30. Parenting tips: Embrace your awesomeness

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30Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Photo source Parenting Tips 30: Embrace your AWESOMEness!   Fact Number One: That you have been journeying along with me for these past 29 parenting tips is a testament to your parenting ability, and your determination to do a good job. Being open to learning new skills (or consciously taking a…

29. Parenting children without guilt

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29Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Photo source Tip 29: Parenting children without guilt. Accept your limitations with grace and love.   Being an AWESOME parent today (and that is all we are ever talking about – not yesterday, not tomorrow) doesn’t mean we always get it right. We are busy, with so.. so.. so.. much to…

28. Child growth and development: movement is the key

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28Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Photo source Tip 28: Child growth and development: movement is the key   When it comes to child growth and development, we all want to do the right thing to help them on their way. But when there are so many theories, ideas, new strategies, research papers, foods to eat, foods…

27. Singing with kids for joy-filled days

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27Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Photo source Tip 27: Singing with kids for joy-filled days I’ve been singing with kids since I was 18 years old but about 15 years ago, I began singing in a different way. I learned to sing as a way of life, rather than as a time filler in my busy…

26. The art of storytelling- a tool for life

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26Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 26: The art of storytelling – a magic tool for life When I first became a parent, my idea of storytelling was to read a book to my child before she went to bed. That was it. If only I’d known that there was a world of storytelling out there…

25. Toys for children: what do they really need?

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25Jun

30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 25: Toys for children: what do they really need?   In tip 24, we spoke about the importance of free play. And of course, when we talk about play, the next obvious thing we need to consider is what the children play with. Toys for children…what do they REALLY need?…

24. Creative play wins the day!

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24Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 24: Creative play, and more play, and more play is the key to happy kids.   The best thing we can do for our kids is to let them be bored. For boredom is one of the keys to creative play. Boredom is the vacuum and a vacuum cannot stay…

23. ‘Mama time’ is essential for self care

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23Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 23: Mama time is essential for self care & why firing up your own creative spark is vital!   A few years ago I coined the phrase “MamaMoontime” to encapsulate the need for women/mother’s to dedicate the hours after the children have gone to bed to themselves.  I FIRMLY believe…

22. Family traditions: Make your own

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22Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 22: Build your own family traditions   Family traditions are necessary. They are the things that bind us to our kin, and create memories for us that only those in our family or community share. Family traditions are all about belonging. They let us know that we are part of…

21. Good parenting tools: crafty props

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21Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 21: Good parenting tools: crafty props I’ve spent years looking for good parenting ‘tools’ but the one I have found to be most effective BY FAR is to use a crafty prop. This is kind of lucky for me as I LOVE crafts!  But anyone with two hands, two eyes,…

20. Positive discipline tool: Use the energy

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20Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 20: Positive discipline tool- Use the energy   If there is one thing I’m not a fan of in normal school, preschool and kindergarten settings, it is the idea that disciplining children should involve a ‘time out’.  I’m not quite sure how ‘disciplining’ a child in this way actually teaches…

19. Positive parenting tool: redirection

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19Jun
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  30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 19:  My number one positive parenting tool: Redirection   As a mum, but especially as a teacher of young children, I have learned that there is ALWAYS a moment before an incident occurs where I have an opportunity to intervene before things escalate out of control. I might not…

17. Problems with sleeping? Run through this checklist.

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17Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure  here) Photo source. Creative Commons licence. Tip 17: Do your kids have problems with sleeping? Run through this checklist.   Do your kids have problems with sleeping? Not being able to get the kids to go to sleep, or having your sleep interrupted each night, is one sure way for us…

16. The necessary art of health and wellbeing: five creative ideas to care for sick kids

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16Jun
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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 16: The necessary art of health and wellbeing: Five creative ideas to help care for sick kids   When it comes to health and wellbeing, prevention is the key, isn’t it. Good health is a finely tuned art, the right combination of good quality food, fresh air, a little sunshine,…