The 2014 silly season is gearing up for another whirlwind of celebratory parties, parades, fairs, shows, and music. ‘Tis the season for overindulgence, letting your hair down, and being mindful enough to keep your dignity intact. The anticipation of celebrating Christmas is building up with expectations of the day beginning to snowball to galactic proportions (and explosions) on the day. Continue reading »
Treat your little ones to a Santa experience they will never forget at Snowplanet. This Christmas Santa and his elves will be staying in a Magic Castle amongst a frozen winter wonderland.
On Saturday 22 November, Snowplanet is kicking off the ho-ho-holiday season by throwing a Christmas Festival Day to welcome the jolly fellow. Continue reading »
If you read our recent post from Esther TeÂ Aotonga, you’re were probably as fascinated as we were with the way that the Te Aotonga family organises their lives around home schooling their children. In this post in our Great Kiwi Families series, we learn a bit more about the life of a home educatingÂ family from Janet Ridsdale and her family.Â Continue reading »
Sometimes when you start talking about safety, people will say âwell you canât wrap children in cotton woolâ or even âthey have to learn somehowâ. But children being their natural adventurous selves need to be kept safe. Keeping your child safeÂ is not about stopping children from being active and curious itâs about providing the safest environment to explore in. Continue reading »
In this series of posts, we’ve been looking at some great kiwi families and some of the things that make them fab. We’ve loved hearing from families that are doing things their own way and in this post, we talk to Esther Te Aotonga, who home schools her children. Continue reading »
Beloved New Zealand writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop has recently published his latest book – Teddy One-Eye. Scary, funny, heart-warming and magical, this is a story of love and loss and a great fondness for the delights of childhood. We had the opportunity to ask Bishop some questions about his new book.Â Continue reading »
Children feel pain in much the same way as adults, but are usually a lot more vocal about it! As youâve no doubt experienced, it can sometimes be very tricky to figure out whatâs causing your childâs grumps or grumbles â as for example, a âsore headâ can mean anything from earache to headache to teething pain or a sore throat. Continue reading »
It’s one of the fastest comparisons I tend to make when Iâm at a new supermarket: wander around, find familiar items, do a few calculations in my mind and work out whether itâs a good deal or not. With a family to feed and a budget to stick to, Iâm always looking for a bargain! Continue reading »
This is the last article in my essential style series, so it is entirely appropriate that it be on the âfinishing touchâ: How to âdressâ the part of your body which remains unclothed.Â Continue reading »
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