Saying Goodbye With Live Streaming

by   On the day It was Friday 4 December 2020. I opened an upstairs window, the breeze was stronger than normal and already its warm breath was close to its predicted 33 degrees. I immediately pushed down on the metal window […]

How To Have An ‘Imperfect’ Holiday Season

by Twinkling Christmas trees. Banquets of delicious food. Smiling, loving family members gathered around a pile of beautifully-wrapped gifts. We all know what Christmas is supposed to look like. But what if reality – as it often does – falls short of […]

Father’s Day Gift Guide

by   It’s that time of year to spoil that special Father figure in your life! Check out our top picks!   Give the gift of good skin with The Aussie Man Shop their range of organic skincare here!   Treat Dad […]

Mother’s Day 2020 – Can You Hug Your Mum?

by For the first time since it began in this country almost 100 years ago, Mother’s Day celebrations for millions of Australians are set to undergo a dramatic change this Sunday because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdown provisions vary between the states […]

Teaching Reading Is….

by   Whilst families are at home it’s important to make sure our 4 to 7 year olds are being immersed in language. This is the age where they are learning to read and it’s a great time to develop their skills […]

Learning From Home

by To slow the spread of coronavirus, students from across the country have been urged to learn remotely from home, with some schools only open for children of an essential worker or considered vulnerable. Universities have also made the switch to online […]

Spring Is Cancelled. Delayed Blooming.

by   A letter to my child in a time of plague. by Kelly Lyonns   The transition points are always difficult to cross. That unknowable shore on the other side. It is the first flutterings of stubby feathered wings plunging bravely […]

Surviving Easter At Home

by   The Easter long weekend often heralds a road trip to spend time away with family and friends. But not this year, with COVID-19 scuppering everyone’s plans and the directive being “stay at home”. That doesn’t mean you can’t still have […]

Will We Learn & Adapt?

by Given the global coronavirus conundrum Australia is immersed in, I wonder, had we been more diligent in retaining some of ‘our parent’s ways’ our situation may be slightly better?  Sadly, our society has become complicated, we have taken things for granted […]

How Not To Tank Your Relationship In Quarantine

by   The COVID-19 pandemic has put pressures on family and personal relationships not seen since WW11 and the Great Depression before it. Suddenly, millions of Australians have found themselves out of work and, with their finances stretched to breaking and with […]

So Now You Are A Teacher

by   Teaching Tips for Parents I have proudly been a teacher with the Queensland Department of Education since 1987. Most of my working life has been part time as a relief teacher, so like you, my job has been to come […]

Travel In A COVID 19 World

by   Last year I travelled a lot. I visited Paris and Sydney for Fashion Week. I marvelled at the beauty of The Maldives and soaked up the sun on their pristine beaches. I traversed Japan staying in Fukuoka, Kyoto and Tokyo […]

#ProtectTheElders

by The best thing to come out of what has so far, for me, been a scary time is our family unit coming together in a group text message.  Don’t know about you but I am finding myself in a glass case […]

4 Ways To Keep Kids Happy While At Home

by   Some schools in Australia have moved online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools in which students and staff have tested positive have temporarily shut over the past three weeks. It’s important to note the government’s health advice is to keep schools open. But many parents […]

How Much Food Should My Child Be Eating?

by Children need healthy food in the right amount so they get all the nutrients needed to grow, learn and thrive. The Australian dietary guidelines outline the number of daily servings children need each day from each food group, based on their […]

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