So, What does the average parent get out of Budget 2012?

Parents of Primary School aged kids will get $410 per child. If your kids are in High School, you will get $820 per child. Aparently this is because not enough people we taking advantage of the previous education rebates which were based on receipts you had to account for in your tax return. While I...

Why are Child Sleep Books So Extreme?

We’ve been having some sleep issues at home recently, so my wife borrowed a few sleep books from the library. One thing I have noticed is that they all seems so extreme! It’s basically all or nothing, with one book stating that you should leave your child to cry for up to 1 hour without...

The Business of Kidults and Money

Last night on the Angela’s Business Mix show on Eagle Waves Radio, Peter Black (of Peter Black Coaching) gave some great advice about dealing with your adult children and older teens. Some topics covered were preparing your kids for financial independence and the realities of the “Small Business of Life”. As usual Peter is full...

Top 10 Things to Keep Your Kid’s Birthday Party Running Smoothly

Planning a kid's birthday party is something we'll all have to do at least once a year. Here are some of the things that will help you keep that party running as smoothly as possible:

Fathers Just as Likely to Suffer Postnatal Depression

A new Australian study published in the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology Journal has found that new fathers are just as likely to suffer Postnatal Depression (PND) as mothers. Fathers are at risk of experiencing postnatal mental health difficulties, which may persist across the early childhood period for some fathers. The results suggest routine assessment of...

How To Work From Home and Spend More Time With Your Kids

I am lucky that my job allows me to essentially work anywhere with a laptop and an internet connection. Sure there are times that I need to be in meetings and on-site with clients, but most of my work involves sitting in front of a computer and typing code. This allows me to work from...

A Must See Film For Parents of Teens

Tagged is a must watch film if you have teenage kids. It highlights the problems of cyber-bullying at Australian High Schools. It has recently just been awarded a New York Festivals Television and Film Awards Silver World Medal. The thing I appreciate about it is that it shows that it's not just the big physical...

Parenting 101: Motorbikes and Kids – What Not To Do

On the way home from work yesterday I saw a prime example of what not to do as a father. There was a man waiting to cross a busy 4 lane road in peak hour. He was on a pee-wee 50 style motorbike that was clearly too small for him to ride. He also wasn’t...

How To Block Facebook At Home?

So you want to know how to block Facebook (or any other site) at home. You probably don't want to install software on each computer either. You want an easy to use solution, that is somewhat harder for kids to get around. You don't have to install any software What? You mean that I can...

Facebook Photo Tagging and Privacy

Do you know who can see the photos you upload to Facebook? Scott Hanselman has a great post about the misconceptions his wife (and many more people I would guess) had about who can see her photos when she marks them with Friends and tags a couple of people. Who can see the photo of...