Blog Category: Essential Kids Blog

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Taming the teen stress monster

For many of our teens one thing is certain: stress levels are set to rise[...]

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What’s with all the angry kids?

This article was originally published at Essential Kids. As an author and parenting educator I[...]

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Why iPad playgrounds are a bad idea for shops and kids

This article was first published at Essential Kids. Can modern childhood get any more weird?[...]

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Love bridges: Why micro-moments of connection matter

Most parents would never question that they love their children wholeheartedly – even when their little[...]

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Are we about to ban childhood altogether?

As a passionate advocate for allowing children a childhood that allows them to play as[...]

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Move baby, move: Why movement matters for babies

As parents we often can’t wait until our babies can crawl and then walk, and[...]

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The fun, fickle and fragile world of children’s friendships

“‘We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. ‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.” ― A.A.[...]

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Why schools are failing our boys

First published at essentialkids.com.au Boys will be boys, they tell us, but how many of[...]

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Boys and gaming: finding the balance

Original article published at essentialkids.com.au Gaming on a computer or device is a wildly popular[...]

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Why boys need a boyhood to become good men

Given the current deep community outpourings of concern for the senseless violence present on Australian[...]

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Winning the war on hugs

In the wake of news that a WA school had given a 12-year-old girl detention[...]

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Invisible enemy of anxiety a real worry

In the past decade, we’ve seen large numbers of children diagnosed with depression and behavioural[...]

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A Bit of Shoosh Please… We’re Making Magic

When my four sons were young and I was working as a teacher life was[...]

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Buying gifts for children

This article was originally published at www.essentialbaby.com  Thrifty Christmas Might be the Magic Pudding When[...]

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Is Your Child Ready for School?

Many families will by now have made the difficult decision about whether or not to[...]

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The dirty secret about raising kids: It’s child’s play

I am going to let you in on a little secret about raising children. It’’s[...]

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Why Dads Matter – Especially to Girls

This article was originally published on Fairfax’s Essential Baby site:  I am not sure who[...]

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The Little Things are the Big Things: Building Resilience

Today’s modern world is full of so many innovations, knowledge and new ways of doing[...]