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Book a Visit to Your Library These Holidays

The library is just one of those places that doesn’t lose its magic – children these days still love a visit to their local library as much as they did decades ago. And with the summer holidays now here, you’ve got the perfect patch of downtime to explore your local library. In 2017, Gold Coast parents and children made more than 86,000 visits to Gold Coast City Libraries’ early literacy programs - Storytim ...

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Apple iOS 12 Update is Great for Parents

Do you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad in your house that your children can use? If yes, then you’re an Apple Parent and the latest iOS software, iOS12 is just great for you, because the screen time & family sharing is a fantastic addition in this update. Screen Time will give you the type of control over your apple iOS device that only used to be available only through a paid service, like OurPac ...

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Sonic Story

One Brisbane music teacher is proving the power of sound, the therapy in music and the fun in drums. There’s immense power in music. Have you ever found yourself belting out big lyrics in the privacy of your car while driving? Dancing to music while doing some mundane housework? Tapping along to a song playing in the background at a shop? And in experiences like these, have you noticed how the music has cha ...

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Top 6 Teacher Gifts

While we’re in the mood to celebrate, another group of people who need serious recognition at this time of the year are our kids’ teachers. Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm (and beyond!), 10-odd weeks per term, four terms per year. Teachers might be paid to educate our next generations but they should also be showered with thanks for the lasting impression they make in every child’s life. Be a Fun Mum blogger Kell ...

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Should I Send my Child to School or Give Them Another Year?

I have never come across a family who regretted giving their child another year.  That’s the first point, and a pretty important one at that.  My second is; do you want your child to ‘just cope’ or do you want them to thrive? Children need to develop socially, emotionally and even physically before they are ready to sit in a classroom with 20 plus other children and concentrate all day every day, with struc ...

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Having a Moment // Roblox

You’ve probably heard your kids talking about it – you may have even played it yourself. We’re talking Roblox, the online game that has got kids, particularly primary school-aged kids, totally hooked. To give us the low-down on all of the things that parents of Roblox-loving children should be aware of, we’ve brought in Jane Webster, experienced social media specialist and founder of Code9 Parent – an organ ...

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Building the Foundations for a Successful Reader // Rhyming

When we think of reading, we think of someone holding a book or a newspaper or these days an iPad or even a phone, but the foundations for reading, the crucial skills that are required for readers to be successful don't actually contain any actual ‘print’ (visual words or letters). Early/foundation skills for reading actually start with ‘hearing’ or a term you may have heard a before, phonological awareness ...

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Career Unclear?

It’s hard enough being a teenager without the pressure of choosing a career for life. But it doesn't have to be so hard. Young children dream of becoming astronauts, firemen, adventurers and princesses. In primary school, they imagine themselves as movie stars, elite athletes and brain surgeons. By the time they turn 15, job titles become less defined as the fear of how to acquire them kicks in. Prestige Se ...

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10 Things They Don’t Tell You When Looking for the Right Childcare

Whether you’re a parent for the first time or have been around the playground before, it’s never easy to leave your little ones in the care of someone else. Amongst the manic of parenthood, tornado of emotions and plethora of unclear information, there’s no greater anxiety. If only we could all have our very own Mrs Doubtfire, right? Like most parents, a great proportion of time is spent identifying a good ...

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for School

We're half way through the school year and for those of you with preppies starting in 2019, here are some tips to work on and get your child school ready. Starting school can be quite emotional and overwhelming for children and parents alike.  Know that you can help reduce these feelings, by talking to your child, being positive, organised and relaxed about it. Here are 5 ways you can help prepare your chil ...

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