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Great Kiwi Families: The AitkenRead family

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Over the next two months, Kiwi Families are featuring posts on education and technology.  We are talking to some more great kiwi families about their experiences. In this post, we meet the AitkenRead family – an especially creative crew, who largely live screen-free lives and are unschoolers.  What is unschooling you ask?  Read on and find out what mum, Lucy AitkenRead had to say! Continue reading »

Five steps to shopping success

Five steps to shopping success

“Good morning/afternoon! How can I help you today?”

I have long since lost track of how many times I’ve said this line in the years I’ve served as a shop assistant. I’ve certainly heard my share of ‘just looking’, ‘no thank-you’, and the classic Possum-in-Headlights stare. Continue reading »

13 things to equip your teen with before they go out

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It’s hard making that decision as a parent to let your young teenager go out certain places in the first place, right! If you read my previous post on questions to ask your teen before saying yes to going out, you’ll already have thought about about some questions you might like to ask your teen before they head out on their own.  Continue reading »

How I’m catching up with technology

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I learned the word “Luddite” a few years back when someone remarked that I’m likely one, because I had this suspicious disdain for buzz-whirring gadgets and technology. Could be I’m a grumpy old curmudgeon before my time, but one thing is for sure: when it comes to modern digital machines, I’ve been left behind. Continue reading »

Managing your digital footprint

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Technology is part of our lives and it is not going away. How much you want to let it into your life and for what purpose are questions every one of us is faced with on a daily basis. Technology is a tool I use to make my life, my business and my family’s life easier. I think of the computer and the toaster on the same level; they are tools. I use them when I need them, then I carry on smelling the flowers and enjoying the world around me. Continue reading »

At the end of the day, it is just about balance

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In an age where we literally have an array of technological devices at our fingertips, there are a high number of articles, blogs and opinion pieces espousing the dangers of ‘screen time’ for our young people. At the same time, there are conflicting opinions highlighting the way in which technology can serve to bolster our children’s education and work to support learners as they move through their education pathways. So as parents, how do we distinguish what technology is beneficial for our children and their learning? Whose opinions do we take advice from? Continue reading »

Is buying online the best option?

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In today’s busy fast paced world, technology can be a godsend. If you can transact online then that’s one less thing you need to worry about right? The size of the internet has grown so big that as at July 2014, the World Wide Web contains around 3.3 billion pages. We can do our banking online and according to Statistics New Zealand, half of kiwis have now shopped at least once online. Let’s face it: the internet provides us with convenience and flexibility. This is the way of the modern world if we want to keep pace.

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The role of technology in education

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The first mention of ‘education and technology’ tends to bring people out in a rash of raising funds for computers in classrooms, and making sure every child has an iPad at the age of six. Continue reading »

What does learning mean in your family?

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Have a quick read of this article by the Khan Academy (free internet learning) founder. While I agree with Khan’s premise that we should  acknowledge our children’s/students’/own learning efforts and struggles, there is also room for acknowledging their innate talents. Continue reading »

What’s the rush?

What's the rush?

Are you too busy – spending your days rushing from one activity to another? Do you feel pressured to live up to other’s expectations – or your own self-imposed standards? Would you like to step off the ‘wheel’, find breathing space and simplify your life?  Continue reading »

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