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5 things I’ve learnt since becoming a single parent dad

5 things I've learnt since becoming a single parent dad

Just over two and a half years ago, I became a single dad with shared care of my then one-year-old daughter. My journey to parenting in ‘1 Player mode’, as I call it (a reference to the ‘1 player mode’ in old school video games), has been the most difficult challenge I’ve ever faced – but it’s taught me a heck of a lot about myself and my capacity to adapt, survive and thrive in these circumstances. As I reflect over the past few years, here are some of the things that I’ve learned: Continue reading »

I’m passionate about food but I don’t expect my kids to be

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I am passionate about food and health but I don’t expect my kids to be. I know I wasn’t when I was a kid. Continue reading »

The three most important investments a family can make

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When you think about how passionate you are about your family, ask yourself this question: “What are the three most important investments you could make for your family?”  Would it be things like buying a house, buying health insurance or maybe setting up an emergency fund? All of those things matter but don’t have any meaning unless you have good health, good relationships and a good education. Continue reading »

The value of grandparents

The value of grandparents

As a young mother way back in 1969 I simply could not have done without my mum to help me in so many ways. From a baby that would not settle or to teaching me to survive on a budget, she was there. Continue reading »

Grow food for the love of the kids

Grow food for the love of kids

As a mum I want the best for my kids and one of the most basic ways to ensure they get the best out of life is to make sure what they put into their bodies is the freshest, nutrient rich food I can give them. They grow so fast and I feel like I am buying new shoes for each new school term at the moment. Having a couple of almost pre-teen boys is like having a couple of bottomless pits and it seems the hole is never filled. They are always hungry. Continue reading »

What is it to be passionate about families?

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Passion is an interesting word, and somewhat over-used these days, as you might realise when faced with the dictionary definition: passion, aside from its sexual meaning, is defined as “a state or outburst of strong emotion,” “an intense desire or enthusiasm for something” or “a strong and barely controllable emotion.” In that light, it does seem slightly silly to declare one has a passion for cupcakes, or Gucci handbags, or any of the other oddities that marketers would have us believe we can’t live without. Continue reading »

How to bring mindfulness into your home

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One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the ability to be mindful – to be still and be in the moment. Learn about mindfulness and how to bring it into your home – by using simple breathing and focusing exercises. Continue reading »

Helping your kids get great posture

helping your kids get great posture

How does your family move together? Is family time also TV/couch time? Did you know that there is an epidemic in our society that is causing sickness and disease? And that this epidemic is caused by poor posture and a sedentry lifestyle? The research demonstrates that 90% of the population presents with postural distortions that will negatively affect their health. Think about your child’s growing spine and how their lifestyle may be effecting their health. Continue reading »

Hanging out in the holidays

Hanging out in the holidays

Holidays can be great times for reconnecting with our families and reinvigorating our passion for spending time together; whether we’re heading out of town, spending time with others or just hanging out at home. I particularly love having “jama” days with nothing planned and the biggest questions being which game will we play next or what shall we make for an afternoon snack? Continue reading »

Why household jobs can make your kids happier

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David Stendl-Rast is a very wise man. He gave a TED talk all about happiness. It was a simple exploration of a question that dogs modern thinking. How can we become happier?

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