Writers: Sandi Paterson

Sandi Paterson

Sandi Paterson is a freelance journalist based in Tauranga. She lives in a 1950's bach with her daughter, a grumpy cat, and a budgie who sits on her computer when she writes. This article appeared originally in Little Treasures magazine.

Parental rights for non-custodial parents

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Non-custodial parents have rights too: we overview the key issues – the emotions, the legal and physical practicalities to work through.

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Your kid gets up my nose

Your kid gets up my nose

When a new man enters the family, some things – like discipline – get complicated. Continue reading »

Watch your mouth

Watch your mouth

What you say can affect your children and your future Continue reading »

Somebody help me

Somebody help me

 One winter night a few years ago, I found myself lying on the bathroom floor, pausing between bouts of vomiting and diarrheoa to listen out for my toddler who had whooping cough. You could say it was not one of my better moments. Continue reading »

Mums raising boys

Mums raising boys

When I was pregnant, I secretly wanted a girl. I’d give people the standard line, “Oh, as long as it’s healthy, I don’t mind,” but inside I figured raising a girl on my own would be easier than with a boy.

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Male role models

Male role models

Finding good male role models for children in fatherless homes Continue reading »

Making ends meet

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Juggling your finances is a big part of being a solo or single parent.  We discuss WINZ, benefits, subsidies and budget advice here.  Continue reading »

Divorce and kids

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While researching this article, I came across the sobering statement: “Children never really heal from divorce.” Continue reading »

Dealing with the ex

Dealing with the ex

 I knew having and raising a baby by myself would be hard. Really hard.  Continue reading »

Dealing with anger

Dealing with anger

 It looks like flossing my teeth has now become a habit. It used to be just a good intention – until I read an article about how much gum disease can affect your general health. The information acted as motivation. Continue reading »

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