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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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Connecting

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 together…

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Cling-ons

Sometimes we punish good behaviour even when we do not actually intend to. This can lead to our child feeling discounted and often quite angry. E.g. The child/ tamariki wipes up the bench, but has forgotten to squeeze out the cloth and leaves the bench very wet. Parent says, “Great,…

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40 Years Ago

I wish I had the information about positive parenting. Thinking about the way I parented our four children, who now have children of their own, I have many regrets, although there were good times too. On one hand we were reasonably good parents. We both really loved our children, spent…

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