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How to help teens take care of their health

How to help teens take care of their health

The teenage years see many dramatic changes our kids' health and development. In 2020, these dramatic changes have been compounded by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Research has shown that young people have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and...

50+of the best movies to watch with your teens

50+of the best movies to watch with your teens

Remember when you used to suffer through the 27th showing of Finding Nemo, just to do the whole 'family movie night' thing with the kids? I reckon I can still quote that movie from beginning to end (and we still all laugh at how my middle used to be terrified during...

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...

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

While everyone is very keen to get back to 'normal' schooling, reduced classroom attendance can also offer a wonderful opportunity to catch up on some reading. Margot Hillel, Professor of Children's Literature at the Australian Catholic University, has prepared a...

17 projects for older kids that will help them find their passion

17 projects for older kids that will help them find their passion

During lockdown, finding projects for older kids was basically the best way to make the most of a really tough situation. No kid enjoys being stuck at home 24/7 with their family, least of all older kids. It's sheer torture, really. We get that. Newsflash: we're not...

A very rough guide to the high school years

A very rough guide to the high school years

Some parents worry a lot about which high school to send their child to, while most don’t have a choice and go local. Parents analyse schools for their results, attitudes, cohort, reputation, ‘values’, uniforms and much more. Just remember what’s important to you...

50 cheap or free ways to have fun with friends

50 cheap or free ways to have fun with friends

We love it when our kids want to hang out and be social. We don't love it when they have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to have fun with friends. Every now and then it's great to go to a water park, shopping, laser tag, eating fast food or seeing a movie, but...

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125 (not even remotely boring) things for tweens to do at home

125 (not even remotely boring) things for tweens to do at home

It's the hooooolidays. Hello holidays! Cue head scratching to figure out some good things for tweens to do at home! I work from home which is a holiday blessing and a curse. A blessing because hello kids and a curse because hello kids. My kids are older now and...

Make the most of school holidays at home

Make the most of school holidays at home

I’ve seen a lot of articles around about ‘staying sane during school holidays at home' and I get it, I really, truly do. The holidays at home are hard work because they force us away from the everyday family routine that makes life easier for us. Holidays then have...

Photo nature hunt poem for curious kids

Photo nature hunt poem for curious kids

It’s no secret that we love a scavenger hunt around here. Variously called scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, nature walks and trail challenges, we love ’em all. This is a super simple nature hunt. A here-we-are-on-a-lazy-holiday-morning kind of one. The kind you can...

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