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How to help kids with homework (without doing it for them)

How to help kids with homework (without doing it for them)

Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. Parent involvement in their child’s learning can help improve how well they do in school. However, when it comes to knowing how to help kids with homework, it’s not so simple. By Melissa Barnes, Monash...

Back to school is the real New Year’s Day for mums

Back to school is the real New Year’s Day for mums

My first kid went back to school today, the other two are in tomorrow. Which reminds me - tomorrow is my new year's day for mums. Ignore the 1st January. It never works out for a mother. We try to be 'brand new' but there's no kidding ourselves: it's hard to turn over...

33 work from home mum hacks for when the kids are around

33 work from home mum hacks for when the kids are around

Aaaaaaargh! Can you hear me screaming in frustration after being interrupted or the eleventy-billionth time this morning? I can't blame the kids - it's just as frustrating for them to be at home while I'm working from home. I get stabby. Hence these work from home mum...

Why we have family meetings and how we go about it

Why we have family meetings and how we go about it

I think our youngest had just-turned two when we first started holding family meetings. She thought it was great sport. The "older" kids (who were four and six at the time), took it very seriously indeed, which made family meetings great sport for us parents too. The...

12 Sunday habits for a much smoother week

12 Sunday habits for a much smoother week

The temptation to do absolutely nothing on Sundays is strong, I know. So instead of 'Sunday habits' you may wish to call these Saturday habits. Or even Monday habits, if you're prepared to get up nice and early on Mondays, which I am not. For me, they have always been...

5-minute decluttering tips to start conquering your mess

5-minute decluttering tips to start conquering your mess

Before the tiny folder Marie Kondo came on the scene, there was Leo Babauta's  simplicity and decluttering tips. He's passionate about sharing decluttering tips and way back in 2008 he shared this post on his blog Zen Habits. This is how you start...

5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

After every school day there's a sprint to the school gate as kids race to attend extracurricular activities. Most kids, most families, are committed to some kind of after school activity on most days of the week. The things is, there are so many brilliant...

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

By the end of last year, I felt totally depleted and fatigued by doing all the things that we mothers do.  The mothering, the schooling,  the working, the cooking, the washing, the emotional caring, the disciplining, the routine making, the routine keeping,...

7 top tips to pack a healthy lunchbox for school

7 top tips to pack a healthy lunchbox for school

Something dear to every mum's heart is surely sharing tips to pack a healthy lunchbox - we make so many every year. A lunchbox heads out with our kids each day and it's a good opportunity to get some top nutrients into our kids.  To get through the intensity of...

9 really brilliant and really useful Back to School tips

9 really brilliant and really useful Back to School tips

I'm not sure why we call them 'back to school' tips. Kids go 'back to school' a small number of times, but they are 'at school' for thousands, and thousands of days. Don't tell them that! You know there are probably more back to school tips floating around than there...

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10 wellbeing podcasts that will help you feel better

10 wellbeing podcasts that will help you feel better

I can't get by without my wellbeing podcasts. Truly. I save them up to listen when I'm out walking and they basically keep me walking. So only letting myself listen to them during a walk means they are working already... I have other podcasts for other times of day...

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