On wellbeing and pursuing our passions

If we observe closely enough and pay attention enough we can indeed spot our children’s and young peoples strengths. By supporting our youth to identify their strengths and then orchestrating ways to support them in strengthen these areas we also support them to feel good about themselves and flourish. There has been quite the gap…

A Mother, A Daughter and A Pineapple

A rather cheesy Thai commercial to illustrate the power of observation, listening, modelling, perseverance and creative thinking. Soft skills that are worth paying attention to and harnessing in our kids and strengthening within ourselves.    

Some one not like you.

One of the very strong values within our family is to raise our three children as global citizens. We aspire for them to be a citizen of the world with a responsibility to not only share, volunteer, advocate and have a positive impact through their actions but also to consider the Earth itself. So what…

Opportunity knocks, but only for those who go looking

Take one school gala, an idea and a boy who is slowly becoming comfortable with the idea of taking more risks. What do you get? An opportunity of course! Adikas was really brave, considering that he has only been at his new school for a term and a half. It was great for Adikas to…

Find the brilliance in the room

This is Adikas’s latest interview. He decided to update his moniker from Messi. Rui Peng shares  how he goes about finding the brilliance in the community that he works in to empower young people using his company Critical Pixel Design Thank you for your brilliance and humbling manner. We love what you guys are doing….

Harnessing your child’s brain power

Loved sharing our last workshop on the above titled last night. A few more child friendly brain strategies shared with parents with a focus on Mindfulness. So what is Mindfulness? Good question. Very simply, it is the art of paying attention in a particular way that is on purpose and in a particular way. Mindfulness…

Waiting for the unicorn.

Support your kids to dream big and set goals or the stuff that they want to do with their life will be the stuff of unicorns. Get them a note book. Support them to write their goals in the present tense. three small goals over a term ought to do it. Remember that goals can…

Wanting the best

As a teacher before having my own children, I knew that I could influence a child’s intellectual abilities. As well as being in the position of teaching some of the most gifted at learning at secondary school, I usually would seek out and take those classes that were filled with children that were deemed ‘academic…

Purposeful learning.

Sometimes children learn best when they can see a purpose for their learning. How amazing would it be for any child to have their artistic creations displayed within the contemporary space of Te Uru Gallery in West Auckland. Well this is what happened for every child at Titirangi Primary School at the end of term….

Its a kind of Magic.

Music is magic, transformative and inspiring  and can provide another language for the brain. The social and educational benefits of learning a musical instrument and participating in music-making are well documented. Music lessons can be costly however there can be alternatives. Messi and his siblings attend  a music School in Auckland, and have done so…

Changing the game.

So how many parent’s been to a brain awareness workshop lately where you get to learn how the brain works and how you can support your own children to get the best out of the ‘most powerful’ part of themselves? When you first learn to drive your instructor takes you through the parts of the…

Feeling comfortable in the uncomfortable

This post is dedicated to Miss Moo who is preparing for her own year 4 speech competition. In many primary schools across Auckland part of the learning over the term has been about preparing, writing and delivering a speech. Young Messi already had to go through two rounds of judging from his peers and then…