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Parents ‘get off your smartphones’ is the message from children craving face-to-face connections

A COMPREHENSIVE new report entitled Growing Up in Queensland finds that busy parents stuck on their smartphones are ignoring young people’s problems including school stress and bullying. The report released by the Queensland Family and Child Commission shows that children crave face-to-face connections. “They want adults to pay attention, have respectful conversations, and listen to what they have to say ... Read More »

Just who is listening to 14-year-old girls?

By Selina Venier IT’S reasonable to pick up Madonna King’s latest work, Being 14, and be alarmed at the reality of what this demographic is thinking, feeling and indeed, doing. With one daughter who’s traversed the threshold of 14 and another within its depths, the title and its themes were a must-read. Of course Madonna’s skillful knack of diving headfirst ... Read More »

Logan Catholic school’s hub builds community for isolated mothers and refugees

St Francis College Crestmead community hub

HOLLYE Erskine could have been one of those mums who lost contact with the outside world after giving birth, but a project at her local Catholic school provided a different option. The mother-of-three is a regular visitor to the Community Hub at St Francis College, Crestmead – a project that helps local families combat isolation. The hub is part of ... Read More »

How to talk about sex with your kids

Talking sex

“MUM, Dad, where do babies come from?”  “Mum, Dad, what does sex mean?” The questions most parents are afraid to hear. But they will inevitably come in some shape or form.  Here are five top tips on how to talk to your kids about this amazing and important topic. 1. Sex education begins at birth   Look for opportunities to ... Read More »

What it’s like to be an adoptive parent

Adoptive parents

WHEN we first moved into our local suburb, the sight of my wife and children walking down the main street would cause quite a few heads to turn. It is not every day that you see a redhead walking hand-in-hand with two Korean children. In this country, at least, adoption remains very rare although the comments are always positive and ... Read More »

Striving for peace and joy in the family

Families

  THE Catholic faith, with its richness of tradition and understanding of the scriptures, is a great resource to pass on to our children. I’ve come to realise the best opportunity to pass on the faith to our children is seizing small teachable moments in our everyday life. I had such an opportunity when my five-year-old was wreaking havoc on ... Read More »

Parenting help at fingertips

Parenting tips

EVERY one minute and 46 seconds an Australian becomes a parent and inevitably seeks guidance and support to help make parenting decisions easier.     Australia’s Raising Children Network provides easy-to-understand information – based on the best available science and research – relating to everyday parenting topics from pregnancy through to the teenage years. From crying and sleeping, tantrums, to ... Read More »

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