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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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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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