Research shows that boys and girls not only have distinctive bodies, but distinctive brains. This means that their development is different in almost every way – socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally. So, how do we transition from a childcare or early learning environment to a school full of boys? Prince Alfred College principal Bradley Fenner... continue reading.
Most teens aren’t big fans of homework. They put it off until the last minute, drag their heels or ‘forget’ they had any. Parents nag and get mad. The parent-teen homework battle is an age-old tradition. However in 2015, teens can take homework procrastination to heights only dreamt about by teens in the 80s. Hello,... continue reading.
Sandpits are the coolest place for a toddler. So much to do, so much to explore, so many possibilities. As we walked towards the sandpit I scanned for dangers, checked out how many children there, noted the pathway to the duck pond and then turned to my toddler and said “now remember to play nicely,... continue reading.
This spring, why not set the screens aside and head outside to try some of the games your grandparents used to play? From hopscotch to stuck-in-the-mud, there are plenty of ways to enjoy outside play with your kids. Jump The Snake You’ll need a large skipping rope. Two hold the ends of a large skipping... continue reading.
Many youngsters are introduced to a second language at primary and even pre-school. It’s an approach we should also take to teaching children the fundamentals of good money management and sound financial habits, because it’s in the early years that the fundamentals can be established most effectively – just like learning a new language. It’s... continue reading.
Most parents of small children already know the power of praise. But as children turn into teenagers it becomes more complex. Parents sometimes assume teens don’t need the same praise, thanks and affirmation. (Surely, by now, they should be doing that without expecting praise for it?) They might wonder whether teens care about their opinion... continue reading.
If you ask most parents what they want for their children, they will likely say they want their kids to be happy. At first, this seems to be a perfectly reasonable ambition for our kids. Who wouldn’t want to be happy? But now I’m not so sure. Because at second glance, I think the ‘I... continue reading.
With so many apps for kids out there, it’s hard to know which offer real educational outcomes. Education expert and NSW teacher with 35 years’ experience Marie Cullen, who created her own educational app, Lesson Buzz, shares her top five learning apps for kids. 1. Lesson Buzz Obviously LessonBuzz is my first recommendation. This is... continue reading.
Starting school is often the greatest milestone so far reached in the life of a young child. It is a time of great excitement as children realise with pride they are growing up and about to embark on a special journey. Envisage the delight on the face of a small boy or girl trying on... continue reading.
Every baby is different and every woman will experience motherhood in her own way, but there’s one thing that never changes. You will be inundated, flooded, besieged with advice on the best way to raise your child – you can count on it. While most advice is no doubt well meaning, some can lead to... continue reading.