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Do Children Know that Seeking Asylum in Australia is Legal?

By - 01/03/2013 - 10:20

This is a story about reading aloud to our 11 year old. I guess it's also a story reflecting my family's history; I'm acutely aware from my Nana's stories, of the terror of escaping from a country in which you are persecuted. And it's a story about helping children digest media...Last week, I was reading this beautifully illustrated book to our Mr 11 Read full post

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July Summit for Promoting Positive School Climate, New York

By - 05/03/2013 - 11:40

For parents, teachers and education policy-makers residing in the United States, the National School Climate Centre (NSCC) invites you to its 16th Annual Summer Institute, happening in July 2013 in New York. Read full post

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Breaking News - We Had Birthday Party Success

By - 07/03/2013 - 13:07

Recently the Huffington Post featured an article called The Upside of Autism by Jackie Morgan MacDougall. It opened with these lines: "People often talk about the difficulties associated with parenting a child with autism..." MacDougall’s article rang many bells with me. Once you’ve stared into the abyss - as I did once when Joe, my then 3-year-old son with autism, was assessed as having moderate-to-severe developmental delay - any achievement, any milestone, is celebrated with extra fervour. Read full post

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Hands Up for Helping Families of Premature Babies

By - 12/03/2013 - 13:49

March is always a hard month for me; I try to stay busy and keep focused so that my mind doesn’t have time to spend on my own thoughts. On the 15th of March this year, it will be nine years since I saw my precious baby, Marcus. I feel weird calling it an anniversary; this word makes it sound like a celebration. To me, it will always be another year since I got to kiss, hold, cuddle, talk to, touch, dream of his life, and so much more. Read full post

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I'm Not Sure About Testing Student Teachers for Emotional Intelligence

By - 13/03/2013 - 13:52

I'm very happy and optimistic about some of the changes the Federal government is proposing to teacher training. Teachers should, I believe, be more highly trained, paid and respected in our society - along with the medical profession, they are pretty much the linchpin of a successful society...If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I believe emotional intelligence education is important. So why would I baulk at the suggestion that new Australian teachers are to be tested for emotional intelligence? Read full post

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Working Mothers or Working Parents - Language is Powerful

By - 19/03/2013 - 12:01

A UK personality and businessperson - Hilary Devey - is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “I can’t get any women on my board because women generally put their partner and children first.’ and "There are lots of myths about why women are under-represented in the boardroom, but the excuse about a 'glass ceiling' is the worst. I am living proof there’s no such thing.” In my opinion, both of those latter statements are utter nonsense... Read full post

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Giving Students with Autism a Creative Chance

By - 19/03/2013 - 14:54

At the Creativity Project event in Sydney last week, Professor Sandra Jones takes the stage, followed closely by her co-presenter, author, Lincoln P. Jones. Their topic is 'How educators can help and inspire young people and develop their creativity' and they have travelled a journey to find those answers together. Read full post

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Shaming Teen Mums is a Bad Idea

By - 19/03/2013 - 15:10

What if instead of deciding to shame teenagers out of 'choosing' to become parents with a questionable 'public health' campaign, New York City instead focused their efforts on ending the 'epidemic' of advanced age motherhood? Imagine the outrage. Read full post

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In a Different World, You Wouldn't Call Your Son Retarded

By - 20/03/2013 - 09:03

by Meg Evans: I met you last weekend when I was leaving a crowded shopping centre. Your son, who might have been about ten years old, suddenly did a cartwheel in front of me while I was walking to my car. You took hold of your son’s hand and then glanced toward me and apologised by saying, “He’s retarded, sorry.” ...I have always believed in the power of stories to shape the future. In that spirit, I’ve composed a vignette describing another parking lot encounter, which takes place in the year 2025. Read full post

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Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents - Carmina Burana Music - Brilliant!

By - 20/03/2013 - 13:20

This will make you grin widely - fabulous new lyrics set to the opening chorus music of Carmina Burana and sung by the full Sydney Symphony choir - "O You terror! Get Down From there ...Mum is Getting Cranky .." and so on. For parents of toddlers who just need someone to listen! Read full post

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Toilet Training Twins – Mother of all Messes

By - 26/03/2013 - 11:33

That got your attention, didn’t it? When other mums think about my life with twins and say to me, “I can’t imagine it…”, I say, you can, just close your eyes and imagine. You have toilet trained one toddler - caught wees and rushed little bot bots to the loo with the speed of a mother possessed. Read full post

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