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How to stop saying “be careful” and what to say instead

by Katherine Healy

As the parent of three children aged 16 to 5, I feel as though my entire adult life has been calling out “Be careful!” “Watch out!” or “Go easy!” (this last one was a favourite of my beloved grandmother). And I’m tired of it. To stop saying the obligatory, there are a couple of simple tips I’ve been trying, which need just a little practise to make a part of your repertoire. Read more…

Scarborough: whale of a time ahead for kids at new $1.4m playground

by Katherine Healy

Children will be eagerly awaiting the opening of a $1.4 million playground at Scarborough after construction finished on the project. Read more…

Nature Play. It's Not Rocket Science, It's More Important Than That.

by Griffin Longley

Nature play spaces are everywhere. Schools have them, local governments are putting them in - there is even one at the new stadium. Every day there are more news stories and research on why kids do better when they get time to muck around outside. They even took time at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January to put out a statement on how real play is going to save world. Here’s the thing though. Nature play is actually an anti-fad. It is just time and space for free play outdoors. The more nature there is in outdoors you have available the better, but at its heart nature play is just mucking around outside. Read more…

Mini Nature Players - A Morning of Fun!

by Nicole McNamara

Last week, we kicked off the first Nature Play WA event for 2018, with Mini Nature Players – a morning of nature play just for the littlies. While our events are usually aimed at children from toddlers to 12 years (and their families) and held on a weekend, this one was designed as an introduction to nature play for children aged 6 months to four years, during a school day, to give them a chance to explore some special time in nature without the "help" of bigger siblings! Read more…

Parenting the Digital Child - Unplugging and Reengaging

by Katherine Healy

It sometimes feels like we’re fighting a losing battle for our children, to give them the childhood that we had. Where the only screen time we got in the day was maybe catching Round the Twist after school (if we biked home at breakneck speed), or watching Sale of the Century or A Country Practice in the evening, on the (only) TV, with the whole family. But nostalgia does us no good. We can lament the advent of 24 hour entertainment, rage against ever-present social media, but they’re not going anywhere. All we can do is acknowledge that our children are growing up in a world very different than our own, but also very much the same. Read more…

My Nature Play Summer – Competition Winner

by Ellery Spychalski

When we challenged Western Australian families to spend more time outdoors this summer (and share their pics with us!) we didn’t expect such a flood of amazing photographs. Read more…

Where's The Risk?

by Griffin Longley

A risk is something that makes your objectives uncertain. Why is that important? Because it forces us to ask ourselves what our objectives are when we think about risk. And that changes everything. The question is not what can go wrong? It is not could someone conceivably be injured? The question is, what are we trying to achieve? Read more…

Nature Play Abounds at the New Chevron Parkland

by Ellery Spychalski

Chevron Parkland officially opened as part of the Optus Stadium Open Day. We took a visit on January 24th to scope it out! Read more…

How time in nature improves kids' body image

by Katherine Healy

We know nature is good for us, both physically and mentally, and new research from Anglia Ruskin University takes this idea even further, finding that exposure to green spaces and natural environments has a strongly positive effect on body image. Read more…

2018 - A Year For Making Memories

by Griffin Longley

We watch our kids constantly change, and stay the same. Step by step they move away. And circle back. And move away again. Each circle reaching out just that bit further toward the independence that is our children’s deepest goal (even if they don’t always know it) and their birthright. Read more…

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