Learning in life, learning in the kitchen

Learning in Life

Learning is something that we humans are programmed to do. We arrive helpless and dependent but wired to acquire language, and anyone who’s ever lived with a toddler for more than five minutes will recognise the relentless desire to explore, touch, taste, and be amazed by life. Continue reading »

Is your teen’s world really that different to yours?

Is your teens world really that different from ours?

You hear all the time: “We live in a different world these days”…

Yes, that’s true in some ways… but maybe not as much as you think.

I’ve been thinking about things that are ‘different’… but the same, like: Continue reading »

Thoughts on loving and learning in life

Learning in life





Without one there are none of the others. Our bodies, hearts and minds connect each of us to ourselves, others and the world through love, life and learning. We are living life fully when we embrace our natural urges to experience and engage in love and learning. Continue reading »

Getting rid of the iPad Mummy Guilt

Getting rid of the iPad Mummy Guilt

I look at my 3 year old lying on the couch with his iPad and have mixed thoughts. First the Mummy Guilt, that he shouldn’t spend so much time on the iPad and I should be doing something with him instead. Then the opposite thought that he needs to learn to use technology as it’s going to be a HUGE part of his life and learning. You know that never-ending internal chatter that sometimes you wish would just shut up! Continue reading »

How to build a bean tee-pee

Grow a bean tee-pee

Getting kids outside is an uphill struggle in this technologically wired world. In their desire to build and create in Minecraft they are losing ‘Life-craft’ knowledge.   Food doesn’t just appear on their plates at meal times, by way of a packet that was transformed into something edible in the kitchen. Food comes from the outside, in the garden and if we can get our kids to put down their devices and controllers long enough they will be able to step out into a world far more interesting than what a flat screen can provide. Continue reading »

Parents Matter: Getting ready for the next year of learning

getting ready for the next year of learning


A lot happens in our New Zealand Summer school holidays. We have the long summer holiday itself, Christmas, New Year and then the build up to going back to school which may involve a new teacher, a new classroom and sometimes a complete change of school. Continue reading »

Different ways of learning in life

Learning in life

Having recently celebrated (or not) my 66th birthday, I have had time to reflect on my journey. On many stages of this journey I frequently thought I knew it all, only to be proved over and over again there is so much more to learn and I am very sure more to come yet. And it is OK to change your mind. I guess we keep on learning until we die, even the passage to our death has many learning curves also of a different thoughts or experiences. So from our first breath until our last, our journey begins, constantly learning, constantly changing. Continue reading »

Prawn rice paper rolls

prawn rice paper rolls

My daughter turned ONE recently and one of the dishes I created for my guests were rice paper rolls filled with prawns. This dish is beautiful to prepare and allows you to take the time to enjoy the rawness of the vegetables used in these rolls. When they are finished they look magical on the plate and almost burst with life and vitality. Continue reading »

Blended families: taking resentment out of sibling relationships

taking resentment out of sibling relationships

One of the major challenges within your blended family will be how to bond your stepchildren with your own children. We all have that ideal fantasy, The Brady Bunch blended family: where at the end of the day, all of your children will love and respect each other. Unfortunately the reality is they may not even like each other and as parents you may feel like there is nothing you can do about it. Continue reading »

Paper Christmas decorations [Craft for kids]

Paper Christmas decorations

My kids and I visited a local craft fair recently and all three of us were captured by some delightful paper decorations that were for sale. My son was particularly keen to find out how they were made, and their maker was kind enough to talk us through it. We bought one of her creations and had a go at making our own, and are pleased to be able to pass them on to you.  Continue reading »

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