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15 Ideas for celebrating Children’s Day in 2015

Children's Day

Children’s Day – Te Rā O Te Tamariki (March 1 2015) – provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to give time to children. It is a fun day for activities that start new traditions as well as continue old ones. Continue reading »

Keeping kids safe online

Keeping kids safe online

While young people these days may be experiencing F.O.B.O. (fear of being offline) and F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out), many parents experience only F – fear. How do you stay up with everything your kids are doing online? Given many young people have somewhere on average between 20-30 apps their phone, when do you have time to learn about each app? Continue reading »

Great Kiwi Families: The Solomon family

Great Kiwi Families: The Solomon Family

Over the last wee while, I’ve had contact from several families who live with children with different needs. These families are all so amazing in different ways and I though it would be great to hear some of their stories as part of our series on Great Kiwi Families. In this post, we talk to Ataahua Solomon, a kiwi living in Australia, and hear about life with her son, Kereama.  Continue reading »

Learning from nature with preschoolers

Learning from nature

Over the years, sections have got smaller and apartment living has increased, add this to a world that is increasingly focused on smart phones, tablets and television and the outcome is children are missing out on connections to nature.

Think back to your own childhood and the pleasure you got from being outside. Perhaps you made mud pies or igloos from lawn clippings. Maybe you collected flower petals and added them to water to make an ‘interesting’ perfume scent! In our hectic world, children need those experiences that were such a big part of their parents’ childhood. There are lots of ways of learning from nature with your preschooler. Here are some ideas.  Continue reading »

Creativity in the Kitchen

creativity in the kitchen

For many, creativity in the kitchen is a far-off concept that doesn’t get much thought. I have found that the main reasons are: there just isn’t the time between life’s other commitments, there is a lack of confidence, a lack of inspiration, a fussy family member or a combination of all four. Continue reading »

Top tips for grandparents raising grandchildren

grandparents raising grandchildren

Often grandparents find themselves unexpectedly placed in a position where they are needed to raise their grandchildren. This is a life changing situation for all involved and can leave one floundering as to where to start, stress and family dynamics add to this mix. Uncertainty, where to begin, not to mention the legal requirements, schooling and the necessities of life. Continue reading »

When boredom strikes, creativity takes over

creativity

Creative thinkers and doers have shaped our world’s history and contributed to the future direction of the human race for centuries.  Long before formal schooling, children and young adults followed their passions and used their talents in order to create some of the various masterpieces, technological advances, literary works and musical pieces we know of today.  Continue reading »

Craft with kids: Popsicle Stick Catapult

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Crafting is always more fun and meaningful when it is shared with the ones you love. Kids are natural tinkerers but here are a few tips and tricks to help your crafting times become even more special: Continue reading »

Great Kiwi Families: The Want Family

Great Kiwi Families

Sometimes life throws us a curveball and it can be hard to know how to deal with it. In this series, we’ve been meeting some great kiwi families and in this article, we get to meet the Want Family. I’ll let mum, Pip, tell you their story.  Continue reading »

Playing with planets

playing with planets

Really? All I can think about is trying to relax while my, generally well-behaved, sproglets run in, out and around the house over the summer holidays.  With school being out, the questions that would usually be fired at their teachers are fired, instead, at me, the all-knowing (mmm) mother.  Continue reading »

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The place where dads talk about the joys and struggles of fatherhood.

Ask A Naturopath

Our team of naturopaths brings you tips and and ideas to help keep you and your family healthy.

Au Pair Blog

Au Pair and childcare expert Cecilia Robinson writes about having an Au Pair with your family.

Balancing Family Life

Karyn Riley and Jennifer Pollard give tips and suggestions to help you find balance in the chaos of everyday family life.

Beautiful Birthdays

Nicky Attridge brings you great ideas for beautiful birthday parties that don't cost a fortune.

Diane Levy- Super Granny

Diane Levy’s warm, humorous, practical and commonsense approach to raising children is evident in her writing, her speaking and her private practice in Auckland as a family therapist.

Eating Well

Advice for parents on food, nutrition and children’s eating from our expert dietician, Andrea Hofmann.

Family Foodie Fun

Sally Mangai checks out fun food for families and brings you some delicious recipes and food ideas to keep the kids happy.

Finding God in Family Life

Thalia Kehoe Rowden ponders faith and families.

Fitness for Families

Lynda Lovatt provides education and resources for those who want to get fit and introduce exercise into their lives but aren’t sure where to start - the exercise allergic are her speciality!

Get Gardening

Sarah O'Neil helps you get you and your family get going in the garden.

Grand Parenting

A blog for grand parents - especially grandparents.

Great Kiwi Families

We think kiwi families are great and we love hearing about them. We hope you do too!

Healthy Families

Well Child Nurse Kate Anderson give tips and suggestions for keeping your family healthy.

Home and School

Julie Mulcahy, Debbie Knowles and Sarah Aiono give great information about making school and learning work for your children.

I Believe in Sustainability

Protecting our precious environment is an important issue these days and Robert Glensor, baker and advocate for the planet, shares his thoughts on sustainability.

In Control of Your Finances

Need a hand getting a handle on your family's finances? Daniel Carney and Vinessa Orsbourn write a regular blog with suggestions on how to manage your family finances.

Keeping on Top of Technology

Technology can be daunting for parents and our team is here to help you keep your kids safe as well as find fun technology for the whole family.

Leading to Reading

Reading Expert Barbara Morris brings your easy hints and tips to help your child develop the skills they need for reading.

Learning to Learn

Learning expert Rosemary Murphy writes about learning difficulties and how you can help you child to learn.

Make It At Home

The Kiwi Families craft, creative blog. Emma Ranson brings your great ideas to inspire you and your family.

Oh baby! Kathy Fray - midwife

Kathy Fray is a midwife, mother and writer. She provides down-to-earth, back-to-basics, in-the-trenches articles and information to assist with questions regarding pregnancy, childbirth and newborns.

Parenting Alone

Michelle Woolley and Marta Fisch writes a blog especially for parents caring for children on their own.

Peaceful Parenting

Parenting thoughts and tips from Peaceful Parenting expert Genevieve Simperingham and other guest writers.

Step by Step: Early Learning With Your Child

Sue Hunter and Jacqueline Taylor give you ideas to help your child with their early learning.

Susan Devoy- Super Mum

Susan Devoy is a world champion squash player and super mum to four boys. She shares her joys and frustrations here.

The Baby Listener

Jayne Eddington loves children and babies and has spent the last 18 years working with them in both New Zealand and the UK. She shares her wisdom here.

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