Sleeping over with Lulastic and the Hippyshake in the Bay of Plenty

I had to share these memories with you.
Isn’t this land luscious.
The colours of the greens.
The whispering of the branches and shapes.
The sense of aroha and adventure…

This was during a weekend away into the Karangahake Gorge to stay with Tim & Lucy and the girls.

Lucy ‘is’ ‘Lulastic and the Hippyshake’.

She is a – go to – for me.
I go to the workshops she offers through Parent Allies.
Both the Ruth Beaglehole (around emotional regulation) and the Robin Grille workshops have shaped and shifted our family’s lives.
I’ve been to workshops in Thames and Tauranga.

When i need a TV hit, i watch her TV channel HERE which i find
educational, but not in a ‘here’s another thing to feel perfectionistic or guilty about’, but instead in a ‘this may help you cos it helped me’ way
natural and real
affirming or encouraging (yep i’m on the right track, or yep i’m not alone someone else is feeling these things)
fun (even though she can explore some difficult ideas, ways of being, lessons – she shares them in a light-hearted or full of humanity way)

One of my favourite of her videos is this one:

‘SMF – Essential Parenting Tips for Bliss’

^ I’d actually written a similar post, so this really resonated with me.
I realised
1) how much Playcentre had helped my parenting, the idea of setting up stations of play, so kids could ‘go to the activity’ as they wished and willed (rather than being frustrated that they couldn’t see what/when they could play with something)
2) that there was a limited number of activities my kids and i genuinely enjoyed doing together 100% of the time, and that it was helpful to know what that was, so on the days that were TRICKY, or TRICKIER, i could do to the list, instead of ‘going into meltdown’. Here’s my wee article entitled ’10 Ways to Enjoy your Kids and other Relationships’.

Or this video:

‘Best Relationships Tip: For Parenting/Marriage/Life’.

One of my (this started as a typo and then i decided to leave it) rave-ourite of her stories is this one:

‘Sixty great gift ideas for kids that aren’t toys’

Or this story:

Why we are a no-secrets family’.

I’ve shared them all, to help friends and people i don’t know yet.

I’m an energetic sharer (i figure that’s what many writers are).
I feel if this has helped me, it may help you too, and the more people we can help and connect with perhaps the healthier, happier and more peaceful we can become. We’re in this together.

What’s your favourite ‘Lulastic and the Hippyshake’ story?

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