Parenting
Jan25

Parenting

Recent research from the Queensland Family and Child Commission shows that only 10% of parent are regularly asking for assistance or advice in parenting. This means that 90% are struggling with the challenges kids bring on their own. There are a number of ways to reach out for help and here are some pointers from the Parenting Ideas blog.  1. Start with family and friends. You need between three and five trusted, non-judgemental people who you can call on for help. Count how many you have right now. If you fall short, look for ways to build your social capital. 2. Add a layer of organizational support such as professionals and organisations that educate, care for and coach/teach your children. Add carers, teachers, coaches and other adults to your list. 3. Find counseling, parent education services and professional assistance services whether paid or free (such as Parentline) that you can go to when you need significant assistance. Foster a relationship with a professional (general practitioner, psychologist, specialist in a child’s disorder, social worker) that you can trust that you can return to over time. 4. Follow a voice you can trust. Part of modern parental stress comes from the plethora of information about raising kids. Answering the basic question “Am I doing a good job?” is now super-confusing. Parenting is now an industry, with many well-intentioned ‘experts’ who don’t always give wise, informed or...

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Love does not measure
Jan23

Love does not measure

One might presume that the quote by Mother Teresa refers to her love of God and the people she selflessly helped. However, with Valentine’s Day less than a month away we will focus on unconditional romantic love. The euphoria of falling in love is known to all who have been through it, but where does that amazing feeling come from? Apparently there is an definite and measurable chemical response in the body as shown in the the following excerpt about the brain’s reaction to love. Romantic love tends to light up the same reward areas of the brain that are activated by cocaine. But new research shows that selfless love—a deep and genuine wish for the happiness of others—actually turns off the brain’s reward centers. “When we truly, selflessly wish for the well-being of others, we’re not getting that same rush of excitement that comes with, say, a tweet from our romantic love interest, because it’s not about us at all,” says Judson Brewer, adjunct professor of psychiatry at Yale University now at the University of Massachusetts. …via Selfless love turns off brain’s need for reward – Futurity We have the science for selflessness associated with that loving feeling. What about selflessness that comes from a darker area. Sometimes even when a partner would really desire to satisfy the needs of their loved one, they may not be getting a clear message about what those needs are. This may steam...

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A mother’s love
Jan03

A mother’s love

As we kick off the new year, we would like to share this moving and motivational video of a Marc Mero talk to teenagers. It inspired a personal New Year resolution to spend more time with friends and family, and to get in touch with those loved ones who we sometimes forget to would really enjoy hearing from us. Whether it is a call, a note, an email or even some flowers, we are pretty sure this will inspire you to reach out to those people who have been important in your life, those who believed in and nurtured you.

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New year goal setting
Jan02

New year goal setting

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Best day
Dec30

Best day

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Resolve to keep happy
Dec29

Resolve to keep happy

For everyone formulating your New Year’s resolutions, here is one from Helen Keller that will surely make 2015 a good year.

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Year in search
Dec28

Year in search

Again, as we wind up the year here is a different kind of overview: our year in search. Google pulls at the heart strings as they show us the good, the bad and the things we loved in 2014. We searched for hope more than fear, for science more than fiction. We searched for greatness, to make sense, to remember and to be inspired. See more here.

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Hope honey
Dec27

Hope honey

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Flower friends
Dec21

Flower friends

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Naughty or nice
Dec20

Naughty or nice

All of us fib a little from time to time and all of us are a little naughty now and again. Would you lie about being naughty if you were being interviewed by Santa’s personal detective if it meant no Christmas presents? Following on from his previous pranks on kids, Jimmy Kimmel is again giving kiddies grief by grilling them on their ‘naughty or nice’ behaviour, added by a lie-detector and the truth fairy. The out-of-the-mouth results are adorable, as well as quite funny.

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Classy & fabulous
Dec18

Classy & fabulous

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Gardening
Dec16

Gardening

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Kids in charge of Christmas
Dec09

Kids in charge of Christmas

What if Christmas trees had donuts, reindeer wore decorations in their antlers, snow was everywhere and rainbows were made out of cotton candy? The awesome people at Soul Pancake asked kids at a Boys & Girls Club to draw a picture of what the holidays would look like if they were in charge. The rest is simply #HolidayMagic.

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Take your breath away
Dec06

Take your breath away

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Friday force
Dec05

Friday force

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