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What should we do with labels?

A little while back I found myself in conversation with a Mum I don’t ordinarily chat with. The context meant we had a bit of time, and she ended up mentioning her son had just been diagnosed with ADHD. This was on top of her daughter already having labels of her own. Despite claiming she’d really always known the truth, she …

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How to help your kids ace school

The extra traffic gridlock’s probably reminded you – even if you don’t have your own children – that school’s underway for the year again. And whilst some parents celebrate and many kids weep, relatively few of us are thinking about how to help our kids ace school as we sit in the car, crawling through the drop off zone. That’s …

What’s good about Dads

Fathers. They come in almost as many variations as there are men. Dark and hairy or small and skinny; loud and physical or quiet and serious. Older. Younger. Gruff and reserved. Or very affectionate. Since we celebrate Father’s Day next Sunday, I thought it would be good to post something on the importance of Dads. Then I started thinking about …

On the subject of manners

Last year one of my girlfriends had a ‘mummy at kindy’ day. As she watched her son, another child came up and roughly wrestled the toy he was playing with away. Since she was standing next to the mother of said child, she waited for her to correct her son rather than stepping in. Nothing happened. At pack up time …

5 fun, fringe-ish physical activities for all

This post is inspired by two things. First is the fact that my Fitbit tells me I hardly moved for three days last week (it was freezing!). The second is the number of conversations I’m having with friends all round Australia about how cold/wet/windy the weather is. Yes, Winter has really hit us harder this year. Exercise is an important aspect of …

Inside Out in an emotional world

Inside Out has been a big hit over the school holidays. For those of you who aren’t loaded with young ones (we borrowed some friends as our way of justifying seeing the film!) or weren’t young enough at heart to go alone, Inside Out is a film by Disney/Pixar directed by the same person who created Up. The film is …

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Stop crying and other useless directives

“Stop crying!” The words were blurted by a very frustrated man in response to the ongoing wailing of two little boys. The pair were hanging over an upper verandah whilst he was just below them packing something into a car. The older one – perhaps four -was genuinely upset – he sounded heartbroken. Mr Two-ish’s crying, though loud, perhaps had overtones of …

Stress busting

  We’re in the car this morning and my kids ask me about the day I have planned. I tell them I need to get a post out and I’m not sure what topic to do. My daughter puts her head against the seat and, shutting her eyes, says, “How about something on stress?” Stress?? It’s the first week of a …

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Teens: Rocky road ahead?

In a meeting with a new contact this week, I discovered in casual conversation he was a new parent. For a few minutes we chatted about this, and I was impressed at the relaxed and confident approach he was taking to parenting. Then he asked me if I had any kids. When I answered I had two young teens, he …

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Once upon a fairy tale

The past few weeks I keep finding myself behind buses with a lovely looking girl and her Prince Charming on the side. Seems that Cinderella is coming to town again! Yep, we’re about to be hit by another ‘live action’ fairy tale. (I gather it opened in US cinemas last week.) I often wonder about the fairy tales we grew up with.They were loaded …

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3 x ? = Help your kids do well at school

Many of us are sending our kids back to school sometime soon. Do I hear celebratory cheers? I’m aware not all children will be thrilled about this. Happy and excited preppies may feature in the media currently, but I know plenty of kids who’ll last less than a week before they’re ready for a change! Since the unfortunate reality is that …