Education and parenting articles from the King's team

Why Your Preschooler Should Do an Organised Sport

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When my boys were little, I used to compare them (unkindly maybe) with puppies. Providing they had plenty of affection and were allowed to run around a lot outside, they were happy. Preschoolers are natural little whirlwinds of energy and need masses of exercise. Physical activity keeps little ones fit, healthy and strong, helps them relax and sleep better and is FUN!

Topics: Social Skills, Preschool, Prep, Health, Sport

Faster Lunch Boxes

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There are some wonderfully creative, thoughtful parents who scour Pinterest for novel ways to present a sandwich or jazz up the contents of their kids' lunch boxes. And then there are the frantic, time-short parents whose main concern is how quickly they can throw together some (healthy-ish) packed lunches before dashing to work/doing the school run. This blog is for the second category.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Primary School, Food, Preschool

All Stuck Up: Plastic-backing School Books 

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It's the mum's rite of passage I knew nothing about until my eldest started school: Plastic contacting the school books.

It came as a shock. I didn't even know this was a 'thing'. Yet, in the very first week (as I was still navigating school runs, lunchboxes and missing school hats), I was tasked with covering 15 exercise books in assorted sizes by the following Monday - with no instructions.

Topics: Parenting, Primary School, Homework, Craft

How Plugged-In Families Can Have a Device-Free(ish) Holiday

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What's topping your kids' holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access, and games. With a little planning -- and kids' assistance -- you can balance your family's tech activities with much-needed face time. Here's how:

Topics: Parenting, School Holidays, Technology, Social Media

Study in Silence or Listen to Music?

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Year 11 and 12 exams are fast approaching. Teenagers across Australia are holing themselves away for their final slog of study and revision. Heads down and headphones on. What's their study soundtrack? Pop? Classical? Ambient whale sounds?

Topics: Teens, High School, Homework, exams

Raising Resilient Children

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Around 14% of Australian 4-17 year olds and 20% of 15-19 year olds have mental health issues, according to Mindframe. The percentage of young people flagging mental health as a concern has doubled in the last six years.

Why are anxiety and depression so prevalent among our young people today and what can parents do to raise strong children, equipped to deal with the curveballs life throws at them?

Topics: Teens, High School, Behaviour, Primary School, Social Skills

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