Linda Stade

Education Writer

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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-gasp cuddles and reassuring little nods of the… Continue Reading →

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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 teach… 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 peeking 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, bedtime. Your daughter is upset about the assignment for English that is due the next day. She’s had a week to do it and… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 gracelessly on the kitchen floor. Obviously when I asked what was… 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 →

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