Parent Library

At St Luke's Catholic College we aim to provide parents with links to relevant, sometimes provocative articles which assist us as parents to reflect on what is the most joyous, yet challenging role for us all.

Tips and insights are just a few clicks away. Simply click on the most recent article below or read older items from the archives.




  The most important thing you can do with your kids? Eat dinner with them.

The most important thing you can do with your kids? Eat dinner with them.


  Australia's writing crisis

At a national level, students' writing ability has declined each year for the last eight years. For students in year 7, this is the backdrop of their life at school.

  The Million Word Gap

Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found.

  John Marsden's Tips for Parents

John Marsden has just released his latest non-fiction book, The Art of Growing Up, which delves forcefully and bluntly into the topic of parenting and education.

  What makes a Good Storyteller?

Award-winning Bookstart coordinator Karen Wilkinson gives her top tips and advice to parents and carers to make sure storytime with your child is an enjoyable, fun part of the day.

  Time online

A guide to managing online time for parents and carers. Help your child achieve a healthy balance in their online and offline activities.

  These 5 Kids’ Books about Empathy Teach Us How to Love Like God

Read these kids’ books about empathy with your young ones and teach them how to live out their faith in tangible ways every day.

  Podcast - Parental as Anything with Maggie Dent

Building cubbies, make-believe, dressing up - while it might just look like fun and games, play is actually crucial for your child's development. The problem is, as Australian kids spend more time at school, on their screens and in structured activities, they're not playing enough. Maggie Dent talks with expert Robyn Monro Miller about why kids of all ages need to play more.

  App Fact Sheets from the Carly Ryan Foundation

The CRF is a certified online safety program provider under the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and delivers online safety and healthy relationship seminars to students and parents. The organisation also provides a range of services and support in the areas of internet safety and crime, cyberbullying, connection to resources and counselling and contributing to law and policy reform. These fact sheets give parents some insight into the apps that their children may be using.

  Reading with Preschoolers

The benefits of reading to children are many. The human brain is most open to environmental influences in the first few years of life with 90% of brain development occurring between birth and the age of five.

  Parents, stop worrying and let your children climb trees!

Statistics from the UK showed that in 2007, children were nearly three times as likely to be admitted to the hospital after falling out of bed than after falling from a tree. Parents, stop worrying and let your kids climb trees.

  2019 Parenting Trends You Should Know

In this blog post, 'Parenting Ideas' founder Michael Grose will guide you through eight new parenting trends for 2019.

  8 Things Every School Must Do To Prepare For The 4th Industrial Revolution

Corporate leaders aren’t the only ones who need to consider how to adjust to the new world the 4th Industrial Revolution is ushering in. Educators, schools, government officials, and parents must re-think education and how to prepare the next generation to take advantage of the plethora of opportunities and overcome the challenges enabled by ever-increasing technological change.

  The Importance of Reading

The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough in young children, and we as parents need to make every day reading a high priority.

  The Talking Children Podcast

The Talking Children Podcast© is a weekly podcast by Speech Language Pathologist, Dr Sarah Verdon Pedemont designed to translate the latest research of a wide range of topics related to communication development in to accessible knowledge and tools that parents, caregivers and professionals can apply to daily interactions with the children in their lives.

  Sandwich free lunch box ideas

Here are 10 ideas for sandwich-free lunch box ideas. Test drive them all with your little eaters (or yourself!) to find new, interesting lunch box variations that keep everyone’s appetites healthy.

  Conversation skills for children: talking and listening

Children learn how to talk and listen as they grow and develop. Positive talking and listening is about taking turns, speaking politely, not interrupting and not talking back.

  5 Ways to Keep Kids Learning During the School Holidays

The holidays are a time for rest, relaxation, family time and celebrations. But learning doesn’t have to stop when the school gates close…

  Reward free school

No ribbons, no certificates — schools go reward-free to tackle the 'bubble-wrap' generation

  Good sleep habits

Oddly, most of our understanding of sleep comes not from knowing what happens when we sleep but from noticing what happens when we don’t.

  Numeracy at Home

Today in the parent library we are sharing a website, rather than an article, where you will find activities, tips, and information to support young children's maths learning during everyday activities.

  Stop calling them Soft Skills

We need to call them what they really are: essential skills; skills that are absolutely necessary to thrive in the modern world.

  Social and Emotional Skills and their impact on future success

A 19-year study reveals Kindergarten students with these two skills are twice as likely to obtain a college degree.

  Screen time given too much blame for its effect on young people's mental health

Among the many perils that face young people, screen time is one that looms large, at least if mainstream media is to be believed. But a recent study has found the negative effects of digital technology may have been overstated.

  15 Questions to replace 'How was school today?'

How many times have you asked your child, “How was school today?” and been frustrated by the lack of response? As a parent, I’m guilty of asking my son this question all the time, even though I usually don’t get much in return.

  Kids who do chores are more successful adults

Want your kids to grow up to be successful? Make them do chores. When they balk (and trust me: they will probably balk), you can tell them that scientific research supports you. Reads more...

  As a parent, sometimes staying silent is the best way to show your support

Your child doesn't have to play in the Super Bowl for you to know the feeling. Their team was supposed to win and then they didn't. What do you do? Being the mother of two girls who played soccer and did athletics, I thought I knew the answer: Talk it through. Tell them you love them. Say it's just a game. Remind them there's always a next time. Read more...

  Three things you can do today to be a better digital parent

In my travels I’m frequently approached by teachers and parents with questions about parenting in an increasingly daunting digital age. It’s a tough time to parent. With that in mind, here are three things you can do immediately to increase your chances for success and decrease the likelihood your kids will find trouble online. Read more...

  How to raise your children to be entrepreneurs

There are many ways to raise your children to be entrepreneurs, and the truth is, they will learn a lot simply by watching you work. However, below are the four main ways to actively impart your entrepreneurial skill set onto your little ones. Read more...

  Sorry folks, that’s not positive parenting

Positive parenting is a popular term right now. It encompasses approaches to parenting that value connection, playfulness, and teaching over punishing. And I totally support that. But there’s also a commonly accepted subtext to positive parenting that is unfortunately built on misconceptions, and it’s making life harder for parents. Reads more...