Difficult Topics

Woes of Parenting in the Digital Age – Part I

My beautiful, fantastic, challenging, amazing daughter has a pre-paid mobile phone. She is supposed to do a significant chore every month to earn the money to pay for that month’s credit. Nine times out of ten she doesn’t do the chore, and therefore doesn’t get the credit for her phone. The last time she did […]

13 Reasons to Debrief

Thursday night we were lucky enough to host a discussion about “13 Reasons Why” and all the issues it raises.  YA Author Lili Wilkinson; Journalist and Author Kasey Edwards; local English/German counsellor Anjelika and some of our fabulous local mums joined us. While munchies were eaten, wine was drunk and laughs were had, there was […]

Let’s discuss OUR 13 reasons why

Last week I made a very personal post about why I thought the book “13 Reasons Why” should be read. Afterwards I felt very exposed and unsure if I’d revealed too much, but I knew that the message of the book was that important that it was worth any discomfort I might feel. The response […]

13 Reasons Why I Read This Book

I had planned on doing a lighthearted blog this week. However given the controversy surrounding the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” I felt I should address this subject as a children’s book specialist, and a parent of a teen who has threatened suicide. If you haven’t heard the fracas surrounding this new series then you must be living […]

Picture books about difficult topics

As parents it’s our job, nay our duty to protect our children. Within that umbrella of protection we often shelter our children from the harsh realities of life. Unless specifically required, very few parents pick up social-emotional books that deal with complex situations. Even then we are often find that adults think these amazing books […]