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.Â But rarely anywhere near the end of gardening.Â 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.Â Since that time the gardener finds themselves in a constant cycle of tasks and chores. Continue reading »
We get it â€“ parenting is hard at the best of times. School is back and youâ€™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 »
What a cruel end to a lazy, warm summer! Kids’ feet cramped by shoes; t-shirts and togs replaced with stiff uniforms, and parents girdingÂ 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.
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 »
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 »
After 9 years of me being the â€śprimary caregiverâ€ť, hubby and I are now swapping roles! Itâ€™s definitely a new beginning and a new chapter for us. Continue reading »
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 â€“ it is such organisation tipsÂ 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 »
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.
A common question parents ask cycling instructors is â€śhow will my child become more confident on a bike?â€ťÂ In preparation for Bike Wise Month in February 2016, cycling instructor Marilyn Northcotte passes on her tips for parents to help them keep their kids cycling safely and confidently. Continue reading »
The New Year is always a time for resolutions and the chance for change. Sometimes (if not most of the time) we go for the grand gesture, only to give up in despair a few weeks or months later when it proves too hard. So maybe itâ€™s better to try for smaller things, which in the end might add up to being quite big things after all.
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