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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 »

Encouraging Less Screen Time

Encouraging Less Screen Time

Did you know? 34% of preschool children have a TV in their bedroom 2 hours is the average amount of time preschool children spend watching TV daily Zero screen time is recommended for children under 2 years Managing “screen time” can be difficult for parents especially as more and more parents are using smart phone, tablets and TV to keep ... Read More »

Time to cut down on salt

Time to cut down on salt

Salt in very small amounts is essential for health. However, many adults and children eat too much salt. Too much salt can increase blood pressure levels and in turn increase risk of heart disease or stroke. Most of the salt we eat – about 80% – comes from processed food, fast food, canteen and restaurant food. About 10-15% is added ... Read More »

Managing Treat Foods

Managing Treat Foods

One major contributor to the problem of children being overweight or obese is the over-consumption of foods high in fat, salt and sugar, such as treat foods. Managing children’s treats can be hard for any parent to do. Here are our top tips for managing treat foods.  Top Tips Cut down on treat foods, but don’t ban them. Banning them ... Read More »

Summer time Fun: Healthy Eating & Physical Activity

Summer time Fun: Healthy Eating & Physical Activity

Summer is here, a time for fun and play for our children. Summertime brings with it more social occasions, summer camps, barbeques, day trips, and holidays for the whole family. Plenty of opportunities for fun and activity, but it can be a time when our weekly healthy living routine can be challenged. How can you as a family stay healthy ... Read More »

Supporting the Mental Health of your child

Supporting the Mental Health of your child

How can you become more aware of supporting the Mental Health of your child? Firstly I encourage you to read or re read my article ‘Minding your mental health so you can mind your child’s’ You have some hope of facilitating your child toward wellness when you are actively and concurrently supporting your own wellness. If you are supporting yourself ... Read More »

Self- Care for Heroes: Meeting our own needs

Self- Care for Heroes: Meeting our own needs

I find being a parent really hard. I have this conversation with other parents occasionally – the ‘parent chat’ – where we ‘confess’ this terrible thing to each other as if it is a source of shame to us. After admitting our feelings in these hushed, shame laden conversations catch ourselves and all rush in with “but I love my ... Read More »

Baby Blues: Understanding Postnatal Depression

Baby Blues: Understanding Postnatal Depression

It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit weepy or a bit low after the birth of your baby. Remember, your body has been through a lot of changes and your hormones are all over the place. You are likely to be exhausted physically and emotionally. A new baby is a challenge for a woman of any age so ask for ... Read More »