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Mum of 2 sons June 14, 2019

This type of bride has only given thought to the one thing - the actual Wedding Day - and not what it actually symbolises; the marriage of two people for their rest of their lives or divorce, whichever comes first.

My prediction is that divorce will follow much sooner rather than later. It is all about how everything looks. She's in for a reality check, as is he.

Mum of 2 sons April 29, 2019

Perhaps the government could implement a cap, just like what happens with council rates. They need to justify an increase in fees.

Child care centres should never have been allowed to become big business. The government has created the mess that is over-the-top fees.

Mum of 2 sons February 2, 2019

Let's face it: kids make mess even when they're doing the simplest of things like eating, having a drink or even drawing. There are kids who have not been taught that furniture is for sitting on, that shoes should be taken off at the door, and that they should be sitting when eating/drinking.

I have friends with children younger than ours. We have to ask them to sit with their shoes off the furniture, to sit not stand on the lounge, and to not kick the kitchen cupboards when sitting on the stools, as examples of respectful behaviour.

Some people, particularly those without kids, don't have tolerance for that kinds of stuff, and why should they? Having kids in your home can be stressful so it's best those events take place in an appropriate place. Why not have picnics in the park instead of hosting?

Mum of 2 sons December 29, 2018

Shouldn't have been encouraged in the first place. What happened to respect for others and their property?

Mum of 2 sons December 29, 2018

Shouldn't have been encouraged in the first place. What happened to respect?

Mum of 2 sons December 24, 2018

It's best for children to be guided by their parents with appropriate restrictions/rules/supervision.

It is a well known fact that Fortnite is highly addictive and that people become aggressive due to the nature of the game.

In our society, we're so well conditioned to accept DV (and to a lesser extent child abuse) it was great to see someone call him out by contacting the Police. I grew up affected by both and people turned a blind eye even when I straight up asked for help from yet another beating.

Mum of 2 sons December 24, 2018

It's best for children to be guided by their parents with appropriate restrictions/rules/supervision.

It is a well known fact that Fortnite is highly addictive and that people become aggressive due to the nature of the game.

In our society, we're so well conditioned to accept DV (and to a lesser extent child abuse) it was great to see someone call him out by contacting the Police. I grew up affected by both and people turned a blind eye even when I straight up asked for help from yet another beating.

Mum of 2 sons December 22, 2018

Umm, there's a minimum age to be able to be registered for a host of social media and gaming sites. If a child (and their parents) cannot respect the rules, then they can cop the outcome of their child doing something they're not properly prepared for.

Oh, but that's right. They just go and blame someone else for their poor decisions and shortcomings as parents.

Yep, aware of Pavlov. So what?

Mum of 2 sons December 13, 2018

Why is an 11 yr old playing a game with a minimum age of 12? While a year would appear to make not a whole lot of difference, a year's development in a child is considerable.

It is well known that this game causes people to become aggressive - it is highly addictive.

Mum of 2 sons October 20, 2018

I work as a casual teacher. For the reasons stated in this article, I have no intention of working on a permanent basis. At least I can walk away at the end of each day, knowing I don't have to return to teach a group of children who just don't respect their teachers or the class and school rules. Their parents don't respect their child's teachers either. Abuse of teachers is not uncommon as is the questioning of any form of discipline implemented when necessary.

I know for a fact there is not an insignificant number of teachers who would walk away from their permanent positions if there was something else they could do. Instead, they're mostly pigeon-holed into a classroom-based role.

Consequences, or a lack of them, really is an issue, and not just in schools.

Mum of 2 sons July 28, 2018

I can't speak for every teacher but in my experience most teachers do not yell/shout. But when they do raise their voice, it is usually a very effective tool to stop a child in their tracks.

Kids are raised differently these days and doesn't that show in the classroom. Some parents do not know how to say "No" to their children and it reflects in their behaviour because they come to think that everything in life is a choice (e.g. I don't want to do write that narrative or finish my maths) and that there are consequences for those choices.

It is a fact that some parents do not want their children disciplined because they get "upset" due to the consequences of that discipline.

Yes, there are workplaces where teens will be yelled at. DS19 was sworn at by his boss for not completing a form correctly. He just laughed about it. While the boss was out of line, people are human and stuff like that happens. We all have to deal with a range of people throughout our lives. It is a skill and you're never too young to learn.

Mum of 2 sons July 1, 2018

Sorry misread due to poor punctuation.

Mum of 2 sons July 1, 2018

Sorry I misread it due to por punctuation.

Mum of 2 sons June 30, 2018

Because our country is a huge island with most of the population concentrated around the coast and waterways. Many humans have such disregard for the environment that they do not dispose of their rubbish responsibly. Instead it pollutes the environment including waterways with aquatic animals mistaking it for food, or being strangled, injured/harmed and subsequently killed by it.

Clearly you're a person who has given this issue very little thought.

Mum of 2 sons June 29, 2018

"Why not something as simple as stating the child needs to work on their focus?" Your quote reworded, "the child needs to show respectful behaviour to ensure they are on task."

You're talking about class discussions where questions are asked. I'm referring to times when you're introducing a new concept or explaining the task to be completed only to find some children are purposely not paying attention but doing things like reading a book perched on their laps or drawing, not those children that have legitimate issues with remaining focused.

Some parents believe, and it is true to a degree, that it's the teacher's job to ensure children are focused. But, when there is 30 of them and it's a hard task to ensure that while also trying to teach. It's plain and simple disrespectful behaviour.

Mum of 2 sons June 29, 2018

This isn't about children like yours with special needs (like ADHD, sensory processing, ASD, etc.) It is about children whose parents do not discipline them and allow them to choose what they do and don't without any repercussions.

It's about children who actively choose to do the wrong thing and do not take responsibility for their learning and behave disrespectfully, not only to the teacher but their classmates.

Mum of 2 sons June 29, 2018

If you were a teacher you'd get where she's coming from. The word 'moron' is not kind though, I agree.

Some children simply DO NOT LISTEN because they choose to do something else instead of listen THEN they DO take up your time trying to get them on task and keep them there. They can look at you incredulously when you call them out on their behaviour. Try putting a positive spin on that for a report comment.

I'm obviously a teacher and there are some weeks where you pat yourself on the back that you've made it without cracking it at a particular child or group of children. Then, you have to work on nights and weekends preparing reports.

Mum of 2 sons June 12, 2018

Sadly, if the government did not provide funding to private/independent schools, it would cost them a LOT more to provide places in the public system. the government AND the Dept of Ed is well aware of this fact.

Here's another fact: my children received less government funding at their independent school than they would have done is they were at the local public school. I have SAVED the tax payer money by choosing to supplement the cost of their education through my choice to pay fees. Also, not all people who choose independent schools are rolling in money.

Let's be honest. the government schools are bursting at the seams, particularly in Sydney where development is out of control. It seems they did not forecast that families would be living in units/apartments so inner city (but not limited to) schools cannot cope with the influx of children. Schools are going to have to go vertical.

Mum of 2 sons June 10, 2018

The government actually created the exodus to private schools in part by not adequately funding public schools. Our child with a learning difficulty was able to be catered for at his private HS (small class, modified program, teachers' aide) while this same option was not available at the local HS.

It costs the government much less to give funding to private schools and have parents supplement that.
Would we have opted private if the local HS catered to my child's needs? Absolutely not.

Teachers struggle with student behaviour because some kids come to school without having ever heard the word "no". Parents are the problem: their kids are undisciplined and disrespectful, and don't you dare discipline or enforce a consequence for poor behaviour!

There are other factors too that contribute, like poor diet, lack of manners, empathy for others. There are also parents that refuse to acknowledge that their child's behaviour is not normal and refuse assessments, etc.. They have no resilience, are precious, etc. I could go on and on.

The Department of Ed doesn't care about teachers or their well-being. They keep loading more and more on their shoulders. The job has changed so much in the last
5 - 10 years, and when compared to 20 years ago, there's no comparison.

Mum of 2 sons May 8, 2018

Um, you have no idea what you're talking about. How would a teacher be able to work when they're a parent and not use child care? I have used daycare and OOSH for my children as do other teachers. People with an ignorant attitude like yours is part of the problem.

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