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What is the Role of a Leader

What is the Role of a Leader?

Leaders take many shapes and forms. Leaders can be men or women, young or old, native born or migrants. There is no one role model for what a leader should be. The crucial question is what a leader does. Does a leader ‘manage’ people? I think it’s my job to ‘manage’ me and your job
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Do you Know How to Walk

Do you Know How to Walk?

Do you know how to walk? You might think this is a crazy question. Of course, you know how to walk. You’ve been doing it since you were a one-year-old, but the truth is many people have bad walking techniques, which is fine when you’re in your 20s, 30s, even 40s. However, once you get
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Should you Speak Ill of People Who Have Died

Should you Speak Ill of People Who Have Died?

Have you ever lost anyone close to you? A parent perhaps or even a spouse? If you’ve been there, you will know that grief is a strange thing. At first you feel totally and utterly broken hearted – devastated. Then you go into the guilt stage, where you are angry with yourself for not being
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Do You Ever Get Tired of Being a Parent

Do You Ever Get Tired of Being a Parent?

In Australia we have just come to the end of the long summer break, and children are heading back to school after six weeks of rest and recreation. I meet so many parents who tell me that they love their children to pieces but they are so glad they’re going back to school. But mums
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The Importance of Getting Children to Eat Well

The Importance of Getting Children to Eat Well

I came across an article this week that said children’s diets need to be controlled by their parents, and their parents must be confident that they can get their children to eat healthy foods. The article was based on new research out of South Australia. I’m not sure what I thought of that conclusion! I
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How to Best Support Parents With Children

How to Best Support Parents With Children Part Two

In my last blog I looked at the role of grandparents and substitute grandparents – people outside a nuclear family who offer love and support to the parents and children. It can be tricky. Grandparents are being called on more than ever. House prices are high and normally both mum and dad need to work,
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The Benefits of Cutting Alcohol Consumption

The Benefits of Cutting Alcohol Consumption

Are you out of holiday mode yet, or are you still going to great barbeques and parties, and catching up with old friends and family? I love summer time in Australia. It is the season to get out on boats, fish, swim and socialise, and of course socialising means a few drinks. But have you
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How Ageism is Damaging People’s Health

How Ageism is Damaging People’s Health

Anyone over 45 knows that society is ageist, and as you get older you experience more ageism. As you get closer to 70 it gets harder to be served in bars, harder to get shop assistants to notice you and harder to get waiters to pay attention to your order. But a new study has
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How to Best Support Parents With Children

How to Best Support Parents With Children

In my last blog I looked briefly at how much influence you can have on the children in your life that are not your children, ie grandchildren, nieces and nephews. How much influence can you have on their behaviour, attitudes, diet, values? This is such a delicate, complicated area. It is also difficult if you
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Signs You Are Experiencing An Existential Crisis

Signs You Are Experiencing An Existential Crisis – Part 2

In my last blog, I looked at signs that may indicate personal crisis, ie weight gain, mood fluctuations, lethargy. Today I will look at a few more indicators of personal crisis. The bushfires in Australia have prompted many people to ask what is the meaning of it all, where are we going, and what does
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Signs You Are Experiencing An Existential Crisis

Signs You Are Experiencing An Existential Crisis

In my last two blogs I wrote about the challenges of 2020 – the year has only just begun and already we feel that we are facing a plethora of problems including out-of-control bushfires, an unstable Middle-East and even a royal family beset by family problems.  Some people have told me that the fire crisis
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How to Stick to Our Good Intentions

How to Stick to Our Good Intentions

I guess you won’t be surprised if I tell you that January is the peak month for buying gym memberships and starting diets. Maybe we have all over-indulged at Christmas, and come January we are feeling the full effects of our lack of self-control. However 50 per cent of people joining gyms quit within the
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