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How to keep your kids safe once they are walking

keep your kids safe once they are walking

Little is as exciting as seeing your child take their first steps. Simultaneously, little is as daunting, stressful or nerve-wracking as this new ability to walk – it does after all pose potential dangers for your toddler.

Still it’s not difficult to reduce these risks to help ensure that your child remains safe from accident and injury as they grow more mobile and independent. Here are some simple tips and tools for avoiding hazards and keeping your kids safe around the home. Continue reading »

Parenting with your ex partner

Parenting with your ex

After separating one of the last things you think about is how you will manage parenting your ex partner.   Separation is a highly emotional situation, full of adult issues, so your parenting agreement may even come last. One of the first things all parents should do after separating is complete the Government funded programme “Parenting Through Separation”. This is a valued programme that helps you put things into perspective and understand how to separate your feelings from your children’s. Continue reading »

Plant, eat and repeat: How to grow salad in the heat

How to grow salad

In the life of a garden it always feels like you are in the middle of something, the middle of a season, weeding, watering or harvesting.  But rarely anywhere near the end of gardening.  There was a definitive beginning when the decision was made to pick up a spade and turn the earth in order to grow your own food.  Since that time the gardener finds themselves in a constant cycle of tasks and chores. Continue reading »

Tips for starting a digital discussion

digital discussion

We get it – parenting is hard at the best of times. School is back and you’re busy packing lunches and managing an ever-changing schedule of sports training, musical rehearsals and birthday parties while making sure everyone is where they need to be. Continue reading »

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

devices

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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Tips for starting the high school year

starting the high school year

We are flying head first into the depths of 2016 and if you are like us, we are cracking into the start of another new crazy full-on school year. Continue reading »

Great Kiwi Families: Jackie Kulak and Grey + Wild

Great Kiwi Families

In our series on Great Kiwi Families we get to meet kiwis (new and old!) who are doing cool things. Jackie Kulak is a new-to-New Zealand mum with an eye for style, whose whole family has had a new beginning. Not only has the family recently moved from the UK, but Jackie has opened a stunning new store in Takapuna – Grey +Wild. Here’s some more about Jackie’s new beginning. Continue reading »

New year, new roles

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After 9 years of me being the “primary caregiver”, hubby and I are now swapping roles! It’s definitely a new beginning and a new chapter for us. Continue reading »

Three organisation tips for a smooth year

organisation tips for a smooth year

Many of us will have set out resolutions and goals for big new changes for the New Year. However, for our family to run smoothly, and to keep stress to the minimum, sometimes what we need are not big mountainous goals but just a few, small consistent tweaks to our everyday routines – it is such organisation tips that can really make all the difference to having a stress free and happy family life (well as much as realistically possible). Here’s how getting it sorted will make all the difference to a smooth family year. Continue reading »

That through which I’ve passed, I shall pass through again

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Charlie can whistle now. He worked it out on his own, more or less. One day, quite by mistake, out came a toot tweet, and he giggled, Hey! Did you hear that? I’d heard it and I knew it was special, this self-making music. Built-in entertainment, and now he’s whistling along to songs, keeping us all amused, and I reckon that’s a step toward a sort of independence he’s not felt yet, and I haven’t felt in six years.

That’s all about to change.

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