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  • Would Prefer Your Child was Smart or Good?

    Surely, it’s silly question – the answer is ‘both’. But what if you couldn’t have both? What if you could have a child who was good, but not particularly smart, or smart but not particularly good? Thinking music … If you said ‘smart’, stop reading now. This article isn’t for you. But if you eventually […]

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  • Two Things Parenting Books Don’t Consider

    2 things parenting books don’t consider … I recently saw an article on one of the countless parenting Facebook pages, suggesting that parents who ‘sleep train’ their babies are cruel and lacking in compassion. The article cited studies that concluded such methods would lead to an array of psychological and behavioural conditions later in the […]

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  • Top Tips For A Smooth Morning

    12 tips for a stress-free morning routine Do you dread the morning dash? Do you end up stressed out and still late? Do you struggle to get the kids organised? Do you find yourself yelling ‘hurry up!’ over and over again? There are ways to help your morning routine go more smoothly and you and […]

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  • 5 Reasons To Read To Your Child

    What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? Most of us would say we want to raise an intelligent, resilient child who has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Did you know that parents have the power to boost their children’s learning power and set them up for success in life, […]

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  • Book Clubs – a Great Idea for Adults … and Children Too

    If You’re a Parent…And Your Child Forms a Book Club Recently, my daughter has started to carry an additional backpack to school – one of those square, drawstring, logo-laden bags that one can often acquire at an event. When asked what she carries in it, she replied, “My book club books!” Here is how the […]

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  • The Value of a Teacher Student Relationship

    It’s March now, or as teachers say, Week 7. Perhaps in your family, things are starting to settle down after the start of the school year? You’re back into the swing of making school lunches, and the afterschool extracurricular program is starting to feel a little more routine. Read More

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  • Love and Lovely Moments Shared – great for languet development too

    the importance of tea + talk We love vintage collections that evoke nostalgic childhood memories. child mags blog‘s Natalie Ritchie explains why her little collection of teacups brings back time well spent with the women in her family. Read More

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  • Creativity and Achievement

    5 things I learned from elizabeth gilbert I recently saw Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic, speak as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. I left feeling encouraged and ready to take on those creative projects I’ve felt stuck on. Here are five things I learnt from Liz… Read More

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  • Common Behavioural Issues at School

    What are the most common behavioural issues presenting in school-age children? The most common behavioural issues presenting during the first few years of school are to do mainly with socialisation. It’s important for teachers in pre-schools and day care to communicate any concerns they have to the child’s parents, and parents to teachers, when the […]

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  • This Just Seems the Most Wonderful Idea

    Buddy bench a big hit at Saskatoon’s Willowgrove School When you don’t have anyone to play with, you go to the buddy bench at Willowgrove School. The rules surrounding the green bench, located next to the school’s playground, are pretty simple. Within a few minutes, any student sitting on the bench will be approached by […]

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