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Dear Son Starting High School - My Letter to You

By - 01/02/2012 - 10:59

My older son starts high school this year, transferring to a school where he will know no others students on his first day ...I have been giving some thought to what advice I would give my son if he asked me. Not that he is likely to, of course, given that he is now All-Grown-Up-and-Not-A-Child-Anymore, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, just in case. Read full post

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Unisex Toilets in Schools - What Do You Think?

By - 03/02/2012 - 10:00

Two schools in Tasmania have started using standalone unisex toilets as part of a startegy to reduce bullying. But is it really the unisex toilet that is reducing bullying or is it the ease of supervision that is really the answer. Listen to thos discussion and let us know what you think? Read full post

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My Child has ADHD - So Now That's My Fault?

By - 08/02/2012 - 09:30

Recently my fifteen-year old middle son, N, said to me, "Whenever I tell my friends my mum is allergic to the cold they think I’m making it up." I’m most definitely not making it up and have a written diagnosis from a rheumatologist to prove it. However, I thought it was ironic that N brought this up, as he also has a condition which many people seem keen to claim is ‘made up’ - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD ... I get extremely annoyed when so called ‘experts’ suggest that ADHD may simply be a result of bad parenting, as in the case in this recent New York Times opinion piece. Read full post

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Beauty Pageant Mom Gives Daughter " Pageant Crack "

By - 09/02/2012 - 16:43

You might think the outrage about the Toddlers and Tiaras - type shows has been done to death - but here's something else to think about. A U.S. mother says she gives her young daughter a boost of what's apparently known as ' pageant crack ' to give her the energy needed for the long days of beauty pageants - her daughter says the mixture makes her "hyper". I said the word "concerning" about a million times in this clip - but I really am concerned. Read full post

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Living in the Present - Really Seeing My Kids

By - 13/02/2012 - 17:43

I'm trying not to begin the countdown. Last night at the dinner table everyone started making their calculations. How many weeks until our guests get here? How long until Easter? And then it came "well how many weeks until we go back to Australia for school holidays?" Last year we began the countdown at 17 weeks ... This year I am living in the present. Read full post

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Teenage Love - What Are Your Tips?

By - 14/02/2012 - 16:55

On Valentine's Day we talked about what parents can do if their younger child has a "boyfriend" or "girlfriend" or their teenager is in love - Yvette Vignando shared some ideas but we bet you have plenty more. How can parents keep the lines of communucation open about what's happening with their child's new romance? And does it matter if a younger child says they have a boyfriend or girlfriend? Watch the video and please let us know what you think? Read full post

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Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting

By - 15/02/2012 - 13:56

...And this week a laptop shooting dad decided to use YouTube and Facebook to punish and humiliate his ungrateful 15 year old daughter for her disrespectful comments about him and his wife, and about all the chores she was expected to do ... I want to briefly comment on two things: Humiliation or shaming of children .... and mainstream and influential media commentators' comments ... Read full post

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25 Words Your Toddler Should Know and More

By - 21/02/2012 - 12:24

Perhaps intriguingly called "Is Your Child Normal" in this segment on Channel 9 Mornings I talked about a recent conference topic of the 25 basic words most toddlers should know - and then we chatted about some preschool and school readiness issues. Parents should not panic if their toddler does not know how to say all the words on this list but it is interesting to read what Professor Descorla (Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child Study Institute, Yale University) recommends parents look for. Read full post

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Work Family Balance - One of the Holy Grails of Motherhood?

By - 27/02/2012 - 13:44

More than 9 years ago, I became a parent for the first time. Since then, I've tried on some of the many combinations of work family ‘balance’ that are on offer. Nine years on, I’m not yet sure that I have it right. As much as income generation and work satisfaction are important, the question that ends up being the deal breaker is always - does this fit for the children too? How do you know when you have got the balance right? What is right? Read full post

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Take the 'Two Things' Parenting Challenge

By - 29/02/2012 - 12:09

Glen Whitman, an economist, is a fan of The Two Things Game. Have you played it? The idea is, that for any given subject, there are two key things you need to know. For example, when asked for a Two Things rule for economics, Whitman replied, “Okay, here are the Two Things about economics. One: Incentives matter. Two: There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”... What is your Two Things rule for raising children? Read full post

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