I’m often amazed at the way that kids pick up technology and my 2 year old already understands the principles of using an iPad or tablet. However, it can be hard to find apps for under 5 year olds that are suitable for their age and stage. Here is a collection of apps for under 5 year olds that they can enjoy without you having to worry about inappropriate content. Continue reading »
Looking for some school holiday fun these holidays? Scotty Sky Tower is the beloved mascot of the iconic Auckland Sky Tower and his evil twin brother has escaped in this School Holidaysâ Best of the West themed promotion. Continue reading »
With all three of my children, we received stern letters from Births, Deaths and Marriages telling us that we needed to hurry up and registerÂ their births. And with two, we got *cough, cough* a VERY stern follow up letter telling usÂ to hurry up and register or, y’know, our kids wouldn’t be able to go to school. Well, maybe not quite, butÂ Births, Deaths and Marriages certainly takes the whole ‘registering your child’s birth‘ thing pretty seriously. Continue reading »
It’s a well known principle that including 5+ vegetable and fruit servings a day is a great foundation for your daily eating habits.Â 5 would be an absolute minimum, and we should really be aiming for double or more that number!
Getting that many servings is something I struggle with at times, and certainly I struggle to get my preschooler to eat that volume of fresh fruit and vegetables.Â There are tricks though, and green smoothies are an excellent trick to consuming greater quantities of the foods that are great for our bodies with minimal hassle. Continue reading »
While young people these days may be experiencing F.O.B.O. (fear of being offline) and F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out), many parents experience only F â fear. How do you stay up with everything your kids are doing online? Given many young people have somewhere on average between 20-30 apps their phone, when do you have time to learn about each app? Continue reading »
Over the last wee while, I’ve had contact from several families who live with children with different needs.Â These families are all so amazing in different ways and I though it would be great to hear some of their stories as part of our series on Great Kiwi Families. In this post, we talk to Ataahua Solomon, a kiwi living in Australia, and hear about life with her son, Kereama.Â Continue reading »
Over the years, sections have got smaller and apartment living has increased, add this to a world that is increasingly focused on smart phones, tablets and television and the outcome is children are missing out on connections to nature.
Think back to your own childhood and the pleasure you got from being outside. Perhaps you made mud pies or igloos from lawn clippings. Maybe you collected flower petals and added them to water to make an âinterestingâ perfume scent! In our hectic world, children need those experiences that were such a big part of their parentsâ childhood. There are lots of ways of learningÂ from nature with your preschooler. Here are some ideas.Â Continue reading »
For many, creativityÂ in the kitchen is a far-off concept that doesnât get much thought. I have found that the main reasons are: there just isnât the time between lifeâs other commitments, there is a lack of confidence, a lack of inspiration, a fussy family member or a combination of all four. Continue reading »
Often grandparents find themselves unexpectedly placed in a position where they are needed to raise their grandchildren. This is a life changing situation for all involved and can leave one floundering as to where to start, stress and family dynamics add to this mix. Uncertainty, where to begin, not to mention the legal requirements, schooling and the necessities of life. Continue reading »
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