Linda Stade

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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 →

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 →

What You Need to Know About 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 →

What You Need to Know About 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 →

Giving Kids The Skills To Be Creative Thinking World Changers

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso Creativity is the way we move forward personally and as a society. It is the way we show our souls and… Continue Reading →

Is Your Child Paralysed By The Need To Be Perfect?

It’s Sunday night, bed time. Your daughter is upset about the assignment for English that is due the next day. She’s had a week to do it and you’ve seen her sitting at her desk writing and making notes. She… 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 →

What You Need To Know About Kids Self Harming

Self harm is one of the most misunderstood issues we face in working with young people and their mental health. It is often dismissed as attention seeking and self indulgent. For that reason, it is surrounded by an enormous amount… Continue Reading →

The 20% of Kids Who Just Aren’t Learning

When we think about disengaged students, our minds usually run to the class clown or the violent bully. We imagine back stories that are full of abuse and neglect. However, research shows that the reality is quite different. At any… Continue Reading →

How To Help Kids Navigate BFFs and Conflict

This afternoon after school, I heard Ella long before I saw her. The front door slammed. There was heavy sighing. There was the sound of her school bag landing ungraciously on the far side of her bedroom. Obviously when I… Continue Reading →

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