The Starlight Children's Foundation mission is "To brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families". In 2016 the organisation granted 426,238 "wishes", sent 130 "Captain Starlight" ambassador into hospitals around the country making 58,496 ward visits and bringing fun to kids too sick to leave their hospital bed. The organisation also has "Starlight Express … [Read more...] about Dealing with tragedy – Starlight CEO shares her recipe for Balance
For over thirty years Pat McDermott has penned the Family Matters column at the back of the Australian Women's Weekly - sharing the highs and lows of being a mother of five children. In this interview she tells Deborah that she thinks society is taking parenthood a little too seriously. “We’re a little bit child obsessed these days… child rearing was just something you did … [Read more...] about Are we caring too much for our kids?
Parenting: They say it takes a "village to raise a child". At Balance, we have a team of coaches, contributors and celebrities ready to join your village and give you some advice, support, insight or a just a good laugh at the toughest job in the world. Check out the most popular parenting posts here on Balance. Top 5 parenting posts from our coaches and … [Read more...] about Grow your village: Our top 15 posts on parenting
Research is now showing that a child’s sense of physical and emotional safety needs to be established to ensure their brain has optimal conditions for learning. Essentially, brains that are distressed are less able to learn. As we understand more about how the brain works, it creates an opportunity for educators to adapt current teaching strategies to maximize each child’s … [Read more...] about Brain Power: What does a brain need to learn?
As former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick AO was responsible for creating significant change in equality for Australian women. But if you ask Elizabeth about her biggest achievement, she'll tell you it is raising her son to be respectful towards women. In this interview with Deb conducted during her tenure as Commissioner, Elizabeth talked about the … [Read more...] about Driving social change by educating our youth