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Why Don't Your Children Play Outside?

By - 04/09/2012 - 11:33

Do you find it difficult to get your children to go outside and play? Are they reluctant or has your lifestyle simply led to them spending more time indoors anyway? And what do you think is causing this? Last week school principals from public, Catholic and independent schools supported the release of "active" diaries by Nature Play WA suggesting that half an hour of outdoor play every day for primary school-aged children. Read full post

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Dads Get the Good Gigs at School

By - 06/09/2012 - 11:02

So I’m strolling into the school yesterday as all the buses are arriving back from the MCG Sports Museum tour. I had volunteered to go, as I do with most excursions (except those involving animals, yawn) but didn’t give it a second thought when I hadn’t heard back from the school. Off go the kids and, from what I can see, a few dads and one mum helper. Unspiritually, this is what I thought: “Geezus, I volunteer to do canteen duty, classroom help, Father’s Day stall, athletics carnivals and when something actually right up my alley appears a DAD gets chosen to go???” Read full post

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Confidence is Not Everything - Encouraging My Child

By - 17/09/2012 - 12:02

My daughter had an audition for a local youth orchestra and, not surprisingly, she was nervous. "You are playing your pieces beautifully," I told her after a particularly trying practice that ended in hot angry tears. No I'm not. I sound terrible." Yes she was looking for reassurance but it was more than that. Read full post

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We Moved Schools For Our Son To Find His Tribe

By - 18/09/2012 - 12:09

I knew from very early on that I had a sensitive child on my hands. Actually it was my mother who commented first but that’s the way it goes when he was my first child and her 7th grandchild. “He’s sensitive, this one.” He was only a few months old but she knew ... I can’t remember if it was Mr 10’s Kindergarten year, or Year One, but it was certainly very early on the day I picked him up from school and he informed me, “Mummy, I’m not like the other children.” Read full post

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Changes to Autism Diagnostic Criteria - What Does this Mean for Families?

By - 19/09/2012 - 21:18

Benison O"Reilly, co-author of the Australian Autism Handbook, and Yvette Vignando appeared on Mornings on Channel 9 to talk about the changes to diagnostic criteria for children with autism - and more generally, about what is known about the risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Read full post

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Four Year Old Boy Delightfully Upstages Bill Cosby

By - 21/09/2012 - 10:08

This four year old young man claims he will be a paleontologist and a rock star when he grows up - with lines like "That would be really, really, painful for the President" and "That venom could jump 40 feet above the ground" and so much more, you will want to watch all of this utterly delightful and hilarious video. Bill Cosby wisely keeps quiet through most of it! Read full post

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Choosing a University Course - Discover What You Love

By - 24/09/2012 - 15:11

At this time of year, Year Twelve students in Australia are studying for their final exams, and many of them are still wondering what to study at University, or which career path to follow. This speech, made by Arun Abey to the prize and scholarhsips winners at the Australian National University's (ANU) College of Business and Economics, contains some gems of inspiration for your young men and women. Read full post

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Is Your Dad this Cool? Sending a Toy Train into Space

By - 24/09/2012 - 20:16

On Aug 24th 2012 Ron Fugelseth, Creative Director at Oxygen Productions Inc sent his son's favourite train 'Stanley' to space in a weather balloon with a HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS. He was recovered 27 miles away in a corn field and they filmed some great footage of the trip. This video documents the journey from liftoff to landing. Spotted by Carol Duncan - the video, not the train. Read full post

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How Do You Teach Your Child about Racism? A Story.

By - 25/09/2012 - 13:47

My son’s hero of all heroes is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When we visited the King Center this past January on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, my little Bear didn’t want to leave the museum and then the memorial. He wanted to commune with Dr. King all day. On a recent trip to Washington, DC, Bear didn’t want to leave Dr. King’s statue, and he made it a point to read aloud every single quote inscribed along the long wall of the memorial. As Bear’s mom, I am proud beyond words. With this as the backdrop and as a reflection of how my husband and I feel about discrimination of any kind, I will tell you about an experience I had recently. Read full post

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Parenthood Changed My Perspective on Teaching Piano

By - 28/09/2012 - 11:07

I am a piano teacher and a composer. I am also a parent. Back in the second half of 2006, when I was about 16 weeks pregnant, Gina Wake (from Hal Leonard Australia) and I did a two or three week tour launching Getting to Grade Four. In the January of 2007, between weeks 28 and 31 of my pregnancy (and when Gina was 15 to18 weeks along in her pregnancy! we toured the nation again launching. Crazy stuff. Yes, I know. One teacher said to me with quite a twinkle in her eye “I wonder how becoming a parent is going to change your piano teaching…” Read full post

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