Is your teenager sleep deprived? 5 Good sleep habits

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Many teenagers today are sleep deprived because they don’t get enough sleep. They need between nine and 10 hours sleep each night, yet most get about seven or eight hours sleep. Some get less. Sleep deprivation is akin to jet lag, where they don’t function at their optimum. The sleep-wake cycle for teenagers is delayed [ Read More ]

The Family Happy Place

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May I assume correctly that all families have their ‘happy place’? A place they can go that really levels the family, ‘cleanses the palette’, gets everyone back to ground zero? It may be your favourite beach spot, it might be a song or video. Perhaps it’s a craft activity or watching old family movies. Most [ Read More ]

Holiday house?

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Many of my Christmases were spent in a coastal Victorian town called Inverloch where my grandparents had a house. My younger brother and sister would cram into one room, with Mum & Dad in another – Nan & Pop in yet another room and often a cousin or auntie on a couch. Pop would, WITHOUT FAIL, [ Read More ]

Nicknames

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What’s yours? Nicknames, I’ve had a few. I could probably write a song with that title, no? There are nicknames we like, love and loathe. Some are lazy nicknames.. Aussies have a particular knack of adding an ‘o’ or ‘ie’ to the end of a name to make it into a nickname: Robbo, Robbie, Rob-star [ Read More ]

Turning a frown upside down

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One thing most people would probably say about me is that I’m an eternal optimist. I’m always flipping crap into rainbows. I don’t quite know why – I have just always had a ‘life’s too short’ ‘glass half full’ practical, get-out-of-your-own-way mentality. I understand this can be super frustrating for some of my friends. In [ Read More ]

5 Ways to Survive being a stay-at-home parent

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1) Days are a product of your invention And inventions are completely legitimate. Fill your diary, make work for yourself – even if it’s just a simple outing. 2) Don’t hate on your partner. “You’ve got to laugh … or you’ll end up hating the one person who is legally obligated to help you.” 3) [ Read More ]

5 ‘Pick Me Ups’ for Kids in Hospital

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There’s nothing more heartbreaking than seeing your little one bundled up in a hospital bed.  Trying to keep a sick, tired and bored little person happy and entertained (especially if they’re bed-bound) can be exhausting and virtually impossible! Here’s a few ideas to make their stay in hospital as comfortable as possible: 1.  Toys Keep [ Read More ]

5 Tricks for getting out of the room at bed-time

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We’ve all been there: ‘just ONE more story’ ‘I’m hungry’ ‘I’m thirsty’ ‘Pat me’ I’m a mum of 3 (17, 9, 6) and here are the techniques that I switch between: Once the agreed number of books have been read, agree to one more ‘make it up’ story. I ask Miles to come up with [ Read More ]

5 Ways to Get the Most out of Parent-Teacher Interviews

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Who is interviewing who, do you think? They can be daunting for new parents, but take it from a veteran (my 1st child is in Yr 12 and my 3rd is in Prep) there’s nothing to them. Consider this – if there was anything major to tell you, the teacher would already have grabbed you [ Read More ]

5 Things that make this mum happy

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The smell of a freshly brewed pot of T2 French Earl Grey Tea. Placing brand new skincare/makeup products in a pride-of-place position in the bathroom. Finding the absolutely perfect sparkly cocktail ring or bangles-that-jangle-just-so. That blissful moment after school when the bags are dumped at the front door, the snacks are ready, the tea is [ Read More ]