Channel your Liam Neeson and give your kids a reality check "Taken" style

September 27, 2016

I’m fast asleep and I’m dreaming about a time when I walk through my house and into the kitchen and there’s not a dish in sight.   And, I haven’t had to step over one of the many obstacles that have been left in my path as I navigate the treacherous path to the sink, nearly breaking my neck tripping on a displaced shoe, slipping on someone’s homework, […]

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September 20, 2016

This photo came through in my Facebook feed the other day and I felt compelled to share it. Well not just share it, but write something about it too. This teen’s name is Addison Quinn and his mum, Lisa, posted the attached to help her son find casual employment. As I read (and was admittedly […]

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Take It or Leave It

September 14, 2016

There’s been a big climate change taking place in our house recently.  The weather system of “here are all the dinner options” and “oh, you don’t want this I’ll make something else”… has changed to that of “take it or leave it”. I am a full time working parent and a full time stay at […]

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And now the the flip side…teens opting out of social media

September 5, 2016

Having just reflected on the pitfalls of screen addiction, it was refreshing to come across the following article in The Wall Street Journal, written by Christine Rosen, entitled Teens Who Say No to Social Media.Who’d have thought? Yes, apparently there a small number of teens out there (only 8% actually) who would rather talk to their […]

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Is your teen a screen addict?

August 31, 2016

The irony of blogging about this subject is not lost on us. We sit here, somewhat addicted to screen time ourselves, and begin to write about why we should really be ‘de-teching’. And yet that appears to be the conundrum of the modern world. So how much is too much when it comes to technology use in the home? That’s about as easy […]

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Which Mom/Mum Are You?

August 28, 2016

So this week was one of those weeks when two great parenting stories landed straight in my lap. No Facebook trolling, no researching, just some real time interactions featuring two teens from two different families. On meeting a girlfriend for coffee the other morning she arrived frustrated and exhausted having only just survived the first week back at school. […]

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Behold the "Snow Plow" Parent

August 26, 2016

We have to confess that the term “Snow Plow” parent isn’t ours. We came across this description provided by a fellow reader in response to the article Have American Parents Got it All Backwards? by Christina Gross-Loh that appeared in the Huffington Post in 2014. It recently popped into our Facebook feed and as per usual we felt […]

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Millennials Show Us What ‘Old’ Looks Like

August 24, 2016

We stumbled across this great video on You Tube and couldn’t help but have a laugh. We were particularly amused by old being depicted as ’50’ and using a flip phone.  It was heart- warming to observe the perspective shift over the course of the experiment. Perhaps ‘old’ isn’t so old after all. We thought about shooting our […]

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Words for teenagers

August 22, 2016

The following article, entitled Words for teenagers appeared in the Huffington Post in August 2012.  It was written by John Tapene, a school principal in New Zealand after hearing some wise words form a judge who regularly dealt with troubled teens. It cuts right to the jugular in terms of giving our kids some straight up advice about […]

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A School Answering Machine "Says it how it is!"

August 16, 2016

Is it just us, or do Australians have a knack for “pulling no punches” when it comes to a dishing out a dose of reality? A high school in North Queensland recently changed their school answering machine, giving parents a whole new perspective on what the school would and would not do in ensuring that students had […]

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