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Helping our kids slow down and do nothing

Helping our kids slow down and do nothing

A new two week lockdown was announced in Sydney last Friday and it disappointed many kids. Why do these things always seem to happen during school holidays? All the plans we'd made are out the window and once again we're forced to slow down and do nothing. Well, not...

What my kids do when ‘there’s nothing to do’ in the holidays

What my kids do when ‘there’s nothing to do’ in the holidays

Happy new year! I know, I'm slow with my happies this year. We've been away climbing in the (non)snowy mountains (where I achieved the unimaginable) and doing beachy things down the south coast of NSW. Matter of fact, we had so much on in the first few weeks of the...

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...

How to enjoy school holidays at home when there’s nowhere to go

How to enjoy school holidays at home when there’s nowhere to go

This year, huh? This #$%* year!!!!!!!! And we're not even located in Victoria. Oh Victorians, we feel for you. Let's hope it keeps on getting better for you, but in the meantime there are the school holidays and, let's face it, they are already a bust. How can kids...

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

Getting my tween and teens off screens and into other things is a well-known preoccupation of mine. I don't hate screens, I just don't love the amount of time my kids want to spend on them. Finding a bunch of card games kids love is my latest approach. I'm happy to...

50+ (mostly) free things to do in the holidays for older kids

50+ (mostly) free things to do in the holidays for older kids

It can be super-hard coming up with free things to do in the school holidays. The thing is: there are plenty of options, really. Our kids have just brainwashed us into believing that only a theme park will do. Not true! Not everything on this list is free, but there...

7 awesome Minute to Win It games you HAVE to try

7 awesome Minute to Win It games you HAVE to try

We've played these wonderful Minute to Win It games at parties for years. They are a riotous, screeching good time. In fact, these Minute to Win It games are loved by quiet kids and rowdy kids, both boys and girls, and in ages ranging at least from 7 to 13. Wait, make...

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...

7 strategies to juggle work and teens in the school holidays

7 strategies to juggle work and teens in the school holidays

How do we juggle work and teens in the school holidays? We do it year after year and somehow it works, but every time it's daunting, isn't it? I'm not talking about fun places to take a teen. I'm talking about where they are supposed to go when we are at work. Have...

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