I've recently signed up for a few parenting-related things, so I though I ought to document their progress here. Number 1 is Growing Up New Zealand, where people expecting babies before March 2010 are asked to volunteer for a research project about what it's like for kids to grow up in NZ.
They will interview me and Tareka on Monday and Tuesday next week, then we have yearly interviews after that once BabyDumpling is born for most of his or her life. I am quite excited about being involved in such a mammoth research project and also wondering where life will take me and my children over the next 20 years :)
Number 2 is a Triple P research project about "dealing with disobedient behaviour in 3-5 year olds". I am having trouble dealing with Mapera's usual not-listening stuff and getting frustrated and screaming stuff, so I am always up for more help and advice. This research project is investigation the effectiveness of a discussion group for parents, let by a psychologist. We'll have to answer various questionnaires and attend discussion groups over the next 6 weeks I think. We get to keep any materials used in the groups and I am hoping for some new strategies that I can use on both my kids.
I've had the consent form sent through for Triple P, so once that is sent back to them, they decide whether I will be in the group that starts right now, or in 6 weeks time.
Watch this space for updates!