Practical Parenting: K is for

K-is-for-kitchenThe kitchen is the proverbial hub of every home – well it can be – it is where love is expressed through the creation of physical nourishment! It is where conversations spontaneously happen around the breakfast and supper table. It is where family members congregate at the beginning and the end of the day, in anticipation of a some nourishment, not just of the body, but also the soul!

The kitchen is the place, where a teenager will seek out a momentary counsel with the parent they trust – as parents we need to be alert, open and available for such moments. If you associate the kitchen with a place of connection, it will help remind you to be looking for those moments. Sharing the essential chores of the day, washing dishes, preparing supper, making lunch box sandwiches, these are all opportunities to connect with each other.

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“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…” A song from the classic movie Mary Poppins. One of the happiest memories I have has a child was flying a kite with my Dad at the beach. Once I had children of my own, I wanted to relive that moment. Over the years, we have made some and bought some and loved heading out to the park on windy days and just enjoying the sight of the kite bring tossed in the wind. As my children have gotten older, they have enjoyed the challenge of more complicated designs, but the great old t-bar, a bin liner, sticky tape and some string can be the start of a wonderful creative hobby.

 

Family Having Fun With Kite In Sand Dunes

About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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