Linda Stade

Education Writer

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Health

How to Talk About Weight Gain Without Shaming

My teenage daughter is overweight. I’m worried about her health but I don’t want to damage her self-esteem by drawing attention to it. What do I do? This was a question that came out of a recent parent forum on… 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 →

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 →

Why Do So Many Of Our Children Self-harm?

Kelly was in my Year 8 class. She was quiet, but not unusually so. A nice kid. One afternoon, it was screamingly hot, in the way only Perth in summer can be. She had her jumper on. I asked her… Continue Reading →

What You Need To Know About Your Teenager and Alcohol

One of the many nerve-racking things about being the parent of a teenager is the idea of how your child might eventually be affected by alcohol. There is the fear that: They might drink and do something stupid. They might… Continue Reading →

Helping Your Sleepy Teen To Rest and Build A Better Brain

What is better in the world than laying your head on the pillow at night, breathing those last tired sighs and tumbling into restful oblivion? Ask any new parent; sleep is the greatest gift of Mother Nature. It makes perfect… Continue Reading →

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