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Digital resources for kids of all ages

Digital resources for kids of all ages

  1. Posted on April 6, 2020

Virtual Excursions. Visit museums. Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum The Louvre, based in Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free. Visit zoos The San Diego Zoo Melbourne ...

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Talking to your children about the COVID-19 pandemic

Talking to your children about the COVID-19 pandemic

  1. Posted on March 30, 2020

I was chirpily reminding my primary school-aged children to wash their hands before eating when my 14-year-old chipped in with: “And if you don’t, you might get coronavirus! Like lots of people in China and Italy!” Definitely not the way I would have discussed COVID-19 with my five-year-olds, but it made me wonder, what is the best way to talk about this health crisis with our ...

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Simple tips to build good online behaviours

Simple tips to build good online behaviours

  1. Posted on March 23, 2020

Back on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis’s call for Catholics to give up posting harmful words online during Lent appeared to be a great challenge for the digital age, especially for kids, to undertake during the traditional fasting period. The Pontiff said we lived in an "atmosphere polluted by too much verbal violence" which was "amplified by the internet". If you spend a few minutes on any social ...

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Achieving wellness in your family

Achieving wellness in your family

  1. Posted on August 22, 2019

  Disclaimer: This blog about wellness does not include any kale smoothie recipes, “expert’’ exercise or diet advice, or even a picture of me with my arms outstretched to the sky telling you how amazingly #blessed I am. If you want that I suggest you go to your teenage daughter’s Instagram feed. Instead, I’m discussing jam jars and how I use these to try to achieve wellness in my family of four kids while working full-time....

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Less screen time, more green time

Less screen time, more green time

  1. Posted on June 24, 2019

“Stop playing that game!”“Put your phone down!”“Get off the computer!” These are regular comments in many homes, including mine and those of our friends. However, through a mix of good luck and perhaps good management I haven’t had to deal with extreme online use or even anything approaching gaming addiction. I say good luck because I certainly use ...

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The Growth Mindset Revisited

The Growth Mindset Revisited

  1. Posted on May 9, 2019

If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.” - Professor Carol Dweck. Last March I explored one of the current buzz phrases in education and parenting, the "Growth Mindset"....

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Finding a better balance

Finding a better balance

  1. Posted on March 7, 2019

Talking about feminism. A chat with my adolescent son a couple of weeks ago led me down a dark highway of the internet. He told me he was watching, on the recommendation of some mates, some anti-feminist content, and worst of all, he was finding it funny! Knowing that my son was probably trying to get a reaction from me, I took a deep breath and asked him what he understood about feminists and what his problem was with them....

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Tips for managing exam stress

Tips for managing exam stress

  1. Posted on September 20, 2018

It’s that time of year again…EXAM TIME! When I asked my son how he felt about it, he said breezily, “I don’t get exam stress.”“Then why do you get moody before tests?” I asked him.“I’m not stressed about my tests, I’m just annoyed with you guys” (his parents and siblings). A friend whose son attends a selective high school told me ...

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What to do with our sleep-deprived sons?

What to do with our sleep-deprived sons?

  1. Posted on June 29, 2018

I asked my son what he wanted to do over the July school holidays. His response was a simple, but anxiety-inducing grumble: “SLEEP.” My mind raced to him telling me about friends who said they binge-watched Netflix shows and gamed into the early hours of the morning. I tried to think back through the past few weeks - was I always remembering to remove his devices at least an hour ...

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Social Media: Setting guidelines and building digital resilience

Social Media: Setting guidelines and building digital resilience

  1. Posted on June 14, 2018

You know you’re getting old when your teenage son excitedly asks you to look at something on his phone then: he holds it so close to your face that can’t work out what you’re supposed to be looking at; , when you hold the device at sufficient arm’s length for your ageing eyes, you have no idea who this YouTube or Instagram ‘star’ is; and, you can’t ...

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Is it 'normal' teenage moodiness or something more?

Is it 'normal' teenage moodiness or something more?

  1. Posted on May 10, 2018

One week before last month’s school holidays my early adolescent son and I had been planning some fun activities to enjoy together during my days off work. But, by the time the holidays had arrived, for no apparent reason, he didn’t want anything to do with me. With sons especially, mothers often become heartbreakingly aware of adolescents withdrawing affection as they start to assert their identities and independence as young men....

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Trinity students walk for a cause

Trinity students walk for a cause

  1. Posted on October 19, 2017

Black Dog on a Lead is an association designed to encourage people to talk openly about depression within their community. A walk is held every year which focuses on eliminating any stigma or taboo associated with mental illness.  The 6km walk around Bibra Lake commenced at 10:30am, with over 500 participants making their way around the lake on a magnificent spring morning. At each kilometre ...

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