Preparing for Separation
Preparing for Separation   Sometimes our dreams, plans and hopes don’t always turn out the way we expected. This is no different when it comes to relationships. No one enters a truly committed relationship expecting it to end. Unfortunately for some it does. This doesn’t mean they have fail...
Single Parents of Teens
3 Things Single Parents Of Teens Must Do To Keep Sane No one ever claims being a single parent is easy and as single parents of teens you know this to especially be the case. In fact, media portrayals of single parenthood rarely glamourize it. Struggles with maintaining a balance between single life...
Vitamin D Deficiency in children
Vitamin D Deficiency in children – not so sunny after all…   By Mirielle Schreuders BHSc MNP   “Using sunscreen correctly can prevent sunburn and is believed to protect against SCC. Using sunscreen has not, however, been shown to prevent melanoma or BCC” The American Academy of Ped...
True Cost of Separation
The True Cost of Separation   Separation & divorce is akin to a roller-coaster. The end of a relationship is such an emotional period in your life and can bring about significant anxiety and concerns. What do you do now? Where will you live? What happens to your house? What about your finan...
Boundaries and Teenagers
The importance of boundaries with teenagers – continued As I mentioned in my previous article, parenting a teenager can be a rewarding process but it is not without its challenges. There is a fine balance between guiding your teenager through their life process and allowing them to make their own ...
Are you a selfish parent?
Are you a selfish parent? I'm a selfish parent. At least, I strive to be. Yes, - I STRIVE to be a selfish parent. Many people think of selfishness as a bad thing.  Selfishness - which means, to be primarily concerned with oneself - is sometimes synonymous with NOT being concerned about others. And ...
Boosting confidence in kids
Boosting Confidence: A Parent's Guide for Supporting Children's Self-Esteem Even though at first thought self esteem seems like one of those things which we build as adults, the truth is that it is one of the most crucial “ingredients” of our personality which should develop from early childhood...
Self-Care it is so important
The importance of Self-Care A year ago I found myself a single mum at 41 to a little girl just over a year old. I felt scared and angry. I did not know how this could have happened to me. I let my anger consume me until finally I broke down. I learnt the hard way the importance of self-care. First t...
Focus on a healthy mind
How can you keep your mind as healthy as possible during a separation? If you are reading this article, you are more than likely a parent who is trying to recover from a break-up. To keep with the theme of this month which is health, I’d love to talk to you about some of the ways you keep can keep...
Nurturing your child's strength
HOW TO NURTURE A CHILD’S STRENGTH TO RELEASE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL   Each child is born with a unique gift, an a strength that they are great at. For parents, the key is to recognise and encourage this strength so that it enables the child to reach their true potential. I recently worked with Jane...
Maclaren Stroller - How to choose the right one
Learn How To Choose A Perfect Maclaren Stroller Maclaren is the best parenting lifestyle organization situated in Britain just to meet the specific needs of parents and their infants. Owen Maclaren founded the company that bears his name in 1965. And the first product invented was the Baby Buggy, kn...
Community Legal Centre
Last week we discussed the application for divorce. Some of you have said that you would like to get it checked by a lawyer. So this week I wanted to give you a quick tip…. (you can thank me for this one later )   If you don’t want to pay to see a lawyer in most places there will be a commu...
Applying for a divorce
Applying for a divorce yourself?   First and foremost – I am not providing you with legal advice. All I am going to do is show you where to get the forms from so that if you are applying for a divorce yourself you can. Secondly however for my own protection you should always seek the advice o...
Failed? No. A new opportunity to begin again? Yes!
For some of you going through divorce it will be a very hard journey. Some of you may be hiding it, you may not want to acknowledge that you are going through this. You may in fact feel like you have failed.   It isn’t easy – especially if your main thought and feeling is that you have fail...
Legal Coach - do you have one?
A Legal Coach - moving away from the traditional lawyer/client relationship This month we are looking at the concept of divorce (not child custody or property). To start I wanted to talk to you about a legal coach.   I was speaking to a lawyer recently and we were talking about the different of...
Quiet Time Activities for Kids
Quiet Time Activities for Kids   Sometimes, parents just need a moment to rest and relax when they get home from work and they do not have the strength to cope with the children’s energy. During those times, there is no need to get angry at kids or try to convince them to stay quiet, be...
Have a Safe and Happy Easter
Happy Easter You would have noticed that this week there was no post on Monday. Well that’s because I wanted to save it until today! I wanted to wish you all a happy and safe Easter.   Some of you will be with your kids, enjoy the day and the joy that it brings for them. It can be easy to for...
8 Tips to Calm Your Child Down
8 Tips to Calm Your Child Down Being a parent is one of the greatest joys in life. It can also be incredibly difficult. Although there are countless books on parenting and plenty of self help available, nobody can really be prepared for the responsibilities of raising a child. Dealing with a hyperac...
The power of letting go
Letting Go It is time to learn and accept that we cannot control everything With Easter being just around the corner it is the perfect time to start thinking about letting go, acknowledging and accepting what we can and cannot control. Each of us will have different views about what is and is not ac...
Preparing for Easter School Holidays
Preparing for Easter School Holidays & Special Days! Can you believe that Easter is only 2 weeks away? It is mind-blowing to think how quickly 2016 is going. With Easter only just around the corner it is time to make sure that you have plans in place and have prepared for Easter special days and...