Tag Archives: Parenting

Focusing more on families

I’ve started to focus more on families and parenting in my work and blogging. Environmental sustainability and working with communities will also continue to be an important focus. Over the last five years or so my work at the Family … Continue reading

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Being a father

When I received a phone call at 6:35 this morning I was greeted with the question “What’s your story?” My response was “I guess I’m like many fathers. I wasn’t particularly interested in kids, and didn’t really mind if I … Continue reading

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A garden sleepover

Our living room was invaded by 9 girls this week for a sleepover with kids from Kids’ Vegies on the Verge. It was noisy, chaotic and fun. It was also all about building community. The girls, ranging in age from … Continue reading

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A school excursion to an Apple Store! Is that OK?

  Hmm, that’s an evil plan! Year 5 at our daughter’s primary school is about to have an excursion to an Apple Store to learn how to use an app.  This is not the type of excursion we would choose for … Continue reading

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Looking for problems!

A few years ago, Jasmine came home with a survey for us to fill out as part of a university research project being conducted through the school. I didn’t know at the time, but the survey was the Child Behavior … Continue reading

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A 10 year old’s birthday party

A 10-year old’s birthday party can be pretty full on. Alexa was beside herself with excitement in the lead up to her birthday: she’d been talking about it for weeks. Our dilemma was how to have a good time, without … Continue reading

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“We didn’t just build a garden, we built a community”

According to Alexa (9), “We didn’t just build a garden, we built a community”. She is so right. The Kid’s Vegies on the Verge is still going strong and is leading to all sorts of spin offs. On the last … Continue reading

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Kids’ Vegies on the Verge: strengthening a sense of community

After two weeks, enthusiasm for the Kids’ Vegies on the Verge (the vegetable garden on our nature strip for kids in the street) is still high. Every afternoon somebody from the roster comes around to water it – although they … Continue reading

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Families around the world

Free seminar on the strengths and challenges for families around the world. This will be an interesting seminar featuring John DeFrain (a leading researcher on International Family Strengths from The University of Nebraska USA) and Judi Geggie (the former director … Continue reading

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Parenting for a better world

Last week, Transition Newcastle and the Family Action Centre  hosted a parenting forum on “Raising Resilient Kids for a Better World”. The main speaker was Anna Campbell author of “Honeycomb Kids: Big picture parenting for a changing world… and to … Continue reading

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