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Eat Your Veggies: A Week of Groceries

Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 11.28.53 AMLet’s be honest, who enjoys the weekly grocery shop?  Planning a week’s worth of meals and all that time spent loading the trolley, unloading the trolley, re-loading the trolley, loading the car, unloading the car…..and on it goes.

Next time you are in the thick of it managing toddler tantrums and demands/requests for sweet treats in the checkout queue, remember you are not alone.

We found this fascinating photo study of what a week of groceries looks like around the world.

Trawling through these photos is a reminder that no matter where in the world we are, we are all united by groceries and food preparation.  It makes for interesting viewing comparing the volume and diversity of food around the globe.  It would be a whole new photo study as to where the food is purchased and how it is transported..the tiresome checkout queue is suddenly appealing.



Eat your Veggies: Do you know how your parents met?

My parents met at school – and smooched their way through the rest of secondary school.  My grandmother went to school in Huntly, my other grandmother was suspended from Otago Girls’ High School for having dark eyebrows and blonde hair (the Headmistress believed she had dyed her hair).  My ancestors came from Ireland, Scotland and Spain (which probably explained the dark eyebrows).

New research has shown that knowing where you come from, where your parents met and a bunch of other stuff about your family history makes you a more resilient person.  historypin - man and cow with family

Your family can be on the way up – “we came to this country with $5 in our pockets and unable to speak English, today we are a family of school principals, nurses, doctors, accountants and business owners”.  Your family can be on the way down – ” we used to won this factory and my grandmother grew up in this big house but look at us now”.  You family can have a story of ups and downs “and when we were up we were up and when we were down we were down and when we were only half way up….”.  It isn’t all about happy families, it is about knowing the story of the one you come from. Continue reading →

Eat Your Veggies: Bene Brown and the power of vulnerability.

You must watch this:

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls wholeheartedness.

She poses the questions:

  1. How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness?
  2. How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy? Continue reading →

Eat your Veggies: The Sharing Project

In October last year Action Against Hunger conducted an experiment in Madrid, Spain, to study human behavior when faced with the injustice of hunger. The good news is that of the 20 children in the study, all 20 shared their food.

What have you taught your children? What do you think they would do in the same situation?

Mother Knows: Pink October


Our Women is a breast cancer awareness project.  Hopefully we all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!

A timely reminder for us all to make sure our girly bits are all ok.





Eat your Veges: Feel Inside (and stuff like that)

This is absolutely brilliant! Watch and listen carefully to what the kids say…the song that follows is made up entirely of their comments…tissues for tears, mainly of laughter but also for the preciousness of it all.

Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement interviewed a group of 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds at Clyde Quay School in Mount Victoria about where money comes from and how to make sick children better. The responses were then used in the  song for Cure Kids, Feel Inside (and Stuff Like That).

A new Kiwi classic.

Eat your Veges: Stop with the energy drinks

Recent findings by the Ministry of Health recommend that young people aged between 2 and 18 should not be drinking the ever so popular energy drinks.  I have to say that I agree. I had a very interesting conversation with a nutritionist last week, he used to be the micro biologist for a big brand drink label and I was horrified to hear about the amount of sugar in these drinks.

Surely you only need to look at the dental statistics of our under 5s to see that New Zealand has a problem?

Eat your veges: Financial Literacy


I’m the first to admit that I’ve struggled with my kids to make sure that they are “financially literate”.  I wish that I had been more aware of some of the tricks to help me as a parent when it came to educating children about money.

Fear not MoTers as I have found this handy guide that tells you what children should be thinking about (money wise) at each different age.  Click through to see what simple, yet key messages you can be giving to your child.



Eat your veges: Kids Online


When it comes to teaching kids morals, nobody has has ever done it with such subtlety and imagination as Dr. Seuss. Ever since the 1950′s, his books have been teaching kids valuable lessons, everything from  the importance of environmental awareness (The Lorax) to why racism is stupid (The Sneetches).

Lucky for us, Seuss’s teachings have come to the web, with a wonderfully interactive site for kids to explore. Links to videos, games, and Dr Seuss’ classic books, this is one of the better sites we have found for younger children.