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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...

“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...

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This is how I take a week off when I really need it

This is how I take a week off when I really need it

I remember writing an article years ago where I said that holidays when you're a mum are just the same sh*t, different location. Nothing has changed. In order to take a week off during an actual holiday, we'd need to go somewhere remote without the family. Somewhere...

Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s peperonata recipe

Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s peperonata recipe

We're so thrilled to bring you a recipe from Julia Busuttil Nishimura's new book A Year of Simple Family Food. Julia's Ostro cookbook is a firm favourite around here, and this gorgeous peperonata recipe is proof that Julia's second book will be just as addictive as...

11 family games teens will be into too

The problem with all the 'family games' lists is that teens are highly unlikely to want to settle around the table with their family and play Monopoly. Some teens will, of course. But most would rather pour boiling-hot scorn on their parents' pathetic attempts at...

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