Linda Stade

Education Writer

The Weapon We Need In The War On Bullying

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You were at school. You know how bullies work. And you know that at certain stages even the great kids can become bullies. They rarely strike when there is a teacher around and when they do, it is so subtle,… Continue Reading →

Girls and Their Frenemies

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In schools we talk constantly about protecting girls from harm. We teach them about paedophiles, on-line grooming, sexting, and the harm caused by drug and alcohol use. In reality, the more likely destructive influence on an adolescent girl’s day to… Continue Reading →

When Should Parents Pull Back?

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the terms ‘helicopter parents’, ‘bubble wrap parents’, ‘lawn mower parents’ and maybe even ‘black op’s parents’. They are used to describe parents who either swoop in and solve problems for their kids or who never… Continue Reading →

Introverts at School

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School is designed for extroverts. It is loud and busy and dictated to by bells and buzzers and the urgency of getting through lessons and assessments. Even recess and lunch are full on. There is co-curricular and meetings to attend,… Continue Reading →

When Kids Don’t Fit In

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Yesterday, a twelve-year old girl I care about, told me that at her school she has nobody to hang out with. In fact, in class when she sits next to other kids, they move away. She said at lunch and… Continue Reading →

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

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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… Continue Reading →

How To Respond To Your Child’s Friendship Issues

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Your daughter comes home from school and her heart is broken. Her best friends have told her they don’t want her to come to the sleep over they have planned for the weekend.  Or your son sees on Snapchat that… Continue Reading →

How A Sparent Could Help You Be An Even Better Parent

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The first time I heard the term 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… Continue Reading →

The Beauty of Boarders

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Australian boarding schools offer an opportunity for kids from sparsely-populated rural areas to receive high quality education. They offer kids an amazing array of opportunities and facilities that wouldn’t be available to them at home. However, what we often don’t… Continue Reading →

Message to My Parents

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Teenagers don’t always say what they mean. They have not yet developed all the skills of emotional regulation. That means that often they don’t recognise the emotions they experience and they have a hard time managing their emotions. This can… Continue Reading →

The Characteristics of Great Learners

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For me, the best moments in teaching come when a child suddenly realises that they are in charge of their learning. Grades aren’t handed down as a gift or punishment from teachers, they are a reflection of learning behaviour. This… Continue Reading →

This Is Why Our Kids Are So Anxious

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More people suffer from anxiety today than did during the Great Depression. Particularly young people. The first time I heard that I was stunned. How is that even possible? But then it is borne out in the research. 1 in… Continue Reading →

What are the Rituals that Protect our Children?

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Ritual is an old fashioned word. It is associated with tribal ceremonies, the inner workings of churches and forgotten habits of generations past. However, ritual is one of the most powerful protective behaviours you can share with children today. It… Continue Reading →

How To Have Important Conversations With Teenagers

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Talking to teenagers about anything serious can be one of those bang-your-head-against-a-wall activities. It feels good when you stop. They are great at banter, jokes and even flirting, but trying to get to the bottom of an emotional problem can… Continue Reading →

The 10 Emotional Skills Every Teen Needs To Be Taught

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 I have to admit; I’m fascinated by a toddler tantrum. I can understand why they are so distressing to parents but it is an incredible thing to watch. It doesn’t seem possible that one so small could muster that much… Continue Reading →

Beautiful Boredom! Why It’s Important to Let Your Child be Bored

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“I’m bored!” It’s one of the most frustrating utterances a child can make. We find it frustrating because it feels like the ultimate in laziness. Your child is effectively asking you to think for them. But what if we viewed… Continue Reading →

How To Teach Your Child To Be A Perfect Failure

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Today I was messaged a photo by a friend; it was of her six-year-old son on the winners’ dais at his swimming carnival. I rang the young man to offer my congratulations but he informed me that he didn’t win… Continue Reading →

How To Help Kids To Break the Frustration Barrier

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On Sunday I did an art workshop. It was an unusual decision given that I have very little experience or talent. In fact, I’m an absolute beginner. When I sat down to my blank canvas the challenge mocked me and… Continue Reading →

5 Powerful Ways to Build Resilience in Kids

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Resilience is the ‘it’ word of the decade when it comes to kids and their wellbeing. And so it should be. In the past we have focused on problems one at a time. Drugs, bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem, cyber-safety, alcohol…we’ve… Continue Reading →

Shame: Why It Is The Most Destructive Weapon Of All

I could feel the heat rushing from the depths of my chest up into my neck and then into my face. My Science teacher’s face was contorted with rage. The whole class was silent. Shocked.  But all I heard was… Continue Reading →

What Are Our Kids So Afraid Of?

Today at school, I asked a usually vivacious 16-year old girl if she was alright. She was looking a bit clammy and fragile so we went and had a quiet chat. Zoe is sitting exams and choosing subjects for her… Continue Reading →

Better Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Interviews are a strange construct. They are time efficient. They put all the necessary parties in the same place at the same time. But sometimes I wonder whether we get the most out of them. As a secondary… Continue Reading →

How To Make A Bully…And 10 Tips To Ensure You Don’t!

I dread meeting with parents about their child’s bullying behaviour. I know I’m going to tell them something they don’t want to hear. It will probably bring them fear and pain and shame. Even though it’s not what I mean… Continue Reading →

School’s Out: How To Reduce the Risks And Focus On Fun

Leavers, Schoolies…Call it what you like. The thought of it is enough to make most parents feel queasy. No matter how responsible your child is, this is where it could all go horribly wrong. Think about it… Teenagers Euphoria at… Continue Reading →

What You Need To Know About Your Kids And The M-Word

I wish mindfulness had another name. I always cringe a bit when I write or talk about the importance of being ‘mindful’. This wasn’t helped today when our intern at work told me I was starting to sound like a… Continue Reading →

What Is The Most Important Factor In Your Child’s Education?

Polished shoes. Wonky pigtails. A school bag nearly as big as her. The first day of the school year was sparking with nervous energy in those days. There were photos and big, last-grasp cuddles and reassuring little nods of the… Continue Reading →

Girls and Their Frenemies Interview

There is nothing worse than seeing a child in pain. Physical or emotional pain, it doesn’t matter. If we can’t help, we feel broken. That is our function, to protect and fix…but that’s not always possible. In 2016 I wrote… Continue Reading →

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