Linda Stade

Education Writer

Year

2017

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 lives within 50 km 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 →

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 →

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 sent 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

The term mindfulness is so overused that it’s hard to take it seriously. However, neuroscience tells us that mindful living works wonders for us and our children.  I wish mindfulness had another name. I always cringe a bit when I… Continue Reading →

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