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Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Karina is a Mental Health Occupational Therapist who I can't wait to link families in with once she is all set to go in her new private practice. Last year was particularly big for the teenagers in our community. Through the pandemic the littlies got their needs...

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Parenting as an Empathetic Witness

Parenting as an Empathetic Witness

Parenting is not about protecting our kids from experiencing hard stuff. It's about being an empathetic witness when they do. And having them grow up secure in the trust that they can count on us for that. This is also how we do the important work towards reducing...

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In High Demand

In High Demand

"Can everyone just stop NEEDING so much!?" ...is the essence of so many conversations I have with parents. Often it is that they come into Love Parenting from the parenting coalface where they have been working hard hard hard at being the parent they wish they had...

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If Nothing Mattered

If Nothing Mattered

IF NOOOOTHING MATTERED Let's play. Shut your eyes... Imagine you are between jobs. You just got a juicy redundancy from your last role and the next one has a start date of 1st Jan next year. Between now and then you have all the time in the world, money aplenty and...

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Feeling Settled? Or Like You’ve Settled?

Feeling Settled? Or Like You’ve Settled?

Feeling Settled? Or Like You've Settled? This week let's think about the difference between 'feeling settled' and 'feeling like you have settled'. It is common during the years that we are raising little kids to be making choices that are less risky day to day and...

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Let Them Feel

Let Them Feel

Important point: We aren't trying to make feelings 'go away' As parents, our big learnings are towards working out how we can support our kids to have feelings and express them. We aren't measuring the success of our hard work by how compliant and contained they...

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The Co-Regulation Hold

The Co-Regulation Hold

A portable technique you can take wherever you go. The important pieces are: - that you explain it and do a practice run with your child before you actually use it (so that they understand the tone of it....it is 'for' them not 'against' them) - it is for when they...

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Celebrating Wins is Key

Celebrating Wins is Key

By reflecting on what worked well we get insight into what we might be well-placed to keep prioritising. We can 'see the woods for the trees' in a celebration headspace way more clearly than when we are in overwhelm-ville. Hence, we get important clues from there for...

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Teen Drinking Tip

Teen Drinking Tip

Tip: Rather than taking it out, consider leaving the alcohol in the fridge down where your teens will be with friends staying over and take a pic to be able to look back on if you get a gut feeling that they have stepped over that line and consumed some... Noticing...

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Teens Hosting Sleepovers

Teens Hosting Sleepovers

A deterrent for having a crew of lads stay over can sometimes be the work and expense of filling all those apparently hollow legs. We are entering teen-ville over here and gosh it's lovely being able to bang out some bulk one-pot wonders that are a solid alternative...

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Keeping it Simple

Keeping it Simple

I realised while out harvesting some veg-loot just now that I love to garden in the same way I advocate we approach parenting. Discerningly putting our effort into things that assist the long game. Keeping it simple and uncomplicated by spending the bulk of our energy...

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The Lime Tree – Giving Back

The Lime Tree – Giving Back

The lime tree outside Love Parenting Studio is one of my favourite things to nurture. There is such a direct correlation between me loving-in on it and it thriving and it giving back. This is the last of this season's limes, but it knows I am alongside it and it's...

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