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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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MiNDFOOD: Dealing with Acute Stress/PTSD

Following the horrific event in Christchurch on 15 March 2019, MiNDFOOD published a beautiful, thoughtful collection of individual stories and ideas from a range of specialists on recovery, supporting others and moving forward together. Thank you to MiNDFOOD for the opportunity to contribute to the collection and I deeply hope it was helpful (see images for column titled 'Dealing with Acute Stress/PTSD'). If you, or your family and friends, need some extra support to take care following the event, I encourage you to call 1737, New Zealand's free mental health helpline. They are a brilliant, supportive team.    ...

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Latitude Magazine: Be kind to yourself and be realistic

Thank you to the lovely Latitude Magazine team for the opportunity to share self care in their gorgeous magazine! In this article, I offer some insights into behaviour change and suggest a simple activity you can do to help you overcome those wellbeing barriers to that crop up from time to time. "Change is almost never linear, it's more like a messy scrawl on paper." Am I right?? Check out the Feb/Mar 2019 print edition now to read the article and catch up on inspiring ideas and people in Canterbury. Take care x  ...

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