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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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Trinity College hosts inaugural International Women's Day Breakfast

Trinity College hosts inaugural International Women's Day Breakfast

  1. Posted on March 7, 2019

On Thursday, 7 March, Trinity College hosted an inaugural International Women's Day Breakfast in Gibney Hall. Attended by more than 200 parents, students (from both Trinity College and Mercedes College) and staff, it was an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the many achievements of the women in and around our community as well as educating and empowering the young men of Trinity College to help forge a more gender-balanced world....

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Parenting for independence

Parenting for independence

  1. Posted on February 28, 2019

Fifteen - that’s the age at which Australian parenting expert Michael Grose says children should be capable of looking after themselves, and their mum and dad become redundant as parents. While you hold that big breath you just inhaled, consider that in past centuries children often did leave home at this age to take up apprenticeships or other work. As Mr Grose says, and parents of older ...

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A new mindset for maths

A new mindset for maths

  1. Posted on February 14, 2019

Does the thought of helping your child with maths homework take you back to the trepidation of doing a school exam on the subject? If it does, you’re not alone, as studies have found that at least 20% of the population have some degree of maths anxiety. It’s also been discovered that parents can pass on this anxiety to children through subtle cues, not to mention more obvious statements ...

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Year 11 Men of Honour

Year 11 Men of Honour

  1. Posted on February 5, 2019

The Year 11 students and their fathers or significant male role models commenced the Men of Honour program today with a presentation from the program creator, Mr Glen Gerreyn. Glen is the co-founder of the Hopefull Institute and is passionate about improving the lives of young people. Glen started off the session with a bit of background about himself. At age 17 he was a competitive sprinter ...

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Talking to your teenager about Leavers

Talking to your teenager about Leavers

  1. Posted on November 15, 2018

It's the time of year that many parents dread — WACE exams are coming to an end and teenagers all over Australia are getting ready for Leavers. Read on for some tips to help ease parental anxiety and prepare your children for this rite of passage. A couple of years ago I made a deal with my then upper primary school aged son that, instead of going to Leavers, he could come with me to Paris and I would let him eat as many croissants as he wanted....

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Tips to keep your son reading

Tips to keep your son reading

  1. Posted on October 25, 2018

I never thought I would have a teenage son who was reluctant to read books. We’d spent countless hours lying together on his bed reading Spot, Thomas the Tank Engine and later the Treehouse series and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. He loved going each year to listen to Andy Griffiths speak at Writers Festival events and would line up in long queues on hot February days to have the author sign his Treehouse books....

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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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Talking to teenagers about nutrition

Talking to teenagers about nutrition

  1. Posted on September 6, 2018

Like many mothers before me, I was shocked, angry and saddened by what I found under my teenage son’s bed when the arrival of a visitor forced me to do what I’d been putting off forever - clean up his room. It wasn’t one of the more sinister things that you may be imagining, but an empty Monte Carlo packet, supermarket cake container and, of course, several empty Skittles wrappers....

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Cracking the 'Boy Code'

Cracking the 'Boy Code'

  1. Posted on August 16, 2018

Last summer holidays, my son gave me quite a fright when he had some friends at our home before I took them to a movie. I was busy in the kitchen while they remained, I thought, in his room. When I went to ask them something they were gone - from the house, the yard, not at a nearby park – nowhere to be seen, and my son was not answering his phone. I was on the verge of calling the police when they sauntered down the street with a shopping bag full of lollies....

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Who does your son look up to?

Who does your son look up to?

  1. Posted on July 31, 2018

Over the past few weeks I’ve received quite an education talking with my son and his friends about who their role models are.  “Lil Uzi Vert (who?), XXXtancion (say what?), Kanye West (I’ve heard of him at least!) and AFL players, cricketers, NBA stars and American footballers.” This was my son telling me who his friends’ role models are. Not much of a sport, rap ...

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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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