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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...

5 common screen time issues and realistic ways to handle them

5 common screen time issues and realistic ways to handle 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...

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...

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...

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

The risks of porn on our tweens and teens is far greater than most parents realise. Today teenagers are viewing far more pornography than their parents realise. And the porn they’re watching is much more “hardcore” than mums and dads could possibly imagine. These were...

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...

13 Reasons Why Season 2 review: What parents need to know

13 Reasons Why Season 2 review: What parents need to know

13 Reasons Why Season 2 was certain to incite debate. Season 1 provided considerable discussion about the graphic depiction of suicide, in addition to a range of associated issues including social exclusion, bullying, regrettable behaviours, alcohol and other drug...

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Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

This vegie ricotta muffins recipe is from the new book The Feel-Good Family Food Plan is fantastic to have on hand. Make a double batch and freeze them for complete convenience. The book is jam-packed full of everything you need to feed your family well, from one of...

“I need your best right now”: How to ask kids to step up

“I need your best right now”: How to ask kids to step up

These here are troubled times and many of us have some very troubled kids on our hands. It's hard to shield them from the COVID-19 news, and as the kids get older we need to ask ourselves if it's even wise to.  "COVID-19 is contagious ... and so is mood," says...

The kids doing school from home is going to kill me

The kids doing school from home is going to kill me

Day one. Day, f'ing ONE. I am no longer worried about coronavirus coming for my kids. I am coming for them myself. Look, tomorrow I will rally and get a grip and do all the things I know I need to do to making our at-home school thrive. Tomorrow. Today I just want to...

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