Pre Teens

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 …

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 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 …

Finding their superpower

In 2006, GUY POPE-MAYELL co-founded the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand to advocate for children and adults with dyslexia. The foundation continues to seek ways to provide support, and its latest initiative focuses on building self-esteem. Guy Pope-Mayell, his wife Suzanne, and Lorna Timms started the …

Tutoring – four benefits of 1:1 learning

Students enjoy learning when they have the support they need inside and outside the classroom. But it can be difficult for teachers to meet each student’s needs in a classroom setting. This is where tutoring can help. Tutoring provides young learners with individual attention and …

Career talks with teens – setting the scene

Many parents will be familiar with the challenges of communicating effectively with teenagers. Here NATHAN WALLIS sheds light on how to set the scene for a constructive chat about the future. When your children reach their teens, you’ll need to help them start to make decisions …

Super teen

LAETITIA TAN is a teenager with Down Syndrome who has made her dream of becoming a published author come true with the release of her first book, The Awesome Superheroes – The Bank Robbery. At just 18, Laetitia Tan has written and published her own superhero …