Kindercare celebrates


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


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


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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