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Kindercare

Our story began in January 1972, when Glennie Oborn, a loving mum , opened her first early childhood centre in what was her family home in Auckland. Along with 3 passionate teachers, they welcomed the first twelve children. Four decades on, Kindercare’s still 100% Kiwi-owned, family-owned, and still reflects those same family values, warm, respectful care and meaningful personal connections. It’s no surprise then that it feels like “home” to the children and families we love. Continue reading »

Great Kiwi Families: The Finlay family

Great Kiwi Families

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 »

You’ve Got Style!

You've got style

What exactly do we mean when we say someone’s “got style”? 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 »

My control issues (and a little light bladder leakage)

light bladder leakage

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!  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 »

Make your own heatbag

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It’s cold outside but this easy to make heatbag will help keep you toasty warm.  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 ¼ teaspoon of cloves in mine and it smells wonderful! Continue reading »

Cord blood stem cells see baby Phoenix rise

CordBank

Back in 2012, Arna Suttie made the decision to save her unborn baby’s 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 baby’s life in a brave and emotional journey that has been captured across New Zealand media. Continue reading »

Getting your baby to sleep – six to twelve months

Getting your baby to sleep

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 weeks 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!  Continue reading »

Creating a habit of learning each day

create a learning habit

‘Have you done your homework yet?’ It’s a question parents don’t like asking just as much as children don’t 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 »

My Family Foodbag – a recipe and a competition!

My Family Food Bag

Looking for a fantastic meal option? My Family Foodbag contains family favourites that’ll please the fussiest eaters. Quick, healthy and yummy recipes for you and your little ones. Continue reading »

Tips for setting up your teen’s Facebook account

Tips for setting up your teen's Facebook account

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, you might not be sure how to approach the topic of setting up a safe, secure Facebook account with your teenage kids. Or you may be pretty Facebook-savvy, but aren’t sure how to teen-proof an account. Continue reading »

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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.

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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.

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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!

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