Parents need a little bit of the green stuff.

So, being a parent can be an absolute rollercoaster. Lots of highs, and some lows, and most certainly lots of sleepless nights. It can be draining on the body – so wouldn’t it be only fair if we dabbled in a bit of the green stuff to keep us on track?

Now, you hippie – parents, I’m not talking about the Jamaican green – I’m talking about ultimate nutrition. We need to try and ensure we get the essential nutrients in our bodies so that we can function in a healthy state. How many of you feel knackered at 6 PM and struggle to whip up a healthy, nutritious meal? How many of you know what basic vitamins and minerals you are missing? Well please don’t reach for your vitamin capsules, they really don’t offer you what you need. Yes, they are convenient but so is McDonald’s. Recently, I discovered Nutrient Rescue. It really piqued my interest.

1) It’s New Zealand made/grown

2) It’s a whole food

3) It’s largely organic

4) The science behind it passed my test

I decided to buy a one month starter Pack of the green and red shots. It arrived the next day, along with a shot glass and a mixing container. Some of you may think you’ve ordered a margarita park when it arrives – but trust me – this is way more exciting. Lisa and I are taking one green and one red shot every morning. The ‘shot’ – it’s plain and simple. You take 1 teaspoon of powder and a shot of water – shake it up, gulp it down and away you go. The ‘powder’ is golden – full of wholefood plant and fruit product – the taste is honest. No artificial sweetness. So the green one tastes like veggies and the red one like tangy currants. No bullshit – just honest, raw goodness.

After a week of consuming the Nutrient Rescue shots – I’m actually feeling a difference. It’s just a small shift, but noticeable – and Lisa has reported similar feelings. I’m feeling more energetic – instead of feeling drained at 8:30 PM and reaching for a cuppa, I’m motivated to read, write and be more productive. Instead – reaching for water and thus having a better sleep. I totally forgot to take my shot yesterday morning, and at 2 PM started to feel absolutely drained. I then recalled that I had forgot my nutrient rescue, so instead of reaching for a coffee, I grabbed my shot glass and it kept me going throughout the day. I have chatted to people here in my local community and several have spoken of their teenage children clearing up acne simply by implementing the green shot into their daily routine. No antibiotics, or expensive creams – just raw, natural, whole foods. Groundbreaking and positive for our bodies.

I’m excited to continue on the journey and share my experiences with you. In the meantime – please check out the science – and jump over to the nutrient rescue site. (please note – this link is not an affiliate link where I make a cut if you buy – it’s a plain old simple URL. I’m sharing this information about nutrient rescue because I think nutrition is important and it is what humanity needs and deserves. This is not a promotional advert, I have bought the product myself and enjoy it immensely).

Enjoy your green stuff!

Don’t read this if you’re a helicopter parent.

So if you’re a helicopter, hyper-politically-correct, perfect parent – don’t read this. This is for all you normal folks out there

I love my son to the moon and back, 20 times over. He is just amazing. My wife and I are totally in love with him. But we also realise that for this to work for Finn – we need to first and foremost have a healthy, loving relationship. And just to be clear, I am not suggesting we are the perfect couple, because I don’t believe anyone is. If we end up spending every waking moment committed to Finn then we won’t have the time needed to devote to each other. ‘Couple time’ is a real thing, and an essential ingredient for a functional relationship. Divorce is ugly, trust me, no kid wants to experience that. And yes, some couples are better not together, but I think every relationship needs work. It needs input. It requires good old-fashioned time and effort.

From about five or six months old, Lisa and I decided to take the leap of faith and let Finn have a sleep over with auntie Donna and uncle Jason – and it was the best decision for Finn, but also for us. Now, hand on heart, I will be honest – the first time he was sleeping over I cried. Yep, you heard me right. I missed the little dude! But I saw him the next day and he wasn’t phased – he had an amazing night and didn’t miss us one bit. He also developed a wonderful bond with people other than us. We feel this is such a valuable part of Finns upbringing. The world is populated by humans. A vital part of living a happy life is being able to love other humans, interact with others and respect others. We know some parents who have 12-year-olds who have not had a night away from them. And yes, a small percentage of these people might not have an option – but a large percentage of these people just don’t want to let go. They want their little darlings to stay in the nest for the first 30 years of their lives. But let’s get real – giving your child the opportunity to be independent of you from the earliest possible time is a positive thing. Don’t you want to give them the opportunity sooner rather than later? Some studies show children who don’t have parent-free time with family/friends on a regular basis before the age of 10 show higher signs of anxiety, dependence and are more likely to struggle with forming long-term friendships or relationships. Interesting, right?! You can come to your own conclusion, but for me – Finn deserves to have his independence from us.

Now, to look at it from a parent angle. We need our independence from our kids too. I see too many parents who are dependent on their kids. Yep, for real. Give your head a good shake if you’re one of these parents.

Lisa and I decided to go to the next level… For her birthday last December we booked a romantic trip to the South Pacific island of Vanuatu. Just the two of us. Little Finn – he had a grand old time with auntie Donna and uncle Jason. We FaceTimed every day, and the little dude was having so much fun he couldn’t care less that we were not there. We had the greatest time at the beautiful Coco Beach resort (thanks to Brenda Ogilvie at Mondo travel for arranging it all) – sipping cocktails, reading books, watching sunsets and generally reconnecting. It was pure magic. Variety is the spice of life – and as couples – we need to keep our relationships the number one priority. If we have a solid foundation, our kids will have a much better platform upon which to build positive relationships with others. How often do you hear of a girl marrying or dating a guy who is chauvinist, aggressive and selfish only to find out that her dad was the same type of guy. Whether you like it or not – the relationship you have with your partner will be a model for your children and their future relationships. Being that clingy, smothering, overprotective helicopter parent will not give your child an opportunity to build resilience and character. Balance is the key – make sure you find that balance. We are all different, and that’s what keeps our world interesting. Please let our world continue to be diverse – start by letting your children use their noses to sniff out the exciting things in life. Encourage them to take risks. Be their parent – not their master. Now, go pour yourself a brewski and catch up with your partner.