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It’s raining, but at least it’s not raining bullets

It’s raining, but at least it’s not raining bullets

"I used to love the rain, but now I hate it so much. Why won't it stop raining?!" my youngest moans. "At least it's not raining bullets," I answer. Perhaps a little too abruptly, but I've honestly run out of patience.  I hate the rain, too. Unlike my daughter,...

11 tips for Year 7 newbies from older high school kids

11 tips for Year 7 newbies from older high school kids

My youngest is starting high school in February, so I thought we'd gather some tips for Year 7 kids from older friends. It actually physically hurts me to write such a ridiculous sentence. How can all three of my babies be in actual big school? That makes me very......

6 things we need to do now to invest in our kids’ future

6 things we need to do now to invest in our kids’ future

I don't know about you, but I've barely come up for air since having the kids. It's relentless! Every day is just packed with the doing of it all. We are so consumed with everyday busyness of raising kids, that there is little time left over to think about the big...

5 ways to go high when your kid goes low

5 ways to go high when your kid goes low

It's seriously hard to Michelle Obama it in and go high when your kid goes low, or is that just me? Nothing pushes my buttons quite like an ungrateful, privileged kid trying to tell me how the world works. Worse, an ungrateful, privileged kid who we have raised to be...

Why there’s hope for your “reluctant student”

Why there’s hope for your “reluctant student”

If you're doing daily battle with a reluctant student, today's guest writer will be like a breath of fresh air for you. It's a personal story about how Elizabeth Noske, self- confessed reluctant student, scraped her way through to become a lifelong learner. The...

Adaptability is a key life skill that all kids can develop

Adaptability is a key life skill that all kids can develop

Students who are more adaptable do best in online learning – and fortunately it’s a skill we can teach. Here's how to help your child develop adaptability. by Andrew J. Martin, UNSW; Rebecca J Collie, UNSW, and Robin P. Nagy, UNSW The speed and scale of the shift to...

Dear Children: Please, just make your bed

Dear Children: Please, just make your bed

My darling kiddos, I've been saying this to you forever and nine times out of ten you completely ignore me, but here we go again: make your bed. Please, just go and make your bed right now. It seems like such a simple thing. The kind of thing that makes your brain go...

What Olympic athletes can teach our kids about mental strength

What Olympic athletes can teach our kids about mental strength

Olympians are often seen as the epitome of human performance, with incredible physical and mental strength. And with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games well underway, it’s hard to not be impressed by the sheer talent and determination of athletes competing from all over the...

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Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Years ago, when the children were small and there were only two of them, we would talk about our best and worst parts of the day at dinnertime. Gathered around our timber dining table, a candle burning, night falling, we started a tradition that has since become a...

Why Heartstopper needs to be on your watch list

Why Heartstopper needs to be on your watch list

If you've got a high school-aged kid, chances are that the Netflix show Heartstopper will be on your radar. Everyone is watching it. Everyone is falling in love with it. And that's a very good thing indeed. It may as well be called Heartwarmer, because this show is...

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

I've fallen so far behind in everything in life (I know you've been there). I was supposed to introduce you to this marvellous apple and blackberry pie from Sophie Hanson's new book at least a month ago. Yet here we are. Don't let my delayed introduction put you off...

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