Category: Parenting Style

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Listen

I’ve spoken before about my journey to change my parenting style and I’ve recommended books that have been great stepping stones on the journey. Today I am recommending another one. It is “Listen :...

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Happy New Year

Welcome to 2016 ! I hope that you and your family have had a nice holiday season. Now that it is almost back to normal routine, I thought I’d share a few snippets that...

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Experiment: Letting Go

I’ve decided to run an experiment here at the Patch. I’m guessing that like most folk I harbour the idea that if left to their own devices the kids would turn in to the...

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Playing with the kids

Today’s post is really a recommended reading. It’s about play and it’s importance to our children.  I love this article by Genevieve Simperingham, it encapsulates so much of what I wish for my kids....

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Life skills for kids – a timely reminder

Over at my personal blog I’ve talked about starting out on the KonMari method of decluttering and organisation.  Interestingly enough I started this morning off by thinking about moving through the untouched bookshelves today....

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Teaching vs Learning

One of my favourite blogs, Happiness is Here, posted a great reminder about staying out of the way of the kids while they’re learning.  Which is pretty much all of the time! I needed...

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Family Meetings

Over this past Christmas and New Year I spent some of my quiet time reading Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen. I was looking for more ideas on how to positively interact with the small Oh Wailys. I...

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Motivation

  I love this photograph of Miss Oh Waily that I took on our visit to Tikitapu, just outside of Rotorua. I also happen to love the quote from Lao Tzu.  What could be...