Knowing Girls

Knowing Girls

Sparents (Spare parents)

The first time I heard the expression ‘sparent’ was six years ago. It was around the same time as my first nephew was born. My brother thought that the idea of sparents was brilliant, especially when there was a particularly hideous nappy to change. In reality it is only the term ‘sparent’ that is new, the concept of caring adults outside of the home has always existed. Unfortunately there are less and less of these people being utilised, despite abundant research showing the significant role that they can play in the life of a child.

The Death of Male Teachers

Most people remember at least some of their teachers from primary school. I remember every single one. They had a huge effect on me. They’re probably the reason I became a teacher. My favourite was Mr Romeo. He taught me in Years 5 and 6. These days he would be an anomaly. One of the 18.3% of male primary teachers in Australia. And according to recent research, in 50 years his kind will be extinct. There will be no male primary teachers by 2067. Secondary teachers won’t be far behind.

Creating Creativity

Creativity is the way we move forward personally and as a society. It is the way we show our souls and it is how we solve our tricky problems. What most people don’t realise is that creativity can be learned. Even if people’s creative talent varies. It is a skill like any other that can be practised and improved. So what stops our schools from teaching more creativity?

Beating Loneliness by Madonna King

How can our daughters be so connected, and yet often feel so utterly, utterly alone? That irony surfaced in the research of my book Being 14: Helping fierce teens become awesome women. Interviews with almost 200 of them showed they were permanently connected, living in a world of touch screen and wifi, of devices and apps, of television on demand, music in the pocket, and instant gratification. And that was what they saw as the divider between their generation, and that of their parents.

Perfection Paralysis

Perfection paralysis is the fear of starting a task for fear of not getting it exactly right. What drives perfection paralysis and how can we help kids overcome it?

Dance…Fit for a King

Young Prince George will have ballet lessons as part of his curriculum at his new primary school. Learn why Dance is an essential part of a holistic, education for everyone…not just future kings..

Two New Worrying App Developments for Teens and Tweens

This week the social media app Snapchat launched Snap Map. It is a location tracking feature. A map shows where users are and sometimes what they are doing, as pictured above.

There has been a lot of media around the release of this update and it has been described as ‘a paedophile’s dream’. Many apps have this geolocation service, however, the upset around this one is that Snapchat is used predominantly by tweens and young teens.

Digital Saturation Linked to Falling Reading Levels

Today the average Australian household has 12 Internet enabled devices. We have invited this technology into our homes, our workplaces and our schools and as yet it is unregulated. It hasn’t been possible to study long term effects because…there has been no long term yet!

The Power of Consistency in a Now, Now, Now World

If you had to identify one thing that distinguishes this generation of teens from all those before it, I think it would be their belief in the power of now. They are the generation of instant gratification. If you want to speak to someone, you call them on their mobile device. If you want to see someone, you FaceTime or Skype.

Why a Mobile Phone Ban is a Gift to Students

The fact that parents believe mobile phones are essential to keeping kids safe is testament to the power of marketing. If phone companies really were worried about the wellbeing of children, they would be heavily marketing cheap ‘dumb’ phones…phones that just make calls. But that isn’t the case.

Talking to Kids About Manchester

The bombing in Manchester was beyond abhorrent. It defies comprehension that someone could plan an attack that was sure to kill children and the adults caring for them. It is always shocking when innocent people are targeted, but this tragedy poses special problems for parents and those who work with young people.

Girls Kicking Goals

The AFLW proves that what women’s sport needs is investment. Brilliant female role models on our tvs encourage our girls to play an active role in sport.

The Beauty of Boarders

This week is National Boarding Week. It’s nice to have the opportunity to celebrate the character, spirit and resilience of our boarders and all the great qualities they bring to our community.
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