Don't be intimidated by school mums

I get the angst around being a new school mum but if the past seven years are anything to go by, there is nothing to be intimidated by. After all, they're just people like you and me, dropping kids at school every day.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Here's the link to my article "Don't be intimidated by school mums" on Essential Kids.

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/education/school/starting-school/dont-be-intimidated-by-school-mums-20160216-gmv4tf

Enjoy!

Kylie.

The parenting lesson it took me a decade to learn - don't get smug!

Here's my final column on Essential Kids for 2014.

As the year comes to a close, I reflect on what I've learnt not just this year but over the last decade of parenting. What stands out most is the simple fact nothing is forever. No phase lasts - good or bad. With that in mind, my lesson is about being smug. It's a tricky one - smug versus proud. Read on as I muddle my way through explaining it: 

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/family-life/family-home/the-parenting-lesson-it-took-me-a-decade-to-learn-20141223-12c7jr.html

Merry Christmas and a sensational New Year to all my readers, friends and family! 

Kylie.

Finding Time To Teach Children Independence

The bane of a modern parent's life. Independence in children is all good and well until the 11-year-old falls off his bike and needs emergency dental work... Maybe a stack hat and full body bubble wrap suit is the answer?

Here's the latest column:

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/younger-kids/kids-development/finding-time-to-teach-children-independence-20141127-11v2bh.html

Kylie

 

Top Tips for Dreamworld

We've just returned from a week on the Gold Coast. Ahh, sunshine, I remember you.

Dreamworld was the #1 priority for the kids and it didn't disappoint. If you are considering going, I have written my top tips to get the best out of the experience here:

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/family-life/family-travel/top-tips-for-families-going-to-dreamworld-20141017-117sla.html

Enjoy!

Kylie

 

Dressing Not to Impress - Through the eyes of a shy 3 year old

Having shy children has been difficult for me. I could speak under water. Some have suggested I could gasbag under concrete. To raise a child who doesn't care to speak in public, prompting questions about whether she can actually speak, has been an eye opener. It culminated in a dressing debacle where I finally understood the world through her eyes.

Find my latest column here:

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/toddler/caring-for-toddler/dressing-to-not-impress-life-through-the-eyes-of-a-threeyearold-20140825-3e9yl.html

Kylie

Who says haircuts for kids can't be fun?

Tackling the big issues: kids' haircuts. Yes, I know, it's life-changing discussion. Well it could be for anyone who has ever taken a screaming kid to have their haircut and come out with war wounds (parent and child).

I decided a list of who does scissors well was long overdue. So read all about it here:

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can’t be fun?

Chop! Chop! (Yep, comedy is my back up plan if this whole writing gig doesn't take off).

Kylie

And just one big flip of the bird to my computer and this program that enjoys saving drafts somewhere secret. "Save & Publish" apparently doesn't always mean that. Sometimes it means "Save & Publish somewhere really mysterious so the author won't be able to find it and have her waste valuable time retyping stuff."

 

Reducing Child Sex Abuse - Educating Our Children

A difficult but imperative subject to be discussing with our kids.

In conjunction with solicitor, Meghan Butterfield (Meg to those that know her), I wrote this article about educating our children about body safety. Meg has provided some great resources to help parents, grandparents, family and friends, carers and educators of children discuss what can sometimes be a tricky topic. You'll find all the links at the bottom of the article: 

http://essentialkids.com.au/younger-kids/kids-education/reducing-child-sex-abuse-20140630-3b2tv.html
 

Kylie.
 

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How to choose a high school

My latest column came about from the overthinking involved in choosing a high school for our eldest child who will start Year 7 in 2016.

We haven't started the open day process but will embark on this in the coming months. I thought choosing a high school would be fairly straight forward, and I guess given the ridiculous list of wants and needs (or more specifically, what we don't want or need), the choice is limited. Local, government is the likely option. And even if we were rolling in a pool of cash, I think local, government would still be the choice. We are lucky though, our local high schools are pretty good.

They say too much choice makes people unhappy. Maybe they're right. If we only had one to choose from we'd just make the best of it!

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/older-kids/education-for-older-kids/how-to-choose-the-right-high-school-20140320-3543q.html

Kylie

 

 

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