Writers: Rachel Binning

Rachel Binning

Rachel Binning is a full-time jack-of-all-trades who has an extensive background within the health sector. She now wholeheartedly agrees with ex US President, Bill Clinton that “the toughest job in the world isn’t being a president. It’s being a parent”. Rachel juggles being a mum of two active boys with her business, Bella Photography, volunteer work for many and varied organisations that support families, and contributes weekly to community newspapers throughout Wellington.

Warming the path to successful learning


I want the best for my children and want them to be the best they can be.

I suspect most, if not all, parents want this for their children. Continue reading »

Celebrate the superhero in you


we-need-youHard-working superstar needed for world’s most important role.

Are you up to the challenge?

Applications open now.

Salary and conditions to be determined.

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Happiness = coping + adapting + getting the best out of life

getting ready for the next year of learning


I am happy when my children are happy.

Sounds pretty simple right? Well, I would be fooling both myself and you to say this state of utopia is achieved easily and constantly in my life. Continue reading »

Tips for making time for your family

tips for making family time

Our family’s biggest challenge is making time. Time is a precious resource I crave. The 19th century American author, Alice Morse Earle wrote, “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man.” Continue reading »

The things I have learnt on the bumpy parental highway


“No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?”
 Elbert Hubbard Continue reading »

Playing with planets

playing with planets

Really? All I can think about is trying to relax while my, generally well-behaved, sproglets run in, out and around the house over the summer holidays.  With school being out, the questions that would usually be fired at their teachers are fired, instead, at me, the all-knowing (mmm) mother.  Continue reading »

The Christmas celebration survival guide


The silly season is gearing up for another whirlwind of celebratory parties, parades, fairs, shows, and music. ‘Tis the season for overindulgence, letting your hair down, and being mindful enough to keep your dignity intact. Continue reading »

Managing your digital footprint

boy eats keyboard

Technology is part of our lives and it is not going away. How much you want to let it into your life and for what purpose are questions every one of us is faced with on a daily basis. Technology is a tool I use to make my life, my business and my family’s life easier. I think of the computer and the toaster on the same level; they are tools. I use them when I need them, then I carry on smelling the flowers and enjoying the world around me. Continue reading »

Isaac – the story of the new addition to our family

A new addition

Not content with ‘just’ having preschoolers and deciding more children was not a happening thing, our wee family decided on a new addition. The question was-would this fifth member of our family complete us as a family? Continue reading »

Taking good photographs of your children


Professional photographs can’t be beaten.  Of course I am biased – I am a professional photographer. And, I need to eat and to pay my bills. But using a professional photographer all the time is not practical or affordable. Taking good photographs of your children can be challenging but I am here to help you make sure the photographs are as good as they can be, so you have some lovely keepsakes.  Continue reading »

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