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Making Amends

This skill is an important one for our children to learn. It is sometimes called restitution. It is about teaching our child how they can try to ‘fix up’, ‘correct’ or ‘make up for’ for their behaviour when it has impacted negatively on another person, persons or even an animal.…

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Learning from Experience

Every day we all have opportunities to learn from the experiences which are the consequences of our actions. It is especially important that we learn from our negative experiences so we don’t repeat the same again and again. Two examples of experiencing the negative consequences of our actions or behaviour…

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Friday Nights

It was well over ten years ago that I suddenly realized that although I saw our grandchildren frequently, very little of that time was spent one on one with them. So I made a plan then and there to devote some time each week to one grandchild, just them and…

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Family/Whanau Time

It is a time when members of a family connect with each other in a loving way. It is a time when parents give their 100% attention to their tamariki/ children. It may involve playing together, sharing a special time, listening to each other, having fun, sharing emotions and being…

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Family Fun Finding Food

A fun activity to help children to become more involved and enjoy shopping in the supermarket Create a card for most food items the family regularly purchases. To create these cards: Save the packaging of each of these products over the course of 3 to 4 weeks; Cut out the…

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Expectations

In the last few years one thing that I have learnt above all else when it comes to parenting is that we as parents tend to expect more from our children, and their behaviour, than we do of ourselves. We get upset when they fight with their siblings, express their…

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Every Kid is Different and Every Parent too

The theory of temperament and traits is a fascinating subject.  An understanding of our own temperament, our partner’s temperament and our children’s temperament will certainly help when it comes to parenting. Especially in our understanding of how best to respond to certain behaviour that is causing us concern.  I remember…

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Elizabeth’s Thoughts

Some people have told us that they were worried about attending a parenting course. They felt that others would judge them and would think that they were not good parents. They thought it was only parents who hit their children and didn’t know the first thing about parenting that went…

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