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Early years education is more than child’s play

This article was first published at Essential Kids. Recently I discovered that in some states, early[...]

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Why I’m glad my sons took up surfing

Pic: The four Dent lads at the Pipeline break, North Shore Hawaii   When I[...]

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The power of words to make a difference at home or school

Name-calling, exclusion and put downs can scar anyone, especially children – that makes sense for[...]

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Talking to Teens about Alcohol and Other Drugs

A shorter version of this blog was published at Essential Kids.  Before the digital world[...]

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The power of one-on-one

This article was first published at Essential Kids. Last year a mother came to chat[...]

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OMG What WAS he thinking?

Over the last 40 years as a teacher, counsellor, parent, aunty and friend I have[...]

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The Teen Mask in the Classroom

Maggie wrote for Teachers Matter magazine about ‘Understanding Why Teens Wear a Mask and What it is[...]

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Let your kids fail often. It’s just good parenting.

This article was first published at Essential Kids. It is perfectly natural for parents to want[...]

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Twelve top tips for those in toddler land

I have revisited toddler land over the holidays with three little grandies under 3 –[...]

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Does your child have music hiding in their soul?

This article was first published at Essential Kids. It never ceases to amaze me when I[...]

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Unconditional love poster … my gift to you this Christmas

I want to gift my community this beautiful poster, designed by my graphic designer Kat,[...]

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Getting little ones ready for big school

Most academics and early years experts prefer to reframe “readiness” to mean transitioning into the[...]