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Non-screen activities are critical for kids’ development

Non-screen activities are critical for kids’ development

We're all looking for ways to engage the kids in non-screen activities, especially right now when screens often feel like the only option. There has to be a reason why we're fighting with the kids about screens all. the. time, right? Georgina Manning, Counsellor,...

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are in the bush or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. They've been doing it since they were small, and it is...

100+ engaging, non-cringe things for teens to do at home

100+ engaging, non-cringe things for teens to do at home

These things for teens to do at home are here to remind you that you are a creative, interesting, curious person. You can find ways to stay occupied and engaged, no matter how long you have to spend at home. While usually you can phone a friend to chopper you out of...

5 common screen time issues and how to solve them

5 common screen time issues and how to solve them

TVs, gaming consoles, tablets, phones and the screen time issues they throw up in our families would have to be the Achilles heel of modern parenting. I'd hazard a guess that various screen time issues are the biggest reasons for fights between parents and teens and...

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

The trio behind Your Kids Next Read - award-winning children's authors Allison Tait and Allison Rushby, and popular teacher-librarian and blogger Megan Daley - bring us the definitive list of books that make great gifts for reluctant readers. ‘Reluctant readers’...

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

My kids spend a lot of time outside, even now that they are older. Sending them out for a play is something I've done since they were small and we just never really stopped. But I get that coming up with outdoor activities for older kids can be problematic. My girls...

5 types of mean online behaviour and what your kid can do about it

5 types of mean online behaviour and what your kid can do about it

There are many aspects of life on social media that can make a teen feel down. A lot it isn't systematic and ongoing, so it can't be classified as 'cyberbullying'. General 'mean online behaviour' is sadly rife across social media. While most teens report that...

Managing screen time is about more than setting limits

Managing screen time is about more than setting limits

In today’s media-rich world (or media-saturated, depending on your view), you rarely have to look far to find parents concerned about their kids' use of technology. Recently, managing screen time seems to be on everyone’s mind – particularly during school holidays...

How to set boundaries on Fortnite and other video games

How to set boundaries on Fortnite and other video games

There's a lot of talk in the media lately about 'gaming addiction', spurred on by the game Fortnite. Kids are stealing credit cards,  screaming like toddlers, wetting themselves and failing school. Schools are issuing warnings, people are worried about paedophiles,...

A mum’s guide to Fortnite by a teenage boy

A mum’s guide to Fortnite by a teenage boy

We asked a 16-year-old friend to write this guide to Fortnite. We wanted to show the game from a teen's perspective. There's a lot of fear-mongering out there about this game, which we hope this guide to Fortnite helps put into perspective. You can find a useful guide...

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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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