Writers: Mark Leishman

Mark Leishman

Mark Leishman is the devoted dad to three children- Paddy, Molly and Rosie. His children span 10 years in age so he has plenty of experience in everything from sleepless nights to teenagers.

Grandparents

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I think my 14 year old son is very lucky. Lucky because he has just spent the first week of his school holidays with his Grandparents. Now, I may be wrong in thinking this but it doesn’t seem to me that these days many kids get the opportunity to spend a whole week living and relaxing with their Grandparents.

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Grease is the word

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For the second time in recent years my children have unwittingly lead me on a journey back in time. And what a very pleasant and fun filled journey it’s been.

The trip back to my youth was when I spent nights rehearsing and performing in Childrens’ pantomimes and musicals as a junior member of the South Canterbury Drama League.

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Death of a pet

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We’ve been a lucky family when it comes to grief and dealing with death in the family. My children have both sets of grandparents to provide all the best things that grandparents can, and have yet to experience tremendous grief or loss.

Our only real experience of grieving relates to the deaths of our dear old Labrador Dexter and a Guide Dog we fostered called Kohi. That may sound a bit glib, relating grief to the death of a dog, but as many people will be able to attest, the death of a pet can also be a major loss and owners can go through a very sad and real time of grief.

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Saving the planet

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Our 9 year old daughter had a sobering message on the drive home from school the other day.

It went something like this, “we have to start doing something now Dad or global warming will be really bad by the time I’m 50”

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Is Santa real?

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Every so often the age range of our children creates little dilemmas – and Christmas is one of those times! Remember we’re the ones with a teenager, a toddler and Molly in the middle to create a balance.

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Super dad- yeah right!

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So what does a Super Dad write about for his first parenting article? Having just assumed this mantle I find that the pressure is now on.

Out of our three children I found that it was relatively easy to convince the 3 year old. I just had to frequently ask the question… “who’s a Super Dad, Rosie?” and after a little prompting she got it right.

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Travelling with kids

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It’s been an adventurous couple of months in the Leishman household as we reached the culmination of a number of years of planning to take off on a family trek to the Northern Hemisphere.

Ten top tips for developing respect and assertiveness

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Mark Leishman’s had a long and varied career as a New Zealand radio and TV broadcaster. Here’s his ten top tips for developing respect and assertiveness in our children. Tried and tested in his very own household!

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My Dad

My Dad

I always remember a pop song of the early 60s. I would have been about six years old but the song was called My Dad by Paul Peterson and many years later I can still recite some of the lyrics (I promise not to sing!).

My dad, now there is a man
To me he is everything strong
No, he can’t do wrong, my dad
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The facts of life

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It’s the age old parent’s fear and dilemma. When to tell your child the facts of life? My tuppence worth.

Do it earlier than you think advisable, and make sure you do it before someone else gets in first.

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