A better way to ask How was your day? Open ended questions to fuel conversation

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How often do your kids just say yes, no, fine or OK when you ask about their day after school? Yes, that happens to me too.  I want to find out about their day, the fun they have had, all the learning that has happened also the struggles and the challenges that go with the day also.  And so…I ask HOW WAS YOUR DAY?  I get a mixed response of ok…it was good…and even yes good, with no information at all. Continue reading

Books about friendship

10 Books about friendship - tinystepsmakebigstrides.com

School is now in full swing here in Australia.  This year we have seen lots of changes in our home as everyone now goes to a new school.  One of the biggest challenges we face as parents is helping our kids navigate the path of life.  We are again the new face in the hall!  Here is our pick of the best books about friendship – the highs, the lows and everything in between. Continue reading

5 Minute Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

5 Minute Vegan Panckaes

Quick and easy pancakes that the kids can make with you.    We always make pancakes and today we decided to make a special pancake breakfast for International Day of Happiness. However, once we had added all the ingredients to the bowl we realised that we had no eggs.    Well today, we found out that you can make a pancake without breaking eggs! Continue reading

Happiness Day Activities – Choosing Happiness

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What does it mean to be happy?  We talk about the concept all the time.      Is happiness eating the chocolate bar after school or maybe playing at the park with friends?  Or is it cultivating gratefulness and accepting all emotions that will result in lasting happiness. We are often conflicted by the fleeting moments of happiness – the getting what I want when I want it, rather than the concept of seeing happiness as a habit that needs to be developed over time .  Lasting happiness is complicated and doesn’t come with a secret code that if we tap into it we will forever be in a state of happiness. Continue reading