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Free rotavirus immunisation for babies can protect against serious tummy bug

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Rotavirus is a very infectious tummy bug that is extremely common in babies and young children and it can cause severe vomiting and diarrhoea and lead to hospitalisation. Continue reading »

The benefits of trampolines

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As parents, our job is to protect our children and support their development; so one day they can stand on their own two feet, and support themselves. Part of this enormous job is screening what’s ‘harmful, and what’s beneficial for our munchkins. Continue reading »

Being a dad / being a son

Being a dad

There’s no telling some people how much parenthood will change you. My little boy is four years old now, and in this time with him – we spend most of our time together mind you – I’ve learned all that everyone tried to tell me about being a father was spot on. At the same time, I’ve learned what it means to be a son. Continue reading »

Storylines Festival Family Days

Storylines festival

Storylines Festival Family Days are and always have been free for children and their families. There are now six of them round the country and every year thousands and thousands of New Zealand children get to meet the writers, illustrators and storytellers who are telling our stories right here and now. These experiences help our children to know they too can write, draw and dream big. Continue reading »

Making your kitchen the heart of your home

Kitchen

If you watch TV at the moment, you will have seen one of the many cooking programmes, which make cooking careers look amazingly glamourous.  There is a vast array of up-and-coming cooks and passionate gastro geniuses on our screens.  The amateurs entering contests all loved cooking so much at home; and having impressed all of their family and friends with what they can produce, they are now looking for how to advance in the dreamy world of foodiedom. Continue reading »

You’re not alone!

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SO many embarrassing things happen when you’re a parent.  As you pass through the years of parenthood, your resilience grows – or at least I’ve found I’ve learnt to care less what people think. Continue reading »

Spring babies

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The seasons are changing again and the time is right to set in motion the birth of a multitude of wee babies.   The responsibility is huge.   I do it every year and each time I get better and better and the mortality rates are now at a more acceptable level.  They say practice makes perfect. Continue reading »

Questions to ask before you say YES to your teenager

questions to ask

“Mom, can I pleeeeaaase go to Regina’s* Birthday party/Sleepover on Saturday?” pleads Miss 14.

“Which one is Regina again?”  I reply.
“Remember, she’s that new girl I met at School last week, you know … the one with the hair!” Miss 14 blurts back with attitude, annoyed that I don’t instantly know who she is talking about. Continue reading »

Pregnancy on my own terms

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I’d like to share with other solo mothers two of the practices that I developed that served me and my child well. Being on my own while pregnant was a continual effort to combat shame and loneliness, imagining conversations like, “Oh, she’s pregnant, but I didn’t think she had a partner. . . ” “She did, but he left.” “I wonder why he left?” “Must be something wrong with her. . . ” I’ll never know if people said those things, but I believed they did. I girded myself. Continue reading »

The dance of the swallows

Dance of the swallows

They were first noticed swooping in and out of the garage. Checking it out to see if this would be a safe home. Very quickly Grand-daughter aged 8, who has eyes of a hawk, (unlike granny, whose eye sight is diminishing) saw the beginnings of a nest been built, high up on a waste pipe which ran along the roof of the garage. She watched with fascination as the nest grew bigger and bigger. The two swallows busied themselves with this task. She noticed soon that feathers were to be found in the garage which the birds would gather and carry up to their nest. 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

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 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.

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.

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