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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...

8 new(ish) funny books for kids age 8+

8 new(ish) funny books for kids age 8+

Kids love funny books. We know this because the top 10 bestsellers in the 8+ market every year invariably contain a high percentage of fun, humorous reads. We asked young book reviewer Book Boy Jr (12) to recommend some new(ish) funny books  for kids by...

Book review: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Book review: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This book review of The Crossover is brought to you by Book Boy Jr (12). Title: The Crossover Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: Houghton Mifflin About the book: This book is a blend of hip-hop poetry and normal text. It follows the story of JB, a young basketball...

Book review: Holes by Louis Sachar

Book review: Holes by Louis Sachar

This book review of Holes is by my little brother Book Boy Jr (12). Title: Holes Author: Louis Sachar Publisher: Bloomsbury About the book: This book follows the story of Stanley Yelnats, who has been cursed by his pig-stealing great-great-grandfather and has been...

Book review: JT: The Making Of A Total Legend by Johnathan Thurston

Book review: JT: The Making Of A Total Legend by Johnathan Thurston

Title: JT: The Making Of A Total Legend Author: Johnathan Thurston with James Phelps Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books About the book: This is the life story of the rugby league Johnathan Thurston. It follows his younger years and upbringing through to where...

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

Getting my tween and teens off screens and into other things is a well-known preoccupation of mine. I don't hate screens, I just don't love the amount of time my kids want to spend on them. Finding a bunch of card games kids love is my latest approach. I'm happy to...

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This is how I take a week off when I really need it

This is how I take a week off when I really need it

I remember writing an article years ago where I said that holidays when you're a mum are just the same sh*t, different location. Nothing has changed. In order to take a week off during an actual holiday, we'd need to go somewhere remote without the family. Somewhere...

Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s peperonata recipe

Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s peperonata recipe

We're so thrilled to bring you a recipe from Julia Busuttil Nishimura's new book A Year of Simple Family Food. Julia's Ostro cookbook is a firm favourite around here, and this gorgeous peperonata recipe is proof that Julia's second book will be just as addictive as...

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