Whether youâ€™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 youâ€™re equipped for any eventuality, youâ€™ll have a much more enjoyable holiday all round. Continue reading »
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Summer marks the beginning of one of New Zealandâ€™s peak fire seasons and families need to make sure that their homes are adequately protected against fire. Continue reading »
Exam time can be a stressful time of year for the whole family.
Mum and Dad may be working flat-out preparing for the closedown of business over the holidays. Â Meanwhile, the familyâ€™s teenage members can Â be facing examinations. And, for older teens, there could well be NCEA exams looming, with all that entails for their future careers.Â Â Â Â Â Continue reading »
As adults, we can make our own choices about whether it’s worth spending a little more on certain types of skincare, or whether we want to check ingredient lists carefully before choosing what will be absorbed through our skin.Â Our children rely on their parents for these decisions, and sometimes that can feel like a heavy weight on our shoulders!Â It can be hard to negotiate the vast range of available products for baby care -Â or to know what to get and where to get it from; what’s safe and what’s worth paying extra for.Â Let’s take a look at some of the common items you need and what you might need to look out for. Continue reading »
As parents, our focus is on looking after our kids â€“ giving them lots of learning and growing experiences, and opportunities to shine.Â Springfreeâ„˘ trampolines offers families a great resource to nurture and support children as they grow â€“ both physically and neurologically.Â Let me explain whyâ€¦Â Continue reading »
Postnatal Depression (PND) affects between 10 and 20 percent of new mothers in New Zealand and often goes undiagnosed, not least because of the notion that motherhood is all happy and rosy! In her book, Dr Sara Weeks says that itâ€™s time to deal to the stigma around postnatal depression and to equip women (and their partners) with knowledge and techniques, so that they can cope better with one of the biggest changes in their life. Without prejudice. We spoke to Dr Weeks and asked her for some suggestions for dealing with PND. Continue reading »
Leaving children to figure it out themselves is slow, painful and often frustrating. Trying to get out the door with a small person insisting â€śI DO IT!â€ť at the top of their lungs with all the force of an Army General is, at best, an exercise in restraint and patience. Yes, it is easier if you do it for them, and it will be about a thousand times quicker too, but there is no satisfaction in learning for them, and children want to learn. Continue reading »
Itâ€™s easy for us to forget that events in our (fairly recent) past â€“ things that we were involved in or might be able to remember – count as â€śhistoryâ€ť for our children. The 1960s, 70s and 80s â€“ the Springbok tour, the Erebus disaster, the Rainbow Warrior – all history.
Itâ€™s also easy to take our own knowledge for granted and forget that our children might not know these things. In fact itâ€™s often by talking to us that they start to gain a knowledge of our world, our country and our history.
In New Zealand, most children are fully immunised by the time they are five. This means it is very unusual to see children with illnesses like measles, polio, or tetanus.
But you donâ€™t have to look back very far in history to find a time when it was a different story. In our grandparentsâ€™ time, before universal immunisation, it was common to have children in hospital with diseases that caused terrible suffering, permanent disability and sometimes death.
Baby boomers had Superman and Batman; kids today have Spiderman and Harry Potter, fictional characters who have been inspiring children through comics and film for years.Â And they were inspiring because they came from a broken family.Â The kids who transformed their lives from abandoned to amazing.Â The kids who wanted to change their circumstances, make the world a better place, make others feel safe, loved, protected â€“ all the things that they had missed in their childhoodâ€¦ Continue reading »