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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...

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...

Frenemies: 8 tips to help kids manage mean friends

Frenemies: 8 tips to help kids manage mean friends

Dealing with frenemies was hard enough the first time around, but here we are, going through it all over again with our kids. There's something so confronting about a mean friend and it's certainly one of life's more treacherous waters to have to learn to navigate. As...

How to reboot your social life on your terms

How to reboot your social life on your terms

As restrictions ease across Australia and we all feel The Busy reentering our lives, it's worth considering how much you really need to reboot your social life. During these months of social distancing, some of us have rejoiced in our empty calendars. Others of us...

Bad things happen when good people do nothing

Bad things happen when good people do nothing

I like to think that I'm "good people" and I therefore have a very important job to do. You see, I reckon good people need to stand up and help others, whenever and wherever they can. No matter what. It's why we're here and why we can sometimes see solutions when...

7 steps to encourage sibling harmony + find some peace

7 steps to encourage sibling harmony + find some peace

Creating sibling harmony is a preoccupation of many parents. Non-stop bickering children are the bane of our existence, and probably have been for years. More than a decade, in my case. Sibling rivalry may be a fact of family life, but it doesn't have to be constant....

Sibling rivalry: Why kids fight all the time + what to do about it

Sibling rivalry: Why kids fight all the time + what to do about it

Sibling rivalry is probably the thing doing my head in most right now. When my kids like each other, you've never met better friends, but it rarely lasts. Before you know it, they are back to bickering and squabbling and generally doing everything they can to make...

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125 (not even remotely boring) things for tweens to do at home

125 (not even remotely boring) things for tweens to do at home

It's the hooooolidays. Hello holidays! Cue head scratching to figure out some good things for tweens to do at home! I work from home which is a holiday blessing and a curse. A blessing because hello kids and a curse because hello kids. My kids are older now and...

Make the most of school holidays at home

Make the most of school holidays at home

I’ve seen a lot of articles around about ‘staying sane during school holidays at home' and I get it, I really, truly do. The holidays at home are hard work because they force us away from the everyday family routine that makes life easier for us. Holidays then have...

Photo nature hunt poem for curious kids

Photo nature hunt poem for curious kids

It’s no secret that we love a scavenger hunt around here. Variously called scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, nature walks and trail challenges, we love ’em all. This is a super simple nature hunt. A here-we-are-on-a-lazy-holiday-morning kind of one. The kind you can...

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