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What exactly does it take to become a professional gamer?

What exactly does it take to become a professional gamer?

There are plenty of frustrated parents out there who are tired of hearing their child grunt 'professional gamer' whenever they are asked about future ambitions. Pro gamer? Is that even a thing? Or is wanting to become a professional gamer simply an excuse to play...

Jules Sebastian on turning ‘negatives’ into positives

Jules Sebastian on turning ‘negatives’ into positives

Often what we perceive to be our flaws are often our greatest gift. In this edited extract from Jules Sebastian's new book Tea & Honesty, she explains how turning negatives into positives is as simple as learning to turn on your light. What a fabulous lesson for...

What to do if your tween or teen is being bullied

What to do if your tween or teen is being bullied

So many of us have experienced the heartache of learning that our tween or teen is being bullied. In fact, three in five Australian kids will experience bullying at school or online. It's a painful feeling of helplessness, sadness and dread. We know how this is...

A brand new strategy to help kids with anxiety

A brand new strategy to help kids with anxiety

There's no denying that our kids are experiencing something of an 'anxiety crisis'. Reports have found that anxiety is on the increase among kids of every age. That's not surprising, given the uncertain times we are living in. More than ever, parents have been...

How to talk to teens about consent (yes, even if it’s awkward AF!)

How to talk to teens about consent (yes, even if it’s awkward AF!)

We know that we need to talk to teens about consent. Actually, we need to talk to all kids about consent. It needs to be a routine discussion, where we ask them things like, "Do you mind if I give you a hug?" and they get to say "Not today" and that's the end of the...

10 things to know before you teach your teen to drive

10 things to know before you teach your teen to drive

Just when you think you can relax a little bit, they go and give your kid a license. Yup, it's time to teach your teen to drive and... well, buckle up tight! Look, I can't lie, having to teach your teen to drive may well be the most stressful thing you ever do. I'm...

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...

Eddie Woo explains why it’s not too late if your teen hates maths

Eddie Woo explains why it’s not too late if your teen hates maths

Have you been watching Eddie Woo on Teenage Boss on the ABC? It's a top show to watch with the kids. Eddie challenges teens to take charge of the family finances for a month and that starts out about as hilariously as you'd expect. The kids all come good, though,...

How to be someone others want to be around

How to be someone others want to be around

I’m writing this guide for my kids as they grow up and go out into the world — but it’s for anyone who wants to connect with others. To be a connected, fulfilled person, we have to be someone others want to be around. I’m writing it for my teenage self, who was shy...

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Healthy homemade chocolate digestives recipe

Healthy homemade chocolate digestives recipe

Ooh, this is such a good one! Who wouldn't want to devour a batch of homemade chocolate digestives bickies for afternoon tea? Me, that's who! I first started tinkering around with this recipe when I discovered that our beloved McVities chocolate digestives contained...

Is vaping really that bad?

Is vaping really that bad?

Fortunately, it's really only a small proportion of kids who are regularly vaping (estimated at about 1.8 percent of high school kids). But plenty of others are dabbling. Over the past few years the number of secondary school students who have tried vaping has...

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