In the next of our ‘Great Kiwi Families’ posts, we introduce the Finlay family. These intrepid kiwis spend part of the year living on a small island in Vanuatu. Andrew, Maxine and son Charlie have a wide range of creative interests and in this post, they talk about how living on Tanna helps spark their creativity. Continue reading »
What exactly do we mean when we say someoneâs âgot styleâ? We often think of style as a gift that some people naturally exhibit without apparent effort, some people work hard to achieve, or that some people will simply never have. But what is it exactly? Continue reading »
There was a time when I felt relatively in control of my life, in the days before kids. I wanted to waste half of Saturday in bed, so I did. I felt like taking my husband out to dinner; no problem. I listened to whatever CD I wanted on every car trip. I could decide to take a car trip and be on my way within moments!Â Sometimes thinking back on the ease of controlling situations back then is almost an out of body experience. Was it really that easy? Continue reading »
Itâs cold outside but this easy to make heatbag will help keep you toasty warm.Â I have made these in the past and used wheat however after a bit of Googling it turns out there are all sorts of things you can use including rice which is both inexpensive and easy to get hold of. Rice also has the added bonus of not smelling as much as wheat. I put about a ÂŒ teaspoon of cloves in mine and it smells wonderful! Continue reading »
Back in 2012, Arna Suttie made the decision to save her unborn babyâs stem cells. Whilst she hoped the cells would never be needed, she wanted to give her child every chance of a healthy life. As it turned out, that decision helped Arna improve her babyâs life in a brave and emotional journey that has been captured across New Zealand media. Continue reading »
This is the third post in my series about getting your baby to sleep. As I have discussed in the earlier posts about getting your baby to sleep in the first few weeksÂ and from six to twelve weeks, your baby’s routine will change regularly during their first year or so. And just when you think things are sorted, they’ll change again!Â Continue reading »
âHave you done your homework yet?â Itâs a question parents donât like asking just as much as children donât like answering. Whether it is maths, English or music, learning at home often loses out to before and after school activities and countless household distractions. But there are more long-lasting and effective strategies that can help make learning at home a positive experience for both you and your children. Continue reading »
Facebook is a huge part of many young people’s lives and it can be mystifying and quite frightening for some parents. If you’re not on Facebook, youÂ might not be sure how to approach the topic of setting up a safe, secure Facebook account with yourÂ teenage kids. Or you may be pretty Facebook-savvy, but arenât sure how to teen-proof an account. Continue reading »
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.Â 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.Â Continue reading »
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