Writers: Kerry Burridge

Kerry Burridge

Kerry Burridge is mum to three great kids and was Kiwi Families founding Editor.

HotMilk Maternity Lingerie Rocks!

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Press Release

Business is blooming for two Tauranga women who developed the idea of saucy lingerie for pregnant women.

Lisa Ebbing and Ange Crosbie and their maternity lingerie business HOTmilk have scooped up two women’s business awards.

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Family day of rest

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Until recently I had thought that a “day of rest” was only for families who followed a particular faith, and who therefore took a complete day off from work and chores on Saturday and Sunday to worship God and spend time with their families.

I have gradually revised this view, and now realise the importance of a day of rest for all families so that they can re-charge tired batteries, and come together for family fun.

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Nappy Days

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With all of the activity surrounding Real Nappy Week, it has caused me to think back to our “nappy days”, and all of the trauma and expense they produced!

Just a mere 9 years ago, Big Mac and I nervously embarked on an antenatal course in Takapuna, whilst awaiting the arrival of The Little Princess.

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Death of a mum

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On Easter Monday at 1 p.m., I went to one of the hardest funerals I have ever been to.

It was to celebrate the life of Alison (Aly) Bennett of Auckland.

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Parent and child shows

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The last three months have been exceptionally busy for the Kiwi Families team, as they included three Parent and Child Shows across the country. We started in Christchurch in August, progressed to Wellington in September, and then onto Auckland in October.

Working parents

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I’m sure many of you reading this column are working mums (or working dads, for that matter).

It’s hard, isn’t it?

You try to keep everyone happy, and invariably you end up exhausted and unhappy yourself.

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Have you Found your Reproductive Button?

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Now for those of you whose minds have immediately plunged into the gutter, let me drag you back up by explaining my view on reproduction. I believe that women should be fitted with an easy to find “reproductive button”, which would enable them to switch it on or off when they wanted to have (or not have) babies.

Mother of the year award

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I sit here writing to you on a grey, chilly wintery afternoon feeling a bit sorry for myself. I’m full of the snuffles, having been sick for 3 weeks with two colds and a sinus infection. I was taken aback to discover that you can actually catch a second cold before you have finished with the first one – a situation that seems grossly unfair to me! It’s clearly about time that I consulted our new Winter Ailments section to find out what I could do to get better.

Boys and girls are different

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Have you noticed that boys and girls are different? (and no, I don’t mean the obvious anatomical differences!). For those of us parenting both boys and girls, this can be a revelation.

When we were first planning a family, Ian was very keen to have a girl first. “A girl can look after her brothers, and make sure they don’t get into too much trouble!” he said (bear in mind that he comes from a family of three boys).

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Very busy first month

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Wow – what an amazing month October has been. We formally launched the site on Monday 16 October and we’ve been in a whirlwind of activity ever since!

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