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World Autism Awareness Month – apps to help

World Autism Month apps

April is World Autism Awareness Month. In New Zealand, autism affects one person in 100; that’s around 40,000 New Zealanders. You might not be aware that there are a number of apps available to help people with Autism communicate. We’ve had a bit of a look at the apps that are available and here are some that are great.

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Free whooping cough booster for 4 year olds – don’t miss out

whooping cough

Babies and children can catch diseases at any time. Immunisation is your child’s best protection against many serious but preventable diseases like whooping cough. This disease is still common in New Zealand. It can cause unnecessary suffering for children and can even be fatal.  Continue reading »

Dealing with challenging behaviour from a 7 year old

dealing with challenging behaviour

I recently had this query from a parent asking about dealing with challenging behaviour from her 7 year old son:  Continue reading »

Immunisation is their best protection – make sure your child gets their boosters

immunisation

Babies and children can catch diseases at any time. Immunisation is your child’s best protection against many serious but preventable diseases like whooping cough. This disease is still common in New Zealand. It can cause unnecessary suffering for children and can even be fatal. Continue reading »

Everyday play with your child

play with your child

What is play? Play is learning. Play is children’s life. Play is loving learning about life! Continue reading »

Get a free trial from Kumon

Kumon

Have your child join over four million students around the world who are experiencing the benefits of this unique method of learning. Over a two-week period, students will have the chance to learn through the Kumon Maths or English Programme and attend a Kumon Education Centre for four class days. Continue reading »

Keeping the bugs at bay this winter

keeping bugs at bay

Every year when winter hits, we wonder how can we keep our children from getting sick. It’s a good question but there are no easy answers. Cold and flu viruses can spread like wildfire through homes, daycare and schools during the cooler months and there’s no way to guarantee your children will avoid them. Continue reading »

Great Kiwi Families: Tracey’s blended family

great kiwi families

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and things don’t end up as you think they will. However, blended families can also be great. Here’s a bit about Tracey and her great kiwi family.  Continue reading »

Growing your family upward – and outward!

growing families

Growth can be either outwards or upwards, and that applies to families as much as anything else. A growing family may be one that is adding to its numbers as new children come along, and that can be within one family unit, or a much wider extended family. We can also see ‘growth’ as development over time, as we watch our family’s children grow up and eventually begin careers and families of their own. Both kinds have their delights, and their challenges. Continue reading »

Growing a family I had never met

growing families

The Napier Grandparents raising Grandchildren group invited me to attend the Christmas lunch with members of this support group. A flight from Auckland down to Napier was upon one of those little planes, I felt quite chuffed as my allocated seat was 1c and no one was sitting next to me. Continue reading »

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