Empowering your child to respond to “mean” behaviour

I was mortified to hear my 7-year-old son say to another little boy, “You are so mean and you ruin everything!” We had invited a school friend over to our house for a playdate and his mum had just arrived to pick him up. My son had become frustrated with his friend who had been destructive with his toys and had deliberately disrupted the games they were playing which resulted in no one being able to play. Understandable. And so, my son expressed this frustration verbally. Why am I telling you this? What is the significance of this expression of frustration? Is it important for our children to express themselves in their own way or should we as parents, teach our children to express themselves differently in order to say what they want to say yet also be kind in the process? And so this episode of Parents Leading Change TV we are discussing the 3 Step Strategy I used in this situation and how I found it possible to empower my child to portray his feelings without insulting his friend.   The thing we love the most at Hoogi is hearing from our fabulous community of parents. Some of the greatest insights come directly from you. Jump onto our facebook page to join the conversation about the video this month. Thank you in advance for sharing with us – your tip might be able to create huge change in someone else’s life With love and fun, Dina and the Hoogi...
Relax, Reset and Re-inspire the Mum in You Retreat – January 2016

Relax, Reset and Re-inspire the Mum in You Retreat – January 2016

[This blog post contains lots of images and may a take a moment or two to load. It’ll be worth the wait!]     At Friday 5pm, we were all set to welcome 10 beautiful mums on this luxury retreat. The pools and spas were warm, the open fire was lit and workshop rooms were ready to take these mums on a transformational weekend. And a transformational weekend it was… “I arrived at the retreat hoping someone would give me straight answers to all my parenting problems. What I received was so much more.”  Nathalie Meyn   Reasons mums attended this retreat: Exhaustion – Creating structure, routine and consistency – Spending quality time whilst working full time – Tantrums and negotiation – Emotionally available and positive- Children eating and sleeping – Alternatives to yelling – Responding to “No” & “I don’t care” – Developing emotional intelligence in children  – Managing own emotions – Taking care of self – Taking time to rest.   We ate together delicious, organic soul warming food…     “What a lovely retreat from the food, meditations and yoga, we were all set up to absorb the fabulous information in the workshops. A true rejuvenating break.” Katie Liebmann     We danced through the workshops and challenged old ways to make room for new ways to parent…   “Your different presenting styles were a good contrast. I love your quieter yet penetrating approach Dina, as well as the fun and hilarity of you, Rosina.”   We stretched through the yoga, with some belly laughs and relaxed into the meditations…     “This is by far the best retreat I’ve been...
Our mum’s retreat featured in Daily Telegraph’s Kidspot

Our mum’s retreat featured in Daily Telegraph’s Kidspot

So excited for our mums retreat to be featured in the Weekend Telegraph’s Kidspot Magazine. Never before has a retreat encompassed journeying through the powerful inner workings of you as a mum and learning outer parenting tools and strategies to use with your children. A proven combination to enable you to be your best. And all of this in lush surroundings. Here’s the full write up:   For information and bookings click...