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How to buy your kids an apartment for just $25 a week

Invest apartment for kids

With real estate prices absolutely soaring, and the average house price crashing through the $600k mark, the dream of our kids one day owning their own homes is fast evaporating. But our kids are young, very young, and they have that magic ingredient called ‘time’ on their side. Here’s how we’re using time to buy our kids an apartment for just $25 a week. Continue reading »

Newborn advice with Dorothy Waide – feeding, burping, sleeping and more

newborn advice with Dorothy Waide

We were lucky enough to get some time with Dorothy Waide, sleep consultant to the stars, AKA the Baby Whisperer. Dorothy provides newborn advice for parents on everything from feeding to settling, from natural remedies to cloth diapers! Continue reading »

Viking shield and axe – DIY chalkboard

Viking-shield-and-axe---DIY-chalkboard

Most people who know me will know that I’m crazy-addicted to the TV show Vikings. It’s not for the faint-hearted, and definitely worthy of it’s R18 rating. But it’s a fantastic show, and has inspired this quirky blackboard paint craft project. Here’s how to make a Viking shield and axe – DIY chalkboard.  Continue reading »

4 Surprising natural cleaning products

4 Surprising natural cleaning products

Running a family household is hard enough without having to worry about what chemicals are leaching out of your cleaning products and into your kids. Did you know you can easily make your own natural cleaning products at home? Continue reading »

5 signs you might have prolapse after giving birth

signs of prolapse after birth

There’s a number of physical complications that pregnancy can cause. One of these is pelvic organ prolapse. This can cause swelling, bulging, lower-back, abdomen or pelvic pain, as well as both urinary and fecal incontinence later in life. If you’ve given birth, find out about the 5 signs you might have prolapse after birth. Continue reading »

5 ways families can battle seasonal affective disorder this Winter

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Let’s talk about SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. This commonly-recurring mental illness rears its ugly head seasonally, and affects 10% of the New Zealand population. Continue reading »

DIY blackboard cloud and electric blue lightening bolt

DIY blackboard cloud and lightening bolt

I’ve been meaning to make a DIY blackboard cloud and lightening bolt for a kid’s room for months now. I finally found the time to make this project happen. Continue reading »

A travel advisor’s 9 top tips to maintain sanity while travelling

travel advisors 9 top tips

Are you planning on travelling overseas with a young family this year? If so, then you want to arm yourself with as much advice as possible before you go. And where better to get that advice than from a travel advisor! Our resident travel advice expert Fiona Rouse has 9 top tips to maintain sanity while travelling. Continue reading »

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 »

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The place where dads talk about the joys and struggles of fatherhood.

Ask A Naturopath

Our team of naturopaths brings you tips and and ideas to help keep you and your family healthy.

Au Pair Blog

Au Pair and childcare expert Cecilia Robinson writes about having an Au Pair with your family.

Balancing Family Life

Karyn Riley and Jennifer Pollard give tips and suggestions to help you find balance in the chaos of everyday family life.

Beautiful Birthdays

Nicky Attridge brings you great ideas for beautiful birthday parties that don't cost a fortune.

Diane Levy- Super Granny

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.

Eating Well

Advice for parents on food, nutrition and children’s eating from our expert dietician, Andrea Hofmann.

Family Foodie Fun

Sally Mangai checks out fun food for families and brings you some delicious recipes and food ideas to keep the kids happy.

Fitness for Families

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!

Get Gardening

Sarah O'Neil helps you get you and your family get going in the garden.

Grand Parenting

A blog for grand parents - especially grandparents.

Great Kiwi Families

We think kiwi families are great and we love hearing about them. We hope you do too!

Healthy Families

Well Child Nurse Kate Anderson give tips and suggestions for keeping your family healthy.

Home and School

Julie Mulcahy, Debbie Knowles and Sarah Aiono give great information about making school and learning work for your children.

I Believe in Sustainability

Protecting our precious environment is an important issue these days and Robert Glensor, baker and advocate for the planet, shares his thoughts on sustainability.

In Control of Your Finances

Need a hand getting a handle on your family's finances? Daniel Carney and Vinessa Orsbourn write a regular blog with suggestions on how to manage your family finances.

Keeping on Top of Technology

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.

Leading to Reading

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

Learning to Learn

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

Make It At Home

Make it at home is the Kiwi Families craft, creative blog. Bringing you great ideas to inspire you and your family. We have simple craft ideas for you and your child to do at home.

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

Kathy Fray is a midwife, mother and writer. She provides down-to-earth, back-to-basics, in-the-trenches articles and information to assist with questions regarding pregnancy, childbirth and newborns.

Parenting Alone

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

Practical parenting

Parenting thoughts and tips from Jennifer Pollard and other guest writers.

Spirituality in Family Life

Thalia Kehoe Rowden ponders faith and families.

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.

The Baby Listener

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.

Your style

Ever wanted to know more about styling or choosing the best colours for you? Our personal styling expert Fiona Jenkin tells you all you need to know!

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