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Being a consistent parent is even more important as the kids get older

Being a consistent parent is even more important as the kids get older

There are thousands (millions?) of books written about parenting, and definitely millions of websites (this one is number 902,145). They want to help us parent from pre-conception to pregnancy to newborn, toddler, preschooler, school age, tweens, teens and beyond. But...

How Mothers Work: Allison Tait

How Mothers Work: Allison Tait

Mums of babies and younger kids seem to share their day-to-day story all the time, but after that — crickets. In an effort to hear more from mums of older kids, we’re sharing this new series called How Mothers Work. We’ve asked mums we admire to tell us how they make...

Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

Is social media damaging our kids? Chances are you’ve worried about their presence on social media. Who are they talking to? What are they posting? Are they being bullied? Do they spend too much time on it? Do they realise their friends’ lives aren’t as good as they...

The top 5 questions tweens have about puberty

The top 5 questions tweens have about puberty

It's no surprise then that tweens on the brink of puberty have questions. Lots and lots of questions. And these aren't little questions, either. Nope. Rather, our kids' questions about puberty are deep. They cut right into the heart of who they are as people and who...

How Mothers Work: Jade Miles

How Mothers Work: Jade Miles

Mums of babies and younger kids seem to share their day-to-day story all the time, but after that… crickets. In an effort to hear more from mums of older kids, we’re sharing this new series called How Mothers Work. We’ve asked mums we admire to tell us how they...

How Mothers Work: Courtney Adamo

How Mothers Work: Courtney Adamo

Mums of babies and younger kids seem to share their day-to-day story all the time, but after that... crickets. In an effort to hear more from mums of older kids, we're sharing this new series called How Mothers Work. We've asked mums we admire to tell us how they make...

How we handle drugs and alcohol at teen parties

How we handle drugs and alcohol at teen parties

Teen parties are terrifying. While in most states it's actually not illegal to serve alcohol to minors in your home*, it's not what most parents want. I don't know about you, but I have zero interest in young kids getting smashed in my backyard. Which is why, despite...

Collective wisdom for thriving as a single mother

Collective wisdom for thriving as a single mother

Jacinta Tynan has a new book out that is full of love for being a single mother. The Single Mother's Social Club is both a dispenser of practical parenting advice and tissues. Jacinta herself has been a single mum of two boys for years, a role she prioritises over her...

Tweens and social media: ‘I wish I was wearing a filter right now’

Tweens and social media: ‘I wish I was wearing a filter right now’

My new research investigated tweens and social media and the issues they face when engaging with social media platforms. It reveals that while children are aware of dangers such as online predators, what tweens are being taught by parents and schools may overlook the...

Is vaping really that bad?

Is vaping really that bad?

Fortunately, it's really only a small proportion of kids who are regularly vaping (estimated at about 1.8 percent of high school kids). But plenty of others are dabbling. Over the past few years the number of secondary school students who have tried vaping has...

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