Growth can be either outwards or upwards, and that applies to families as much as anything else. A growing family may be one that is adding to its numbers as new children come along, and that can be within one family unit, or a much wider extended family. We can also see âgrowthâ as development over time, as we watch our familyâs children grow up and eventually begin careers and families of their own. Both kinds have their delights, and their challenges. Continue reading »
The Napier Grandparents raising Grandchildren group invited me to attend the Christmas lunch with members of this support group. A flight from AucklandÂ down to Napier was upon one of those little planes, I felt quite chuffed as my allocated seat was 1c and no one was sitting next to me. Continue reading »
According to statistics from the Health Funds Association of New Zealand (HFANZ), the health insurance industry funded close to a billion dollars in health claims in 2014. Continue reading »
During menopause there are lots of changes that happen within the body. Many body systems are affected as one hormonal surge create deficiencies in another. The body constantly adapts to maintain hormonal balance. Keeping fit in menopause can be a challenging task!Â Continue reading »
Food has become such a hot topic. Everywhere we turn there are messages bombarding us about what we should eat and how we should feel while weâre eating it. If weâre confused, how must our children be feeling? Sometimes it feels like forming positive relationships with food is impossible.Â Continue reading »
Let’s grow our concept of what ‘Growing Families’ means – I mean expand the orbit of the current paradigm of the nuclear family toÂ include significant, influentialÂ others, such asÂ grandmas, granddads,Â 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 respectedÂ others.Â Continue reading »
Itâs tricky, the whole âgoing back to workâ thing after or amidst your kids early years.Â I actually looked on Seek for a few jobs before listening to my husbandâs advice about tapping into my talents and starting up my own business.Â âWhoâs going to pay for Networking tips?âÂ I thought to myself, but I started slowly by running Biz Coffee Groups in my lounge and then I added Social Media workshops (that I ran in local cafes) and before I knew it Go to Girl was going off! Continue reading »
Chocolate milkshakes for breakfast anyone? Yes, you heard me correctly and yes it can be done in an easy, healthy way. Continue reading »
One of the keys to growing great families is primarily to keep them healthy, fit and wellÂ and as a parent I care about what my kids eat. There seems to be a constant battle to keep our diet free from things I canât pronounce and a walk down the supermarket aisle will be a child centric assortment of brightly coloured snacks proclaiming to be great for kids, all the while tempting children with their freebies. And it isnât the packaging that is sickly sweet, the contents within are often jam-packed with sugar, or salt or other ingredients that can go beyond the daily recommended amount in one serving. Continue reading »
Itâs not that thereâs a greater number of us â still just the three â but at least one of us is growing. Of course, we remember the good old times of cuddling the little lump of person, swaddled and helpless and warm on Winterâs nights. Now heâs five and full of sass and vinegar and takes up half the couch of you let him, and hogs the whole blanket, and tells us itâs because heâs growing because he eats his protein and popsicles. Sure enough. Continue reading »
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