Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
The advantage of a new year is that we are able to take stock of ourselves and reflect on our practice (what we do in parenting our children in care). What am I doing that is working? Why is it working? What am I struggling with? Why am I struggling? What do I need? What can I do to put things in place for myself? Others don’t always know what we need so if you can, take the time and formulate your own care plan that works for you.
Self-care is not being selfish and you should not feel guilty for looking after yourself. Self-care can take many forms. A therapeutic cup of tea or a 5km run. Many people will suggest various things but everyone is different and what suits one, may not suit another. So take some time to find your happy place or thing and make it fit for you. Caregivers don’t get a lunch break or sick leave so it’s really important for you to make time for yourself and do something that makes you smile. Put it as part of your weekly schedule and hopefully, now the children are semi settled in school, do something for you. Caregivers that last the distance and still have a healthy, happy life balance put self-care into practice in daily life.
Children’s Day is on Sunday 3 March. Check out the website to find an event near you http://www.childrensday.org.nz/.
Another big event at the beginning of March is Foster Care Awareness Week, straight after Children’s Day. Please check out the adverts later in the newsletter about some lovely morning tea events in various places in our region. Please RSVP to the people concerned so that we can cater for these events. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page, we’ll update events happening near you. This is a week that really highlights the awesome role you do.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Every 2nd Tuesday: Contact Paula Eggers ph: 0210626583/ 035445714
Victory Grandparents Group
Victory community Centre: Every second Wednesday. Contact Victory Community Centre ph: 03 5468389 or 021369819
Fetal Alcohol Support Group (FASD)
Kia ora and welcome to a new year of achievements and challenges. Below are the dates for this year’s support and information gatherings:
Coffee mornings – Last Thursday of each month, 10.00am.
- 28 March – Motueka, if there is interest
- 30 May – Motueka
- 27 June – 1/3 Koru Place, Stoke
Information evenings – 2nd Monday bimonthly, 7.00pm at 13 Koru Place, Stoke. The next meeting will be on 11 March and we will be talking about ‘Trauma associated with raising children and young people with FASD”.
Our next meetings will be 13 May, 8 July, 9 September and 11 November.
Any questions, please contact Claire on 0274 490 459. Ideas for topics? Please let Claire know.
All are welcome to the group.
Ka kite ano, Claire
9.30am – 11.30am Contact Sharon 0272038491 for the next date.
Our training calendar is up on our website so treat yourself to a discussion session or workshop. You never know what you don’t know until you know it! I see some of you have registered already and that’s awesome.
I look forward to seeing you through the course of the term and if you haven’t already, join the Upper South Facebook page for what’s happening in our region.
Tiaki Koe i a Koe (Take Care of Yourself)
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