Apps that are out there

Me, “I got a lacunosus while you were at school today.”
Edward (grade 5), “No!…. Really?…. Let me see the picture.”

cloudspotter-appDon’t know what we’re talking about? Clouds. Edward and I have turned cloud-spotting into a competitive sport, all with the aid of the marvelously addictive Cloudspotter app. Continue reading

Prep – the long game

The Preps have almost finished their first term of school. No doubt, the last five weeks have been exciting, tiring and challenging.

It’s sometime around this point in a Prep’s school year that the rubber hits the road, so to speak. The ‘settling in’ period is pretty much over, the excitement of wearing a school uniform and carrying a big school bag has lost its thrill and kids have been known to say things like “Yeah, that was fun but I think I’m ready to go back to kinder.”

So what do parents need to know for playing the Prep long game? Continue reading

What’s your passion?

passion-projects-3I don’t read much pop psychology, however, years ago I picked up a copy of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and I would go so far as to say that it was life-changing. So much of what Rubin said resonated and many of the things she suggested I put into practice (and still do, years later).

One of the chapters in the book focuses on being ‘serious about play’ and how to find things that, as an adult, are fun. As we grow older, we often fill our leisure time with things that are expected of us as opposed to what we find truly ‘fun’. Continue reading