We have a wonderful Winter Celebration here in New Zealand, and it’s called Matariki. Matariki is the Maori New Year. The exact timing of this celebration each year depends on when the seven stars of Matariki appear low in the north eastern sky. It’s a time of the year when traditionally, Maori people would harvest… Read More Matariki – a Wonderful Winter Celebration
We have a collection of bugs in my son’s room. Dead bugs. Creepily stuck to a pin-board, dead as a doornail, along with other flora that he’s collected over the last year. In this house, I’ve had to learn to love bugs and not be freaked out by them or their creepy crawly nature. I… Read More Our “Science Board” (aka Bug Collection).
Playcentre! That place behind the fence which you drive past and wonder “What happens there?”. That thing that you’ve heard about and wondered “Is that for me and my child?”. Is it a playgroup? Is it a daycare? A kindy? Well… no, it’s not any of those. For anyone reading from overseas (and, anyone brand… Read More That Playcentre Life
This time last year I was pregnant with our little girl, our third baby, and planning where her place of birth was to be. With it being Home Birth Awareness Week this week I thought I would share her birth story. I had many conversations with other parents about home birth in the lead up… Read More A Home Birth Story – part one: preparation.
I’m a huge fan of podcasts over here. I first discovered them a couple of years ago, when a friend of mine put me onto them. At the time, she said to me something along the lines of “sometimes it can get lonely when you’re at home with kids“. She was a bit further down… Read More Pushing Play on Podcasts: a great parenting resource and sanity saver.
Things have been a bit quiet over here in blog-land… we had a family holiday and I took a little break from all things social media related. There’s a few posts that I’m working on but one thing that’s been mulling over in my mind is about the reason why I started to blog. And… Read More What do Occupational Therapists Actually DO? (and why I blog…)
OK readers, this is actually my last tip in my Winter Survival Series. I did wonder whether to bother posting this, seeing as Winter is almost over (hooray!) but then I remembered that I live almost at the bottom of the world, and often the cold rainy days can streeeeetch their fingers into Spring as well.… Read More Five Active Indoor Play Ideas