Linda Stade

Education Writer

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Why Kids Bully and How to Make Sure They 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 →

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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 →

How To Teach Your Child To Be A Perfect Failure

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Is It Possible To Teach Our Kids To Be Creative?

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso Watching a little person’s face as they draw is wonderful. Forehead creased with concentration, tongue peaking out and no hesitation in… Continue Reading →

Is Your Child Paralysed By The Need To Be Perfect?

Inside: What is perfection paralysis and how can you help kids overcome it? 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… Continue Reading →

When Should Parents Pull Back?

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 →

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