Parenting

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 …

Birth order & my baby

NATHAN WALLIS explains that those all-important ‘first 1000 days’ are different, significantly so, for firstborns and later babies. By KATE BARBER The ‘birth order effect’ fascinates us. We talk authoritatively about the traits of firstborns or middle children or ‘the baby of the family’, especially when …

Playing it safe

Around 80 per cent of children aged 8 to 17 years have played online games at some time. The games are entertaining, and kids are drawn to the challenge, but there are some very real risks. Online safety experts, Netsafe, share the practical steps you …

Share the joy of free play

Playcentre is all about playing and learning together. We look at some of the benefits of this unique early learning option. For optimal development, our children need responsive, loving relationships, a strong sense of belonging and ample opportunities for self-directed, free play. These are the …

Why children need messy play

NATHAN WALLIS urges parents to recognise the importance of unstructured, free play for young children, and embrace a little mess. By KATE BARBER The idea of ‘messy play’ makes many of us tense up, and others roll their eyes. Those two words threaten to upset the …

Stacey Morrison Celebrating Māoritanga

STACEY MORRISON is a familiar face to all New Zealanders, having enjoyed a successful 25-year career in radio and television. Now adding writing to her impressive resumé, she published bestseller My First Words in Māori and co-authored Māori at Home and Māori Made Fun with her …

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 …

Avoiding road trip rows

Families heading off on a road trip these school holidays might want to take some earplugs. New research reveals it takes just 31 minutes into a car journey for arguments to start. The most common reasons arguments break out in the car are incorrect directions …