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Getting up is hard to do | on cold, dark mornings

Do you have a hard time getting up in the mornings? Parents and kids can struggle on the cold winter days with bad moods. When you are in a bad mood is it hard to shake? What about your child? Are bad moods making it hard for them to get up and do what they … Continue reading Getting up is hard to do | on cold, dark mornings

How to have hard conversations with teens | 13 Reasons why

The series “13 Reasons Why” brings up hard conversations for parents. In it’s second round, it shows shocking themes in graphic detail, including rape and suicide. In NZ where high rates of youth suicide exist, experts warn that the program will do more harm than good. The advice is  that teens should only watch with … Continue reading How to have hard conversations with teens | 13 Reasons why

Sibling fighting and what you can do about it

Is sibling fighting driving you crazy? Are you sick of being the referee? Most parents are ok with sibling fighting some of the time, but what if it is nearly all of the time? When siblings are always fighting parents need to get involved. Here are FIVE ways to reduce sibling fighting and increase harmony … Continue reading Sibling fighting and what you can do about it

Women to inspire us on International Women’s Day

Here’s a story to inspire you on International Women’s Day. Katherine Johnson, in the 1960’s was an integral part of the space exploration team which orbited the earth. Until the book Hidden Figures and the film released last year, Katherine Johnson, received very little publicity.  I never knew that the name we now use for … Continue reading Women to inspire us on International Women’s Day

Threenagers rule! 8 ways to tackle tiny tornadoes

1. "Help, my threenager is in charge!" Life before kids involved working in a calm, predictable office.  When I asked people to do something, they just did it. The transition to having an impulsive and strong-willed toddler and a baby was a rude awakening.  My threenager ignored many of my very reasonable requests.  He had … Continue reading Threenagers rule! 8 ways to tackle tiny tornadoes

Homwork

Homework meltdowns – 5 things you can do

“I suck at maths!” my son shouts as he hurries away from the kitchen table and stomps down the hall. I force myself to wait in space, instead of running behind him. I notice how I hold my breath when this happens, it’s so stressful. How parents respond in this moment determines what happens next. … Continue reading Homework meltdowns – 5 things you can do

Self care is not selfish

Getting back into gear after the holidays

So you just got used to everyone enjoying later nights and less structure and suddenly you're back into the school term, grinding it out. Transition is never seamless, no matter how well you set it up. When we're calm, engaged and focused, our kids will get the best from us. What's going to make it easier … Continue reading Getting back into gear after the holidays