Conversations with Teen Mums

Conversations with Teen Mums is a web-based interactive documentary about millennial and generation Z young mums. It depicts the lives of girls catapulted straight into motherhood while still young themselves.

Funded by NZ On Air with additional support from the NZ Film Commission, Conversations was made in Auckland over a period of four years.

Featuring a combination of photographic portraits, personal quotes, written interviews and films, the Conversations website offers audiences a unique window into the minds of NZ young mums who are coming-of-age as their children grow.

Visit the Conversations website and read the honest, heartfelt stories that these …

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‘Til Death Do Us Part – My Daughter’s Wedding

The autumnal morning chill promised to warm quickly with the rising sun, making for a perfect wedding day. My heart was pounding. My knees felt so weak I thought my legs would no longer hold me.

By: Dr. Carroll James

My heart was pounding. My knees felt so weak I thought my legs would no longer hold me. Tara hooked her arm through mine and I patted it with my moist hand.

My eyes watered, and feeling light-headed I wondered, Was I this nervous at my own wedding? Tara, my beautiful daughter, had become an independent young woman.

The rehearsal …

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Five Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd

There are many ways to stand out from the crowd. They include things like using proper grammar and spelling, volunteering for thankless jobs and always being courteous.

By: Terry Mitchell

Some people are content to just be another face in the crowd. By assuming this attitude, they are saying, in effect, to the rest of the world, “I’m just average; there’s nothing special about me.” For those of us who would rather stand out from the crowd, there are some relatively easy ways in which we can accomplish this mission. None of them requires a whole lot of skill or …

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Interviewing a Caregiver—Who Will You Trust with Mom or Dad?

When keeping your day job requires outside help, who will you let in? Here are 8 questions to ask before hiring any caregiver.

By: Stefania Shaffer

My mother’s decline seemed to happen almost overnight—but on a calendar, it was more like four years and one month of strange occurrences that would only be recognized in hindsight as onset dementia. Still, the slide down this slippery slope happened quickly, all things being relative.

In December she was still enjoying her hearty appetite until January came when she began pushing her food around on the plate. Maybe I hadn’t realized how long …

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How to Use the Power of a Smile

When you come across somebody who smiles at you, despite your weariness, you can’t help but smile back. If you want to make a good impression, smiling is your best option.

By: Codi Morieta

Have you ever noticed how the word “smile” assumes the position of a smile on your face right after it has been pronounced?

The same is true with a grin or a grouch.

Much of the words in the English language or perhaps in other languages of the world assume the facial expressions of the person pronouncing them. Perhaps this is how words came into existence.…

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Checklist for Keeping Your Senior Safe

How do you determine if this is forgetfulness or something much worse? Know the warning signs to keeping your senior safe at home.

By: Stefania Shaffer

When she flung open the front door to heartily greet me after a long period away from home, I did not need a professional to give me a checklist in order to know what was staring me in the face—my mother was no longer able to care for herself.

The thought registered like a blip on my radar, but I needed proof that these suspicions were correct.
I quickly gleaned from the tour of …

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More Than a Birthday: Women Turning 50 Celebrate

As we women turn 50, we are catching a glimpse of our mortality and making a choice on how we want to live the rest of our lives. For the next 50, let’s laugh at ourselves and make every day just a little more fun!

By: Sara Thompson

Something unexpected happened when I turned 50. Actually, it started the year before as I began to feel the big 50 steadily approaching. I stopped caring — not about myself — actually quite the opposite. I began truly caring about myself as I began to care less about how I sound, …

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Finding Yourself Suddenly Single

As a single person, you must exude and project confidence to be successful in the dating world. No one wants a detached, morose or silent partner.

Am  I Dateable?

* Look in the mirror, and be honest.

* How do I feel?  Am I depressed, happy, blah, lonely, or sad?

* Do I look how I feel?

* Does depression show on my face?

If you are happy with yourself and your world, it will show on your face.

You must exude and project confidence to be successful in the dating world.

No one wants a detached, morose or silent …

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Judging People

The assumptions we make about people can cause us to behave a certain way toward them. If they appear poor, shy, or not well spoken, we may be rude or ignore them at best.

By: Natasha Morgan

We all do it, no matter how much we try to avoid it. There are not many who are so pure of heart that they can honestly say each time they make a new acquaintance, they keep an open mind.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a quote that we’ve all heard but in western societies making judgments about people is …

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How Good of a Friend Are You?

Would you say you are generous, dependable, loyal, honest and caring? Which of them is most important and which ones can your friends overlook?

By: Natasha Morgan

When we think about our friends and why we like being with them, what often comes to mind is “we have fun together” or “we have so much in common”. Although these things might be true, how long would you stay friends with someone who was dishonest or disloyal to you?

Basic characteristics that most of us admire in our friends go far deeper. Then, how would you describe your best friend? Would …

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Alan Alda’s New Book

In his new book,  If I Understood You, Would I Have this Look on My Face?  he guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person.

Alan Alda, the award-winning actor and bestselling author, has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small

In his new book,  If I Understood

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Jumping Off the Happiness Train

One day I jumped off (or more likely fell off) the Happiness Train and realized what a man had told me when I was twenty years old.

In the model below, you might see a number of areas where you have specific or vague goals. Perhaps you want a healthy body that will carry you well into your nineties and beyond. Or maybe there’s an old emotional trauma that you want to heal, an amount of money you wish to possess, a spiritual experience you read about and want to have for yourself, et cetera. But have you looked at …

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6 Last Minute Holiday Travel Tips

Traveling at peak holiday times can be chaotic. By thinking ahead and making a few adjustments, you can save yourself frustration and enjoy the journey. Here are a few travel tips.

 
Make a “last check” list a few days before your departure.
Add items such as “water plants”, “turn down the thermostat” and “arrange for mail delivery”. No matter how much of a seasoned traveler you are, you can easily forget important items when your mind is skipping ahead to your travel.

Place your documents, phone, medications and keys in a secure place in your carry-on bag.
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Creating Cards and Posters

You can make collage, poster, social media graphic and photo cards. Try it yourself. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can be creative.

 
Every year, I still like to send real paper Christmas cards. Yes, I also send out some email cards but there is something about the tradition of mailing them that I enjoy.

The cards that I like receiving most include a newsletter of family events and a photo. I have friends living far away and sometimes years pass before we get a chance to see each other. The annual ritual keeps us in touch.

This …

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How to Make Over Your Closet

The best way to sort a closet is to pull everything out at once. A Hefty sack can be used to stuff inside the clothes you no longer wish to keep.

 
By: Stefania Shaffer

Let’s face it. We are regular people who do not live the lives featured in glossy magazines. We aspire to be neater, but to achieve this optic we would need to subsist on six interchangeable outfits of monochromatic khaki and white. What about winter clothes? What about navy blue? How can we whittle away our wardrobes to better suit the life we lead?

After moving …

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