Writers: Frank McColl

Frank McColl

Frank McColl is a primary teacher and writes teacher resource materials for primary and secondary schools. She has one quirky toddler who keeps her on her toes.

How to make dairy-free coconut yoghurt

How to make diary free coconut yoghurt

If you don’t know how to make dairy-free coconut yoghurt, prepared to be surprised at just how simple it is! There’s basically only 3 ingredients to make the base yoghurt, and I add in chia seeds to thicken it, and frozen berries for the kids. It really does taste delicious poured over your own homemade muesli! Continue reading »

8 Common family pets – Pros and cons

8 common family pets - Pros and cons

Adding a pet to your family can be a great way to help your children build empathy and responsibility, as well as help their physical, emotional and social development. But how do you choose a pet that suits your family, and what are the most common family pets pros and cons? Continue reading »

51 New Zealand services for new parents

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Life with a newborn can be absolutely amazing, but it can also be hectic and overwhelming. Thankfully there are a range of services that parents of newborns can access for support. Here’s 51 New Zealand services for new parents.
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Travelling with preschoolers

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Travelling with children requires a bit more planning than you may have been used to in your heady child-free days. However, with this planning in place you can definitely enjoy a bit of time away together, and make some wonderful family memories along the way.

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Child development ages 1-4

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Parents are often concerned about whether their young child is developing within a normal range. All children develop at different rates, and most are faster in some areas while lagging behind in others. The table below is a quick guide to the ages that many children typically meet significant milestones. Each child is unique and you needn’t be too concerned if they haven’t meet all the milestones listed on time.

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Child development stages – Is your child developing well for their age?

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During the primary years your child’s development will slow compared to their preschool years, but there’s still a lot of changes that occur. Is your child developing well for their age? This guideline for child development stages for ages 5-12 years is what the average child is developmentally capable of learning at a particular age. Continue reading »

Age appropriate discipline for pre-teens and teens

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It can be hard for parents to know where to draw the line between being too permissive, or being too strict. Try to think about discipline as guiding your child to be an adult who can make decisions that are good for them and those around them. This means as they get older, you need to start holding back more and letting them make their own decisions, and bear the consequences of those decisions themselves. Take clothing for example: Continue reading »

Age appropriate discipline for school aged children

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It can be hard for parents to know where to draw the line between being too permissive, or being too strict. Try to think about discipline as guiding your child to be an adult who can make decisions that are good for them and those around them. This means as they get older, you need to start holding back more and letting them make their own decisions, and bear the consequences of those decisions themselves. Take clothing for example: Continue reading »

Age appropriate discipline for toddlers and preschoolers

Age appropriate discipline for toddlers and preschoolers

It can be hard for parents to know where to draw the line between being too permissive, or being too strict. Better understanding age appropriate discipline for your toddler will help you find the right balance.  Continue reading »

Aggressive behaviour in children

Aggressive behaviour in children

All children have moments of aggression. Aggressive behaviour in children is a fairly natural emotional response. But no parent wants that sinking feeling of realising their child has been aggressive to others.  Continue reading »

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