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Teaching Teens About Healthy Disagreement

By: Robert Garrett

In Braving the Wilderness, author Brené Brown says, “In philosophy, “you’re either with us or against us” is considered a false dichotomy or a false dilemma. It’s a move to force people to take sides. [However] the ability to think past either/or situations is the foundation of critical thinking, but still, it requires courage. Getting curious and asking questions happens outside our bunkers of certainty.” Read more

The ‘Gift’ of COVID

By: Robert Garrett

I was recently talking to the Head of Human Resources for a large organisation about their corporate strategy. During our chat she said something that caught my attention, “to be honest, COVID has been a gift”. It was an odd phrase in light of the current state of the planet – over 315,000 deaths globally (at the time of writing) and a significant rise in unemployment and financial devastation. Read more

Social Media P Plates for Teens

By: Robert Garrett

In my blog on teens and social media I shared that we haven’t yet allowed our teenagers to have their own social media accounts. I drew the analogy that simply giving them access to social media when they turned 13 would be like giving them the keys to the family car and wishing them all the best.

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3 Habits to Develop Healthy Parental Downtime

By: Robert Garrett

Parenting involves sacrifice – that’s hardly news to anyone with kids. Whether it’s getting up early on a Saturday morning to take them to their game or going without something in order to provide for them, it’s just what we do. Read more

Perfectionism – Stealing Children’s Confidence and Responsibility?

By: Robert Garrett

I can be quite ‘particular’; others call it perfectionism. Regardless of what you call it, this sometimes obsessive tendency for things to be ‘just so’ can undermine our goal to build confidence and responsibility into our kids. Read more

Are We Living Intentionally or Are Circumstances Dictating Our Future?

By: Robert Garrett

‘The things I don’t want to do, I end up doing, and the things I want to do, I don’t do.’ Those words, written almost 2,000 years ago in A.D. 56 express the idea of inner conflict. Clearly, the conflict of not living up to our own expectations is not a new thing.
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Backyard BBQ calling but work is getting in the way? Let’s find our balance.

 

By: Robert Garrett

Take a bow Australia. According to a 2018 study of 21 OECD countries, Australian parents are world leaders when it comes to spending time with their children. The average Aussie parents spend 4 hours a day with their kids, far more than parents in other parts of the developed world.
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What Teens Can Learn From Making A Phone Call Instead Of Texting

By: Robert Garrett

“Just pick up the phone and call them!”  I say to my teenagers. They’ve texted one or more of their friends to make plans, and all other activity is suspended as they wait impatiently for a response. It seems they would rather endure the frustration of waiting than having a verbal conversation with a friend.
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Mother’s Day: The Most Important Thing a Father Can Do Is…

By: Robert Garrett

‘The most important thing a father can do for his children is…’ How would you finish this sentence? Perhaps you might say, ‘to give them a quality education’, ‘to set them up financially’, ‘to introduce them to as many extra-curricular activities as possible (sport/music/arts etc.) or maybe ‘to provide them with a good moral compass’. Read more

Teaching Your Kids About Debt, Gratification & Priorities

By: Robert Garrett

Teaching your kids financial skills is one way to set them up for their future. Australian households owe $2.34trillion (as at March 2018), the second highest level of household debt in the world; only Switzerland has more. In 2016 around one third of Australian households were classified as ‘over-indebted’. Read more