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How to get rid of eczema – advice from 100 Kiwi families

how to get rid of eczema - advice from 100 Kiwi families

In response to a reader comment on our What is eczema article, Kiwi Families reached out to our wonderful Facebook community for advice. We had such a great response, with over 100 people jumping in to offer their thoughts, tips and advice on what they find works. Now we’ve combined those comments into one great article, how to get rid of eczema – advice from 100 Kiwi families. We grouped the comments by 5 key themes, and provide links to some of the product suggestions too. Continue reading »

How your stress affects your kids: The hierarchy of wellness

How your stress affects your child

Kiwi Families asked me to contribute reflections on wellness, coming from both my professional and personal viewpoints. I’m a family counsellor and solo Mother. Some of you may have read my articles from when my son was a toddler. He’s now a strapping (and handsome!) 15 year old. This article is all about how your stress affects your kids, or the Hierarchy of Wellness. First, lets have a closer look at what stress is. Continue reading »

13 reasons why you need to watch 13 Reasons Why

13 reasons why

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why at this point, so I won’t get into details of the show’s content. The show certainly has it’s critics. Many of them are from the mental health sector, which is a little weird. I feel like any book, or movie, or TV series that gets us all talking about mental health is a good thing. Continue reading »

Toilet roll houses

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There are so many things you can do with empty toilet rolls and paper towel rolls, it’s just a case of choosing something that your kids will find fun, and want to play with. We found something new recently that appealed to all of us. These toilet roll houses are a fun thing to do on a rainy day and they’re the kind of thing that kids of all ages can make and play with. They’re also cheap to make and don’t involve lots of complicated pieces.  Continue reading »

3 great tips to help you lose that Mummy-Tummy

tips to help lose that mummy tummy

Separation of the abdominal muscles is a common condition after pregnancy. It’s a natural part of pregnancy to allow for your growing uterus and baby. But in 2 out of 3 women, that lower belly pouch can be hard to shift. Continue reading »

7 simple and healthy lunch box snacks for kids

Make your own fruit leather recipe

Why is it after a few weeks into the school term the kid’s lunch boxes seem to end up the same every day? If you’re looking to add some variety into your kid’s lunch box, then you’ll appreciate some new, fresh ideas. Here’s 7 simple and healthy lunch box snacks for kids. These should help add some interest to your kid’s lunchbox, and keep the snacking fun! Continue reading »

DIY travel chalkboard clipboard and free printables

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Traveling in the car can sometimes be a nightmare with children. The all too famous line of ‘are we there yet?’ playing over and over like a broken record… So for the next school holidays road trip, I’m getting prepared early by making this DIY travel chalkboard clipboard. Continue reading »

Make your own bath salts – Manuka, rose and lemon

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If  you know me, then you’ll know that I am a huge fan of epsom salts! The addition of epsom salts to a bath creates a really luxurious, silky feeling. And if you make your own bath salts, you’ll save a small fortune, and they make a cool gift too. Continue reading »

Why the government may owe you $479, and how to get it back

tax refund new zealand

Does the government owe you $479?

We know you love paying taxes about as much as changing your 2 year old’s diaper, after a massive poonami! Or, about as much as standing on the sidelines of a ripper rugby game in a wet, cold southerly, watching your 6 year old run around in circles, and occasionally stop to inspect a daisy… 🙂 Continue reading »

Learn how to draw a cartoon puppy in 6 easy steps!

How to draw a cartoon puppy in 6 easy steps

Drawing is a learnt skill. Sure, some kids have natural ability when it comes to drawing. But all children can learn to draw if they’re shown the correct techniques. Here you’ll learn how to draw a cartoon puppy in 6 easy steps! Continue reading »

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Diane Levy’s warm, humorous, practical and commonsense approach to raising children is evident in her writing, her speaking and her private practice in Auckland as a family therapist.

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Lynda Lovatt provides education and resources for those who want to get fit and introduce exercise into their lives but aren’t sure where to start - the exercise allergic are her speciality!

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Technology can be daunting for parents and our team is here to help you keep your kids safe as well as find fun technology for the whole family.

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Reading Expert Barbara Morris brings your easy hints and tips to help your child develop the skills they need for reading.

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Learning expert Rosemary Murphy writes about learning difficulties and how you can help you child to learn.

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Making a family

Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this blog, Tracey talks about creating a blended family.

Oh baby! Kathy Fray - midwife

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Michelle Woolley and Marta Fisch writes a blog especially for parents caring for children on their own.

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Spirituality in Family Life

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Step by Step: Early Learning With Your Child

Sue Hunter and Jacqueline Taylor give you ideas to help your child with their early learning.

Susan Devoy- Super Mum

Susan Devoy is a world champion squash player and super mum to four boys. She shares her joys and frustrations here.

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Jayne Eddington loves children and babies and has spent the last 18 years working with them in both New Zealand and the UK. She shares her wisdom here.

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