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6 ways for kids to focus on homework and ditch distractions

6 ways for kids to focus on homework and ditch distractions

With all the distractions we’re presented with from the internet and other forms of media these days, it can be very difficult for kids to focus on homework. It is so convenient to tweet what you’re doing, text your friends, watch Smosh on YouTube, or to do an...

Why you should read school reports with your kids

Why you should read school reports with your kids

As an ex-teacher, I’m constantly surprised how many parents don’t read school reports with their kids! If you knew how much blood, sweat, tears and effort goes into putting those reports together... More than that, reports are prepared by teachers not just to give...

How to avoid toxic disputes between parents and teachers

How to avoid toxic disputes between parents and teachers

Last year, Victoria’s Department of Education and Training announced that escalating disputes between parents and school teachers and principals would lead to independent mediation. Mediation seems extreme, and expensive, so it’s timely to ask: how can teachers and...

21+ tips from teachers to get organised at high school

21+ tips from teachers to get organised at high school

I've got two in high school this year - Year 7 and Year 8 - but we still feel really new to it all. Especially the workload. Trying to help two not-very-organised kids get organised at high school is doing my head in. I tried to find some tips for high school...

20+ tips for raising teens (and particularly fiesty tweens)

20+ tips for raising teens (and particularly fiesty tweens)

There is not much scarier than raising teens. We all sniggered and laughed at our 'threenager', but nothing is quite as crazy as a teen mid rebellion. They will fight you for independence, but only if it's not too scary and they don't need to do much.  They will...

How we foster independence in our school-age kids

How we foster independence in our school-age kids

Our eldest child went to a Montessori preschool and I learned such a lot from his lovely teacher. One of the first things she taught me was to foster independence. This meant not doing things for children that they are perfectly capable of doing themselves. When...

20+ homework tips to help take the hassle out of homework

20+ homework tips to help take the hassle out of homework

I was just about to rattle off a really great article with my most useful homework tips, but I stopped. I mean, how useful is one person's advice really? Every home is different, every family is different, every kid and mum and thing is different. So, instead, I asked...

I’m not ready for high school (but my son seems to be)

I’m not ready for high school (but my son seems to be)

My eldest son Max says he’s ready for high school. “We’re forming a gang, Mum,” he tells me. “It’s gonna have all the boys from my class who are going to our high school in it. We might ask other boys on the first day too. There’s gonna be 20, maybe even 100 year 7...

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The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

It's no doubt the #1 response parents make when they ask what they want for their kids in life: "I just want my child to be happy." “I just want my child to be happy.” We mean it wholeheartedly when we say it. Then we leave that happiness to chance. We talk to our...

My daughter is self harming and I’m so guilty and frightened

My daughter is self harming and I’m so guilty and frightened

Do you feel guilty all the time about the way you have raised your children? I have always felt so guilty from day one: I didn't give my kids enough of my time and I escaped to work as soon as I could, because mothering was so hard. Now my daughter is self harming,...

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