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If We Don’t Fix Us, We Will Break

Are you feeling tired, drained, lethargic, almost at the end of your nerves? Are little things getting the better of you and you don’t know exactly what to do? Would you love to disappear for just a couple of days to catch your breath and be with yourself? How would it be to revive yourself and then jump back into life, all topped up again? Oh, yes, yes, yes, you hear yourself say it, however, the reality i ...

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Guardian Angels

It’s every parent’s worst fear and can quickly become a child’s living nightmare. When it comes to bullying, is there anything we can do? Donna-Leigh Perfect and Michael Bennett say there is. There’s no denying that bullying is a serious issue in our community – it feels like a monster that grows bigger, more pervasive and even deadlier every day. That’s why the anti-bullying “Dream Guards” are just as seri ...

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Time Out

“Sometimes you need to be alone in order to reflect on life. Take time out to take care of yourself. You deserve it.” - Robert New Ah, the tired feeling comes up again and it takes longer to go away this time. Things irate us and we don’t understand why. It’s frustrating and we find it happening more regularly and it gets harder to kick than before. Slumped in bed at the end of the long day we might even dr ...

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Mindful Parenting

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out one of my cupboards and found some old VCR tapes and decided to get them transferred to digital files for some nostalgic reminiscing. I had been struggling lately with an ‘empty nest’ as my daughter who is now 18 years old had recently left to attend university and live in Brisbane. Feeling slightly hesitant to watch the recordings, I was fearful that the old memories wou ...

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A Daddy Kinda Day

Another Father’s Day rolls around and we shower him with gifts and make the day even more special than the other special days. This month I would like to share two anecdotes. There are beautiful messages inside each of them, which will not only impact us as parents and adults, it will impact our children as well. "The only thing better than having you for a husband is our children having you for a daddy" - ...

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Modelling Makes Sense

There are three gifts to give our children; love, roots and wings - and we can do this by modelling the behaviours we want to see in our children as they grow. There’s always a myriad of questions and statements made when our tiny people first come into the world. "How beautiful”, “He/she looks just like you”, “I wonder what he/she will grow into?”. In a flash they are walking, talking and at school. Next t ...

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10 Tips to Better Communication

Can we learn from animals and the way they communicate? Do animals really communicate with us? Is this true and if so, is this what creates better relationships between some animals and people? If there is great power in the communication between animals and humans, what is it we can learn from them in our relationships between and with each other? “Look at animals kindly, and they will see. Talk to animals ...

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Allowing Children to Feel their Feelings

Parenting can bring so much ‘joy’ but on the flip side it can also present us with this unfolding variety of reasons to feel guilt, frustration and sadness. As parents, we all remember that ‘universal’ car ride home from the hospital when our primal sense of needing to protect this precious bundle kicks in.  In fear, we begin to instruct our partners or whoever is driving to slow down, be careful and watch ...

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The Journey of Life

We love them warts and all. We will love them forever, come hell or high water. Who are they? They are our children. For our kids, education is so important. Teachers, books and online support help our children learn. But what about ‘life’? How do our kids learn about life and the valuable lessons it gives to us? How do they learn about developing friendships, overcoming rudeness or bullying in the playgrou ...

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Are You Really Listening?

Sometimes it hurts to the core when we feel we are not heard. We speak, tell our story, say what we want to communicate our message and then the person we are speaking to jumps in and tells their story, changes the subject or completely ignores us. We feel our heart sink and think to ourselves “they didn’t hear me, they don’t care”. We live in a society that dismisses the power of listening. Our own persona ...

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