Thank you for visiting the Kiwi Families website – we hope to become your ongoing parenting buddy; with information and support available to you 24-7 whenever you might need it.

We have spent the last nine months creating this wonderfully rich website for you. You may have noticed that the delivery was overdue (and we had to go for an induction in the end!), but Kiwi Families has now been born.

The Kiwi Families concept is very simple: to create a website that is the most comprehensive parenting website in New Zealand; where you can find everything you need to know about raising children in our country, from conception until they leave home.

We cover all ages and stages, from pregnancy through to tertiary education and helping your child find a job. In terms of age, we have taken our starting point as conception – that magic moment when you become pregnant and have created a new life.

Trickier though, is identifying our end point; after all, we’re parents forever, even after our children leave home! So we’ve chosen an “artificial” end point, which is when your child has got their first job and is on their way to financial independence. This may be after completing some form of tertiary training, and it will hopefully coincide with them leaving home!

In terms of topics, we will cover any topic that is of interest or concern to you in your role as a parent. Core issues that worry most of us include education, nutrition and parenting challenges such as setting boundaries, maintaining discipline and instilling good values. In addition, we often need help when we make a key family decision, such as buying a family vehicle, booking a family holiday, or choosing a suitable pet.

For each topic we do the research for you, provide you with an overview of the issues, and refer you to pre-qualified websites where you will find more high-quality, detailed information. We also provide links to key support groups where appropriate.

So here’s our commitment to you: when you need advice, information or support, come to Kiwi Families first and we will help you.

We greatly value your opinions and input, and will regularly invite you to take part in forum discussions, rank products and services, and share your thoughts on how we can build an even better website.

Help us to help you: remember, if we haven’t got what you need, let us know, and we will add it to the site as fast as possible! Only by working together can we create a first-class site that truly meets your needs.

We understand that being a parent is hard work. To be a good parent takes time, dedication and lots of love and patience.

If you’re already on this site you are clearly a passionate parent – like us, you want to do a little better each day, to give your children the best chance for the future.

Let’s work together to build a strong community of Kiwi Families.

 

 

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

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