Want Mileage From Your Kid’s School Shoes? Top Tips for School Shoe Care!
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As you’re preparing to get back into the everyday grind, you may have noticed those $120 leather school shoes you purchased just a few months ago are already looking like they’re ready to be replaced. Yikes.   Yep! They need some expert school shoe care, pronto! Although the kids got 'the talk' about how they need to take care of their...
Unhappy Meal: Should Schools Have Opinion on What’s in a Kid’s Lunchbox?
Happy meal: Should schools have opinion on kids lunchbox
If a Mum sends her child with a Happy Meal for lunch, is it the school's right to comment?  An English Principal has divided his community with a newsletter saying that less-than-healthy lunches are unacceptable, with a Happy Meal from the previous night topping the list of school-food-crimes.... The Sun UK reports that John Carty, Principal at Byron Primary in Gillingham, Kent UK...
Experiencing a Foul Child After School? Combat After School Restraint Collapse
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What in the heck is “after school restraint collapse” and how does it affect your family? There are something like a zillion parenting buzzwords. Oh, and that list is growing every day. So, it’s no wonder that you’re not always up on the hip, cool new mummy-lingo. Hey, don’t stress. There are only so many new vocab words one mum...
What’s the Right Age to Start School? Research Says It Might Be Later
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It's much discussed and much worried about. New research may just help with the answers on when is the right age to start school...  The age when your child starts school might have a direct link to how well-behaved s/he is. Recent research shows that delaying the start of school for an extra year may have long-lasting effects when it...
Why I Wasn’t Crying at the School Gate
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When Heidi Lewis dropped her baby to school for the first time this week she didn’t shed a tear. She freaking loved every second! Think what you will but she couldn’t kiss him and get out of there quick enough… Don’t get me wrong I love my little blue eyed, blonde angel-faced devil-in-disguise with all my heart. The morning snuggles...
This Portuguese School Note to Parents Goes Viral and it’s Not Hard to See Why
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How would you feel if your child’s school published a note confirming they'd only be teaching academics, not manners.  Normal right? Well, check out this Portuguese school note shared to all parents. You can see why it quickly went viral. The authenticity of the post, which has since gone viral, is still up for debate. But, whether it’s actually real or not doesn’t...
Special Needs Children: Tips for Starting School Successfully
Starting school involves excitement and change. It can also be a tricky time for parents and special needs children. The implementation of simple strategies can minimise the stress of transition and hopefully enable an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both you and your child. Of course, each child is unique and learns and adapts in different ways. My own daughter Eleanor...
Straight to the Head of the Class: Best Gifts for Teachers
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If there's anyone that deserves our gratitude and acknowledgement by December it's our little people's teachers! The challenge, of course, is finding the perfect present to let them know just how much their efforts in caring for and nurturing your child means. The good news is you can head straight to the top of the class with Mum Central's guide to...
Is My Child Ready for School? The Ultimate Check List for this Tricky Decision
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As a mum who chose to keep her 5-year-old son at home rather than start Prep, I understand the complexities surrounding the dilemma of school readiness. This tricky decision is one our family thought long and hard about for five years. The best tip I can offer is to arm yourself with as much information as possible and then trust...
Aspergers & Autism: Starting School Made Easy for Your Child on the Spectrum
When you have a child on the spectrum you already know that day to day life can take a little bit of extra planning. Starting school is a big change for all kids (and parents), but for parents of a child with Aspergers or Autism it does help to start the planning early. The good news is that as...