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You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child

<a href="/blogs/kylie-l/2013/02/11/you%E2%80%99re-only-ever-as-happy-as-your-unhappiest-child">You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child</a>

Last year, my twelve year old son went through a tough time at school. It happened in grade six, his final year at the tiny local primary he’d attended ever since he started prep… attended, that is, until we pulled him out in grade five, when our family decided to spend a year living in the north of Australia. Up until this time Declan had loved school, and was close to pretty much all the nine other boys in his year level, with whom he’d always shared a class...When we left everything was perfect, but when we returned everything had changed. Read full article

Dear Son Starting High School - My Letter to You

<a href="/blogs/susanwhelan/2012/02/01/dear-son-starting-high-school-my-letter-to-you">Dear Son Starting High School - My Letter to You</a>

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 article

Letter Reassures me I'm Doing Okay as a Mother

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/07/04/letter-reassures-me-im-doing-okay-as-a-mother">Letter Reassures me I&#039;m Doing Okay as a Mother</a>

This parenting business can make you feel all manner of insecure. I worry about my kids being safe, about them being healthy, having friends at school and trying to do their best in class. I get worried when the boys fight and squabble, and I used to often wonder, “Is this normal?” ... But this week, an unexpected and wonderful thing happened. So wonderful I even had a little cry. Read full article

Principals Suggest School Run Parents Lift Their Game

A bit of fun on The Morning Show today with Suzanne Mostyn and Yvette Vignando discussing the right look for picking up and dropping children to school. Some Principals in the UK requested that parents improve their standards fo dress on the school run because many of them were turning up in their pyjamas and dressing gowns. Elle Macpherson seems to be able to throw herself together reasonably well. Read full article

How to Dress for the School Run - and the Paparazzi

<a href="/blogs/maggiealderson/2011/06/29/how-to-dress-for-the-school-run-and-the-paparazzi">How to Dress for the School Run - and the Paparazzi</a>

by Maggie Alderson: What? It’s that time already? … I can’t be the only mother to have this daily reaction when the clock has somehow come round to school pick up time, ... It doesn’t leave much time to plan an outfit. More likely, a lightening check that there are no food stains too visible to the casual glance, before racing to the door. But every school has at least one mother for whom the school run seems to be a kind of personal fashion parade. Spray on jeans, sky high heels, a year round tan and sleek long hair, seem to be the default look. Read full article