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“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 a culture – they said – of meanness towards one another. That’s the seventh email I’ve received just this year (and it’s still February!) from a school asking for help with a cohort of girls. I’m not an expert but here’s some advice from me on how to move forward if you have a year level of girls (in particular) who are behaving badly towards one another.…

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Last night I saw the captain of the Australian Cricket Team cry on television …

March 30, 2018

We all screw up. Some bigger than others. Some just more public. I was thinking about Steve Smith last night and just wanted to say that while consequences…

Beware the drama cyclone …

March 29, 2018

This past month I’ve been talking to tween and teen girls about walking towards drama cyclones. Every time you join in gossiping about someone either online or in-person…

This week I BOUGHT THE CAKE …

February 10, 2018

When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s in Chapel Hill, Brisbane eggs on toast (or baked beans on toast) was a standard dinner at least…

The book of secrets …

February 5, 2018

I always wanted a daughter. Always. And when my husband and I discovered our first baby was a girl I was overjoyed. Before she was even born I…

My 10 yo daughter wants Instagram. What do I say to her?

February 2, 2018

Yesterday the 10-year-old daughter of a friend of mine asked me when I thought her mum should allow her to have Instagram. The first thing I did was…

A letter to my niece before she starts high school …

January 19, 2018

My gorgeous 12 yo niece Elouise starts high school next week and so this week I sat her down to give her some Aunt-to-niece advice about what i…

#DoItForDolly

January 18, 2018

I remember 14. My life was about watching Young Talent Time, trying to learn the lyrics to the Bangles’ Manic Monday, perming my hair, writing fan letters to…

I want you to join me on #teamgirls …

May 14, 2017

When I was fifteen if you’d asked me what my life purpose was, I would have mumbled something about marrying Kirk Cameron and working as a children’s TV…

Before You Hit Send – social media tips for parents + tweens + teens

February 13, 2017

STEP 1.  BASIC ONLINE DO’S & DONT’S Don’t use your child’s photo or real name when setting up apps or certain social media accounts. Don’t accept friend requests…

The List part 2: resources for tween and teenage boys

September 13, 2016

First up – if you’re looking for my resources list for teenage GIRLS. Click here. So. Houston, we have a problem. Go searching for inspiring, uplifting books, websites…

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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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