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[9 Jul 2015 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
We all have strong reactions when we hear that another child has been injured or worse. We can become angrily judgmental, or feel helpless and saddened. Helping parents cope with their stressors can reduce the chances that child abuse and neglect will occur. These practical suggestions have been copied from the  American Do Right By Kids resource How Can I Help Parents Cope with Family Stress to Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect BEFORE it happens? For local services and contact numbers, scroll to the bottom or click here. Parents need breaks from the kids All parents needs breaks from ...
[23 Nov 2014 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Family rituals and traditions are what childhood memories are made of! Here is our family’s Advent Activity list counting down to Christmas Day. You might find some ideas that will work for your family. There are more here on Pinterest. I tried this for the first time last year, 2013, and it worked pretty well. There were some activities we just didn’t do and some others we had to swap around. My main goal this year is to cultivate our families sense of community and gratitude. Each year I remind myself that Christmas is ...
[5 Jul 2014 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
We’re having a ‘staycation’. It’s our first school holiday with a school aged kid in the family and I’m looking forward to spending blocks of time with Miss 5. I work weekends and we haven’t managed many mother-daughter or family outings since she started school. Having said that, I’m used to working uninterrupted in the home office while my toddler naps and having an energetic five year old to entertain is bound to jar my routine. It’s all about balance, I guess. That, and multiple play dates! Anyway, whether you’re a parent who can’t wait ...
[30 Jun 2014 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
A collection of action songs and nursery rhymes to help you accept, if not embrace the wet weather! Most of these are traditional rhymes, handed down through the generations. Credit has been given when the author is known. For more craft and activity ideas see: Rain and weather themed activities Imaginative play for a rainy day Rainy day play huts Rain and puddle stories at Kapiti Libraries Rain On The Green Grass Rain on the green grass, And rain on the sea, Rain on the house-tops, But not on me! Easily adapted to suit your location eg Rain on the cars, Rain on the ...
[8 Feb 2014 | No Comment | Posted in Uncategorized, Local News]
The Ministry for the Environment and accredited recyclers have teamed up with councils and TV retailers to provide public drop-off points for unwanted TVs. Note: Only Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TVs are covered – computer monitors are excluded from this scheme. It costs about $25 to recycle a TV but under the scheme you’ll be subsidised so you won’t pay more than $5. Noel Leeming 6 Ihakara Street, Coastlands, Paraparaumu| 0800 44 44 88 Mon – Sat: 9.00am – 5.30pm Sun: 10am – 5.30pm $5 Drop off sites change as local retailers meet their quota. See www.tvtakeback.govt.nz for details and a list ...
[7 Feb 2014 | No Comment | Posted in Uncategorized, Local News]
Has your garden provided fruit than you can manage this season? Community Fruit Wellington is a small food charity facilitating the picking and redistribution of unwanted or excess fruit to those in need in our community. Many homes have fruit trees that provide an excess of unwanted fruit that goes to waste. This food resource is very needed by many in our communities. With a team of willing volunteers Community Fruit Wellington harvests the fruit and then distributes it through other charity partners such as the City Mission, Kaibosh and others. Property owners who contact them ...
[30 Nov 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Do you have an Advent Calendar? They don’t have to be store bought and chocolate filled, though that’s always going to be a hit with my kids! I love the current trend towards homemade activity based calendars. These have a seasonal tasks that your family can do together for each day counting down to Christmas instead of treats or toys. For example you could: Sing a carol together Learn how to say Merry Christmas in another language Donate to the local foodbank Write a letter to Santa Make some reindeer food I’ve found some quick and easy ideas and ...
[25 Oct 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Rainy day activities for kids It’s a long weekend and it looks like it’ll be a wet one! Is it just my imagination or is it more likely to rain on a holiday weekend? I have a friend who is a dedicated runner and pounds the pavement every morning, and I mean every morning. She insists, “There is no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothing”. So, rather than moaning about the weather, I try and embrace it. There are a lot of fun activities you can do with your kids on a ...
[12 Oct 2013 | 2 Comments | Posted in Kids, Blog]
At about 3 1/2 – 4 years old the children in your life will discover jokes. It will take a while longer for them to understand what makes a joke funny so until then be prepared for lots of nonsense and even more repetition! The following jokes have been popular in our house. Feel free to add your own in the Comments. Riddles What is a crocodiles favourite game? Snap! What do sea monsters eat? Fish and ships What does a T-rex cut up his tea with? A dino saw Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the ...
[30 Sep 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Safety]
Now, some of you may think that Halloween is an Americanism creeping into Kiwi Culture and to some extent I agree. My family won’t be trick or treating or decorating the house with pumpkins but we will be having a party or BBQ with a dress up theme this weekend. This is my rationale: I don’t think scary themes are suitable for young kids but I can’t hide the newspaper or ban shopping trips each October so they know about Halloween. I don’t think knocking on strangers doors and asking for junk food is ...
[26 Sep 2013 | 2 Comments | Posted in Parenting]
One more day to go, one more day of sorrow, One more day to go and there’s no more school tomorrow! Anyone else remember singing this as the school hol’s approached? Whether you’re a parent who looks forward to some relaxed family time between terms or one who goes into survival mode until you can drop off your darlings at the school gate once more, the holidays can be a challenge. I’m not going to offer to babysit, but on Kapiti Kids Connect you’ll find the next best thing – a list of ...
[18 Sep 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Local News]
Well, the time has come for me to say goodbye to Kapiti Kids Connect.
[18 Aug 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Other]
I've been reflecting on things in my personal life and I've decided that it's time for me to start a new chapter and hand over the baton for KKC to someone else in our fine Kapiti community. I'm looking for someone, or a group of people who are keen to take on the challenge of running the Kapiti Kids Connect website!
[12 Aug 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Local News]
The much anticipated Coastlands Aquatic Centre finally opened on Saturday. My family and I checked out the facilities and my kids love it and are keen to go back again soon. Their favourites were the hydroslide and the dragon inflatable in the programmes pool.
[2 Aug 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Ever wondered what your kids really think? Sit them down and interview them and you'll soon find out!
[8 Jul 2013 | One Comment | Posted in Parenting]
I feel I must help spread the word for those who don't already know about a parenting blog called "Parenting Illustrated with Crappy Pictures" written by Amber Dusick. If you haven't heard of the Crappy pictures blog you simply MUST read it! It's the funniest thing I've read in a long time! Now I'm not talking it's a bit funny ha-de-ha, I'm talking hilarious, ACTUALLY laugh out loud funny.
[11 Jun 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Safety]
A new bike track for young kids was opened on 29th May at Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt. The child friendly track is set up like a real road complete with road signs, a pedestrian crossing, a roundabout and intersections to help teach young kids road rules. It's a great way for kids to get an understanding of what the road signs mean while also learning about it in a safe environment.
[5 May 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Other]
I took a much needed holiday and crossed the ditch and visited both the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast of Australia for a couple of weeks. In Surfers Paradise they have an awesome park area at Broadwater Parklands right next to the beach which I gather has been relatively recently revamped. All completely free! It had a playground which included an outdoor rockpools water playground, jumping pillow, a disabled swing, pedaling vehicles on a circular track, kids bike/scooter track and of course the beach next to it.
[19 Mar 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
We all knew what an angry bird was as we had seen them everywhere. But I'd have to say I actually had no idea what angry birds was other than what they looked like! Well, for those of you who are still in the dark like I used to be, we found out that it's a game. We started playing the game and the kids took to it immediately, and they love it. I thought why not put a bit of the Angry Birds factor into Easter and make an Angry Bird Easter basket.
[9 Mar 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Local News]
There's been a lot happening all over Kapiti today, Saturday 9th March 2013. I visited a handful of the events and a fun time was had by all. Hopefully you all had a chance to enjoy the sun and one of the events happening in the area.