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Recommended reading for dealing with kids

June 19, 2016
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Recommended reading for dealing with kids

Raising Stress-Proof Kids; Parenting Today’s Children for Tomorrow’s World, by Shelley Davidow MsEd (Exisle Publishing, RRP $30): This is a must-read parenting guide by Australian author, teacher and expert in restorative practice, Shelley Davidow. Her award-winning books deal with a wide range of social issues.┬áThis book explains the importance of minimising stress for our...

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Giving teens tools to deal with anger

April 19, 2016
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Giving teens tools to deal with anger

I Just Get So . . . Angry! Dealing with anger and other strong emotions for teenagers, by Timothy Bowden and Sandra Bowden (Exisle Publishing, RRP $30): This is an amazing little graphic novel written to help teenagers combat anger and build resilience. The author and the illustrator are a husband and wife team...

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Sit up and pay attention

March 27, 2016
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Sit up and pay attention

Mindful Learning, by Dr Chris Hassed and Dr Richard Chambers (Exisle Publishing, RRP $35): In these busy times we have a tendency to do things with a lot of thought, often resulting in a lack of connection and a lack of interest. Clinical psychologist Dr Richard Chambers and Dr Craig Hassed understand that “mindfulness”...

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Must-do list a surefire holiday boredom-buster

February 16, 2015
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Must-do list a surefire holiday boredom-buster

Explore New Zealand: 101 Must-Do’s for Kiwis, compiled by AA (Random House NZ, RRP $45): The school holidays are now all but over, with the young ‘uns heading back to class on Monday, so maybe it’s time to start some pro-active planning for the next break. And with that next break being the biggie...

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Help in a cute little package

February 5, 2015
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Help in a cute little package

The Happiness Trap Pocketbook, by Dr Russ Harris and Bev Aisbett (Exisle Publishing, RRP $25): A few years back, Dr Russ Harris came up with the novel concept of the happiness trap and told us all how to avoid it. This little book is a pretty much the same concept but all compacted and...

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Useful guide for wannabe boaties

November 24, 2014
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Useful guide for wannabe boaties

How to go Boating and Where: The Complete Kiwi Guide, by Mike Rendle (Bateman, RRP $30): This chunky little hardback represents real value for money and is perfect for everyone who wants to begin their own boating career or who wants to add to their knowledge. Written in the same style as his previous...

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Healthy eating begins, as it always did, with real food

August 23, 2014
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Healthy eating begins, as it always did, with real food

Optimum Health the Paleo Way, by Claire Yates (Exisle Publishing, RRP $40): It seems every week there is some new fad diet promising to fight flab in some miraculous way, but the so-called paleo diet is proof that there is really nothing new under the sun. The paleo way is is all about a...

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Book promises to put end to itch

July 9, 2014
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Book promises to put end to itch

The Eczema Diet, by Karen Fischer (Exisle Publishing, RRP $35): Aussie nutritionist and award-winning author Karen Fischer has drawn on her experience of being the mum of a child with eczema to produce a book that promises to change the life of anyone who suffers from eczema. Between 10 and 25 per cent of...

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Common sense money advice to baby boomers

July 6, 2014
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Common sense money advice to baby boomers

Twenty Good Summers, by Martin Hawes (Allen & Unwin, RRP $35): Martin Hawes is a man with a track record of writing sensible books on what to do with your money and with the current state of the economy, that is something most of us could benefit from. This is an updated and revised...

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A must-have for hunters

April 23, 2014
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Wild South, Hunting and Fishing the Southern Hemisphere, by Peter Ryan (Bateman, RRP $40) Written from the heart, this beautifully produced book is a must-have for hunting enthusiasts, both practising and armchair. He doesn’t exactly detail how he’s managed it, but Peter Ryan has done a fair amount of hunting and fly fishing in...

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