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11 tips for Year 7 newbies from older high school kids

11 tips for Year 7 newbies from older high school kids

My youngest is starting high school in February, so I thought we'd gather some tips for Year 7 kids from older friends. It actually physically hurts me to write such a ridiculous sentence. How can all three of my babies be in actual big school? That makes me very......

5 ways to improve kids’ mental health literacy

5 ways to improve kids’ mental health literacy

Mums, our kids aren't doing well. 😞 The Beyond Blue statistics on youth mental health are alarming: more than 50% of mental health issues begin before the age of 14; one in seven young people aged 4 to 17 years experience a mental health condition in any given...

11 wise tips for surviving the HSC from a parent and ex-teacher

11 wise tips for surviving the HSC from a parent and ex-teacher

The final weeks of school for Year 12 kids, and especially their HSC (or other final exams, depending on where you are), feel like a particularly cruel form of torture. It's a daunting time for kids and their families, to say the least. Life becomes all about...

High-school is when not holding kids back really bites

High-school is when not holding kids back really bites

I've popped up on Babyology's The Parent Panel podcast talking about holding kids back at school, mothers-in-law, doing your kids' homework and what I do when the kids yell. Yeah, just hanging out with Shev and Kochie, as you do. You can listen to the podcast here:...

This online maths tutor is my new favourite thing

This online maths tutor is my new favourite thing

I'd been expecting it, but it happened embarrassingly quickly. In fact, it was when my son hit Year 5 that I had to quietly mention I was no longer capable of helping him with his maths homework. He'd have to (gulp) wait until his dad came home. Year 5. The shame! It...

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...

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...

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...

2019 Australian public school calendar: school holidays and term dates

2019 Australian public school calendar: school holidays and term dates

Trying to get your head around the school holiday and term dates each year is diabolical, isn't it? Not to mention the fact that schools refer to 'weeks' instead of actual dates like the rest of us. It did my head in, until I sorted it by creating a school calendar...

What makes kids happy at school

What makes kids happy at school

Positive education brings together the science of positive psychology with best practice teaching programs to not only help kids to flourish at school, but also to support their families and the wider school community. Kids who are emotionally well learn more...

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