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Frenemies: 8 tips to help kids manage mean friends

Frenemies: 8 tips to help kids manage mean friends

Dealing with frenemies was hard enough the first time around, but here we are, going through it all over again with our kids. There's something so confronting about a mean friend and it's certainly one of life's more treacherous waters to have to learn to navigate. As...

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

The trio behind Your Kids Next Read - award-winning children's authors Allison Tait and Allison Rushby, and popular teacher-librarian and blogger Megan Daley - bring us the definitive list of books that make great gifts for reluctant readers. ‘Reluctant readers’...

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

I’m feeling a little bit proud. I just taught 27 Year 3 students how to do a running stitch so that they could DIY felt Christmas baubles for home. I love encouraging my class to get creative and sewing is next-level for many of them. These felt Christmas baubles...

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

My kids spend a lot of time outside, even now that they are older. Sending them out for a play is something I've done since they were small and we just never really stopped. But I get that coming up with outdoor activities for older kids can be problematic. My girls...

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

At last, it's gift ideas for tween boys time! We've found gifts to sort the teen girls, teen boys and tween girls and here we are buying for adolescent boys. They are a tough crowd to buy for, let me tell you. If they're sporty, they've already got all the sporting...

21+ Christmas gift ideas for teen boys they will really love

21+ Christmas gift ideas for teen boys they will really love

Okay, so these gift ideas for teen boys are in addition to the gift ideas for teen girls list from earlier in the week. I say this because I really don't believe there are such things as 'boys things' and 'girls things'. There are just teen things. But I split the...

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

It can be hard to accept as an adult parenting teens that perhaps you are part of the problem. The ‘problem’ being the repetitive arguments that start with a niggle (bedroom a bombsite, clean laundry chucked into the bottom of the wardrobe), and escalate to a...

9 recycled craft ideas for kids

9 recycled craft ideas for kids

The great thing about recycled craft is that you don't need money and you don't need to muck around organising things. You just pull out the recycling bin and let the kids go for it. Our recycling boxes get raided on almost a daily basis. Before we put our cardboard...

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

The risks of porn on our tweens and teens is far greater than most parents realise. Today teenagers are viewing far more pornography than their parents realise. And the porn they’re watching is much more “hardcore” than mums and dads could possibly imagine. These were...

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A job might just improve your teen’s wellbeing

A job might just improve your teen’s wellbeing

Pre-COVID your teen might have worked in hospitality or retail; if they are one of the lucky ones, they still do. Or they may be one of the 1000’s of young Australians who have lost their casual job altogether. As their parent, perhaps you thought losing their...

25 life-improving Christmas gifts for under $10

25 life-improving Christmas gifts for under $10

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to give cheap but meaningful Christmas gifts for under $10. Yes, I’m a cheapskate, but I’m a happy one. I’ve always been into improving my life, and if I can help the loved ones in my life do the same, without spending...

My Asian-style everyday tuna salad

My Asian-style everyday tuna salad

Whenever we have something ricey for dinner (which these days means chia seedy or quinoa too – we throw in a handful or two with the rice), I always cook a little extra to make one of my favourite lunch dishes. I have about 100 variations on the humble, everyday tuna...

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