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gaming

5 reasons playing video games can be good for your child

Parents often lament the obsession their children have with video games. They rue wasted time, an avoidance of other social interactions, a life on the couch, an inability to participate in other activities and a general sulkiness when told to tear themselves away. Firstly, I am not and never will advocate for a child to […]

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parenting & discipline

Saying yes to say no to your kids: getting discipline right

Saying yes to say no? Don’t we make it harder for ourselves if we give in? Of course…..sometimes. Disciplining our children is one of the hardest aspects of parenting. Knowing when to dig the heels in and be ‘tough’ and when to cut the slack and let things slide, can be a like walking a […]

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connecting with teenagers

Why your teen won’t talk to you

Have you been frustrated by a grunt, a mumble or a tween or teen who won’t open up when you know something isn’t right? When your responses to a concerned, sympathetic or caring enquiry come back with a retort of “you wouldn’t understand”, “I don’t want to talk about it”, a slammed door, or a […]

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video games

Video Games for fun, family and the future: Digital Australia Report 2016

The gaming industry in Australia is growing at an astronomical rate and so it seems that we as a nation and as families, should start paying attention. Why? Because the statistics from the recent Digital Australia report from IGEA in conjunction with Bond University, offer us a real insight in to the experiences of those […]

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parenting online

How can parents enforce rules around technology and the online world?

How do we enforce rules around technology and the online world when so much of what they do we cannot see? I get this question a lot. Here’s what I think. Different family values determine the importance families place on certain rules and boundaries that in turn become part of our daily lives. We have […]

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Inside Out Discussion questions

Using the movie ‘Inside Out’ to discuss emotions with kids

The latest movie from Pixar, ‘Inside Out’, does a great job of balancing the complex elements of neuroscience whilst remaining connected to a younger audience in both an engaging and entertaining way. I took my kids to see this during the school holidays, and I must say it is probably the only time I was […]

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dealing with bullying

Dealing with bullying: parents questions answered

I get many questions from parents of kids who are being bullied and also some from those suspecting that their child is engaging in bullying behaviour. Mostly parents feel inundated with information, but have no real clear action plan to take in order to tackle the behaviours. We have looked before at what behaviours constitute […]

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