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The sparks of friendship

Expert on childhood friendships, DANA KERFORD shares strategies for kids to help them flourish in their friendships, and has some helpful advice for parents. By Kate Barber Wellbeing science points to healthy relationships as the top predictor of a person’s happiness and the top protective factor against anxiety, depression, loneliness and bullying, says Dana. “If […]

Finding joy wearing different hats

JOY REID is a TVNZ Journalist and CEO of charity One Mother to Another. The Christchurch mother of three chatted with our editor KATE BARBER about being a mum, the trauma of having a child in hospital, and covering the Queen’s funeral.  Tell us about your kids. I have Jonathan (9) and Stella (6), who […]

Summer holiday gems

Still trying to figure out where to holiday this summer? There’s nothing better than the recommendation of a friend, so we’ve pulled together holiday gems from on and off the beaten track, as suggested by our lovely readers and the Family Times team.  Te Ika-a-Māui Northland The white sands of Forestry Beach in Northland, part […]

When they refuse to go to school

We all want the best for our kids, and we recognise the importance of school in terms of their learning, personal growth and future opportunities. But what do you do when your adolescent son or daughter refuses to attend? By Kate Barber Guidance counsellor, teacher and proud father of two boys TONY JONES acknowledges the […]

A magical & memorable stay at the Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort

Now that international travel has the green light, it’s fun to dream of the ultimate overseas getaway. With its tropical weather, friendly people, unique adventures and luxury accommodation, Fiji is a dream destination.  If you’re considering visiting Fiji, the Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort is the ultimate playground for families. Relaxing and luxurious – […]

Knowing what to say and do

Co-founder of charity Miscarriage Matters, ALEISHA BLACK shares some tips for supporting loved ones through such a distressing experience. Miscarriage is a pregnancy that ends spontaneously before 20 weeks gestation. One New Zealand study found that a third of women had experienced at least one. We all know someone who has experienced miscarriage, even if […]

Top tips for flying internationally with kids

Overseas travel is back on the agenda! But when you’re flying overseas with a family, it’s not just the price, number of connections and transit times you need to be aware of. Travel consultant MAXINE LAWS shares her top tips for stress-free international travel. 1: Sort out seating Babies can qualify for a bassinet, making […]

Is your child’s vision ready for school?

We spoke with LEZA FOX from Anstice Optometrists about how a child’s vision affects their learning and how early assessment can help put kids back on the path to success. It’s hardly surprising that your child’s vision plays a crucial role in unlocking learning at school, and impacts on their overall happiness and wellbeing.  Research […]