Topic: Parenting

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

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, Preschool, 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, Preschool

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

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