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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 »

Parenting & Homeopathy

Parenting & Homeopathy

I have been a parent for thirty four years and a grandparent for seven years. I am also a qualified Registered Homeopath since 2008. I have written this article from my own personal life experience as a parent and as a professional homeopath.  I have seen how homeopathy can support both parents and children with health conditions (acute and chronic), ... Read More »

Parents: Take time to look after yourselves!

Parents: Take time to look after yourselves!

As parents, we strive to look after our children’s needs, but it is just as important to look after your own mental and physical health. The demands of parenting vary; caring for young children can be physically demanding as they are so dependent, while caring for teenagers can be emotionally and mentally challenging as you deal with the many changes ... Read More »

Minding your Mental Health so you can mind your Child’s

Minding your Mental Health so you can mind your Child’s

How a parent’s mental health could impact on your child What can you do as a parent to support your child? If you support yourself this can lead to your child being and feeling supported. Being a parent can feel very challenging, lonely, confusing, frustrating, basically too much at times. If you struggle in yourself in anyway and then add ... Read More »