The Scrapbook

9 Ways to avoid 'The Cascade of Chaos'

To avoid ‘The Cascade of Chaos’ we don’t just need eyes in the back of our heads to see who’s scaling the pantry shelves for the chippies, we also need eyes fixed on the horizon to see what’s coming that could possibly become a problem.

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How do I avoid sibling rivalry?

Here are 8 tips to help an elder child cope with sharing your love when a new baby comes along.

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7 things I needed to know for having a second baby …

Here are 7 things you need to know to transition an elder child into being a great big brother or big sister.

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How to Start School with Confidence

At new entrant level, there’s no expectation of academic ability, but there are signs you can look for as an indication of your child's readiness to start school, as well as things you can do to help them prepare to become a confident schoolkid. Three experts give their practical tips.

 

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The Morning Scramble — 4 Tips to Calm the Chaos

It’s a total mystery for me how one morning I can run a tight ship and the next morning, it’s a pirate ship. The timings are the same, the conditions vary only a little ... why is it a total scramble one morning and not on others? 

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6 Tips for Going Back to School

It seems like there may never be a sense of ‘getting back to normal’, but there are things we can do to create a sense of predictability, consistency and continuity for our kids, even in an unpredictable world that seems to be changing all the time. 

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5 Questions to Ask Before Your Child Starts School

How do you know if your child is really ready to start school? Here are 5 questions you can think about to help figure out if your child can handle the practical and social demands of joining the school environment. 

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Separation Anxiety: Make Your Own 'Smile Stone'

If you're thinking about your child starting school, getting back to school after lockdown, moving schools, or just handling separation anxiety, making a 'Smile Stone' can be a helpful and easy thing you can do that empowers kids with a sense of control over the situation they’re in.

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How to Tell Kids the Truth About Santa

Kids ask the curliest questions, and almost always without warning. 'Is Santa real?' is one of those doozies! But, we're here to help.

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