Writers: Marta Fisch

Marta Fisch

Marta Fisch is a family and individual therapist, supervisor, and trainer. Her experience includes the areas of step-families, parenting skills, grief and trauma work, couples counselling, therapy for depression and anxiety, and child-parent attachment issues.

Marta loves playing with her son, dancing, and riding her bike to work. She is involved in community sustainability initiatives, which brings her hope and a sense of belonging. She grew up in California and has lived in New Zealand / Aotearoa for 20 years. You can find out more on her website

Celebrating Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights

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Childhood innocence renewed my love of life when my son was young. Witnessing his delight in the world, his unguarded affection, his raw being alive, made me feel more alive. Continue reading »

Celebrating parenting in challenging circumstances

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The first parent I think of celebrating is the widow of the black man, Philando Castile, murdered by an American policeman when pulled over for a broken tail light a little while¬†ago. Continue reading »

Take back power over devices (and earn your children’s respect)

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What a cruel end to a lazy, warm summer! Kids’ feet cramped by shoes; t-shirts and togs replaced with stiff uniforms, and parents girding¬†themselves to become disciplinarians again. Where we had been camping and playing in the surf with our kids, the beginning of the school year heralds the parent as morning alarm clock, school bag and homework reminder, bedtime enforcer and controller of devices.

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Mothers and balance

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I read an inspiring interview with Australian Kim Graham Nye, co- founder of GDiapers, in Conscious Company, a magazine promoting business with a mission. Kim and her husband, Jason, started the sustainable diaper company ten years ago when pregnant with their first child and looking for sustainable options to contributing to the 20 million diapers a day going into US landfills.¬† Continue reading »

Family counselling can turn trauma into healing

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Imagine having just given birth and being told by the doctor that your baby probably wouldn’t live, that you should get ready to say goodbye. But then baby miraculously pulls through. The challenge, and the growth, are not over with those magical words. Baby girl has been left with a disability which challenges the marriage, as patience and goodwill fray under the strain of now finding ways to keep baby alive with medical interventions. Continue reading »

Growing the parenting galaxy

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Let’s grow our concept of what ‘Growing Families’ means – I mean expand the orbit of the current paradigm of the nuclear family to¬†include significant, influential¬†others, such as¬†grandmas, granddads,¬†uncles, cousins, aunties, special friends, neighbours, spiritual community members. A bigger galaxy of planets our children can orbit around instead of just one (solo parent) or two. A bigger galaxy for us to orbit around so that we can get support and wisdom from respected¬†others.¬† Continue reading »

Creative families . . . what might that look like?

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“Creativity” – what comes to mind? Inner dialogue such as “I don’t have time for creativity,” or “my kids have time for creativity but I don’t, I have to work and clean the house.” Or, “I used to be creative. . . ”

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Celebrating happiness

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We’re heading into the Christmas / Chanukah Holiday “Silly” Season. It’s also the time of the summer solstice, when the southern hemisphere has turned its belly up towards the Sun. It’s a holiday time, a time of celebration. Continue reading »

What does learning mean in your family?

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Have a quick read of this article by the Khan Academy (free internet learning)¬†founder. While I agree with Khan’s premise that we should¬†¬†acknowledge our children’s/students’/own learning efforts and struggles, there is also room for acknowledging their innate talents. Continue reading »

Pregnancy on my own terms

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I’d like to share with other solo mothers two of the practices that I developed that served me and my child well. Being on my own while pregnant was a continual effort to combat shame and loneliness, imagining conversations like, “Oh, she’s pregnant, but I didn’t think she had a partner. . . ” “She did, but he left.” “I wonder why he left?” “Must be something wrong with her. . . ” I’ll never know if people said those things, but I believed they did. I girded myself. Continue reading »

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