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“Beyond the Stork and Cabbage Patch”

“Beyond the Stork and Cabbage Patch”

Children start to learn about their bodies as soon as they are born.  Babies learn about themselves through touch and by watching and imitating others so cuddles, hugs and kisses from their parents and family are essential. It is important that they see affectionate behaviour between family members as well. Babies begin exploring their bodies from an early age–busy fingers ... Read More »

Beyond the ‘Baby Blues’: Recognising & Supporting Post Natal Depression

Beyond the ‘Baby Blues’: Recognising & Supporting Post Natal Depression

Becoming a mother is expected to be a joyous and happy occasion, full of Kodak moments.  The transition to motherhood is a period of intense change – physically, emotionally and mentally – that can be incredibly overwhelming. When the dreams about motherhood don’t always match the realities, it can be both frustrating and disappointing. At first, when they come home ... Read More »

Nurturing Your Child’s Health Starts with Your Own

Nurturing Your Child’s Health Starts with Your Own

We all know the feeling—you’re multi-tasking furiously between dinner, homework, activities, bed-time…Then, finally, quiet descends in the household, and you have a moment to yourself …And, then you fall asleep. As parents, we can be pulled in hundreds of directions on a daily basis as we try to meet the needs of those around us.  Most of us have become ... Read More »

Caring for Unwell People, Big and Small

Caring for Unwell People, Big and Small

It started at 5 am on Monday with ‘mom I feel very hot’. The feverish 9 year-old was given Calpol, a hug and brought back to bed, while the toddler decided it was obviously getting up time. Fast forward a couple of very busy days in work and we end up in a late-night, walk-in clinic where the doctor informs ... Read More »

Supporting Positive Mental Health in Your Child

Supporting Positive Mental Health in Your Child

One of the greatest challenges for parents is making sure our children are happy and confident in themselves and able to deal with the challenges they face in the wider world. When they are home, we can protect them and keep them safe. But, once they start school and their friends and peers become increasingly important to them, it can ... Read More »

Tackling Child Obesity

Tackling Child Obesity

Don’t Worry – Help is on hand! We all want our children to grow up to be happy, healthy adults. But it can sometimes be hard to know how. Unfortunately, more and more of our children are carrying extra weight – which is increasing their risk of health conditions like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and even cancer later in ... Read More »

Encouraging more sleep 

Encouraging more sleep 

Did you know? Children who don’t get enough sleep may be at increased risk of becoming overweight. Remember the younger your child is the more sleep they need. As parents, we’re very aware of the health risks for our children from everyday habits like too many “treat” foods, too many sugary drinks or not being active enough. But did you ... Read More »

Families Getting Active Together

Families Getting Active Together

As parents we would all like to see our children grow up to be as happy and healthy as they can possibly be. We want them to do well in school, have friends and grow up to be strong and confident individuals. One way we can do this is to encourage our children to do at least 20-30 minutes of ... Read More »

How to Support Your Children to have a Happy Childhood

How to Support Your Children to have a Happy Childhood

Happiness means something different to each person but to Allen K. Chalmers, it means ‘Having something to do, something to love and something to hope for.’ That is something you can offer your child. Paul Martin, a behavioural biologist who wrote the wonderful book Making Happy People reminds us that the foundations of happiness are laid in childhood and that parents play ... Read More »

The Miracle of Parenthood: Mindfulness for Parenting

The Miracle of Parenthood: Mindfulness for Parenting

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.” –Kurt Vonnegut Parenting is a wonderful mix of happiness, laughter, worry, frustration, joy, fear, excitement, chaos and delight. Pregnancy and parenthood is the most significant, challenging, meaningful and transformative period in the adult life.  It is a journey where you learn ... Read More »