Term 1 of school is almost over … and as mums most of us have lots of questions about what comes next!

It doesn’t matter whether your child has just started at school, is new to secondary or is doing the HSC, we’ve always got questions …

  • Does my child need extra help?
  • Are they being bullied?
  • Are days off OK?
  • What should I be doing as the mum?
  • How often should I talk to the teacher?

These are all great questions but often we don’t know who to turn to for advice …  until now!

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Join Sonja Walker, Director of Kids First, and the Mouths of Mums team on

Tuesday 9 April @ 8.00pm

for a MoM ANSWERS LIVE DISCUSSION on the Mouths of Mums facebook page.

The MoM Answers Live Discussion is designed to get you straight in touch with an expert so that you can discuss your questions and get some answers on the spot! 

We’re hoping that even if you don’t ask a question, you’ll still find the discussion really useful.

Sonja is a qualified teacher and busy mum. Sonja leads a team of highly experienced Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Child Psychologists and specialist teachers at Kids First Children’s Services – an integrated children’s health, therapy and learning centre in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Kids First supports children aged 2-18 and is an accredited Early Intervention Provider offering individual and small group support for children eligible for Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with Disability funding. Sonja also provides mobile professional development programs for preschool staff, helping them to identify kids with additional needs and communicate compassionately with parents.

How will the LIVE DISCUSSION work?

On Tuesday 9th April at 8.00pm, Sonja will join the Mouths of Mums team on the Mouths of Mums facebook page and will be ready to answer as many questions as she possibly can in an hour.  All you need to do is post a question in the SCHOOL! MoM Answers Live Discussion post on the night and we’ll get to it.

GET A VIDEO ANSWER from Sonja!

Prior to the live discussion, we will be creating a series of videos where Sonja answers the most popular questions from the Mouths of Mums members.  If you have a question you would like included in the video series, POST YOUR QUESTION AS A COMMENT ON THIS PAGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE or email your question to answers@mouthsofmums.com.au. We will look at all these questions and interview Sonja about the questions that are most frequently asked.

CHECKLIST FOR THE LIVE DISCUSSION:

  1. Post a question below or email your question to answers@mouthsofmums.com.au
  2. Mark the date in your diary, on your calendar and on the fridge!
  3. Like Mouths of Mums on facebook (if you don’t already)
  4. Make sure you receive all Mouths of Mums posts in your facebook feed by adding us to your Newsfeed and interacting with all our posts between now and April 9, 2013
  5. Recommend this page to as many other mums as you can – the more mums we get involved, the better the discussion will be!
  6. At 7.55pm on April 9, grab your glass of wine, Baileys, your tea or coffee, go to the actual Mouths of Mums facebook page and get ready to ask Sonja about any questions you have concerning school.
  7. Please be patient once you’ve added your question – there may be lots at once and Sonja will be typing like mad!  While you wait for your answer, you’ll be able to watch some of the video answers we produce and follow some of the other questions.

WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH KIDS FIRST DIRECTLY?

Contact Kids First Children’s Services on (02) 9938 5419 or visit www.kids-first.com.au  for more information, tips and resources for kids of all ages and abilities.


  • Really good idea to do a video format.



  • Wow!! I just found these videos and wanted to thank Mouths of Moms and Kids First for this awesome initiative. The videos are very informative and pleasant to watch. I truly hope there will be more to come. Thank you!



  • What a fantastic idea and a great opportunity for mums to find out information direct from someone that knows.
    My question would be:
    How should schools deal with a bully and we are talking about a repeat offender as well. Do you think the boy should have to move classes which I have suggested ?
    We are in talks with the school at the moment regarding this and my son is not the bully either.



  • i especially like the day off idea!! i know i get tired when i did a monday to friday job! so it must be hard for kids to do it all the time throughout the year!!!

    and Nikki good to see and hear you on here!!! I am always wondering what the ladies behind this absolultely wonderfully addicitive sight were like! To be honest I pictured you with an English accent for some reason(well everyone i have seen images of on the blogs I picture with an english accent)! and I did say “YES” to myself when you spoke and I noticed you were Australian :)



  • Sonja, I was just wondering is the 7.55pm time slot EST? I have friends in WA who may want to join in. Fantastic idea, by the way, well done!
    Cheers,


  • You are very welcome Olga! Good luck!


  • Hi Angela Thanks so much for your positive comments and for being with us tonight Sonja x


  • Hi Clare Davidson Thanks so much for your words of encouragement. I really enjoyed sharing a few tips and strategies with you and all of the MoMs tonight. I hope the ideas, suggestions and information might prove helpful…either now or in the future Sonja x



  • Hi Clare Davidson glad you found this session useful. We’ve got another one coming up soon on a different topic – we’ll let you know. Have fun watching the videos – you can laugh at me being in front of the camera this time! MoM x


  • While I haven’t asked a question, it’s been great reading the conversation. Thanks :)


  • Hi there As I have mentioned in an earlier post, school readiness is about more than a child’s chronological age. Mums and dads really need to think about their child’s social and emotional maturity as well as their physical stamina, motor coordination and language skills…and of course, we mustn’t forget their social skills because even the brightest child can have trouble with sharing and learning how to lose in a game!! These are crucial to a child’s social success and to transition well to school, they need to be accepted by their peer sand feel like they below. I have lots of suggestions on this topic which you find out more about here http://www.kids-first.com.au/article/is-my-child-ready-to-start-school



  • Thanks Nikki & Sonja, great idea to have such a FB Q&A session especially for those of us with youngsters just starting school. Looking forward to watching the videos. Thanks again…..cheers Clare



  • Sorry! The video topics include: When is the right time to talk to the teacher | Managing sudden changes in attitude to school | How important is language and speech in learning | Making homework work for your family | Helping students who are struggling at school | Is it OK to let your children have a day off? Definitely worth checking these out. MoM x



  • A huge MoM hug a big thank you so much to Sonja Walker, Director of Kids First Children’s Services for joining us tonight for our first MoM Answers Expert Discussion. Mums, we really hope this session has been helpful. Last week Sonja and Nikki (from MoM) created some videos you might like to watch https://mouthsofmums.com.au/mom-answers/school-got-a-question-youd-like-to-ask-an-expert/ There are 6 videos and we covered questions such as:


  • Hi Julie – thank you for your question. Now that first term is over, I recommend that you make an appointment to speak privately with your daughter’s teacher to find out how she is progressing in the classroom. The first term of a child’s school life requires a big transition and some littlies find the transition challenging. It can be hard for them to meet the demands of a classroom and the challenges of working and learning with a big group of peers. By now, your child’s teacher should have a good idea of where her strengths and weaknesses lie. The teacher may be able to recommend strategies that you can use at home to support your child, and you may also be able to provide insight about what interests and motivates your daughter. Your child’s teacher is the best placed person to seek further support for your child in the school environment, and it may be that after your conversation, your little girl is referred to the school’s Learning Support Teacher for evaluation. Don’t forget too that you can also seek advice from an independent professional such as a paediatric speech pathologist who specialises in literacy. Good luck!!


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