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How working parents can manage school holidays

This article by Liz Marchant covers some practical considerations of planning for school holidays, but goes more in-depth on negotiating with employers around flexible working arrangements and other options which allow parents to be present for more or all of their children's time off. Excellent practical advice on an issue that's increasingly become the norm [...]

By |2019-04-18T17:25:49+10:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Ultimate Guide to School Holiday Activities

It can be a challenge to keep kids occupied over school holidays, especially if you have a limited budget and want to keep screen time to a minimum. This handy list of activities is good for hours of screen-free fun, and most are at low-to-no cost. It's a good mix of indoor and outdoor activities, [...]

By |2019-04-15T17:19:35+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Home alone: how to keep your kids safe (and out of trouble) when you’re at work these holidays

Many working parents battle with school holidays, especially the long period between Christmas and the start of the new school year. Most people receive four weeks’ leave a year, but school holidays take up about 12 weeks of the year. The maths clearly doesn’t add up. Even if both parents take their leave at different [...]

By |2019-04-15T18:32:26+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Help Kids Deal with Social Anxiety During the Holiday Season

For many children, the holidays are the best time of the year. There are countless holiday parties, big extended family dinners, special religious ceremonies, parades, cookie exchanges, and so much more to look forward to. For other children, this flurry of activities sets off the alarm bells. Big crowds and unfamiliar faces can be incredibly [...]

By |2018-12-07T14:36:37+10:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Silly Season With Kids – How To Reduce Stress During The Holidays

Pixabay Images As much as we love the holidays with our kiddos, there are way too many ‘opportunities’ to practice every trick/ bribe/ desperate parenting maneuver clever parenting strategy we know, in order to smooth the edges and make everything, you know, magical. This can bring more than a reasonable amount of stress during the [...]

Anger over Australian campervan firm’s misogynistic slogans

Paula Orbea started the online petition on Friday after her 11-year-old daughter saw the message on a van in the scenic Blue Mountains west of Sydney during the school holidays. It has so far been signed by nearly 25,000 people. "I agree with free speech, but where is the line? At what point do we [...]

Switch Off These Holidays

Most states are either on school holidays this week, or are in their final week of term time. Term 2 is always a particularly hectic term - aren’t they all? - due to report writing pressures, and in some states the fact that this year, schools have had to squeeze ten weeks worth of stuff [...]