All posts by Rachel Brodrick

Rest & revive

If energy levels or moods are low, worries are high or if a good night’s sleep doesn’t come easy, SleepDrops provides support for the whole family. For a healthy, happy life, getting enough sleep and relaxation is vital – not just for parents, but for …

Runs in the family

For mum SARAH LEE, nothing beats heading out for a run to clear the mind and recharge the batteries. Now her three kids are wanting in on the action. Since moving to New Zealand, I have always loved exploring the wilderness areas. When I had …

Soup’s on!

BRYDON HELLER introduces us to a new range of flavoursome, nutritious meals promising to hit the spot for busy families. We may wish it wasn’t so, but the days are getting shorter and the evenings cooler. Yet, we continue to squeeze as much as possible …

Silky smoothie

Passionate foodie and busy mum WICK NIXON serves up a healthy, delicious avocado energy boost – perfect for after school. INGREDIENTS ½ c milk ½ c unsweetened natural yoghurt 1 avocado 2 T cacao powder 1-2 T honey, melted (depending on sweetness required) ¼ c fine …

Oh, you’re pregnant

From affectionate tummy pats, to speculations about gender preferences, mum DEBORAH WARD muses on the public attention one gets when pregnant. Nothing draws attention quite like a pregnancy. A woman might have been going about her business, dealing with her own inner and outer workings …

All’s well that blends well

Mum, stepmum and blended family relationship coach ADELE CORNISH explains that successfully blending families is all about building relationships. A BIG ADJUSTMENT A child’s adjustment can have a profound impact on the pressure couples face – which is highlighted when children are around home over …

My Midwife

With her third child born earlier this year, DEBORAH WARD introduces us to her ‘wonderful’ midwife, Anne, and offers some insights into finding a midwife to suit your personality and philosophy. About a month before the due date of my baby earlier this year, I …

Green and Keen

With mixed success, BRETT JOHANSEN has managed to get his kids to help out around the house; yet, when it comes to something exciting, and dangerous, like mowing the lawns, he notes their eagerness to embrace hard work. For parents, mowing the lawn encapsulates one …