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5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

Next week, across Australia, kids are due to return to the classroom. Most will go back one day a week, building up to five days by the end of the term (this varies from state to state and school to school - for example, at the time of writing, there is no date set...

Start a coronaproject: 17 ways for kids to grow during lockdown

Start a coronaproject: 17 ways for kids to grow during lockdown

A coronaproject is basically the best way to make the most of a really tough situation. No kid enjoys being stuck at home 24/7 with their family, least of all older kids. It's sheer torture, really. We get that. Newsflash: we're not having the greatest time right now...

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...

A very rough guide to the high school years

A very rough guide to the high school years

Some parents worry a lot about which high school to send their child to, while most don’t have a choice and go local. Parents analyse schools for their results, attitudes, cohort, reputation, ‘values’, uniforms and much more. Just remember what’s important to you...

How to help kids with homework (without doing it for them)

How to help kids with homework (without doing it for them)

Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. Parent involvement in their child’s learning can help improve how well they do in school. However, when it comes to knowing how to help kids with homework, it’s not so simple. By Melissa Barnes, Monash...

Here’s why back to school is so overwhelming for mums

Here’s why back to school is so overwhelming for mums

Here's the dilemma: on the one hand, you are unbelievably thrilled that the kids are going back to school. It's time to get them back into a useful routine, one where they are learning and growing, being social and where their time is just kind of organised into a...

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......

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...

21 books turned into kids’ movies that will inspire non-readers

21 books turned into kids’ movies that will inspire non-readers

The latest Little Women is being released at the movies in Australia on 1 Jan. It's reminded me just how good books turned into kids' movies are at inspiring non-readers to pick up a book. Seeing the movie first can make reading so much easier and more accessible for...

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The ‘new normal’: it’s okay to not do all the things

The ‘new normal’: it’s okay to not do all the things

I took some time off while lockdown was in place. It wasn't even intentional, it just sort of happened. When the kids' school and activities were all cancelled, life moved into a new normal - a slow, steady rhythm that I loved. I found myself doing less and less of...

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are in the bush or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. They've been doing it since they were small, and it is...

The best advice my mother ever gave me

The best advice my mother ever gave me

Happy mother's day, mums! I'm celebrating my 16th MD this year. My first was the day after my son was born, way back in 2004. I was recovering from a 40-hour labour and Max was already showing signs of being a "non-sleeper" (as the midwives so mildly put it). To say I...

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