 copies of the exact same image....

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How to help your child be more assertive

How to help your child be more assertive

My middle child is a shy one. She's full of beans and very outgoing when she is comfortable, but struggles when she doesn't know people well. In fact, I'd go so far to say that being asked to be more assertive with people she doesn't know is the very, very worst thing...

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Here’s a treat – the Mars Bar slice. Take a Mars Bar and add butter to it then stir in some puffed rice and then coat the lot in chocolate. Oh lordy, it’s like taking a murmur and turning it into a heart attack, but in a totally fine way. This is quite simply the...

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