Author: Geoff Fouracre

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PARENTS – WE NEED TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE

The great Rugby League coach Jack Gibson once said;  “It’s amazing how high some parents put the crossbar for their kids and how low they put it for themselves.” Raising children sometimes can seem like an endless series of challenges, set-backs and frustrations.  But, as hard as...

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WOULD YOU LET YOUR 9 YEAR OLD CATCH A TRAIN ON THEIR OWN?

This was the question posed to parents when the psychologist, Lenore Skenazy, visited Australia several years ago.  Skenazy, the host of an American parenting show, sparked a controversy when she admitted to allowing her nine-year-old son to ride the New York subway on his own...

Geoff Fouracre Social Media 201
SOCIAL MEDIA 201 FOR PARENTS

It is almost inevitable that at some point every teenager will write something on a social media site that they regret.  It is just too hard for them to have the maturity and presence of mind to resist entering the fray. (“How dare they say...

Geoffrey Fouracre What Did Adam Goodes Teach Us?
WHAT DID ADAM GOODES TEACH US?

The AFL has recently apologised to Adam Goodes for the treatment he received throughout 2015.  In their own words it was a case of “too little, too late”. Last year I watched the Adam Goodes story unfold with great interest. Media commentators and many “ordinary Australians”...

Geoffrey Fouracre How To Get Your Child Reading
HOW TO GET YOUR CHILD READING!

Many parents lament that their children are not interested in reading any more – there are so many other distractions that reading just doesn’t cut it...

Geoff Fouracre Teenage Sleeping
IS YOUR TEEN A HEALTHY SLEEPER?

One issue that causes consternation for parents and children is the issue of when to go to bed!  Teenagers want to be nocturnal and parents want them to have earlier nights.  What does the research say?  How much sleep do children need?  What are the...

Geoff Fouracre talking about war and terrorism with your children
TALKING TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT WAR AND TERRORISM

Acts of such extreme violence and terror are impossible for us to reconcile, and my experience as both a parent and educator over many years suggests that they can leave our children feeling upset, anxious and confused. Although very difficult, talking with our children about these...

Geoff Fouracre Social Media 101
SOCIAL MEDIA 101 FOR PARENTS

At a meeting of School Principals I was astounded to hear how many schools had problems with social networking sites.  In fact, every principal at the meeting had a horror story to tell.  Local police officers consistently tell us that they spend an enormous amount...

Geoff Fouracre The Myth of Multitasking
THE MYTH OF MULTITASKING

  SOCIAL MEDIA, MULTI-TASKING AND EFFECTIVE STUDY For the last 10 years or so I have spoken to school staff, students and parents about what the research says concerning effective time and the impact of using social media during study times.  Unfortunately the news is not good! ...

Geoffrey Fouracre Teachers Holidays
Those Darn Teachers… So Many Holidays!!!

After 35 years as an educator, I know that teachers sometimes find themselves on the receiving end of criticism about the “short working hours” and the “excessive holidays” that come with the job. But, the dedicated teacher knows the truth of the matter is somewhat...