Best of the Web: The joys of daily walks with my six-year-old, Roald Dahl Story Day, and more

How one mother is being reminded by her young daughter of the resilience of kids, ideas for a Roald Dahl party, and the parent v non-parent workplace divide in lockdown.

Our selection of thought-provoking and useful resources from around the web, on educating and raising children, and supporting families.

In Melbourne's interminable lockdown, my daily walks have gone from a chore to a delight

(Amanda Dunn, The Guardian)

This is a moving reflection on the experience of the daily walk in lockdown. The author writes of how heading out each day with her six-year-old has transformed from ‘chore to a delight, the part of the day I look forward to the most.’

It’s so much more than exercise. It’s a chance for both to sort through living through these strange times.

There are touching reminders of the wonderful world perspectives and insights of a six-year-old, and most importantly, a constant reminder of the resilience of children.

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Celebrate Roald Dahl Story Day with a party at home

This Sunday 13 September is the official day to celebrate one of our favourite children’s authors, Roald Dahl, creator of the the likes of The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many more wonderful stories.

The day is a worldwide thing, and there are lots of free resources available online, including ideas for activities and costumes.

On the Roald Dahl website, there is a downloadable Roald Dahl Story Day Party Pack, with ideas on how to hold your own Roald Dahl party at home.

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Parents v non-parents at work: COVID has brought tensions to the surface

(Caitlin Fitzsimmons, The Age)

This opinion piece captures a debate that’s happening at the moment over the allowances employers are making for parents caring for children during lockdown.

‘Is this a sign of an employer taking its social responsibility to heart and treating its valued employees like human beings?’ the author writes ‘Or is this yet another example of favouritism towards parents and discrimination against child-free employees?’

The author argues that we shouldn’t see it as a job perk – it’s a management issue.

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