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Take cover, it’s parent-teacher interview season

Take cover, it’s parent-teacher interview season

There are many perplexing things about raising children, but surely the biggest is how they can possibly be so different to their parents. We made them, we grew them, and yet here they are: a total, unsolvable mystery. This is never brought home for me more than...

Steiner schools are good for creativity, capability and resilience

Steiner schools are good for creativity, capability and resilience

Steiner schools are a popular choice of alternative schooling in Australia, with more than 40 schools country-wide. Along with other alternatives to mainstream schooling, Australia seems to be pursuing an agenda of educational choice, similar to that in the UK and US....

Eddie Woo explains why it’s not too late if your teen hates maths

Eddie Woo explains why it’s not too late if your teen hates maths

Have you been watching Eddie Woo on Teenage Boss on the ABC? It's a top show to watch with the kids. Eddie challenges teens to take charge of the family finances for a month and that starts out about as hilariously as you'd expect. The kids all come good, though,...

3 ways to get kids to tune in and pay attention when online learning

3 ways to get kids to tune in and pay attention when online learning

Lockdowns mean kids can be home doing online learning with little notice. Each school will have a particular process for keeping kids on track, but having some home ideas up your sleeve will help too. This US-based article has some excellent tips for keeping kids...

40+ free online activities for older kids [that are nicely educational]

40+ free online activities for older kids [that are nicely educational]

The world is in lock-down and kids everywhere are spending way more time with their family than they ever wanted, or believed possible. With a bit of luck, this enforced learning from home might help them see school in a much more positive light. It's tough learning...

10 things I wish primary schools did differently

10 things I wish primary schools did differently

My third and last kid finishes primary school today. It's a mixed bag of emotions, this end of an era. She is ready to move on and excited to start high school, but our family is well-aware that the decade-long relationship we've had with our little school is about to...

5 ways to improve kids’ mental health literacy

5 ways to improve kids’ mental health literacy

Mums, our kids aren't doing well. 😞 The Beyond Blue statistics on youth mental health are alarming: more than 50% of mental health issues begin before the age of 14; one in seven young people aged 4 to 17 years experience a mental health condition in any given...

1969 called and it wants its school back

1969 called and it wants its school back

It’s way past time for society to work just as hard as mums and make the necessary changes to rise to meet the modern woman. Hello, Society, pleased to meet you, I’m Exhausted.  Have you noticed that even though a woman’s life has changed astronomically...

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:...

This online maths tutor is my new favourite thing

This online maths tutor is my new favourite thing

I'd been expecting it, but it happened embarrassingly quickly. In fact, it was when my son hit Year 5 that I had to quietly mention I was no longer capable of helping him with his maths homework. He'd have to (gulp) wait until his dad came home. Year 5. The shame! It...

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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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