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Bringing Literacy to Thousands More Children This Christmas

By Mihiri Udabage - 11/12/2012 - 13:58

Today was Presentation Day at my children's primary school. It's the end-of-year assembly, that involves the whole school community, and awards excellence in all aspects of school life. Amidst the joy, I felt some sadness. Read full post

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Talking to Children about the Royal Prank

By Yvette Vignando - 10/12/2012 - 10:15

This morning, two things are on my mind: the mental health of the two young radio hosts at the centre of the prank; and how children are digesting and understanding the Royal Prank news story...how have your children reacted to the news? Has it prompted you to talk about suicide with your children? Or have you had conversations about culpability? Or the role of the international media in the Royal Prank? Or ethics? Read full post

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Dismissing Motherhood - a Common Experience?

By - 06/12/2012 - 11:30

I am a mother; therefore I must be dumb. Well, that’s what everyone keeps trying to tell me, right? I got my first hint when I returned to work after becoming a mother. “Don’t call yourself a ‘working mum’. They won’t take you seriously. You have to be professional at work and calling yourself a ‘working mum’ isn’t very professional,” was the advice given to me by a senior female executive. Read full post

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Will Our Kids Be Better 'Technology Parents'?

By Yvette Vignando - 28/11/2012 - 10:04

So this morning I saw the headline “Our web-addict kids miss out on meals and sleep”.And I thought, somewhat judgementally - surely their parents can do something about that? And at the same time I acknowledged, from my own personal experience, how hard it is to get teens to stop using a computer and do something else. Read full post

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My Son Doesn't Want Surprise Gifts This Christmas

By Sarah Liebetrau - 27/11/2012 - 12:04

This year, there will be no surprises at Christmas time for my six year old son. No, he hasn’t been a ‘naughty boy’ and therefore undeserving of Santa’s generosity. The reason my son will have no surprises is that he will choose all of his presents and be with us when we buy them, in November. They will then be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. Read full post

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Trigger - a Short Film about Food Allergy in Children

By Carol Duncan - 21/11/2012 - 09:20

Trigger is a short film about children and allergy. Despite statistics showing increased cases of severe food allergies each year – nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish allergies there remains a real lack of public awareness about the potentially lethal consequences these allergies carry. 'Trigger’ was created by Australian journalist and mother Grace Farah, whose six year old daughter suffers from severe food allergies. Read full post

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Children Have Rights – Why Does that Make Some People Angry?

By Yvette Vignando - 21/11/2012 - 08:57

When someone publishes a piece in mainstream media using the term ‘children’s rights’ or something similar, there’s often a stream of angry and defensive comments from adults who flip the argument to questions like “what about the rights of parents?” – usually those comments also express annoyance at the focus on a child’s rights...My question is – what are adults scared of? Why does the term “children’s rights” make some adults uncomfortable? Read full post

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My Mothering Heart Needs More Lion, Less Rabbit

By Louise Bassett - 20/11/2012 - 10:42

Life is often an endurance test. Sure, there are bright moments when joy fills your heart, when you can re-charge. But often it is a relentless quest. At present, my patience as a mother is tested daily by an irrepressible toddler who is now more wilful and dastardly than I thought possible. I need to rapidly acquire new skills. Read full post

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