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Give up guilt for good: What you need to know

One night after work last year, I was sitting in a large auditorium, full of busy professional women, listening to advice on wellbeing. Much of it was good advice but were a few things that set off little red flags in my head. And no sooner had the presentation finished when one of the women turned to me and said, “Oh I feel so guilty, I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to drink tap water. I thought it was ok. How am I going to afford a filter on my tap?” Now you might laugh at that statement and think, "how could she think that?" But I was so mad that this woman had come away from the presentation believing her efforts to take care of herself...

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I AM Co: Day on her plate

The cool I AM Co team asked what a normal day of eating looked like for me. It's about simple food. When you're busy juggling work and life with family and friends, in my view, food needs to be easy, satisfying and inexpensive. If you've read my blog on body image, you'll also know that I'm not keen on food labels. If anything, it's about eating food that's helpful for your body and occasionally eating food that's less helpful but still satisfying and fun. Thanks to the lovely I AM Co team for the opportunity, and check out the I AM Co. blog here! There are some great ideas from others too.   Our approach to eating and meals If it is of interest, we do one big supermarket shop once per week as a...

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Media coverage: Tips for childcare on the teachers’ strike

Lovely to catch up with Jesse Mulligan on RNZ to share tips for parents on the teachers' strike day. Click here to go to audio on RNZ. Full list of tips can be found here. The tips were also covered via interviews with NewstalkZB news, Newstalk ZB Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby and Newshub 6pm (TV3). Great to see stories that support working parents! Thanks to all for the opportunity. I hope the tips made the day a little easier for everyone.    ...

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Upcoming teachers’ strike: Tips for parents and workplaces

While the details of the upcoming nationwide teachers strike on Wednesday 29 May are not yet clear, many working parents will already be wondering how to accommodate children not able to attend school on that day? New Zealand has over 800,000 primary and secondary school students, which means it is likely to be a very disruptive day for families and businesses around the country. For some working parents, it will be relatively easy day to manage. However, for other working parents, particularly those in customer-facing industries or industries with higher health and safety risks, the day may prove more challenging to negotiate with children in tow. Here are three tips for workplaces, and three tips for parents to help make the day a little easier for everyone.   Tips for workplaces: 1....

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To my darling daughter: What I can say about body image

I had been dreading it. I knew, despite my best efforts, it would only be a matter of time before it happened. And then suddenly, we were there, having that conversation - my four-year old daughter and me. As we climbed into the car after pre-school, she touched her hair tentatively and said to me, "Mumma, do I have boy hair? The other children say I have boy hair because my hair is short and curly. But I’m not a boy, am I Mumma?” “I wish my hair was long and straight and pretty like the other girls, so I looked like a girl." At that moment, my brain froze. I wanted to scream. I wanted to undo time so that I could have done something – anything...

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Self Care Cards: This year, give the gift that takes care. Dismiss