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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...

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...

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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6 strategies to help teens get enough sleep

6 strategies to help teens get enough sleep

We recently published an extract from Dr Ginni Mansberg and Jo Lamble's new book The New Teen Age that really struck a chord with many readers. After reading about the impact of reduced sleep on teens, a few mums even wrote to us to say that they were now freaking...

Besto scrolls: simply the best pesto and cheese scrolls recipe

Besto scrolls: simply the best pesto and cheese scrolls recipe

I've called these besto scrolls because they are simply the best pesto and cheese scrolls ever. You may not have known there was a hierarchy of pesto scrolls, but there is. Let me tell you, these ones are at the top of the heap. There are quite a number of reasons for...

How we handle drugs and alcohol at teen parties

How we handle drugs and alcohol at teen parties

Teen parties are terrifying. While in most states it's actually not illegal to serve alcohol to minors in your home*, it's not what most parents want. I don't know about you, but I have zero interest in young kids getting smashed in my backyard. Which is why, despite...

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