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National Reconciliation Week 2021 - More than a word, Reconciliation takes action

by Griffin Longley

This year's theme for National Reconciliation Week is: More than a word, Reconciliation takes action, and action is what we must take to see real change. Feeling respect is not enough, we need to show it and it needs to permeate all of our systems. On a personal level, one way we can show respect is by actively seeking to grow our understanding of Aboriginal culture, step by step, and sharing that knowledge with the children in our care so that they grow up with more cultural understanding than their parents did. Read more…

The Importance of a WA Play Charter, and How You Can Make a Difference

by Griffin Longley

Trying to define play is like trying to catch the sky in a jar. You might get a piece, but it will only ever be a reduction of the greater meaning you already hold. Because play, like love, is inextricable from human experience and it exists, and acts, before and beyond words. Read more…

Family Hiking in Djeran - Day and Overnight Adventures!

by Griffin Longley

Most of us are pretty familiar with the idea of going for a bushwalk for an hour or two, tops, but going on an overnight hike can feel a little daunting, especially if you are doing it with kids. It’s hard enough to pack for a day at the beach, how on earth are you supposed to fit a whole campsite into a bag, let along keep the kids interested, right? Read more…

15 Best Swimming Spots (That Aren't a Beach!)

by James Holmsen

West Aussies are blessed with many beautiful swimming holes that are largely under utilised. These make for a great day trip from Perth, or a weekend adventure a little further afield, and offer a unique swimming experience that the kids are sure to enjoy. They also offer great sun protection, unlike a day at the beach, by way of shady trees. We've created an interactive map with 15 stunning locations, many of which are within a two-hour drive of Perth. Read on to find out more about these delightful swimming holes! Read more…

Summer and living in Western Australia

by Griffin Longley

You know it’s summer because you are driving with oven mitts on. Also, you have moved your houseplants 1.5metres back from the window, and somewhere deep in the back of your mind Noel Coward is singing “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. Read more…

Learning in the time of COVID-19 – a celebration of Aussie teachers

by Katherine Healy

2020 has been a year of massive upheaval, with COVID-19 changing the way we live our lives and the way we educate our children. Something we’ve seen through the pandemic is thousands of examples demonstrating what we’ve always known - that teachers are passionate about their students, they want what is best for the kids, and they are champions at rising to the challenge, whatever the circumstances. Read more…

Cubbies, and Why Kids Need to Hide

by Griffin Longley

What is it about building cubbies that is so important that it’s worth turning your lounge room or your garden bed into a construction zone? Read more…

Raising Courageous Children

by Griffin Longley

As this Father’s Day approaches, with the world veering disconcertingly away from normalcy, there is a word that keeps coming to mind. That word is courage. An underused word, I think could use reviving as we parent into the 2020s. Read more…

Among Big Things Little Things Grow: An ode to trees – and games to play in them

by Griffin Longley

We live on a blue planet, yes, but also a planet of trees. And as we approach National Tree Day it’s a fitting moment to remember the extraordinary role the 60,000 species of trees that grace every continent and corner of the globe (except the polar regions, parking lots, and some misconceived playgrounds) play in our life, and the lives of children. Read more…

What is the right amount of screen time in a pandemic?

by Griffin Longley

What is the right amount of screen time in a pandemic? Does watching Bluey count? And do I get extra parent-credits for forcing my kid to play with a stick, in the rain, while I figure out how to resist the return of the old normal? Read more…

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