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10 ways to make today a good day

10 ways to make today a good day

When the slog of it all, this epic trek through quicksand that life so often is; when it all gets too much, we need to have a really good day. In fact, we need to make TODAY a good day. You know what it’s like. Life is frantically whizzing by and we start to...

5-minute decluttering tips to start conquering your mess

5-minute decluttering tips to start conquering your mess

Before the tiny folder Marie Kondo came on the scene, there was Leo Babauta's  simplicity and decluttering tips. He's passionate about sharing decluttering tips and way back in 2008 he shared this post on his blog Zen Habits. This is how you start...

5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

After every school day there's a sprint to the school gate as kids race to attend extracurricular activities. Most kids, most families, are committed to some kind of after school activity on most days of the week. The things is, there are so many brilliant...

How to have difficult conversations (with the kids and everyone else)

How to have difficult conversations (with the kids and everyone else)

It's a fact of life that at some stage or another, our kids are going to have to tackle any number of difficult conversations. Matter of fact, many of the difficult conversations our kids will need to have will be with us. These are the kind of conversations that many...

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

By the end of last year, I felt totally depleted and fatigued by doing all the things that we mothers do.  The mothering, the schooling,  the working, the cooking, the washing, the emotional caring, the disciplining, the routine making, the routine keeping,...

5 types of mean online behaviour and what your kid can do about it

5 types of mean online behaviour and what your kid can do about it

There are many aspects of life on social media that can make a teen feel down. A lot it isn't systematic and ongoing, so it can't be classified as 'cyberbullying'. General 'mean online behaviour' is sadly rife across social media. While most teens report that...

5 resilience tips to help you through tough times

5 resilience tips to help you through tough times

These resilience tips will help you and your child through tough times. Resilience - the ability to bounce back when things get rough - is not something we are born with, although some people are tougher by nature than others. Resilience is something that we can help...

4 lessons in strength based parenting

4 lessons in strength based parenting

When my son’s school announced that they’d arranged for Dr Lea Waters, founding director of Melbourne-based Centre for Positive Psychology and author of The Strength Switch, to present on strength based parenting, I was interested. ‘Strength based parenting’, was a...

To be a good mum, raise yourself first

To be a good mum, raise yourself first

At the risk of sounding like a humourless bore, I'm worried about all the over-sharing that mothers are doing. Especially the "funny mum moments" kind of sharing. See, I worry that the #badmum and #mumguilt hashtags are masking a heap of genuine anxiety in mums. I...

21+ tips from teachers to get organised at high school

21+ tips from teachers to get organised at high school

I've got two in high school this year - Year 7 and Year 8 - but we still feel really new to it all. Especially the workload. Trying to help two not-very-organised kids get organised at high school is doing my head in. I tried to find some tips for high school...

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