Health

The one question that helps keep kids in sport

Many teenagers are giving up on sport, just when they need most the physical, social and mental health benefits that sport offers them. Kelly Curr, Sport Development Consultant with Sport NZ, says that by regularly asking your child why they play, you can help keep …

Roasted spiced apples with oats – two ways (v)

With summery and wintry versions, ideal for the vagaries of autumn, these bowls of brekky inspiration are energy-boosting family favourites.  Ingredients Serves 4 2 eating apples zest and juice of 1 orange 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp light brown …

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 …

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 …

Adventures in nature

Whether your child prefers their adventures adrenalin-fuelled or more laid-back, there is something to satisfy every youngster, from toddlers through to teens at the Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP). Thrill seekers will get the excitement they desire in the form of a downhill mountain bike ride …

The cost of winning

There are so many advantages to playing a sport. Yet, the pressure to perform, and win, can override these benefits and take away the fun. By KATE BARBER We think a lot about what sporting pursuit will best suit our child, but perhaps we need to …