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The Art of Listening

Listening is a skill, and ultimately an art.  Have you ever trampled on someone’s sentences, then thought, “I should try to be a better listener”? We are told to ‘listen’ our whole childhood but we aren’t taught in school how to ‘listen’! It is very common in society for people to interrupt, give advice, tell someone they are wrong or turn the conversation around to what they want to talk about.  We have al ...

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Is Parent Guilt Keeping You Up?

Do you spend too much time worrying about the kids, the family, the home. Parenting guilt can rear its head at crazy times of the day and the important thing to remember is there are strategies to overcome it. Here's how... We wake up in the middle of the night with a fright, thinking we’ve forgotten to collect the children, or haven’t put their soccer boots in their bag. What are we thinking? We know it’s ...

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Brain Power for Kids

Did you know that the average person has 60,000 thoughts a day and that 95% of those thoughts are the same? Basically, we are all creatures of habit, routine and fixed thinking. The same thoughts equal the same neural pathways in our brains and when we repeat certain behaviours, thoughts and feelings, the neural connections associated with them become hard wired.  Just like a well-trodden pathway in the for ...

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Taking Life-Changing Time Out

As a parent our job is full on. No guidebook comes with our little peeps - they are all unique individuals and we raise them all differently. There is no right or wrong way, just our way. Nothing takes away the 24/7 of our job as parents. It’s often massively exhausting and even overwhelming. Our precious little beings are demanding of our attention, which changes over time from infancy through to flying th ...

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Boys’ Zone

Boys are often viewed as less academic than girls. Is school just not for them or do they just learn differently?  It’s a fact that there are physical and cognitive differences in the way boys and girls interact, socialise and learn. These differences have a huge impact on the educational experiences of all students in the classroom. There is also growing evidence of differences in brain development between ...

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Why Don’t Kids do What we Tell Them?

One of the most common complaints I hear from parents is, “My children don’t do what they are supposed to do. I have to tell them over and over again.”  Well it was Albert Einstein who said that the definition of Insanity is ‘Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’!  And he was right!  If you continue to ‘tell’ your children what to do and aren’t getting the results you wan ...

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Music, the Universal Language

Treble clefs, half-notes, quarter-notes, flats and sharps. Don’t dismiss music as just marks on a page or background noise from the radio… It would be hard to come by an adult who, at some point in their childhood, was not handed a musical instrument and a book of enlarged sheet music and ‘invited’ (read: required) to join the school band. What may be even harder to come by, however, is an adult who actuall ...

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You’ve Got to Move it, Move it

Being outdoors and moving increases learning, health, motivation, communication, memory and overall behaviour. It decreases stress, fear, boredom and dependence. So, just do it! With priorities constantly changing, pressures to meet deadlines, work and family pressures, life is often a tough gig. The children are growing up, there are groups to join, occasional meetings for self improvement, work, regular e ...

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The Power of Support

Life situations can bring us down, take the wind out of our sails and stress us out; if we let them. Daily we are given hiccups, speed bumps, issues and challenges to deal with. “WHY?”, we might ask ourselves? Because life is life, and things are unpredictable, they just happen. Often these situations are caused by other people’s words and/or actions. We are unable to control anything other people think or ...

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What Creates the Cracks in our Life?

Like a home, our foundations are vital to our success. While we may experience hardships in life we must persevere to overcome them and repair the cracks they may cause in the foundations of our lives. As we watch a house being built, the initial work seems to take a long time. The holes are dug to pour the concrete, creating stability. Drains are laid for pipes and all with extreme precision, creating the ...

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