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Parenting in a digital world: Stop fighting, start connecting

Digital Parenting eBook Martine OglethorpeFrom toddlers to teens, this comprehensive ebook will give you understanding and proven strategies to help you and your kids navigate the modern world.  Find out more...

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Highly regarded blog featuring articles and resources on a range of parenting issues.

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 Freelance writing for print and online publications, as well as television and radio appearances, discussing a range of parenting issues.

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videos for cyber safety

Videos to help teach our kids to be safe and smart online

Having open honest discussions with your kids is one of the best ways to help keep them safe and responsible online and to help them talk about the challenges they may face spending time online. Sometimes it’s hard to bring up topics without sounding all ‘lecture-y’ and it isn’t long before the eyes start to […]

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chat speak, text speak & emoji's

Chat speak, tech talk and emoji’s

Chat speak, tech speak, short cuts wreaking havoc on the english language? Or perhaps another link back to the caveman? Recently, diet gurus have urged us to turn back time to replicate the culinary lifestyles of those wandering the earth thousands of years ago. Now it seems, our form of communication appears to be heading […]

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digital Parenting

Parenting in a Digital World: Stop fighting, start connecting: The E-book!

I want to help my child make good decisions online but I’m not sure how? When I ask my child to stop playing a game he gets upset and says I don’t understand My child wants to play on their device all the time. My child wants to play on social media sites I have […]

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active listening

“You’re not listening to me!” …try active listening instead

I was having a ‘conversation’ with my 13 year old that was slowly quickly escalating into an argument. He raised his voice so I could ‘hear’ him and said “you are not listening to me”. ‘What do you mean I am not listening to you’ I thought. ‘I am doing all the right things. I have […]

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technology in the classroom

30 ways your kids may be using technology in the classroom

SchoolPlaces.com.au helps take the pressure of families looking for a private school vacancy for their child. Search real-time vacancies and claim a last-minute place at one of Australia’s leading schools. Get on board and start saving today.   There is often a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to the technology that happens in the […]

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weighing up screentime

Weighing up screentime: why parents need to take a closer look

The challenge of managing screentime is one of the greatest issues concerning parents today. How much is too much? How long should each age group be allowed on the computer, or on the device? How do I get them off without a fight? I have written before about how to manage kids time with screens […]

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Understanding child behvaviour

Your kid isn’t trying to make you miserable: understanding your child’s behaviour

“You are just doing this to annoy me”, “Are you trying to make me miserable?” These are the desperate pleas I heard from a mother recently, as she grappled to keep her toddler in the shopping trolley whilst she finished her mammoth morning of shopping. When I got in my car I thought about those […]

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