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It’s time to remember being 13 …

July 19, 2019

See that girl below? That’s me. I’m 13 in that first photo and it’s 1985. Sixteen in the other photo (so 1988). I look at those photos and I go straight back. I can remember my teen years like they were yesterday. I remember feeling hopeful, unsure, awkward, vulnerable, excited, fragile and bold. I remember being in love with boys who never knew I existed. I remember laughing so hard during lunchtime with my friends Lynne and Robin that tears came down my face. I remember hating everything about how I looked. I remember feeling…

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The Hunting: 7 tips for watching with your teenager

July 19, 2019

“The Hunting intimately and dramatically imagines the lives of four teenagers, their teachers and families throughout the lead up, revelation and aftermath of a nude teen photo scandal.…

“The mean behaviour has to stop …”

February 24, 2019

“The mean behaviour has to stop …” On Friday I received an email from a school asking for help with their year 8 cohort of girls. There was…

The life-changing magic of baking …

October 20, 2018

There is so much emotion tied to food. It really is one of those fundamental ways we can show people we love and care about them. I love…

The world is wrong.

October 20, 2018

I have several talented, brave, interesting, original, smart 12 and 13 and 14 year old girls in my life. They’re all on Instagram. This week one of them…

High School is all about Five Minute Moments: If you’re being bullied, don’t give up.

August 28, 2018

Sunday nights are hard. They’re especially hard knowing you have to go back to school the next day.  But there is hope. We can see High School as…

High School is all about Five Minute Moments: Don’t be a bully

August 28, 2018

High School is all about Five Minute Moments.  In those moments, you get to decide what kind of person you want to be. Which path will you take?…

Loganlea Christmas Kindness: ‘Signature Excellence’ at Loganlea SHS

August 28, 2018

Last year, 15 000 Facebook followers from across Australia helped me play Santa for the hardworking students in Loganlea State High School’s ‘Signature Excellence’ program. These students flip…

Backstabbing, eyerolls and exclusion: the bully tactics favoured by girls

June 4, 2018

In 1988, when I was fifteen, a classmate had her personal diary stolen out of her school bag, photocopied and taped up on the walls of the senior…

Sunday will be bittersweet ….

May 11, 2018

I wrote this piece three years ago. It is as true today as it was then … **** It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday and truth be told if…

Stories about feathers and telephones and grief and a little boy called Hamish …

May 1, 2018

No matter how hard we try, we cannot out-run death or grief. Tomorrow, is the birthday of my goddaughter May who was stillborn nearly two decades ago. Tomorrow…

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Over the past 25 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living as a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a radio producer, a newspaper columnist and as an author.

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