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Why Don't Your Children Play Outside?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/09/04/why-dont-your-children-play-outside">Why Don&#039;t Your Children Play Outside?</a>

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 article

School's Play with No Contact Policy Upsets Students and Parents

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/06/15/schools-play-with-no-contact-policy-upsets-students-and-parents">School&#039;s Play with No Contact Policy Upsets Students and Parents</a>

A primary school principal in Victoria, Australia has told children to "play with no contact"; the Principal explained that this direction came "directly from a safety perspective". In setting the background to this rule, Principal Ms Beckworth said the school had "a broken collarbone, broken wrist and concussion" . Children were so upset with this ban that Year 6 students are reported to have protested with some kind of 'sit in' on the oval at lunch time. It is reported that the school put a stop to the protest and that the students were called into the school hall to be spoken to about that behaviour. Parents are also reported to be upset by the ban and because the school did not consult the parent community first. Read full article

Little Girl Tells Marketers - Girls like Superheroes Too

I had to share this from a friend's Facebook share: a little girl called Riley passionately complains about how marketers try to "trick" children - she asks why everything is pink for girls - why boys get all the superheroes? Good questions Riley! One minute video. Read full article

What is the Value of Homework? Research and Reality

<a href="/articles/what-is-the-value-of-homework-research-and-reality">What is the Value of Homework? Research and Reality</a>

Raise the topic of homework with parents of school age children and watch the sparks fly. Parent opinion on homework ranges from those who’d like to see it eliminated altogether to those who set extra work for their children to make up for what they see as an overly relaxed approach. Teachers are caught in the middle – not to mention kids - and even education experts are unable to present a united front about the value of homework. This article looks at the research about the value of homework in primary school and high school. 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

Best Australian Playgrounds - Lake Macquarie Variety Playground

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-lake-macquarie-variety-playground">Best Australian Playgrounds - Lake Macquarie Variety Playground</a>

My kids assure me that the brand new Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point (near Newcastle) is the "best ever, Mama!" The playground was commissioned by Lake Macquarie City Council to be one that could be enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities, to be inclusive and to be exciting enough to encourage children to enjoy and explore outdoors. This is the first playground I’ve been to where children can play with an Archimedean Screw Read full article

Best Australian Playgrounds - Clifton Gardens Reserve Playground, NSW

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-clifton-gardens-reserve-playground-nsw">Best Australian Playgrounds - Clifton Gardens Reserve Playground, NSW</a>

Clifton Gardens Reserve is a pleasure ground for families, with heaps to do for young and old, and that's the adults as well as the children! The very large and very groovy playground at the eastern end of the Reserve is the icing on the cake ... a kiosk/cafe nearby and truly fabulous Harbour views. Read full article

Best Australian Playgrounds - Foxfield Reserve, Athelstone SA

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-foxfield-reserve-athelstone-sa">Best Australian Playgrounds - Foxfield Reserve, Athelstone SA</a>

Situated amongst mature gums with plenty of shade, Foxfield Reserve is a beautiful spot for a children’s playground.The Reserve is at the base of Blackhill and its conservation park - it is a combined area which provides a tennis court, an oval, a creek, a scout hall, toilets, walking trails as well as a gorgeous adventure playground. Read full article

Best Australian Playgrounds - Danks Street and Plum Garland Memorial Park

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-danks-street-and-plum-garland-memorial-park">Best Australian Playgrounds - Danks Street and Plum Garland Memorial Park</a>

This is a fantastic outing with the kids on a sunny day. Start out on Victoria Avenue picking up supplies at the IGA or grabbing a coffee from one of the cafes near Danks Street. Then head to the Danks St/Victoria Avenue playground where you can relax or catch up with friends whilst the kids explore the toddler-friendly playspaces and equipment including a birds nest swing ... Read full article

Can a Children's Playground Really Be Too Safe?

Some researchers have suggested that the very safe playgrounds of today are depriving children of the opportunity to challenge themselves - they say a playground is a place where children can encounter and learn to overcome fears. Yvette Vignando debates this idea with psychologist Michael Carr Gregg on The Morning Show, Channel 7 - Michael bemoans the "woosification" of children. Read full article