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40+ free online activities for older kids [that are nicely educational]

40+ free online activities for older kids [that are nicely educational]

The world is in lock-down and kids everywhere are spending way more time with their family than they ever wanted, or believed possible. With a bit of luck, this enforced learning from home might help them see school in a much more positive light. It's tough learning...

10 things I wish primary schools did differently

10 things I wish primary schools did differently

My third and last kid finishes primary school today. It's a mixed bag of emotions, this end of an era. She is ready to move on and excited to start high school, but our family is well-aware that the decade-long relationship we've had with our little school is about to...

5 ways to improve kids’ mental health literacy

5 ways to improve kids’ mental health literacy

Mums, our kids aren't doing well. 😞 The Beyond Blue statistics on youth mental health are alarming: more than 50% of mental health issues begin before the age of 14; one in seven young people aged 4 to 17 years experience a mental health condition in any given...

1969 called and it wants its school back

1969 called and it wants its school back

It’s way past time for society to work just as hard as mums and make the necessary changes to rise to meet the modern woman. Hello, Society, pleased to meet you, I’m Exhausted.  Have you noticed that even though a woman’s life has changed astronomically...

High-school is when not holding kids back really bites

High-school is when not holding kids back really bites

I've popped up on Babyology's The Parent Panel podcast talking about holding kids back at school, mothers-in-law, doing your kids' homework and what I do when the kids yell. Yeah, just hanging out with Shev and Kochie, as you do. You can listen to the podcast here:...

This online maths tutor is my new favourite thing

This online maths tutor is my new favourite thing

I'd been expecting it, but it happened embarrassingly quickly. In fact, it was when my son hit Year 5 that I had to quietly mention I was no longer capable of helping him with his maths homework. He'd have to (gulp) wait until his dad came home. Year 5. The shame! It...

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...

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...

2019 Australian public school calendar: school holidays and term dates

2019 Australian public school calendar: school holidays and term dates

Trying to get your head around the school holiday and term dates each year is diabolical, isn't it? Not to mention the fact that schools refer to 'weeks' instead of actual dates like the rest of us. It did my head in, until I sorted it by creating a school calendar...

What makes kids happy at school

What makes kids happy at school

Positive education brings together the science of positive psychology with best practice teaching programs to not only help kids to flourish at school, but also to support their families and the wider school community. Kids who are emotionally well learn more...

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