Blogs: Practical parenting

The gift of travel this Christmas

Sri Lanka

Christmas is fast approaching, and with it, the stress of coming up with a great, original idea of what to give your offspring for their Christmas present is rising. Have you thought about the gift of travel for Christmas? Continue reading »

Newborn advice with Dorothy Waide – feeding, burping, sleeping and more

newborn advice with Dorothy Waide

We were lucky enough to get some time with Dorothy Waide, sleep consultant to the stars, AKA the Baby Whisperer. Dorothy provides newborn advice for parents on everything from feeding to settling, from natural remedies to cloth diapers! Continue reading »

A travel advisor’s 9 top tips to maintain sanity while travelling

travel advisors 9 top tips

Are you planning on travelling overseas with a young family this year? If so, then you want to arm yourself with as much advice as possible before you go. And where better to get that advice than from a travel advisor! Our resident travel advice expert Fiona Rouse has 9 top tips to maintain sanity while travelling. Continue reading »

Preparing home alone Teens for a crisis


Teenagers spend quite a lot of time home alone, after school, holidays, into the evenings and also sometimes overnight while parents are at work, away or even just out?  Continue reading »

Teaching your toddler deep breathing


Ever find yourself in a situation where your toddler is nearing meltdown mode, hyperventilating, panicking, losing all control? We went searching for tools to help our toddler keep calm when things get a bit much for her, and came up with deep breathing. Teaching your toddler deep breathing could be just the answer for you too. Continue reading »

Maybe I’ve done too much for my children?


I have been doing the ‘doing’ for my children for so long, they can’t see their own capacity and capability to be able to ‘do’. I’ve read the obligatory parenting books, completed the parenting courses, and developed the chore charts complete with often sought after rewards. Continue reading »

17 must-know tips to negotiating teen birthdays

teen birthday parties

We have thrown some cracker birthday parties over my teen’s 15 year existence and hosting them is a lot of fun albeit kinda chaotic and exhausting! Continue reading »

Why is this strategy backfiring: Dealing with anger

dealing with anger

Hi Jen,

I was wondering if you had some advice that could help us.   We have been looking for a good way to help our son release his anger without damaging property or hurting anyone.  We thought that getting him to punch a pillow or soft toy might help but we’ve noticed that when he does this it seems to keep his anger going rather get it out. We were under the impressions that this was a pretty common and effective strategy. Could you explain why this is backfiring and suggest something that may be more helpful for him?

Thanks heaps in advance,

Kim and Nate Continue reading »

Envisioning an evolutionary leap

new beginnings

When a child is born, her brain has been given a starter set of instructions as to how to lay its basic structure out and begin the important process of wiring to create the basis for the child she is and the adult she is to become. This is her genetics at play; passed down through generations from the ancestral lines of each of her parents. Continue reading »

Tips for starting the high school year

starting the high school year

We’re flying head first into the new school year and, if you’re like us, we’re cracking into the start of another crazy year as best prepared as we can be. Being prepared is especially important if this is your child’s first year at secondary school. Continue reading »

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