How to feed your family during these strange times

How to feed your family during these strange times

I’m no expert on how to manage food during a pandemic response. Let’s get that clear right from the outset.  I have a friend who is much better qualified to offer advice than I am! She knows a thing or two about managing food carefully. She’s mum of eight, yes,...
The Blessing of a Grannie

The Blessing of a Grannie

I count myself very lucky. My mum flies over to Wellington from the UK every year for a month to spend time with me, my husband and our two girls. When she’s here, everything gets better. She helps out with drop-off and pick-up during the weekdays giving me and my...
A Guilt-Free Working Parent

A Guilt-Free Working Parent

Imagine that you’re a working parent. Now imagine that you’re a guilt-free working parent. It’s not easy, is it? I know you. I am you! You’re torn by the constant nagging feeling that you’re almost certainly letting someone down. And the deeper you go with that...
‘The Mother of all Jobs’

‘The Mother of all Jobs’

I recently read an outstanding book that I think you might love. ‘The Mother of all Jobs’ is an excellent book about the challenges (to put it mildly!) and delights that come with juggling work-life with kid-life.  Brilliantly written by Christine Armstrong, it’s...
The Education Champion!

The Education Champion!

I recently sat down with a cuppa to talk to another wonderful Grandmother. I wanted to continue exploring parenting experiences over the generations. This time I spoke to Valerie and her story is quite something!  Valerie’s story is all about the power of education to...
Wisdom from a Grandmother

Wisdom from a Grandmother

I have spent a lot of time experiencing, thinking and reading about the challenges of modern parenting. It occurred to me that I’ve made a lot of assumptions that parenting is a totally different experience to what it used to be. I thought I’d test out that...
Big Transitions

Big Transitions

My youngest daughter is just about to celebrate her fourth birthday.  Is it just me, or does this feel like an unexpected yet huge milestone to every parent? In the last few days she suddenly seems to be so much more talkative, articulate and opinionated. She’s...
Fitting together the jigsaw

Fitting together the jigsaw

The pieces of the jigsaw for working parents can often seem like an impossible puzzle that just won’t fit together.   Firstly, there’s meeting the cost of childcare.  This is on the rise from high demand, now that more parents are in paid work and for...
Slow Parenting Tips

Slow Parenting Tips

  I’m a working mum with two girls, aged seven and three.  I hate structure and routine. I really hate it!  My husband’s the same. We both love spontaneity and when it’s not there we quickly feel trapped, like we have become passive passengers on life’s journey...