Hi I am a mother of 3 - I am thinking about moving to Christchurch from the UK. Can you tell me anything about the lifestyle - are there many attachment style parents and groups?
I have a 5 year old and we are hoping for him to go to a democratic school. Presently we are homeschooling as there are no schools like that near us. I have seen that there are two democratic schools in or near Christchurch - primary Tamarkiri and Unlimited as a high school.
I want to train as a play therapist and do research in neuroscience and the limbic system - not sure if there are opportunities like that there?
it is difficult for me - but where we live now is safe in terms of there mot being the risks of eathquakes - but then there are a lot of social problems, and a real lack of social cohesion and community so we are living in a very busy area, but at the same time are very isolated, especially due to our parenting and lifestyle choices (I love the work of Pam Leo, RObin grille, Naomi Aldort, ken Robinson).
Would I encounter these issues in NZ?
And my husband seems to think there are "safer areas" in NZ in terms of earthquake preparedness, and that these eventualities can be prepared for?
Sorry if I offend anyone, I know if was an awful thing to happen to the people of Christchurch, but I need to ask these questions.
I have seen the area and it looks stunning - and the lifestyle I can see is much better than where we are - we love eco-living, growing our own fruit and veg, allotments, swimming in lakes and outside, walking, hiking, cycling - being with other oeople who also like to do these things - but in the UK this is a rare thing it seems. We don't watch TV, attachment parent, eat organic etc.
I have tried to set up lots of things - outside exercise groups, compassionate communication courses, mindful parenting courses, community groups for 0-12 years olds where everyone can learn with talks and craft sessions, coffee mornings etc but it doesn't take off due to lack of interest despite a lot of advertising - I think I am out of sync with current trends ;-(