Wendy Lenthen

Wendy Lenthen is an upcycling artist, writer, creative genius and long suffering wife of a patient, tolerant and a great cup of tea maker (AKA” hot water bottle”) and mother of two beasties (son, aged 12 and daughter, aged 10yrs). She is not afraid to share her opinions on any subject, but is an expert on none. Her writing style is the “over a cup of tea” commentary on life, with humour, insights and an occasional bright idea. You can see her art on www.itsrecreated.com

Break from the kids - NZ Dads

It’s here – finally here. Grandmas booked, food in the fridge, emergency phone numbers next to phone and bags are packed. It’s your first trip away together as a couple without the kids since you can remember.  You can put up with it all – the yelling, the screaming, the tears and tantrums as long […] Read More

Written letter to kids - NZ Dads

I found this letter I wrote a number of years ago and was reluctant to share it with you all. However I hope in share it, you might understand post-natal depression a bit more. You might recognise some of the symptoms in your children’s mother, and maybe even in yourself and use this to help […] Read More

Dad and Daughter - NZ Dads

Girls and their dad; it’s a special relationship. According to every movie, a girl should call her dad “Daddy” until she’s in her 40’s, The term “Daddy’s Girl” invokes pictures of a loving daughter manipulating her father into all sorts of trouble but always being gently chastised and forgiven with open arms. Pphhttt! What a crock […] Read More

Teen girl - NZ Dads

As Jennifer Weiner wrote in The New York Times, “Show me a body part, I’ll show you someone who’s making money by telling women that theirs looks wrong and they need to fix it. Tone it, work it out, tan it, bleach it, tattoo it, lipo it, remove all the hair, lose every bit of jiggle.” […] Read More

Kids clock - NZ Dads

Mick Jagger lied. He told a great big fib, Mr “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” “Time is definitely NOT on your side” never was – never will be. Being the Drill Sergeant of the family, (AKA the Time Tyrant, Prioritisation Princess, Scheduling Sergeant, you get the idea) I battle every day all day and most of […] Read More