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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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The Overload Effect and its Impact

Loads on our plate, too much to do and on it goes. Each day is the same and sometimes it’s as if it gets worse instead of better. What to do? Often we keep doing the same thing, expecting a different result, some call this, ‘Insanity’. “Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things. Let go of what you cannot control.” - unknown What makes us want to take on more, to be busier, to state openly, ...

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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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