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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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Instilling organisational skills

Instilling organisational skills

  1. Posted on May 29, 2019

Before we look at some practical tips for wrangling our boys into being organised human beings, it’s worth being reminded of an old aphorism: “We love our boys and raise our girls.” Michelle Obama restated this in a 2017 interview, and further observed: “We raise (girls) to be strong, and sometimes we take care not to hurt men — and I think we pay for that a little bit....

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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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Adolescent boys and risk-taking behaviour

Adolescent boys and risk-taking behaviour

  1. Posted on April 3, 2019

Adolescent boys and risk-taking behaviour go together like mothers and sleepless nights, am I right? I always thought my son was too intelligent, too well-adjusted and sufficiently able to stand back from peer pressure to engage in risky behaviour. That was until last year when he had settled into his early teens. His father and I noticed him talking about, then flirting with, some crazy-brave behaviour in which some of his peers were engaging....

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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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