Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

Learning to Give and Receive an Apology

Published on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Let’s face it – none of us are perfect and there are times when we make mistakes, screw up and hurt the feelings of others. We all have our limits – and when we overstep the mark, an apology is required. As a parent, teacher, leader, friend and wife I have given many apologies – […]

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The lessons I want my students to learn…

Published on Sunday, October 15th, 2017

I was recently challenged to give a twelve minute talk at the African International Schools’ Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on the topic of ‘The lesson I want my students to learn.’ There were so many options I simply had to pluralise my offering. What follows is a summary of my talk. “It’s not fair!” “She […]

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School Holidays – creating lasting memories with fun family challenges

Published on Monday, July 4th, 2016

School holidays are upon us yet again and as a parent you may either dread or love the thought of having your children at home for 2 weeks. Holidays are a chance for children to relax, kick back, families to connect and make memories. Over the years I have created a special family tradition in the […]

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Parenting for Independence

Published on Monday, June 20th, 2016

Whilst on holiday, tragedy struck the young girl next door… her mother died. It was unexpected. She had been unwell and the hospital wanted to do an urgent scan and had scheduled it for the following week. She died before that day. The young girl, I’ll call her Claire, is 10 years old and an only […]

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Promoting Self Worth

Published on Friday, February 5th, 2016

Recently a parent asked for some reading material as his daughter had been cheating & lying. He was wanting to find out more to help parent through this situation. I sent him this video: (It is a 40min watch and worth it) and recommended Ana Homayoun‘s book, ‘The Myth of the Perfect Girl’. With further reflection, I […]

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Parenting Tips – 9 of our family traditions

Published on Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Karen and family

As a parent I feel so fortunate to stand on the shoulders of so many. Over the years I have met many incredible people who have shared parenting tips and they have had an enormous impact on my parenting style. Some of these people I still know and others have been forgotten – my sincere […]

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An open letter to my daughter’s teacher

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Most teachers only have a class for 1 or maybe 2 years. Our daughter has had the same teacher for 7 years and today was her farewell. I do not recall the last time I was in a room so filled with so much Aroha and respect… The words thank you will never be enough… You have […]

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Our Family Bucket Lists – Goal setting for the future

Published on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

A few weeks ago I was privileged to hear Travis Bell speak at a dinner in Auckland. Travis is known as the Bucket List Guy http://www.thebucketlistguy.com/ . He inspired me to take his message home and share it with my family – little did I know that it would be a wonderful heart filled activity that lasted two […]

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