How do you build relationship with your children?

Some people see parenting as a series of problems to be solved. Others see it as an opportunity to build relationship with their children while they solve the problems that come up along the way.

Do you have kids? What’s your parenting style? Do you find ways to build relationship?

My regular Monday morning radio guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Joan Grosser from Growing Families Australia. Each week we chat about parenting issues and take talkback calls from listeners.

Today we talked about how to build relationship with our kids. Even something as simple as doing homework with our children can strengthen the bonds between us.

Joan suggested a number of simple ideas like having a family project that everyone can work on together over a period of time through to picnics in the park.

One great idea was to take our children out individually to allow them to have time alone with us. She suggested taking one child with us whenever we have to drive somewhere to run an errand. We may not be headed anywhere special but that time with one parent and one child can allow conversations that would otherwise be crowded out. I took Emily with me yesterday when I needed to buy some fertiliser for our front and back lawns. (I use the word ‘lawns’ in the loosest possible sense.) It certainly wasn’t anything special but it was time together undertaking a task that had to be done.

What are the simple things you do to stay connected to your kids?

If you’d like to listen to our conversation you can left click here. If you’d like to save the file and listen later you can right click here.

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Let's all pack up and go home

Apparently blogs are dying.

Sad really. I was enjoying mine.

Paul Colgan from News.com.au has written an interesting piece titled Why are blogs dying?, telling us that blogs are on their way out. Proof of this is that Lindsey Lohan hasn’t added a post to her blog since October 2003.

Paul has drawn the information for his opinion piece from this news story.

He makes some very valid points about the millions of blogs that have been created but now lay lifeless in cyberspace. Paul says, “People wonโ€™t read blogs just because theyโ€™re blogs, as if the sheer existence of the thing means people will want to read it. People will only read good blogs.” He’s absolutely right. I think a lot of people have expected hundreds or thousands of readers only to be disappointed that it’s only them and the neighbour’s dog that check in regularly. When the readers don’t turn up and the comments section stays empty, a lot of people just stop bothering.

I think there’s also the fact that a lot of people are just not good writers. The idea of having your own spot online is very appealing to a lot of people but for some, coming to the realisation that they really don’t have a lot to say and that they find it difficult to put what they do have to say into words makes blogging all too hard.

Of course that won’t stop those who want to continue having a go. I know that I’m not the world’s greatest writer or blogger but I do enjoy communicating with a small group of discerning readers. (Yes, that’s you.)

Maybe blogging has already peaked but I’m not sure it’s going away anytime soon.

What do you think? Are in it for the long term? If you keep a blog, how long have you been writing and publishing your thoughts online?

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It's all black and white

I’m really looking forward to the football this season.

Every year I think about becoming a member of Swan Districts Football Club. I’ve barracked for the black and whites for as long as I can remember and I usually get to a couple of games each season.

This year will be different. I’m finally a member and so I’ll be making a point of being at as many home games as I can this year. I think that James is looking forward to heading along to the games too.

The great thing with local footy is that it’s so family friendly. Instead of just sitting in your appointed seat, as you do at AFL games, you have opportunity to grab a piece of lawn, throw down a blanket and have a picnic while the game’s on. At quarter time and three quarter time you can wander onto the ground and listen to what the coach is telling his players. At half time you can spend a bit of time kicking a footy around on the oval.

The first game for the competition was played on Saturday and the Swans beat Perth by 9 points. I didn’t get to the game but it was a great start to the season.

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You did what?

If you’ve already been caught once earlier in the day, why would you take the chance again?

This story at News.com.au shows that some people are determined to take stupidity to new heights.

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