May 19, 2016 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Ultimate Lists, Books books books, Parent Stuff


More and more nowadays we are seeing children’s books, and their authors, becoming increasingly self aware and using the platform to share larger ideas. Books aimed at the young are becoming somewhat of a political playing field, with societal hot topics being presented and discussed in a way the young can comprehend and understand. Some dip their toes in the pool of the condesending, labouring their message to the point of patronising, while others pitch way above their desired audience, presenting confusing abstract ideas only relevant to the parent, whose then left to unscramble the brain of the confused child.

However, there are authors out there who are, whether by shear chance, genetics or tireless observation, completely and precisely in sync with the sensibilities of a child and have provided works far beyond their initial reading. So I thought I’d share some of my favourites.

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From Jugglers To Rabbits, Melanie has written for them all…

April 1, 2016 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Parent Stuff, Podcasts

When we think of childrens television, we think of Peppa Pig, Play School and Thomas the Tank Engine, but its hard to imagine that somewhere in the suburbs, in a darkened room with their head in their hands, is a struggling soul trying desperately to come up with new characters, dialogue and scenarios to cater for the ever demanding mind of a child.

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July 21, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Kids Talk, Original Videos, Parent Stuff

As a pre-school teacher you’re often privy to some pretty unique conversations

One particularly enlightening conversation I found myself in was with some of my 4 year olds as they discussed families, or more importantly, what made up a family.

A spark was lit and the “Family Song” was conceived.

I put out a request to friends, fans and family:  ‘Please film your family with your mobile phone and send me the clip’.

Many months later, and with the help of many people, a music video clip was compiled from family footage from all four corners of the globe.

Its about everything I could of hoped it would be, and what’s better, I think we’ve all done a good job representing those kids who may sometimes have to look a little wider to find representation.

And to be totally honest (if I have to) it was sort of the point of the song in the first place.

So please take a moment to sit down with your family and enjoy the fruits of many peoples labour.

From Freetown to London, New York to Redfern … this is “The Family Song” … hope you dig it.



Welcome! Glad you could drop by.

May 9, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Parent Stuff

Welcome to the fresh, spectacular, all encompassing, buffed, shiny and new, Benny Time site.

What is it?

Well, its a simple thing really. Its a place for you, and your kids, to visit and find a whole swag of things to amuse, educate, entertain, and perhaps even kill a few minutes on a train.

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