Topic: Parenting

I hear you but I'm not listening

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Dealing with your child's selective hearing

"Did you hear what I just said? Go and sort your school bag out!"

"How many times have I asked you to do this?"

"Why didn't you hand your homework in to your teacher today?"

Topics: Parenting, Behaviour, Primary School, Pre-School, Prep

What to Do if Your Child Is Bullied Online

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I was lucky.  I'd never been bullied ... until that time.  I was thirteen and it went on for nearly a year.  It wasn’t physical. It wasn’t aggressive. But it was repetitive and demeaning: a rumour contorted, embellished and thrown around the classroom with wild abandon by those who wanted to humiliate me. 

Topics: Parenting, Teens, High School, Behaviour, Primary School, Bullying

Chores Your Preschooler Should Be Doing NOW

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It seems like a blink of an eye since your little one was a helpless baby, needing everything done for them. Suddenly they're four years' old, starting school next year and you realise you're still dressing them, doing their teeth and clearing away their dinner plates. What gives?

Topics: Parenting, Behaviour, Pre-School

How Much Pocket Money Should I Give My Child?

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I started giving my eldest child pocket money each week when he was in Year 1.  He was learning about coins and notes in school  and I thought it would be a good time to give him some of the real thing to practice with. I decided on an (arbitrary) amount of $2, which I made up in coins of one dollar, 50 cents, 20 cents, two 10 cents and two 5 cents to give him plenty of denominations to play with.

Topics: Parenting, Teens, High School, Primary School

What to Do When Your Child Says They're Bullied

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My (primary aged) children frequently claim they're 'bullied' - even by each other:

"He's bullying me, he won't let me use the bathroom."

"I got bullied by some Year 5 girls today - they told me I wasn't allowed to play on the monkey bars."

"Cooper was so rough - he's such a bully!"

Topics: Parenting, Behaviour, Primary School, Pre-School, Bullying

Why I'm Buying Ride Passes for Carnival Day

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When my child was in Prep, we bought him a ride pass for the school carnival.  Sure, it was a little on the pricey side but we felt it was good value, given the amount of rides he would enjoy.

Big mistake!

Topics: Parenting, Primary School, Community

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