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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...

Tips for setting and achieving your new year goals

Tips for setting and achieving your new year goals

I love new year goals. Maybe it’s the inner list writer in me, but there’s something seductive about writing a list of all the self improvement I’m going to do over the next 12 months or so. Brought to you by Stockspot Top of my list are: master yoga handstands, get...

52 week savings challenge that will get us in the habit of saving

52 week savings challenge that will get us in the habit of saving

Let's save $1,378 this year to spend on ourselves. OMG, how good would that be?! While it doesn't even seem possible, you can do it with the 52 week savings challenge. Brought to you by Stockspot You've probably seen something like the 52 week savings challenge around...

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 things, 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...

5 basic financial lessons all kids need

5 basic financial lessons all kids need

Every time I see my two young nieces, I’m reminded of what perfect, untouched little souls they are. They’re so lucky to have been born in a country where girls do have the opportunity (theoretically) to do whatever they aspire to. Brought to you by Stockspot As an...

My top 3 biggest parenting regrets (and how I’m fixing them)

My top 3 biggest parenting regrets (and how I’m fixing them)

I'm pretty sure I'm not alone when I say that I've got parenting regrets. There are so many, many things I wish I'd done differently. Of course, coulda woulda shoulda. Brought to you by Stockspot. I try not to dwell on my parenting regrets, but the fact is, there are...

6 things we need to do now to invest in our kids’ future

6 things we need to do now to invest in our kids’ future

I don't know about you, but I've barely come up for air since having the kids. It's relentless! Every day is just packed with the doing of it all. We are so consumed with everyday busyness of raising kids, that there is little time left over to think about the big...

How to raise your finances like an extra child

How to raise your finances like an extra child

There's something I wish we'd done ever since we had kids. I really wish we'd been raising our finances with the same care and attention that we've been raising our kids. Our money kid would have been doted on, nurtured and growing up beautifully. Brought to you by...

50+ jobs for teens that will benefit them for life

50+ jobs for teens that will benefit them for life

My eldest wants to work (he might not realise this yet), so we've been looking at jobs for teens. What's available and what's suitable. One thing we learned was that the minimum age for working wasn't 14 and three quarters, like we thought. There's actually no minimum...

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Pre-COVID your teen might have worked in hospitality or retail; if they are one of the lucky ones, they still do. Or they may be one of the 1000’s of young Australians who have lost their casual job altogether. As their parent, perhaps you thought losing their...

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