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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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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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