Blogs: Balancing Family Life

Nostalgia Tourism – Recreating childhood holiday memories

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At this time of year, we’re all looking forward to some time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to relax and re-charge and enjoy the warmer Summer weather. Find out more about nostalgia tourism, and how to recreate your own childhood holiday memories.  Continue reading »

Managing your Child’s Natural Frustrations

Managing your Childs Natural Frustrations

It’s a child’s natural response to protest against our parental demands (on their time, space, behaviour, activities, etc.). But a child’s protests are all part of their development. It’s our responsibility as parents to manage our children’s natural frustrations as an important aspect of learning boundaries and tolerances.  Continue reading »

The space in between – when sleep eludes you

When sleep eludes you

As parents one of our key tasks is to help our children sleep so they can grow and flourish. In the early years, to this end we sacrifice our own sleep. You may be awake feeding or settling. Or, perhaps like me, since becoming a parent you now wake at the slightest noise – and can’t get back to sleep. This is the space in between. Space and time you can use for YOU. Continue reading »

Make your own bath salts – Manuka, rose and lemon

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If  you know me, then you’ll know that I am a huge fan of epsom salts! The addition of epsom salts to a bath creates a really luxurious, silky feeling. And if you make your own bath salts, you’ll save a small fortune, and they make a cool gift too. Continue reading »

You – yes YOU – are a successful mummy

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You – yes YOU – are a successful mummy

Instantly, some of you will have thought “no, I’m not”. If that’s you, stop right there. That’s storytelling: a story that your mind is telling yourself. I’ve got a different story for you, and everyone who’s ready to listen to a new truth. It’s the story of why you, me, all of us are successful mummies.

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Celebrate the superhero in you

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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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Celebrating parenting in challenging circumstances

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The first parent I think of celebrating is the widow of the black man, Philando Castile, murdered by an American policeman when pulled over for a broken tail light a little while ago. Continue reading »

Motherhood and Me-time – how to refill your cup

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I read an article a few weeks ago in New Zealand’s Canvas magazine, in which writer Megan Nicol Reed penned: “there is something inherently nauseating about talk of prioritising one’s own wants”. I wrote to her. We debated. Then we agreed: it’s not the concept of me-time that is hard for some to swallow; it’s that it’s become a sort of catch phrase that we throw around at things as though it’s the panacea to all that ails us.

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

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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 »

Take back power over devices (and earn your children’s respect)

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What a cruel end to a lazy, warm summer! Kids’ feet cramped by shoes; t-shirts and togs replaced with stiff uniforms, and parents girding themselves to become disciplinarians again. Where we had been camping and playing in the surf with our kids, the beginning of the school year heralds the parent as morning alarm clock, school bag and homework reminder, bedtime enforcer and controller of devices.

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