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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...

What’s the ‘right’ age for kids to get a phone?

What’s the ‘right’ age for kids to get a phone?

What's the right age for kids to get a phone? If it seems like all your friends have smartphones, you may be on to something. A report by Common Sense Media found that by the age of 11, more than half of kids in the US have their own smartphone. By age 12, more than...

The rise of the finsta to relieve the pressure of perfection

The rise of the finsta to relieve the pressure of perfection

Fake Instagram accounts, often referred to as a “finsta” or “spam account”, have become the norm for many teens – but their reasoning for creating these is not as sinister as you think. by Dr Joanne Orlando, Researcher: Technology and Learning, Western Sydney...

TikTok and please stop

TikTok and please stop

My daughter can't stop doing TikTok moves. From breakfast until bedtime, she's on the move. Little sequences from Renegade, Say So, and Number One Baby. We've renamed it 'tic tok' because I swear it looks like she's got some strange physical tics. All the twitching...

This is why we don’t track our kids or monitor their socials

This is why we don’t track our kids or monitor their socials

It's true, we don't track our kids. There's no GPS attached to their phones. We don't use apps that pinpoint their location or limit their phone use or block certain sites. There are no parent blockers operating on our internet or apps turning off phones between...

Our #1 rule for our kids’ mobile use

Our #1 rule for our kids’ mobile use

This is a really simple phone rule for kids, but it surprises me how many families don't make it mandatory. Let me tell you, it's non-negotiable at our place. If my kids ever break this rule, their phones get confiscated immediately. It's super-simple: Turn off phone...

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...

3 excellent wellbeing apps for teens and how to get their buy-in

3 excellent wellbeing apps for teens and how to get their buy-in

In my quest to share helpful, useful resources, today I've found three excellent, science-backed and psychologist-recommended wellbeing apps for teens. There are a lot of mums and dads out there worried about their teenage kids. There are a lot of parents who are...

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5 ways to go high when your kid goes low

5 ways to go high when your kid goes low

It's seriously hard to Michelle Obama it in and go high when your kid goes low, or is that just me? Nothing pushes my buttons quite like an ungrateful, privileged kid trying to tell me how the world works. Worse, an ungrateful, privileged kid who we have raised to be...

10 ways to make today a good day

10 ways to make today a good day

When the slog of it all, this epic trek through quicksand that life so often is; when it all gets too much, we need to have a really good day. In fact, we need to make TODAY a good day. You know what it’s like. Life is frantically whizzing by and we start to...

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