Writers: Dame Susan Devoy

Dame Susan Devoy

Dame Susan Devoy is New Zealand's Race Relations Commissioner, and a World Open champion squash player. She's the former CEO of Sport Bay of Plenty and super-mum to four boys.

Parenting seminar tips

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Recently I attended yet another parenting seminar, in the ongoing quest, I suppose, for anything that may assist with the challenging role we face as parents. This seminar was aimed at helping parents help their boys with learning.

It was geared towards secondary school, but I found much of the advice relevant for our younger sons as well. As usual, it was well attended by genuine, caring parents so it is always a bit like preaching to the converted.

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Fathers

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Fathers… It is fifteen years since my father passed away, just six weeks after our first son was born. My husband John’s father passed way before he was born so sadly our children have never known their grandfathers. Continue reading »

Time to talk

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Talk to your children about the Important Stuff.

Taking the time to talk… and not lecture your children about the important issues is sometimes really hard. More often than not when the opportunity arises in our house I am too busy or too tired.

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Holiday fun

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Much has been said lately about wrapping your kids up in cotton wool. I have been as guilty as most about being over protective, however the more kids you have the less paranoid you tend to be.

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Breast cancer

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I spoke at a function the other night to raise money for a wonderful woman who has Her2 breast cancer. I don’t know the woman or her friends but was privileged to be asked.

Although I did wonder…what sort of country do we live in when a woman in her prime with two young children has to rely on the generosity of her friends and complete strangers for that matter.

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Learning to drive

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This month our eldest son turned 15. Everyone I know has an opinion on whether he should or shouldn’t get his learners drivers license; everyone that is apart from him.

I am sure he looks in the mirror and thinks…crikey I don’t believe I am old enough to get behind the wheel of a car. And as long as he is deliberating there won’t be any encouragement from his father or myself.

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The cost of living

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It appears that the topic of the moment is the ever increasing “cost of living “ particularly the basic necessities such as food. You can imagine that with four growing boys in our household our weekly grocery bill is burgeoning out of control.

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Pocket money

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Only 3 more weeks left of Term 1. I seem to have just recovered from the last holidays. As much as I enjoy the break from routine, the holidays start to become harder and harder keeping them occupied and busy without spending an extraordinary amount of money. Two of the boys have birthdays these holidays so it is an even more expensive exercise. I used to be able to get away with combining the two parties, but now it is a definite “no no”, especially as my soon to be 12 year old wishes to invite girls. Secretly I am quite looking forward to that.

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End of the trip

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Our Super Mum Susan has recently been in Europe with her boys on the “trip of a lifetime”.  This article tracks her trip home to NZ

Thankfully my husband joined us for the last two months otherwise I may just have committed hara-kiri.Happy New Year to all Kiwi Families. For those of you who may have read my last few articles you will know that I have been in Europe with my four sons for the last four months.

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Christmas in Europe

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Our Super Mum Susan is currently in Europe with her boys on the “trip of a lifetime”.  Over the next four months we will follow Susan on her family adventure.

For those of you who are first timers to the Kiwi Families website, my last two articles have been snapshots of our family’s great adventure to Europe. Christmas is just around the corner and rather reluctantly (because it does sound rather extravagant) I have to explain that our family will be spending Christmas in Paris!

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