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.


  • I have 22 month old toddler who is in day care and has interactions there with pre-schoolers. He is a bright little boy, but my concern is that he is not all that interested yet in interactive learning. He hasn’t started talking yet, although he does sometimes say a few word, he mostly points at things and says ‘there’. The problem is that we sometimes just dont understand what he wants, and then he throws a tantrum.

    We read to him daily, he has educational toys and DVD’s, and we also try to play with flashcards – which more often then not he is more interested in chewing on and looses focus very quickly.

    How can i get him more vocal and interactive in learning?



  • My concern regards my eldest son who is 7 years old and in Grade 3 Queensland. He is really struggling at school and since Prep we have wondered whether keeping him back a year could help him to catch up a bit. The school says repeating a year is not recommended and prefer to keep moving him up.

    He gets extra help for English and Maths and attends private speech therapy but over the past three years we have not been able to close the gap with his peers and he experiences some frustration with this. I worry about how this will impact on him over the coming years with his confidence/self esteem. It just feels like something is not clicking for him and his whole schooling life has been spent trying to catch up. The teachers say he’s making progress, but at a slower rate than his peers.

    He has not been tested/diagnosed with any specific learning disabilities, is a popular boy and has never had any problems making friends but we’re unsure what we can do to help him further with his education and make things more manageable for him.

    Any tips or advice for helping a struggling student would be appreciated.
    It feels like we’ve been treading water but not swimming anywhere fast! Thanks very much for your help.



  • I have 3 children and the youngest is in Year 1. She’s always been fairly good at going to school as her older sister is there with her. The last few weeks she’s cried every morning and says ‘School’s boring, I hate going, no one plays with me’. Do you think she’s just ‘end of term’ tired or is it something I should follow up on? My husband says to ignore it but I would hate it to be something more important and for me to just dismiss it. Thanks so much for your advice :)


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