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FFS: It’s okay if your child isn’t engaged with school right now

FFS: It’s okay if your child isn’t engaged with school right now

Did you see the viral letter from the Blacktown LGA principal's office? It's been doing the rounds for good reason. It's a huge dose of common sense in the middle of what feels like the most nonsensical time ever. I think it resonated with so many parents because it...

What Olympic athletes can teach our kids about mental strength

What Olympic athletes can teach our kids about mental strength

Olympians are often seen as the epitome of human performance, with incredible physical and mental strength. And with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games well underway, it’s hard to not be impressed by the sheer talent and determination of athletes competing from all over the...

“Help! My teen never comes out of her room!”

“Help! My teen never comes out of her room!”

"My daughter never comes out of her room!" writes a Mumlyfe mum. "I have tried everything to engage her in family life, but nothing is working. It's even worse now that we are all on lockdown. I thought this period might help our family come together, but that has not...

60+ ways for kids to make money outside of the home

60+ ways for kids to make money outside of the home

Most kids need/want dollars, but often it's hard to find the cash to pay one, two, three or more kids the kind of "pocket money" that keeps up with everything they need/want. So finding a way for  tweens and teens to make money outside of the home is pretty...

6 tips for getting prepared for Year 11

6 tips for getting prepared for Year 11

Being prepared for year 11 - which in Australia means senior high school - feels almost as daunting as getting your five-year-old ready for 'big school'. Only this time the school is actual big school and your five-year-old is HUGE. My son starts year 11 in three...

“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...

How to help your child be more assertive

How to help your child be more assertive

My middle child is a shy one. She's full of beans and very outgoing when she is comfortable, but struggles when she doesn't know people well. In fact, I'd go so far to say that being asked to be more assertive with people she doesn't know is the very, very worst thing...

I stopped cleaning up after the kids and this is what happened

I stopped cleaning up after the kids and this is what happened

SPOILER ALERT: The picture above is not what happened. Sort of. I'm naturally a very untidy person, but I like neat. I learned long ago that in order to get neat, you have to do tidy. In fact, you have to do tidy again and again and again, over and over, every single...

10 things that will help your child decide ‘what to do with my life’

10 things that will help your child decide ‘what to do with my life’

I had a 15-year-old write to me and ask about figuring out 'what to do with my life'. She writes: ‘As a high school student I’m constantly being reminded to figure out what to do with my life, what career I would like to have and so on. I definitely feel huge amounts...

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You'd be amazed at how many mums have asked me for advice about periods. (Or maybe you wouldn't. Getting the 'period talk' right is a preoccupation of many of us.) And the number one question I get asked the most is, "Which period undies are the best?" I think my...

A quick and tasty low carb salmon burger recipe

A quick and tasty low carb salmon burger recipe

Don't you love an easy-breezy recipe that's also good for you? Me! I love those recipes! I especially love this low carb salmon burger recipe because the kids can make them. They're really tasty and boy do they make a welcome change from chicken tenders. Do your kids...

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