friendship

It’s official: being nice wins more friends in high school

It’s official: being nice wins more friends in high school

Simply being nice wins more friends in high school than being a rebel, our ANU study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology has found. by Joseph Ciarrochi, Australian Catholic University We looked at what sorts of social strategies help teens win close...

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...

“My daughter has no friends and I don’t know why”

“My daughter has no friends and I don’t know why”

My name is Rebecca, and I'm the mum of one of "those kids". The ones who don't ever seem to fit in with all the other kids at school. My daughter has no friends, and gets picked on and belittled every day by the other children. Despite what all the anti-bullying...

“It hurts that I’m not included in the mum cliques”

“It hurts that I’m not included in the mum cliques”

I know it's  a bit silly and I should have better things to worry about (I do have better things to worry about), but I hate that I'm not part of any of the mum cliques at my kids' school. For some reason, I've just never been accepted by any of them. I don't...

A simple way to think about friendships

A simple way to think about friendships

When you're a kid, making friends is really easy. Friendships pop up in the playground, at the slippery dip, in the check out line. Four years ago, my girls made lifelong friends one afternoon at the beach. We've never seen the family again, but the kids still keep in...

Falling in love for the many first time

Falling in love for the many first time

Yesterday my Lottie had a friend over to play who hadn't been to our house before. By the time she arrived at 10, Lottie had made three outfit changes, four checks on what we were having for lunch, and one hair check. Does my hair look nice? Really? Does it look...

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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...

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

Next week, across Australia, kids are due to return to the classroom. Most will go back one day a week, building up to five days by the end of the term (this varies from state to state and school to school - for example, at the time of writing, there is no date set...

I’m going to miss lockdown in lots of unexpected ways

I’m going to miss lockdown in lots of unexpected ways

Like so many of us, I'm beyond ready for lockdown to be over. Businesses need to be able to business again. Jobs are needed, space is needed. Many people are desperately lonely and need to get the $%#! out of their homes. Like them, I'm yearning to travel across town...

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