Summer medicine essentials
Even in summer, pain and fever can make your child feel grizzly and grumpy – teething, earache, colds and flu, not to mention the scrapes, scratches and stings of outdoor play. Ask your pharmacy for Pamol®, so it’s always on hand when you need it. For more information go to pamol.co.nz
Want a close family? With open lines of communication? And to sail through the teenage years?
The benefits of family meetings are huge. If you don’t like the word ‘meeting’, try hui, huddle, knights of the round table – whatever works for you. At these gatherings, children learn how to ‘be family’, to communicate respectfully, tolerate differences, show appreciation and solve problems. They also gain a healthy self-esteem because they feel heard and respected as well as responsible and accountable.
A good way to get these going is to propose a regular 15 minute slot, where all family members (including children as young as four) are involved. Reach agreement, schedule them on your phone or calendar and stick to the weekly schedule.
With toddlers and babies, wait until they are in bed. But don't wait for the perfect time, the perfect children or the perfect mood because the meetings will never happen.
Our very first pow-wow was to create a family motto or handshake. The kids created a 10-step hug – that didn’t stick. But you know what did? The idea. So when we saw an awkward ‘fist bump’ on TV that made us all giggle, yep, you guessed it, we adopted it. It always makes us laugh and feel close.