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Virtual Vacations: Our guide to taking an overseas family holiday at home

Don't let staying at home cramp your family travel plans – you can bring the world to your lounge room with a virtual vacation. All you need is your imagination. We've provided ideas to help get you to the departure gate.

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Hooray for haiku at home

Diane Bourke explores the wonderful world of haiku – a perfect family activity as we spend more time at home. Her tips and advice will help kids and parents discover the magic that three lines can convey.

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Let’s talk about it: Maggie Dent’s top tips to communicate effectively with teenage boys

In this extract from her new book, From Boys to Men, well-known parenting educator Maggie Dent gives parents ideas and strategies to get the conversation going with their teenage sons.

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How to talk to kids about COVID-19

Talking to kids about the pandemic is challenging for parents. Here are some great practical approaches that can help, from Monash Education's Christine Grove, Stella Laletas, Ruth Fielding, Erin Leif and Lefteris Patlamazoglou.

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Andrew Fuller: How to help your tricky kid deal with peer pressure

In this extract from his new book Tricky Behaviours, leading adolescent psychologist Andrew Fuller offers strategies for parents to help their tricky kid navigate the tricky world of peer pressure. Plus watch a video of parents taking Andrew's parents Pledge.

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Family matters: Getting to know Roughy

Peter Hanlon, who writes for us, is also an award-winning sports journalist. He was the 'ghost writer' for former Hawthorn football star Jarryd Roughead's autobiography 'Roughy'.

Here, Peter tells about getting to know Roughy, and why family and respect matter so much.

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Five ideas for parents with young children in lockdown

Wondering how to keep your little ones busy and entertained during lockdown? Here are some great practical and education-based ideas from Svitlana Korchova-Tyurina and Katrina Tour.

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Summer Longings, a poem by Derek Villaceran

Derek Villaceran, a Year 12 student at Lilydale High School, has won the Student Poetry Competition in the Years 11-12 section for his poem, Summer Longings. Here, he reads his winning poem.

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Hope in a Whistle, a poem by Haelie Roberts

Haelie Roberts, a Year 9 student at Olivet Christian College, has won the Student Poetry Competition in the Years 9-10 section for her poem, Hope in a Whistle. Here, she reads her poem.

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