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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 ...
[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 ...
[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.
[1 Aug 2011 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Wellingtonians have coined a new unofficial holiday and are encouraging families across the country to join in. Dad & Daughter Date Night is an event that celebrates the special bond shared between a father and his daughter/s.
[9 Nov 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
MOPS believe in the absolute importance of motherhood. That what you do as a mum really does matter and that YOU make a huge difference in your child’s life.
[2 Aug 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
This week is World Breastfeeding Week!
[1 Jul 2010 | One Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Are you a working parent? Do you miss the opportunity to interact with other parents and watch your child play? Perhaps we can find a solution!
[8 Jun 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
I made a wonderful discovery recently in the form of the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation. The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation is there for parents and families to help aide them in their healing, bring hope to their future and honour to their child. It is through remembrance that a family can truly begin to heal.
[7 Jun 2010 | One Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Life is so precious, human life is so fragile but for many of us it will not be until we experience first hand the loss of a little life that we will really understand the grief, the loss and the need for support from others who have been through the same thing.
[31 May 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Today is World Smokefree Day Kids do what you do Some parents underestimate the level of influence they have over their children’s decisions around smoking. Parents’ smoking and their attitudes about smoking are key influences in predicting whether children and young people will start and continue to smoke. New Zealand research shows students who had at least one parent who smoked were three times more likely to be daily smokers, compared with those whose parents did not smoke. Source: Face the Facts Read the evidence and Face the Facts what you are doing by ...
[28 May 2010 | One Comment | Posted in Parenting]
My memory is a little fuzzy, but I'm pretty certain that I have never breastfed in a public toilet and I would certaily be outraged if someone suggested this is what I should do.
[25 May 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
What on earth is this world coming to! When I was at school bullying was more name calling, teasing etc Nowadays we're talking hard core blackmail, serious threats and children are being scarred emotionally and psychologically.
[17 May 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
There is a new PIN (Plunket in the Neighbourhood) group in Paekakariki!
[14 May 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Wow this young lady is certainly a gifted individual!  A very intelligent (and yes she did write the whole speech) young lady who in her short life has clocked up some amazing achievements: She could read and write simple words at age two and a half; read her first chapter book at age three and half; s tarted to write short stories at age four; started to type short stories at age 6; Published her first book at age 7! I certainly believe that children have something to say and not just child prodigies!  Children can be very much ...
[12 May 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Children view the world around them in such a unique way. It's that perspective that I'm looking for to share Kapiti with the world!
[11 May 2010 | 3 Comments | Posted in Parenting]
I really can't get over how quickly life seems to be passing us by. One day blends into another. We start the days early we finish them late.
[7 May 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Every Mothers Day I am reminded of a number of things...
[19 Apr 2010 | One Comment | Posted in Parenting]
Well it's a big day in our household today. Our little big girl is starting kindergarten! I'm excited for her and I'm excited for me and I've not done half the things I meant to to prepare for the day.