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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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Transitions are Hard

Transitions are Hard

Think of when you don't want something to end. Like a massage. Then think of what the masseuse does to clearly and respectfully cue to you and hold the boundary. They don't say..." ok...5more mins" and then "ok...another 5 more mins" if you look uncomfortable about it...

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Partnered…But Feeling Un-Partnered

Partnered…But Feeling Un-Partnered

Parenting is hard enough. Doing it day-in and day-out while feeling lonely in your partnership takes it to a whole other level. Wishing your co-parent could step into both the co-parenting and the romantic relationship more than they have been able to makes for big...

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Yelling Shame

Yelling Shame

The most common thing for parents I meet with to be stressed and shamed about is their yelling. They report being mightily confused and confronted by how they can calmly manage a team of staff at work only to elevate into a shrieking hot mess around that particular...

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Our Child’s Anger

Our Child’s Anger

We are all trying to raise kids who can manage their anger. In order for them to grow that skill we need to let them feel the feeling so they can experientially learn how to navigate it.  Day-to-day life will deal them a bazillion opportunities to navigate anger if we...

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Our OWN back-to-school needs

Our OWN back-to-school needs

How in heck are ‘our own back-to-school needs’ and respect/gratitude related? Well – last year my most hotly asked questions were ‘How do I teach my child gratitude?’ followed closely by ‘How do I teach my child respect’ from parents looking hopefully at me to tell...

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School Holiday Teachable Moments

School Holiday Teachable Moments

Christmas is over. New Years has been and gone. For many families the family holiday away has passed as well. Still to come for many of the families I work with are weeks and weeks of juggling being back at work while at the same time keeping the kids adequately...

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5 tips for going into these school holidays strong

5 tips for going into these school holidays strong

Parents all across town are nervous.  Fair enough.  We haven’t done an Easter break like this before but we have relationship with our family we can draw on and I’m sitting these five tips here for you to consider as you think through how you are going to best...

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The Glorification of Busy

The Glorification of Busy

A theme in my world this month has been the juggle parents have of doing all that they have committed to, AND providing their children (and themselves) the time it takes to tune in. Maybe it is on my radar because jumping through the required hoops of the Love...

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