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online behaviour

Observing Human behaviour online: what it means for our kids

The arrival of the internet some 20 something years ago, presented us with untold changes to the way we live our lives. Much of those changes now centre around how we work, how we are educated, informed, entertained and how we socialise.  The online world has now become a hot spot for human interaction and […]

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technology and parenting

Technology is a great servant, but a bad master: help kids take control

Technology is a great servant, but a bad master. This take on Francis Bacons quote “Money is a great servant but a bad master” could also be replaced with the words the internet, social media, device, smart phone or any number of those things in life that we love and yet hate. Those things we […]

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perfectionism

Perils of Perfectionism: are you raising a perfectionist?

The perils of perfectionism? Isn’t it a good thing to want to do things well? Don’t we want kids that strive for great things? That try their hardest to succeed? To feel the satisfaction of attempting something and conquering it? Yes, but only if they can keep it in perspective and not have their every […]

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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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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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bullying behaviour

Bullying, rude, mean or just a lot of drama? Why we should differentiate

One of the most frustrating things about the attention bullying gets today is the unfortunate overuse of the word. I will say from the get go, that bullying behaviour needs attention. It is hurtful, dangerous and oftentimes has catastrophic consequences. It needs attention and it needs to stop. Sometimes what people experience either in real […]

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Strictly Ballroom

“A life lived in fear is a life half lived” ….. Goes for parenting too

“A life lived in fear is a life half lived” This was the quote repeated in the Musical version of Strictly Ballroom I was lucky enough to see last night (If you love a good musical this is so much fun, full of song, dance, glitter, sequins and some good Aussie humour). The premise of […]

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building self esteem

Building children’s self esteem away from the screens

How do we build our child’s self esteem away from the screens? Away from the likes and followers and shares that have become the social currency for popularity, confidence and self worth? There is no doubt that uploading a photo online becomes a way to measure status. I read recently about the ‘100 plus or […]

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