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Struggling with sleep? Emily Writes hears you

In this extract from her new book Needs Adult Supervision, Emily Writes shows how she’s made her peace with severe parental sleep deprivation….and put it to work for her. I used my endless night I think I used to be a good sleeper before my kids came along. It’s hard to remember now, because I’m […]

NZ needs more foster parents

The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry wants to recruit 1000 more foster parents for children who need temporary and long-term care. Foster Care Awareness Week (5-11 March) highlighted the 6 per cent increase in the number of out-of-home placements for vulnerable children (from 4203 to 4435) during the period 30 September 2015 to 30 September 2016. Family […]

Anxiety – Is your child sick with worry?

Have you got a child who is frequently off school with headaches or a sore stomach? Sometimes there are underlying issues to recurrent illnesses, and it’s important to know if anxiety is causing your child’s symptoms. What is anxiety? Anxiety is our body’s way of preparing us for a challenge when faced with stress, by […]

Parents say funny things

Each edition of Family Times we like to share all the funny things that your kids say. This time, we thought we’d turn the tables, trawl the internet and talk about all the funny things parents say. Here’s a snapshot! “When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice safe playpen. When they’re […]

When grandparents cross the line

Grandparents await the arrival of a grandchild with almost the same eagerness as new parents do. It’s like being told that you no longer have to eat vegetables – just desert. They often look forward to their new role and the opportunity to finally make use of the warehouse of advice they’ve been storing up, […]

Teach your kids to save money

Growing up, my mother and father had a beer bottle that they would put their loose change into. My parents, my brother and I would lay newspaper on the dining room table once it was full. My brother and I would take turns to empty the contents, then we would all sit around the table […]

Kids say the funniest things

Just when you’re not expecting it, kids say the funniest things! We asked our Family Times Facebook members what their kids have cracked them up with. We’re still laughing. Here’s a snapshot: Brookey Robertson-Cox “My eldest – then 5 – asked me if Santa was deaf. When I asked what an earth made him think […]

When parents split

Ahh, the tough topic. Look, I won’t bother you with theory or lectures –when parents split it’s the worst, but the decision has been made. So now what? Think of the children! Your preteens are going through a tough time as it is. Parents splitting up adds to the pressure so with any anger that […]