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Work Family Balance - One of the Holy Grails of Motherhood?

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2012/02/27/work-family-balance-one-of-the-holy-grails-of-motherhood">Work Family Balance - One of the Holy Grails of Motherhood?</a>

More than 9 years ago, I became a parent for the first time. Since then, I've tried on some of the many combinations of work family ‘balance’ that are on offer. Nine years on, I’m not yet sure that I have it right. As much as income generation and work satisfaction are important, the question that ends up being the deal breaker is always - does this fit for the children too? How do you know when you have got the balance right? What is right? Read full article

Hours of Treasured Repetitive Reading with our Children

<a href="/blogs/martinaungle/2012/01/16/hours-of-treasured-repetitive-reading-with-our-children">Hours of Treasured Repetitive Reading with our Children</a>

Our family was camping on the NSW South Coast last week, which is always a great time to do very little apart from swimming, fishing and eating, and reading – especially those books you’ve wanted to read for ages and haven’t had the time. One afternoon, just back from the beach, I looked across at the rest of the family, and they were all reading books they had been given for Christmas ... What struck me was that the books our kids were reading were ones they hadn’t read before, which was pretty unusual – even for our 14-year-old ... For our kids, repetitive reading was at its height when they were first starting to talk. Read full article

The Magical World of Believing in Santa

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/12/19/the-magical-world-of-believing-in-santa">The Magical World of Believing in Santa</a>

I have just come off a phone call with a close friend who I have known since primary school – after all these years, she revealed to me today that she has a direct line to Santa. Well, her ten year old girl has apparently confirmed this, having noticed that Father Christmas never leaves her any presents under the tree that her parents don’t want her to have ... Read full article

An Immortal Hovering Television for Your Viewing Pleasure

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/12/15/an-immortal-hovering-television-for-your-viewing-pleasure">An Immortal Hovering Television for Your Viewing Pleasure</a>

Well, we’ve made it through 2011. Almost. Just a few days to go. We’ve made new friends, lost old ones, seen amazing things and been some wonderful places - and mostly due to good friends who share with us their time, their love, their generosity and give us the gift of experiences. The boys have come home this week, this last week of the 2011 school year, with their bags heavy with the fruit of their efforts this year. Workbooks in every possible area: maths, HSIE, literacy and so on .... and I’ve saved two of my favourites to share with you. Read full article

Authentic Happiness

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/authentic-happiness">Authentic Happiness</a>

Authentic Happiness is the first book to examine the mechanisms by which mentally healthy people become happy, and how happy people become very happy. Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. His first trade book, the international bestseller Learned Optimism greatly influenced the way people thought about mental health by bringing the concepts of cognitive psychology to a mass audience. Read full article

You are a Star

<a href="/parenting-resources/happy-children/you-are-a-star">You are a Star</a>

You Are a Star is a lovely picture book with a story for young children about taking a trip out of this world, into the sky, past the moon and through the universe to find out how we are all made of stars. In some ways this is a book about the universe being created but it is also about how we are all connected. Read full article

Evangeline - The Wish Keeper's Helper

<a href="/parenting-resources/happy-children/evangeline-the-wish-keepers-helper">Evangeline - The Wish Keeper&#039;s Helper</a>

Evangeline - The Wish Keeper's Helper by Maggie Alderson is a beautifully written and illustrated story about a toy elephant who lies under the bed waiting for something to happen. She things to herself "If only I could be useful somewhere ... " Will her wish be granted? The illustrations by Claire Fletcher make this gorgeous book even more appealing - lovely also to read aloud with your children. Read full article

Christmas in Summer - a Perfect Time to Enjoy Doing Nothing with Your Family

<a href="/blogs/carowebster/2011/12/06/christmas-in-summer-a-perfect-time-to-enjoy-doing-nothing-with-your-fam">Christmas in Summer - a Perfect Time to Enjoy Doing Nothing with Your Family</a>

In Australia, for many, December means celebrating Christmas, hot days, gifts, reconnection and relaxation, family, more hot days and approximately nine weeks of school holidays. We’re a month into summer and the heat can be oppressive. If you’re lucky and have access to a pool, beach or outback dam, the summer break invariably means much time spent cooling off in the water, perfecting the ultimate ‘bomb’ or dive, hunting for sea creatures in the sparkling depths of rockpools and seaweed forests, or catching yabbies in a muddy dam using nothing other than a bit of string and some pongy meat. Read full article

Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life

<a href="/articles/teaching-emotional-intelligence-how-schools-can-educate-children-for-life">Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life</a>

Step into Anna Kearney’s third grade classroom, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, and you will see amongst the usual colourful art projects, a row of plastic cups stapled to the wall. There are ten numbered cups in all and they are part of Self Science, a social and emotional education curriculum developed by 6 Seconds ... Time spent on Self Science has not detracted from other academic learning, says Kearney, but instead has enhanced learning across the board. Read full article

Birthday Happiness for Our Ten Year Old, and For Us

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/28/birthday-happiness-for-our-ten-year-old-and-for-us">Birthday Happiness for Our Ten Year Old, and For Us</a>

This post is filed under "Love:" Last year, perhaps on this very day, I wrote about a surprise birthday present for Mr 8, soon to be Mr 9. We so enjoyed surprising him with his present – and his delight has continued throughout the year so it was absolutely the gift-that-keeps-on-giving. On Friday when we took him out for an advance 10 year old celebration, he told us he is keeping last year’s gift forever, “for the memories”. Read full article