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3 strategies to help kids develop critical thinking skills

3 strategies to help kids develop critical thinking skills

Critical thinking skills for kids are considered crucial for problem solving and effective decision making. In fact, critical thinking may be the most important skill our kids can develop. It's not enough to know things. We need to be able to independently make sense...

Our #1 rule for our kids’ mobile use

Our #1 rule for our kids’ mobile use

This is a really simple phone rule for kids, but it surprises me how many families don't make it mandatory. Let me tell you, it's non-negotiable at our place. If my kids ever break this rule, their phones get confiscated immediately. It's super-simple: Turn off phone...

16 powerful TED talks for parenting teens

16 powerful TED talks for parenting teens

I've watched 100s of inspiring TED Talks and I've chosen these ones as being the best TED Talks for parenting teens. It is so, so easy to lose our way when the kids are teens. We are pulled between our own core values and what we perceive to be society's values; both...

21+ things to know about starting high school

21+ things to know about starting high school

When your kid is starting high school, it's almost as daunting as when they started 'big school'. Because, let's face it, high school is the real big school. Starting high school is the beginning of both the end and the beginning. Yup, it's a very confusing time. My...

16 awesome book series for reluctant readers of all ages

16 awesome book series for reluctant readers of all ages

Many kids love books from the moment they are taught to read, but other kids are very reluctant readers indeed. Sure, they get the hang of their ABCs and can plow through an early reader with the best of them. But reluctant readers just never seem to make the switch...

Help your kids learn to solve their own problems

Help your kids learn to solve their own problems

When kids have good problem solving skills, they're less likely to get stressed and feel overwhelmed by life. Problem solving is a coping strategy. We can learn to cope with life's challenges by thinking about them as problems that generally have solutions.  Then...

10 ways to build resilience to help kids cope with life

10 ways to build resilience to help kids cope with life

Change is an expected part of modern life and the ability to cope with it an important aspect of good mental health. Helping our kids build resilience is an important part of parenting them. Sometimes the word “resilient” is a bit misleading, however. True...

A quick guide to connecting with teens and tweens

A quick guide to connecting with teens and tweens

It's like kids put on roller skates the minute they turn seven. One minute they're calling us Mummy and telling us long-winded stories while we snuggle; next we blink and they're calling us Life Wrecker and grunting at us through walls. The more they grow, the more...

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Quick homemade muesli bars

Quick homemade muesli bars

Can we all just agree that it was a good day when the muesli bar went mainstream? Prior to the eighties, homemade muesli bars were seen as hippy snacks. In fact, the entire muesli/wholegrain thing was dismissed as hippy healthfoods and not the kind of thing that...

How to make a drawstring bag

How to make a drawstring bag

I love parties and I like to go the extra mile when it comes to all the little details of the party. I also like to be environmentally-conscious wherever I can. So I thought I’d share with you how to make a drawstring bag for your party guests to take home. Of course,...

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...

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