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Are You a Parent Juggling Too Many Tasks? Try This.

By - 04/04/2012 - 11:23

A few weeks ago I found myself a bit more disorganised than usual. Among a multitude of jobs I had to do was buying green things for my eight and five year olds to wear to school for St Patrick’s Day celebrations. I found myself standing in a shop asking myself what would be more inappropriate - sending them to school wearing plastic green glasses that look like jugs of beer, or a badge that says ‘Kiss me. I’m Irish’? Read full post

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High School Students' Inspiring Anti Bullying Music Video

By - 05/04/2012 - 10:04

Students at Cypress Ranch High School in the United States appear to have used the entire school to make this music video with an anti bullying message - "Who Do U Think U R?" This is one to share on Facebook with your teens - the message works best when it comes from the people affected by it. This is definitely worth 5 minutes of your time - makes you smile and reminds you of the power and strengths of our teenagers. Read full post

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Three Young Children Have Thrown Me Off 'Balance'

By - 09/04/2012 - 10:25

Balance sh-malance... I thought I had balance. For a moment. I thought it was for keeps. But I only have until Kindy Boy turns five in a few weeks. Then the 3.30pm Wednesday swimming lesson changes and he moves up to another group called Turtles or Dolphins or Lobsters or something and then this time slot for him fails to exist. Upon realising this, my brain went into melt down. Read full post

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Caine's Arcade - Imagination, Inspiration, Cardboard and a Boy

By - 11/04/2012 - 21:54

Thanks to happychild blogger Carol Duncan for leading us to this wonderful 10 minute video about a nine year old boy, Caine, who built a games arcade out of cardboard boxes. He gets a huge surprise when an adult arranges, via social media, for a lot of eager customers. A fun and inspiring ten minutes for adults and children about play, creativity, vision and social media. Read full post

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Tips for Blended Families - Five Big Ideas

By - 12/04/2012 - 13:12

Blended families are very common in Australia - estimated at over 10.5% of couple families with children. The good news is that after the initial challenges of combining two families, there is a very good chance that a blended family will succeed. In this video and article five big ideas are briefly discussed to give families a starting point for success. Read full post

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Video on Racism in Young Children - Implicit Bias

By - 12/04/2012 - 14:58

Watch this ten minute video for an eye-opening insight into what is called "implicit" racial bias in children - filmed in the United States, it indicated that 70% of the 'white' children automatically took a negative and racially biased point of view of typical playground situations, and more than 30% of 'black' or 'coloured' children did the same. Is this the same in Australia and New Zealand and are parents to blame for this? Read full post

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Do You Know Your Neighbour's Name?

By - 17/04/2012 - 11:54

Scanning the news this morning I came across a very sad article about a 36 year old single mum who suddenly died during an epileptic seizure in Wagga Wagga, leaving her two year old daughter alone in the house. Miraculously, the two year old survived for about five days until a church pastor decided to check on the small family and found the daughter near to death herself. ...Sometimes life throws you a clue to make a change. Read full post

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Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?

By - 18/04/2012 - 11:36

‘Shutting the gate after the horse has bolted’ parenting - I don’t know about you, but I’m often guilty of it. I’d been meaning to put an Internet filter on my 11 year old son, Joe’s computer for ages. Joe is on the autism spectrum and approaching puberty so I knew it was only a matter of time before he became curious about sex. "I must do it," I probably said half a dozen times, "but tomorrow." ... As parents we are charged with protecting our kids from danger, but when they become teenagers it can be difficult to know which line to tread. Teenagers expect, and indeed are entitled to, some independence. Read full post

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I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness

By - 24/04/2012 - 12:48

There are some moments with my kids that are so precious I just want the moment to be permanently recorded forever and stored somewhere safe. I want this so I can re-live the moment and tap into the wonderful feelings that swam over me at the time. For five minutes today I had one of these moments. I was simply sitting on the floor brushing my five year old daughter’s hair while we both listened to Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack (of all things!). And I haven’t felt so peaceful and content in a very long time. Read full post

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Who are Your Children's Everyday Heroes?

By - 25/04/2012 - 12:45

This week we will commemorate Anzac Day and remember those thousands of young soldiers whose bravery defined a nation. Young boys who left their shores, many never to return, forever remembered as heroes. I asked my children (9 and 7 years) about their heroes. I cringed at the anticipation of hearing names more notorious than heroic, more infamous than illustrious, more TV show than book cover. Pleasantly, I heard back – “Mum and Dad,” “my family,” “my teacher “, “zoo keeper,” and “J.K. Rowling”. Not a mention of One Direction! Happy with that! Read full post

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My Boy Henry Hotdog and an Irrational, Perfect Love

By - 26/04/2012 - 11:07

Yesterday when I picked up the little travelers from school, Henry Hotdog's kindergarten teacher had something to tell me. "You have to tell your Mummy about the poem you wrote today Henry - can you tell her?" The hotdog considered the proposal for a moment and then proceeded to pull my head down towards his. In my ear he whispered ... Read full post

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