March 24, 2014

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high school woes

Ivan Illich might be slightly amused by all of the troubles I have had with schools lately. He might even say “I told you so”. This year, the eldest boy went into high school. It was something that he did with great anticipation. Ever since he had attended the local high school’s orientation night when […]

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March 24, 2014

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a quirky little kid

My youngest boy is a quirky little fella. I’ve written on this blog a few times about his energy levels. He is the Master of Distractible and Fidgetty. He has always been a “bull at a gate”. He rushes in without thinking, and is all over the place. He breaks his toys, not maliciously, but all […]

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January 9, 2014

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the life and times of a fussy eater

Got a fussy eater? Yep, me too. My two older boys would eat anything. They would eat a cricket if you put chilli sauce on it. But the youngest one was sent to jolt me out of my complacent parenting bubble. My eldest boy survived his first two years on little more than formula, bananas, […]

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December 28, 2013

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what, if, and favourite?

I borrowed these questions from phrogmom who borrowed them from someone else. It’s not something I indulge in very often but I found it interesting to read phrogmom’s answers and then think about my own… 1. What time did you get up this morning? 6am. My body clock is set to wake up at 5am and I […]

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December 26, 2013

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sentimental me

It’s been a sentimental year really. My Mum’s house burnt down in February. She was lucky to get out alive. She had taken a sleeping tablet before bed as there was a raging storm outside. Lightning hit the house in the middle of the night and followed the electricity lines into the kitchen and set […]

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May 12, 2013

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pull-ups, not put-downs

In her 1995 Boyer Lecture titled “A Truly Civil Society”, Dr Eva Cox, an Australian sociologist and social commentator, said that our homes are the most toxic places for our children. She said that it was an indictment on our society that children are safer with kind strangers in early childhood services and schools than they […]

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May 11, 2013

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reblog: a quick tour through the inner workings of your child’s mind

Sometimes, in the work I do, people want me to “fix” kids. But I’m not a kid mechanic. The best thing I can do is try to understand kids. It helps a lot to have knowledge of child development and brain development when trying to understand kids. When I talk to parents about their kids […]

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May 5, 2013

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lying

I was in the playground the other day at a school I work at. I turned around to find a boy crumpled on the ground, crying, and in pain. His friends were gathered around, doing what friends usually do. I think I asked the question that all adults do “what happened?”. One of the friends piped up […]

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May 4, 2013

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backchatting

In Australia, when a child answers back to an adult it’s called “backchatting” and is regarded as insolent and rude. I am at odds with many parents because I encourage children to put their opinions forward and I see backchatting as a defence mechanism. We have such a strong culture of suppressing children. ‘Backchatting’ is something that happens […]

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April 15, 2013

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kid’s skills

My youngest boy is the kind of kid who develops habits. He has had a habit of sniffing for a while now. It started with a bout of severe hayfever. I cleared up the hayfever by removing all yeast from his diet (bread, crackers, flavoured crisps, sultanas – yeast is in a lot of foods). He is […]

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