Oct 30 Parenting Tips & Advice

What do children really need to know before they start school?

By Linda Stade   Starting school is an important milestone for a child. For parents, it is often exciting and stressful in equal parts. Is he ready? Will she cope with the long days? Have we done enough reading and counting? Have we picked the right school? According to Wesley College’s Head of Junior School,…

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Aug 23 Parenting Tips & Advice

When does your child’s love of gaming become an addiction?

Parents dealing with Fortnite, and games like it,  have the added concerns of: “Is this affecting my child’s health? Is my child addicted?”

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Jul 29 Parenting Tips & Advice

The keys to teaching your child about consent

What do parents and schools need to teach children to make sure they contribute to a culture of sexual respect?

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Jun 27 Parenting Tips & Advice

How to clear the way for boys’ learning

Walking around a school at lunchtime boys seem very content. There is lots of play, laughter, banter and joking around. But what is happening in their learning? Are schools and parents letting boys down when it comes to education?

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Jun 14 Parenting Tips & Advice

What is digital technology doing to children’s bodies?

We live in strange times when teenagers cannot touch their toes but their parents can. According to sports scientists, that is our new reality. Current research shows that our teenagers’ bodies are showing significant evidence of their digital lives. Unless parents and schools respond appropriately, the consequences will be that our young people will experience greater rates of painful injury and poorer long-term quality of life.

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May 31 Parenting Tips & Advice

The importance of volunteering for young men

This time of year sees a steady stream of Year 12 students visiting me in my office. They drop in for a chat and to request a statement outlining their volunteer history, including the names of the organisations and the time they spent volunteering with these groups. Increasingly, students are gaining credit for entry into…

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Apr 13 Parenting Tips & Advice

Tips to get young children reading

Creating a love of reading will help your child associate happiness and good memories with settling into a good book!

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Apr 11 Parenting Tips & Advice

How To Help Your Child Manage Their Worry

When we picture a child with anxiety, we often think of a withdrawn, quiet soul who avoids making decisions and eye contact. However, the reality is these children can also present with temper tantrums or repetitive behaviours. What they all have in common is the feeling of being completely overwhelmed. It is an uncomfortable, distressing condition whichever form it takes.

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Mar 28 Parenting Tips & Advice

When Is the Right Time to Let My Child Use Social Media?

Social media is not an enemy. However, it is worthy of serious consideration. We need to be sure we are being honest with ourselves, and our kids, about their capacity to use social media, rather than being used by it.

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