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Why would you use a toddler milk?

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Before having children I had no idea about the plethora of products that I would end up finding useful and toddler milk falls into that category. While toddler milk isn’t an essential food, it has many benefits, not all from a nutrition perspective, that make it a welcome addition to our increasingly busy lives. Continue reading »

Winter is coming… and so are the colds!

Winter colds and flu

Common colds are something hard to avoid during the winter months. Young children may get between six to ten colds per year and once one family member has a sniffle, the germs generally do the rounds. Continue reading »

Strategies for raising healthy little eaters

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Wal Herring is the author of Healthy Little Eaters, and she has a wealth of wisdom to share about kids and food.  The Kiwi Families team had the chance to ask her a few questions, which shed light on why this is such an important topic for parents to think carefully about.

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Immunisation during pregnancy protects babies

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It’s well known that getting children immunised helps protect them from some serious diseases. What is less well known is that women can get immunised during pregnancy for whooping cough and the flu. Immunisation during pregnancy helps protect mums and babies from the harmful effects of these diseases. Continue reading »

Electricity: Smaller, smarter newcomer Electric Kiwi guarantees to save you $200 per year

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How would you like an extra $200 for the family budget? By switching your power to the smaller, smarter power company Electric Kiwi, that’s exactly what we’ll guarantee you in savings over your previous retailer. Even better, a lot of our customers save even more than that! Continue reading »

Checkerboard Unicorn Cake Tutorial

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One of our best friends’ daughters was turning six recently.  I asked her what she wanted on her cake… and she said a unicorn.  So this is what we created for her birthday party.  It’s really simple.  Really simple!  But pretty effective.  Here is a step by step tutorial so you can recreate the cake.  It has a checkerboard effect when cut (which is not time consuming or difficult, though it appears both 😉 ).  The most difficult thing is the unicorn, and if this troubles you – just buy one and stick it on top! Continue reading »

Is your family water-safe? Ten tips for swimming safe

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Many parents believe drowning could never happen to their child, but the stories from this summer show that all of our children are at risk.

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Board games in the digital age

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When most people hear the word “gamer”, they usually add the prefix “video” subconsciously. But, while digital games have slowly become accepted as part of mainstream entertainment, the past decade has also seen the unexpected growth of an industry that many assumed would become redundant in the era of Playstations and iPads: tabletop board games. Continue reading »

Five steps to happier homework

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There are many opinions surrounding homework but whichever way you look at it, there are clear benefits for children who have developed a home study routine before they enter high school. Continue reading »

Happiness = coping + adapting + getting the best out of life

getting ready for the next year of learning

 

I am happy when my children are happy.

Sounds pretty simple right? Well, I would be fooling both myself and you to say this state of utopia is achieved easily and constantly in my life. Continue reading »

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A Dad's View

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

Make it at home is the Kiwi Families craft, creative blog. Bringing you great ideas to inspire you and your family. We have simple craft ideas for you and your child to do at home.

Making a family

Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this blog, Tracey talks about creating a blended 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.

Practical parenting

Parenting thoughts and tips from Jennifer Pollard 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.

Your style

Ever wanted to know more about styling or choosing the best colours for you? Our personal styling expert Fiona Jenkin tells you all you need to know!

Kiwi Families Fun for Families

Kiwi Families brings you fun ideas for families.

Kiwi Families Guest Blogs

Guest blog posts from friends of Kiwi Families

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Kiwi Families Reviews

Updates on our latest Kiwi Families reviews

Kiwi Families What's New?

Kiwi Families brings your the latest and greatest new products available for you and your family.

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Updates about events for you and your family.

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