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Enjoying the Summer without Breaking the Bank

Enjoying the Summer without Breaking the Bank

With the longest stretch of warm (even hot!) weather in recent memory upon us, there have been plenty of opportunities to get out and about as a family—taking leisurely evening walks, catching up with neighbours as the children play, dusting off the backyard pool. As the school holidays approach, however, talk often turns to summer holidays, and pressure can mount ... Read More »

Stay Connected with your Teen during Times of Challenging Behaviour

Stay Connected with your Teen during Times of Challenging Behaviour

Many parents find understanding and communicating with their teen challenging. It may seem that you no longer know how to talk to the child that you once knew so well. Below are a few strategies on how to stay connected with your child and deal with challenging behavior. Choose the Right Time Sometimes when you or your teenager are feeling ... Read More »

School is almost out: Sun, Sea and …… Childcare Woes

School is almost out: Sun, Sea and …… Childcare Woes

The final preschool or school bell at the end of June brings with it much excitement. Thoughts turn to lie-ins, lazy days and a general sense of freedom. Even traffic quietens down, making morning commutes so much easier. For parents, however, the summer break often brings a logistical challenge – childcare. For working parents, this means figuring how who will ... Read More »

Hearing from parents is the most valuable feedback!

Hearing from parents is the most valuable feedback!

Are you the mother or father of a child aged two or under? Would you like to take part in a study which is trying to find out about parents’ views on healthy growth in children under the age of two years and how this could be best supported? The study will involve one interview with a member of the ... Read More »

Hearing from dads is the most valuable feedback!

Hearing from dads is the most valuable feedback!

Are you the father of a child aged two or under? Would you like to take part in a study which is trying to find out about parents’ views on healthy growth in children under the age of two years and how this could be best supported? The study will involve one interview with a member of the study team ... Read More »

Managing Anger

Managing Anger

Last week, we looked at how to help your child to manage stress.  This week, we look at another big emotion that can overwhelm all of us from time to time and leave us feeling out of control: Anger. Anger is a natural emotion that is meant to alert and energise us when there is a need to change a ... Read More »

Managing Stress

Managing Stress

Managing Stress One of the biggest challenges in parenting is managing our own big emotions (stress, anxiety, anger, frustration) and teaching our children how to recognise and manage their own emotions.  While some stress is positive in that it can motivate us and give us energy, too much stress has a negative impact on our health, our relationships and our ... Read More »

New Year, New Resolve

New Year, New Resolve

Parenting is a merry-go-round. There are days when you feel your heart might just burst with love for your children and there are days where you would give anything to just have them out of your hair for a few precious hours. You watch them while they sleep, all soft breaths and angelic faces. Then they wake up, refuse to ... Read More »

Post Christmas Family Fun

Post Christmas Family Fun

The presents have been opened, the turkey has been eaten, and  there is now a long, post-Christmas stretch of the school holidays with lots of time to fill. This provides a great opportunity to get all of the family involved in planning fun ways you can spend time together without breaking the bank. The best way to build strong, positive ... Read More »

A Stress Free Christmas?

A Stress Free Christmas?

The anticipation of Christmas is now at its peak—many of us are running around with the tick, tick, tick of to do lists in our head. We are swamped with advertising, and our children are starting to become overwhelmed by the excitement of it all. It is the season of giving, of hope, of drawing close to our nearest and ... Read More »