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Feeling overwhelmed by Omicron? Try these simple things to help.

With Omicron in our communities the mental strain of uncertainty and anxiety can continue to build – for both parents and their kids. But there are a few key things we can do to help both us and our families. By Kate Barber When one of my daughters starts vomiting in the night, I go […]

Covid-19 vaccinations for kids: the basics

On 17 January 2022,  New Zealand’s 5 to 11-year-olds became eligible for vaccination against Covid-19, with the aim of having kids’ protection underway before they head back to school. We set out the basics of this new vaccination programme for kids. Independent experts have welcomed the move saying it will help to keep both children […]

Help prepare your child to head back to school

Your child may be starting school for the first time, moving on to middle school/intermediate or high school, changing schools, or just heading back to the same old school but a different class. How do you get them ready? School is such a big part of a child’s life, and adjusting to a school environment, […]

Top lunchbox tips from the Lunchbox Queen

For most mums and dads, prepping school lunches is a chore we’d rather do without. It’s even less fun when lunchboxes keep coming home with only half their contents eaten! Whether you’re dealing with picky eaters, little ones who’d rather rush out to play than sit down to lunch, or kids who are simply bored […]

Experience family downtime in style at Christchurch’s new Wyndham Garden Hotel

Whether you need a quiet, kid-free staycation, or a break for the whole family, the new Wyndham Garden Christchurch Kilmore Street can offer the carefree – but stylish – city break you’ve been dreaming of. Situated in Kilmore Street, the central location is perfect for parents on a weekend away to take advantage of the […]

Christchurch’s top 5 scooter and bike parks for kids

Hit the pavement with the little ones Helmets on and wind in the face – there’s nothing quite like a cruise around on two wheels for kids and the young at heart. Ōtautahi Christchurch is flat and absolutely stacked with public parks and amenities to indulge your wheeled activities. We’ve pulled together a little cheat […]

Two mistakes to avoid as a grandparent

Grandparents play a vital role in grandchildren’s lives, often contributing experience, time and love. But the path doesn’t always run smooth if they aren’t on the same page as the parents. Christchurch-based child development expert Dr Tessa Grigg shares two pitfalls to avoid. Dr Tessa Grigg is the co-author, alongside Dr Jane Williams, of a […]

Top tips for getting kids into tramping

Experienced trampers VICTORIA and seven-year-old EMILIE have left their Christchurch home to walk the 3,000km Te Araroa trail, which runs from Cape Reinga to Bluff. VICTORIA tells us her top tips for getting your kids into tramping too, regardless of your experience level. I started my first overnight tramp anxious and overloaded, just me with my […]