Parenting

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 …

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 …

How to play online when you can’t be together

Christchurch child development expert and author Dr Tessa Grigg offers her tips for getting the most out of online catchups with little ones when grandparents and grandchildren can’t be together. There are grandparents all over the world who are not able to physically be in …

Mindfulness for you – and your kids

Registered mental health nurse and mindfulness teacher, KATE BRANDRAM-ADAMS, supports parents to develop mindfulness and self-compassion – for their own wellbeing, and for the profound impact this has on children. By Kate Barber We know that our capacity for emotional awareness and regulation is vital for our …