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Kindercare celebrates

Kindercare

Our story began in January 1972, when Glennie Oborn, a loving mum , opened her first early childhood centre in what was her family home in Auckland. Along with 3 passionate teachers, they welcomed the first twelve children. Four decades on, Kindercare’s still 100% Kiwi-owned, family-owned, and still reflects those same family values, warm, respectful care and meaningful personal connections. It’s no surprise then that it feels like “home” to the children and families we love. Continue reading »

ADHD and children

adhd and children

Having a child with behavioural issues can be extremely challenging for families. It can affect all areas of a child’s life and also the family’s as a whole. Stuart Passmore’s new book, The ADHD Handbook deals with the facts and myths around Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. We had a chat with him about some of issues for families with children with ADHD.  Continue reading »

Special Outings and the Birthday book – connecting with your children

Connecting with your children

When we had baby #2, hubby and I fell into the pattern of ‘tagging in and out’ with the kids to GTD (get things done) or have some ‘me’ time.  The trouble with this we found, is that we missed out on that special one-on-one time.   I wanted to have real ‘quality’ or ‘making memories’ time with my kids so we re-ignited a family tradition that I grew up with that I like to call: ‘Special Outings’. These are a great way to keep connecting with your children and build your special bond.  Continue reading »

Holly Walker on sustainable parenting

Holly Walker on sustainable parenting

As a Green MP I spend a lot of time thinking about sustainability. My job involves advocating for a smart, green, sustainable future for all New Zealanders, and I could talk about this all day.  Continue reading »

Get the right life insurance for you and your family

Life insurance

Many families place security right at the top of their priority list – they want to know that money will be there to pay their bills and that those they love are provided for if something happens. Once this priority is taken care of, it is much easier to concentrate on other priorities and get on with life. Continue reading »

6 Steps to teaching your teen to drive

teaching your teen to drive

Teen car crashes have decreased dramatically since New Zealand implemented the graduated driver’s license system in 1987. Unfortunately, car crashes are still the number one cause of death for teens aged 15-19 in New Zealand. Teaching your teen to drive – and how to do it safely – is every parent’s responsibility. And while it can be a daunting task, implementing a structured plan will help reduce your anxiety and ensure your teen is an educated, prepared driver. Continue reading »

Give Plunket a hug today!

Plunket appeal

Plunket has been a big part of my life for more than 30 years.  Ever since I had my boys all those years ago, getting involved and becoming part of the Plunket family was important to me. Continue reading »

Make a fresh start with your teen in 2014

Make a fresh start with your teen in 2014

Like most of us, you were probably hoping for a relaxed and enjoyable time over the summer  break.    Continue reading »

Be prepared for summer’s little aches and ouches

Family holiday

Whether you’re going camping, boating, heading to the bach or flying away to somewhere exotic, it pays to pack a few basics for the kids. If you’re equipped for any eventuality, you’ll have a much more enjoyable holiday all round. Continue reading »

Keep your home fire safe this summer

Check smoke alarms this Christmas

Summer marks the beginning of one of New Zealand’s peak fire seasons and families need to make sure that their homes are adequately protected against fire. Continue reading »

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