Episode 126: Going Up the Slide with Heather Shumaker

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare speaks with early childhood author and advocate, Heather Shumaker. While Heather is the author of three books, in this episode a spotlight is shined on It’s OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids. LISTEN IN  Children’s Renegade Rights A right to plentiful, unstructured free …

6 Steps for Saying No to Homework

I’m asked often by parents, how can they extract their child from the irrelevant daily ritual of homework? The process is often simpler than first thought. “The child belongs to the family. A child is not school property”. Heather Shumaker 6 steps for Saying No to Homework: Know your stuff . Have a look over the research and feel confident that …

Episode 96: Child Protection with Michelle Derrig

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare speaks to Michelle Derrig about child protection. They discuss the prevalence of child sexual abuse, as well as the importance of informing and empowering our children with protective behaviour conversations. Michelle is author of the picture book ‘Only for Me’. “Only For Me was written in consultation with child protection experts, …

Episode 85: Child Advocacy with Isabella Carter 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare talks about child advocacy with guest, Isabella Carter. Speaking up for our own child within the education system ultimately benefits the wider needs of many students. But why do we find this so difficult? And how can we move beyond ‘carpark conversations’, to engage in more productive dialogue? Links for this …

Episode 77: Schoolification with Maggie Dent 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with the Queen of Commonsense, Maggie Dent. She is an author, educator and resilience specialist, passionate about the preservation of childhood. This is a deep and wide conversation that centers around the early academic push in our classrooms, to the detriment of children’s physical, social, emotional and language development. You’ll …

On Stage with Clare

This year I had the absolute pleasure of taking part in The Wellness Summit-not as an attendee but as a podcaster.

Attendance is Overrated

It’s my belief that sometimes a child may benefit more from a day off school than from being within the four walls of the classroom.

Episode 41: Brilliant Boys 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Natalie Smith from Brilliant Boys. They talk about the differences of boys in relation to brain development and play, covering controversial topics such as rough play and gun play. If you’re an educator or you have a son, this episode will help you to understand the boys in your …

Episode 37: Protecting Childhood 

In this episode of The Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Kathy Margolis. Kathy is a teacher who left the profession prematurely, after recognising that the education system no longer adequately meets the needs of educators or students. She is now paving the way towards positive change with the organisation ‘Protecting Childhood’. In this conversation we touch on THE facebook …

Episode 31: Nasty NAPLAN 

Let’s talk all about NAPLAN, the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy. It’s standardised academic testing for all Australian students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 which assesses reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy. Listen in to hear 3 keys limitations of NAPLAN, as well as 4 ways that we can minimise the damage. You may also like to read the …

Nasty NAPLAN

I’m not a fan of NAPLAN. In fact, many teachers aren’t. And the same can be said for hundreds of parents out there.

Winners & Losers

The idea that there are winners and losers within a group of learners is really confronting.