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The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

It's no doubt the #1 response parents make when they ask what they want for their kids in life: "I just want my child to be happy." “I just want my child to be happy.” We mean it wholeheartedly when we say it. Then we leave that happiness to chance. We talk to our...

Please try compassion instead of judging other mums

Please try compassion instead of judging other mums

Every mum has got something in her life that she is struggling to manage. Any day of the year, that is true for the majority - if not all - of us. A lot of the time that stems from something that our kids are going through. It's never quiet when they are acting out,...

What to do if your teen is self harming

What to do if your teen is self harming

It can be very confronting to learn that your teen is self harming - that is, they are deliberately hurting themselves. The term 'self harm' is now generally referred to as "non-suicidal self-injury" or NSSI. It's a really important distinction, because it reminds us...

Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Yesterday a young friend alerted me to a teen 'support' group that she belongs to. The group is mostly Aussie girls - a few boys, some kids from other countries, but mostly Australian teen girls. The group is a place for them to ask the kinds of questions they are not...

Support and help for teens in Australia – resources and contacts

Support and help for teens in Australia – resources and contacts

This article lists help for teens in Australia, but if you, or someone you know, are in crisis and urgently need help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. If you are in immediate danger, call 000 right now. List of crisis help for teens in...

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Is there anything more frustrating than other kids' parents? I mean, we are each others' biggest support, but so often our biggest hurdle too. It makes my blood boil when other kids' parents let them do really stupid things. Because then my kid wants to do them too. I...

21 TED Talks for parents that will help you realise you’re enough

21 TED Talks for parents that will help you realise you’re enough

Parenting can be a lonely, bumpy road. It's a struggle to feel like you're doing a good job, even when you're probably doing a very good job. These TED Talks for parents will (a) help you out if you feel a bit stuck and (b) remind you that it's not just the kids who...

A teacher’s plea: “Parents, please allow children to fail”

A teacher’s plea: “Parents, please allow children to fail”

Our guest today is a teacher who has become increasingly frustrated with how quickly parents swoop in to save their fledglings. She has a very clear message: we must allow children to fail, or we are doing them a big disservice. This generation of parents would like...

A strategy to stop a teen meltdown in its tracks

A strategy to stop a teen meltdown in its tracks

My son is the master of the teen meltdown. To be honest, he was also a master of the toddler meltdown, the preschooler meltdown and the beware-of-the-10-year-old-boy meltdown. You could say he's been building up to teen meltdown form for years and he's #nailedit....

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3 daily wellbeing habits (these are my non-negotiables)

3 daily wellbeing habits (these are my non-negotiables)

I've learned that there are daily wellbeing habits that I simply must do if I'm going to stay mentally and physically balanced. Honestly, tweens and teens suck your emotional tank dry faster than they eat through a week's worth of groceries. I've done a lot of work on...

Don’t get us started on how cute this reinbeer is…

Don’t get us started on how cute this reinbeer is…

Emma Rowe of Frog Goose and Bear party fame is our resident crafty minx. She makes all kinds of fabulous stuff for birthdays and Christmas. Including reinbeer. Reinbeer! We die! It's a pretty simple concept. You stick pipe cleaner antlers, a little red pom pom and...

Marley Spoon’s mixed mushroom risotto

Marley Spoon’s mixed mushroom risotto

Have you ever tried a meal kit company like Marley Spoon? Basically, you pick what you want to make for the week (this mixed mushroom risotto would be on my list) and they deliver all of the ingredients you need plus a recipe card. You then cook your dinner and it's...

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