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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...

“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...

“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...

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

"Happy children are all alike; every unhappy child is unhappy in its own way." With respect to Mr Tolstoy, I can't think of a better way to summarise why it's so hard parenting a special-needs kid. In my case, it's a kid with anxiety, but anxiety looks...

40+ things adults wish their parents had done differently

40+ things adults wish their parents had done differently

AskReddit is often a good read for vox-pop type discussions. Someone asks a question and everyone opens up. I recently came across a thread about what people wish their parents had done differently. There is so much parenting gold in there. Here are the highlights....

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...

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10 really good lunchbox bliss balls recipes

10 really good lunchbox bliss balls recipes

When did bliss balls become a thing? Because that was a very good thing indeed. As this list of lunchbox bliss balls will prove, rolling stuff into balls is a great way to get kids to pop nutrition into their mouths like lollies. Of course, you may look at these...

7 strategies for when you’re DONE with parenting

7 strategies for when you’re DONE with parenting

AAaaaaargh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. I'm so DONE with parenting right now. I can't even think straight, I'm so very, very done. I know you get it. You're reading this article, for a start. Plus you're the parent of an...

10 really good lunchbox muffins recipes

10 really good lunchbox muffins recipes

I fully believe that lunchbox muffins are an integral part of baking. Done right, muffins add a nutritious, satisfying boost to the lunchbox.  When I was a kid, muffins weren't a thing (yes, I am 105 years old). There was cake and there were bread-like English...

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