The busy parent’s guide to less clutter and more calm
12 Days of Kindness. Day Twelve: Give presence for Christmas
Struggling to manage the post-holiday clutter? Back into the weekly routine and fighting your way through piles of ‘stuff’? You’re not alone.
Many of us have discovered the season for giving is leaving us with way too many ‘things’. As the hodgepodge mounts up, and we run out of time to sort it, we’re left feeling overwhelmed and disorganised.
12 Days of Kindness. Day Eleven: Cook a meal for a new parent
Christmas is a time for giving. A lot of the time we give things, and sometimes the things can get in the way of what’s really important. Christmas is for family, for lazy hours on the beach and morning walks. Highlight what’s important by trying some of these ideas.
12 Days of Kindness. Day Ten: Write a thank you letter
We all go through times when life is overwhelming, when there’s barely enough time to make a decent meal. Supportive friends can make all the difference. If you know someone in this sort of situation, help them out with a delicious meal for them and their family.
12 Days of Kindness. Day Nine: Donate a food parcel
We highly recommend cracking out actual paper and pens for this one, but if you don’t have the appropriate supplies, or your handwriting has withered away beyond recognition from years of typing, a thank you Email is a close second.
12 Days of Kindness. Day Eight: Be kind to yourself
Donating useful food items to an appropriate charity can make a huge difference to families in need. Make sure that you find a charity that currently needs food, and check on their website for what their requirements are.
12 Days of Kindness. Day Seven: A gift to give
Today, you’re going to be kind to yourself! You can’t pour from an empty cup, so self-kindness can energise you to keep being your wonderful self, without burning out or giving up. Read some ideas in here.
12 Days of Kindness. Day Six: Anonymous Notes
What could be kinder than giving the gift of education?
The Jagriti Foundation is committed to supporting opportunities through education and community collaboration to empower children, women and men to lead lives of hope with realised potential.
12 Days of Kindness. Day Five: Plant a Tree
Why not cheer-up a complete stranger with an anonymous kind note? We’ve designed these for you to print and hand out wherever you are. Don’t have a printer? You could make your own notes, use ours as inspiration or come up with your own messages.
12 Days of Kindness. Day Four: Santa's Giving Elf
Today we’ll extend our kindness to our beautiful planet. Today, we plant a tree. Not all trees like being planted at this time of year, but citrus trees can be planted right through summer. We also love how their blossoms attract bees and smell beautiful!
12 Days of Kindness. Day Three: Give someone a compliment
Write a note for each of your children from Santa’s Giving Elf. Leave it in their room, or under the tree, with a bag or box (something that would work well as a Santa sack). In the note, tell them that the Giving Elf is looking for as many toys as possible to give to children in need.
12 Days of Kindness. Day Two: Do a job that isn't usually yours
Give someone a compliment – and mean it.
How often do you think something kind and not say it? “Wow, she did a fantastic job of that presentation” or “He’s so good at making the children laugh”. Sometimes we feel a bit awkward saying these sorts of things out loud. Well, today that changes.
12 Days of Kindness. Day One: Start With a Smile
For our second day of kindness, do a job that isn’t usually yours.
Now, we're not asking you to turn up at work and take over the company. What we are asking you to do is find one little task that is usually done by someone else and do it for them.
Biting – what is it all about?
Start with a smile. In fact, start with 10. Make it your mission to smile at at least 10 people today. Extra points if you get them to smile back.
Preparing your child for LIFE
There is no denying the level of emotions that can accompany biting. Whether your child is biting or being bitten, the emotions can be intense. When biting is ongoing it can be a stressful time for all of the people involved. There is a definite stigma surrounding biting. The reality is, as unpleasant as it is, that for young toddlers biting is a common behaviour and part and parcel of their development.
The Myth of “Falling Behind” in Preschool
Becoming a parent is overwhelming. Suddenly we are responsible for this small person and as our primal instincts to protect them emerge, we find ourselves wanting to shelter them from life's storms. Sadly, just like the weather we can't control what happens in life. The good news is, we can prepare our children for this wild, wonderful world by nurturing their developing sense of self.
Here are five everyday approaches that will help:
Imagine a father coaxing his five month old on the mechanics of walking. Or how about a Mum teaching vowel sounds to her 3 month old infant. You would say that they were wasting their time – right? Imagine these parents fearing that their children were “falling behind”. It’s obvious that these things are clearly outside of their developmental abilities.