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5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

After every school day there's a sprint to the school gate as kids race to attend extracurricular activities. Most kids, most families, are committed to some kind of after school activity on most days of the week. The things is, there are so many brilliant...

9 really brilliant and really useful Back to School tips

9 really brilliant and really useful Back to School tips

I'm not sure why we call them 'back to school' tips. Kids go 'back to school' a small number of times, but they are 'at school' for thousands, and thousands of days. Don't tell them that! You know there are probably more back to school tips floating around than there...

A quick guide to organise daily family life (once and for all)

A quick guide to organise daily family life (once and for all)

This quick guide to organise daily family life is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting. The overwhelm of daily family life comes swift and mercilessly. One minute we feel like we've got this, the next we...

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...

Parenting older kids: The daily kid check-in

Parenting older kids: The daily kid check-in

There are lots of things that don't change when parenting older kids. The basic tenets of parenting little kids will still stand you in good stead: boundaries; consistency; consequences; and love, love, love. And you still feel pretty much the same as you've felt...

Family conversation dinners can help you connect

Family conversation dinners can help you connect

When the kids get older (and busier and surlier), it becomes harder and harder to sit down for a family dinner together. I get that, I do. But I also get that family dinners are one of the best ways for families to connect, take it slow and remind each other of what's...

A quick guide to developing good daily habits for kids

A quick guide to developing good daily habits for kids

More and more I'm convinced that  instilling good daily habits for kids is the key to a good life - for the child in the future, and their parents right now.  As Annie Dillard is famous for saying, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our...

The Sunday Box technique: The solution to messy kids

The Sunday Box technique: The solution to messy kids

The Sunday Box is a flat-out game-changer for getting your kids to pick up their stuff. I know, I know, we say that kind of thing all the time and yet, here we still are, with a house that looks like a rubbish tip. Give the Sunday Box a try. I promise you, this is a...

A quick guide to managing tantrums in older kids

A quick guide to managing tantrums in older kids

This quick guide to managing tantrums is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting. It felt weird at first to call an article "managing tantrums" on a parenting site for older kids. But if the way my...

A home alone checklist for parents leaving their kids unsupervised

A home alone checklist for parents leaving their kids unsupervised

Once you've worked out when your kids are ready to be left home alone, it's important to do some planning and have an emergency strategy in place before you go. This Home Alone checklist can help, but remember to consider every aspect of your own home and general...

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Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

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This vegie ricotta muffins recipe is from the new book The Feel-Good Family Food Plan is fantastic to have on hand. Make a double batch and freeze them for complete convenience. The book is jam-packed full of everything you need to feed your family well, from one of...

“I need your best right now”: How to ask kids to step up

“I need your best right now”: How to ask kids to step up

These here are troubled times and many of us have some very troubled kids on our hands. It's hard to shield them from the COVID-19 news, and as the kids get older we need to ask ourselves if it's even wise to.  "COVID-19 is contagious ... and so is mood," says...

The kids doing school from home is going to kill me

The kids doing school from home is going to kill me

Day one. Day, f'ing ONE. I am no longer worried about coronavirus coming for my kids. I am coming for them myself. Look, tomorrow I will rally and get a grip and do all the things I know I need to do to making our at-home school thrive. Tomorrow. Today I just want to...

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