Parenting Conversations & Blogs

Parenting Conversations / Blogs

Join John Cowan and Learning Links as we present a range of parenting conversations.

Many of you will know John from the frequent radio slots and appearances on television. He hosts Real Life with John Cowan on NewstalkZB, appears twice a week on TV3’s The Café and has regular slots on several other stations. Formerly the main writer and presenter at Parenting Place, John has produced a huge number of articles, courses, manuals and videos on all aspects of family life.

He is the father of three young adults and has a varied background including scientist, youth worker, media producer and social worker in Mental Health. He is a gifted and entertaining communicator who inspires people to take action to make small changes that have a big impact.

Kids who cope – Parenting Conversations with John Cowan

Nourishing your whole child – Parenting Conversations with John Cowan

Getting Cooperation From Your Kids – Parenting Conversations with John Cowan

Kids and Technology – Parenting Conversations with John Cowan

Blogs

How Children Can Learn by Playing More

Children love toys..   Whether it’s their favourite superhero, something shiny and loud or the act of unboxing a new gift, most kids are happy to have any toy. And here’s the thing, it’s because of this that playing with toys has become the reward we give children after they do something good like completing […]

Maori language Week

Tēna koutou katoa, We are looking forward to celebrate Maori language week next week!

Kids and Technology

Being a coach and protector in the digital world.. The basic message is.. There are risks…

Two Parents, Two Styles and What Do Children Really Need?

Different parents have different styles… and it probably doesn’t matter very much. There are…

Early Childhood Education Centre Checklist

As of Monday 18th May, all schools and early learning centres across New Zealand have…

Some of our latest adventures!

Forest Programme

Connecting children to nature is something we are passionate about at Learning Links Hector. An enriching programme like this certainly isn’t something that was decided one day and began the next – it has taken a lot of preparation, consideration and dedication.

Well today, our passion became a reality! The group headed off on their expedition within our local community. They began this weekly ritual with a forest karakia and a willingness to explore and test their limits in the dense bush. We are very proud that our tamariki showed such respect for the beautiful forest and its creatures and this will be something that they will remember for many years to come – a huge thank you to our Kaiako, Rebekah and Ana for bringing our programme to life today everyone should have a good sleep tonight!

Our tamariki are becoming increasingly confident and familiar with the forest. They have already gained a strong sense of direction and able to show their kaiako which way could lead us to the destination.

They were lucky to find and try some kawakawa, which we learnt that the leaves can be made into medication that helps our digestive system. We even brought some back to our centre for our friends to try as herbal tea.

No doubt, the muddy puddles was the favourite. It was such fun for each of us to get wet, get muddy and be engaged with nature! We are also amazed to see the growing resilience of our children when they slipped into mud, when they got dirty and when they were in dilemma. They were determined to take risks and challenge themselves, physically and emotionally!

It was equally impressive to notice how tamariki cared for each other and helped their peers out of a challenging situation, they were demonstrating their growing social competence and caring nature in their bush play! We highly recommend getting out into nature – the children will surprise you!

As we continue to connect locally, to our Rototuna area, we discovered Rototuna means “lake of eels”. In Pre-European times, our area had a lake named Tunawhakapeke. The lake and surrounding swamps had an abundance of tuna resources. As a result of our new knowledge the tamariki are discovering where the tuna like to live now and what they like to eat! Trying to coax them out of their hiding places, the children have been patiently dangling some food for them and to hopefully catch a glimpse soon!

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