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    Welcome to Munchkins,
    where we empower parents to transform family dynamics

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    We offer parenting talks and workshops,
    with simple and practical advice for all ages and stages

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    From cradle to empty nest – our solutions
    are tailored for your unique parenting challenge

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    You can raise happy, healthy children
    by beginning with the end in mind

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  • [Update to link to A Brand-New Child in 5 Easy Steps book on e-store once available]

    Discover your and their unique temperaments
    and a suitable parenting style for each phase

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Empowering Parents, Transforming Family Dynamics

You have just stumbled upon a powerful resource to assist you with every step, first tooth, tantrum and sleepless night on this wonderful journey we call parenting! Our children can present some interesting challenges, but also offer life’s greatest rewards.

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PARENT COACHING

PERSONAL HOME VISITS

PERSONAL HOME VISITS

Coaching at home

A qualified coach will come to you to engage with and guide your family in your normal home environment.

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VIRTUAL VISITS

VIRTUAL VISITS

Virtual Home Visits

A virtual 3-hour home visit is a great alternative, and can also serve as a follow-up to a home visit.

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COFFEE CONSULTS

COFFEE CONSULTS

Meet with a coach

A coffee consult can be with one or both spouses but does not involve the children being present.

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OTHER SERVICES

PARENTING TALKS

PARENTING TALKS

Events

Book one of our coaches to speak at your next fundraiser event for your school, small group or church.

NUTRITION

NUTRITION

Recipes

Our recipes are formulated with the health of your child and the link between diet and discipline in mind.

LUNCHBOXES

LUNCHBOXES

Cooking Classes

Book Super Granny Andalene Salvesen (a certified Banting Buddy) for a fun group demo at your home!
PARENTING: SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY AGE AND STAGE

PARENTING: SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY AGE AND STAGE

Modern-day parents do not have villages

The adage “it takes a village to raise a child” is true, but the reality is that modern-day or western world parents do not always have villages to draw from.

Families are strewn all over the world, many children grow up without grandparents or uncles or aunts around them, and the demands that life places upon parents to provide for their families often diminish our villages due to a lack of time or resources.

As a result, overwhelmed and overextended are two words synonymous with parenting in the 21st century.

According to psychologists:

Parenting stress is the distress you experience when you feel you just can’t cope as a parent. The demands being placed on you are too high. You don’t have the resources to meet them (Deater-Deckard 1998; Holly et al 2019).

Consider the following results from a meta-analyses conducted by S. Katherine Nelson and her colleagues (Nelson et al  2014; Nelson et al 2013).

  • Sometimes parents report higher levels of wellbeing than do childless adults. But only when their burdens are relatively light.
  • Parents report greater well-being if they have high levels of social support, and/or kids with no problems (children with easy temperaments, in good physical and emotional health).
  • Any one of these following conditions may however cause heightened levels of stress:
  • The study also confirms how these, and other stressors can affect your parenting. You can read the full article here
    • having at least one child with a difficult temperament;
    • having at least one child with medical, emotional, or behaviour problems;
    • having only low levels of social support;
    • being a single parent;
    • having a young child.

The study also confirms how these, and other stressors can affect your parenting. You can read the full article here

How parent coaching can help

Parenting coaches are a wonderful resource for parents who find themselves spread thin.  Perhaps it might be awkward at first to ask a complete stranger for help with your unique family dynamics and challenges, but the input of an objective and well-qualified individual may be exactly what you need to gain perspective on your challenges.

Our coaches often become an extension of the families they work with, as many of our clients have built wonderful relationships and even friendships with them, as they journey through the different ages and stages of their families together.

Our parent coaching services include home visits, virtual consultations and coffee consultations.

We recently added a new offering for busy parents, who may need resources that can fit into their busy schedules, with the added benefit of a 1-hour virtual consultation included in the package price, to discuss any questions or further interventions.

The packages are in audio (interviews with Super Granny, Andalene Salvesen) and e-pub format (our parenting books) so parents can listen in their own time, or read the books on their mobile devices.

 

What to expect in the first year

 

Taming those tantrums

 

Good listening

 

Preparing for adolescence

 

Permission to parent

 

 To learn more or purchase one of these packages, visit our online store.

 

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PARENTING IN A PANDEMIC

PARENTING IN A PANDEMIC

If we thought parenting was tough before, COVID has definitely taken things up a notch (or two). Parents are facing challenges that no generation before ours are adequately able to guide us through (anyway, not based on their own past experience of living through a pandemic).   Sure, there have been pandemics before, but not in a time where most of the population of parents both need to juggle work, family life, online/home schooling, screen time, anxiety and even depression.

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CORONA CABIN FEVER

CORONA CABIN FEVER

#Coronavirus

It seems parents are more afraid of having their kids stuck at home with them 24/7 for the next few weeks than they are of the actual pandemic. Not only is there no school, but we’ve also been asked to practice “social distancing” (no playdates, outings, parks, public places, etc.), which is making you wonder if you will end up killing your kids before the coronavirus even gets a chance to come near them…

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PERMISSION TO PARENT (MINDFULLY)

PERMISSION TO PARENT (MINDFULLY)

Permission to Parent: The Mindful Parenting Conundrum

Mindful parenting is a buzzword that has been gaining a lot of traction in recent years, and with good reason. There are many benefits, but as with any parenting trend, a completely mindful approach, won’t work for everyone.

Simply put, being mindful (whether it pertains to eating, parenting or life) means learning to slow down and becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings, so that you can be present in the current moment/situation.

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