Kiwi Families is in my mind the epitome of an exceptional Parenting website with a huge audience of over 25,000 families.
Below is a complete list of all the articles I’ve written for them:
We choose what parental lessons we will pass on to our own children. Do these 5 Parenting Influences align with what you hope your children learn from you?
By the age of 16 it’s likely your kids are being invited to ‘Drinking Parties’ by now (whether you know it or not!). So we wanted to offer you guys some other birthday party ideas that aren’t alcohol related and also aren’t considered too ‘naff’; in the eyes of a Teenager.
They balance precariously on a knife edge between wanting just fun, goofy adventure based parties to more grown up, sometimes even sophisticated themes to also wanting a full on frat party/Snoop dog/ Police-called House Party!
With doing school for more than 10 years and as single parent family, we have learnt quite a bit about what works and what helps to get through the school year with more smiles than tears (both hers and mine!).
You hear all the time: “We live in a different world these days”… Yes, that’s true in some ways… but maybe not as much as you think. I’ve been thinking about things that are ‘different’… but the same, like:
It’s a complicated stage as navigating the change of some activities, behaviours and responsibilities can leave us sitting on the fence as they feel like a too big a jump to take.
One of the ways I parent is to always encourage my child (who’s now a teen) to try things, give things a go, take that tiny spark she has in something further, just to see if there is something in it… to see if it may become something she is passionate about – or not.
It got me thinking about my own situation… as a single parent…About, what do I do…when juggling the celebrating of ‘special calendar dates’ with Miss 15.
Birthdays, people’s weddings, certain anniversaries, Easter, her birthday, holidays, Christmases and things like Mother’s Day.
They blaze into our house brimming with smiles, flailing hair, bags of clothes, a myriad of hair gadgets, school bags spilling with science and maths books and homework tasks to be completed, giant oversized art folders, the distinct crinkly sound of supermarket shopping bags full of snacks and junk food, all engulfed with the beat of their Friday afternoon Spotify playlist trailing behind them…
I love finding new adventure-type activities, but I’ll admit I had had it explained to me once and I honestly thought…”meh…that’s sounds really techy and a bit boring”…and I didn’t really get it.
I’ve also been very aware over all the years, that it was very important for us to make our own traditions and find new ways to celebrate big and small with just the two of us, as you can’t always rely on others being around.
But once you have said yes, it is equally important to have equipped them with both in-built and practical things to help them make their way in their new found independence – before they go out.
Keeping things neutral, I reply “Ahhh, with the hair…! So I haven’t met Regina yet and I also haven’t met her parents either?”
Defensively Miss 14 shoots back “No … but she’s fine … her Parent’s aren’t Axe Murders or anything and their Nanna lives with them … so they must be nice!”.
It’s not always plain sailing; the last race we had entered in, Miss 14 was sick, so couldn’t race. Last week a race we were planning on entering had to be shelved as it clashed with too many other commitments on our calendar.
Sometimes in training there have been tears, not just Miss 14’s, but mine too!
But this is some of what we have learnt along the way.
There are many areas of my family life that require creativity – some more than others!
Here are 5 ways my creative family ideals sometimes fly out the window AND the surprising realities of life take over.
It feels good to have and make family traditions, even more so in a Single Parent family. It gives my daughter (Miss 13) a greater sense of family and connection, the traditions are a bit ‘special’, she can rely on them & we do also have loads of fun with them 🙂
These are some of our unique ones…