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Start a coronaproject: 17 ways for kids to grow during lockdown

Start a coronaproject: 17 ways for kids to grow during lockdown

A coronaproject is basically the best way to make the most of a really tough situation. No kid enjoys being stuck at home 24/7 with their family, least of all older kids. It's sheer torture, really. We get that. Newsflash: we're not having the greatest time right now...

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...

44 low-cost magical ways to make birthdays special

44 low-cost magical ways to make birthdays special

We love parties. Love them. Love them, love them, love them. Over the years we've held many fun parties that make birthdays speical, but the kids are older now. Most of the kids we know are celebrating their birthday with a few friends, pizza, some video games (boys)...

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...

5 types of mean online behaviour and what your kid can do about it

5 types of mean online behaviour and what your kid can do about it

There are many aspects of life on social media that can make a teen feel down. A lot it isn't systematic and ongoing, so it can't be classified as 'cyberbullying'. General 'mean online behaviour' is sadly rife across social media. While most teens report that...

Readers tell us their best money saving tips for families

Readers tell us their best money saving tips for families

Our recent The Barefoot Investor for Families (affiliate link) giveaway turned up some fantastic money saving tips for families. So good, we found it really difficult to choose two winners. The tips were all too good! We didn't want to lose any of these money saving...

10 things parents do that really matter to kids

10 things parents do that really matter to kids

Despite many parenting books existing, the ultimate parenting manual is yet to hit the shelves.  Instead, to find out what things parents do that really matter to kids, I hit the Google research library. Then I read what the parenting experts and bloggers and forum...

10 benefits of work for teens (and a few cons too)

10 benefits of work for teens (and a few cons too)

There are plenty of benefits of work for teens. Your kid has reached the minimum age for working (which is lower than you might think - check here), and they desperately want a job. That's a good thing, right? Or maybe they would rather walk over hot coals than get a...

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

The risks of porn on our tweens and teens is far greater than most parents realise. Today teenagers are viewing far more pornography than their parents realise. And the porn they’re watching is much more “hardcore” than mums and dads could possibly imagine. These were...

Why mindfulness for kids is more than just a buzzword

Why mindfulness for kids is more than just a buzzword

The idea of "mindfulness for kids" has been floated around for a while now (no pun intended!). The Smiling Mind app has been an entry into mindfulness for kids for many Australian (and international) families. My nine-year-old uses it and both my boys are aware of...

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Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

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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