Linda Stade

Education Writer

What You Need To Know About Girls and Their Frenemies

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Inside: How to stop relational aggression is one of the biggest challenges facing schools and parents. What is it? Why does it happen? How can we stop it?   In schools we talk constantly about protecting girls from harm. We… Continue Reading →

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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 →

How To Help Introverts To Be Happy And Thrive 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 →

What Makes Your Child’s Sparents So Special?

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The first time I heard the term sparent was eight 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 →

Beautiful Boarders: The Huge Value They Add To A School

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Inside: The benefits of boarding school are not limited to the boarding students themselves. The positives that boarders bring to a school community are significant. Australian boarding schools offer an opportunity for kids from sparsely-populated rural areas to receive high… Continue Reading →

A Message to My Parents, With Love From Your Teenager

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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 →

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 →

Rituals: The Wonderful Ways They Empower Your Children

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Fish and chips on a Friday night. Served straight from the paper, with lots of salt and vinegar. When I was a child that was the ritual in our family. When dad got home from work the whole family would… 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 →

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 →

The 7 Things Teachers Want Kids To Nail By Graduation

Who do you want your child to be? I’m not talking about a profession. It doesn’t matter if they’re a firefighter, a social worker or a tiger tamer. I mean, who do you want your child to be? Do you… Continue Reading →

Practical Ways to Grow Your Child’s Grit

Grit for Kids: Why We Want It and How We Get It Watching my six year old niece learn to water-ski is to watch 20 kilograms of pure grit. If it is possible to will yourself to stand on water,… Continue Reading →

The Social Media Contract That Will Get You and Your Kids Talking

Inside: A downloadable social media contract that will help generate great conversations with your kids Managing your child’s social media use can be daunting. We all know the basics; no social media in the bedroom, make sure privacy settings are… Continue Reading →

5 Truths About Friendship That Will Save Your Kids A Lot Of Grief

Inside: 5 vital friendship lessons for kids and a great worksheet for teachers and parents   The new school year is all about change. New teachers, new classes, new expectations and new routines. For many kids, it means a new… Continue Reading →

How Can Technology Be As Addictive as Cocaine?

In South Korea there are 200 digital addiction rehabilitation centres.  The symptoms of the people in these centers include rage, anxiety, restlessness and loss of memory. They are the same symptoms you would expect people to be suffering in a… Continue Reading →

If Anxiety Is The Problem, Could Surfing Be The Answer?

83% of Australia’s population live within 50 kms of the ocean. We spend our time looking out towards the water, not inward at the land. Why? Well there is something primordial about water. We are drawn to it and it… Continue Reading →

50+ Ways to Get Your Kids Off Their Devices and Into the Holidays

The summer holidays pose a real challenge for some parents in terms of getting kids off the couch. It is relatively easy to get young kids out to play, but teenagers are a bit more difficult. When teenagers are sitting… Continue Reading →

Teach Your Child to be Mindful (Quick Clip)

Mindfulness is the process of consciously listening to your own thoughts and being aware of which ones are useful and which ones aren’t. It’s part of ‘metacognition’ in science speak. The most important part of this brain management is that… 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 →

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