Category Archives: Signs All’s Well

The Definition of Joy

160 mm (6.5 inches) of rain + 1 half weeded garden + 3 boys

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Mature Children – A Real Life Story from 2012

During our recent summer holidays we spent some time in the tiny seaside village of Mahia on New Zealand’s east coast. There were eight children, ranging in age from 13 to our darling two year-old. One of the privileges of a holidaying in a small … Continue reading

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The Real amount of Sleep Children NEED

As promised, part two of the sleep series which begins here: Parents: Naughty Kids Need More Sleep and Clever Kids Do Too.. I have no idea where I got this information from, but it seems to be standard and I … Continue reading

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Parents: Allow your Children to Manage their OWN Risk

Alongside Mr Hare using his abilities in Executive Function last Friday, (Executive Function – A Story) there was also an aspect of managed risk in the scenario. Mr Owl (age six) decided to tag along for the ride and took his … Continue reading

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Executive Function – A Story

On Friday morning, Mr Hare (aged nine) had the option of being organised and riding to the bus-stop with Craig in the work car or being less organised and me walking with him. The work car has Navman. The bus-stop is … Continue reading

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Mindful Disconnection – Another Story

We arrived home Thursday afternoon and Mr Owl (aged six) hopped out of the car and went to play up a tree in our front yard. I released Mr Butterfly (aged 21 months) from his car-seat and took my things inside.  … Continue reading

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Parents of Toddlers: Lots of Mimicry means you’re doing a great Job.

Parents often worry about how things are going for their children. It is hard with so many contradicting opinions and views on parenting to really know how we’re doing. (I do plan to write the second ebook on why this … Continue reading

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Parents: Naughty Kids Need More Sleep and Clever Kids Do Too.

Before the advent of electricity, most children on most days were in bed when the sun went down and got up when the sun rose. When you put it in perspective – that’s not so long ago – and that has been the norm for as long … Continue reading

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Connecting with our Children is easy – Try This…

One of the consistent signs of great parenting (not just OK, so-so or good-enough) is that children can make warm and constant eye-contact with their mothers (main care-givers) – with little or no teaching from those mothers (main care-givers). One of … Continue reading

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Preparing for Real Life – Mindful Disconnection Pt Seven(!)

We all know them: the bright high-achievers who bomb-out once they leave school. We all know the others: the bright hard-working early high-achievers who never seem to reach their potential once they’re away from home. We all know the ones … Continue reading

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