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Great grands

For those children fortunate enough to have grandparents in their lives, the benefits are great – reflects KATE BARBER. In today’s world, many families are dispersed about the globe; and so the relationship between grandparents and their mokopuna may be anchored by weekly Skype sessions. But, …

8 questions with Diana Patchett

As a mum of four sons, and “mother” to 850 girls aged 2-18, St Margaret’s College executive principal, DIANA PATCHETT, shares her experiences of parenting. What is life like being “mother” to 850 girls? My parenting life was happily dominated by boys, so I am …

Healthy role models

As a parent, you should have no doubt that you are the most influential person in your children’s lives.  Through direct interaction, or by setting an example, the parent’s own healthy or unhealthy habits will be followed by their children. Most of our clients come …

Surfing with confidence

As one of New Zealand’s most experienced surfing instructors and owner of Learn to Surf, Aaron Lock’s passion is to encourage others to love and embrace the ocean without fear. “It’s easy to get started with surfing, a series of lessons will give your child …

Be water safe

Part of our role as parents is to ensure our children have the tools they need to succeed in life. BEN CHRISTIE looks at how we can teach our kids to be safe in and around water. Parents must take the lead when it comes …

Think bright!

Add some bright, playful colours to your life, like this piece made by AUSTEN BOOKER, with help from his mum. During the July school holidays, Austen attended a class at Paint ‘n’ Sip where he was taught how to bring characters to life with fluoro …

Flower power

The call is out to New Zealanders to bring back flowers and create a riot of colour in gardens this October for National Gardening Week. Flowers are not just decorative. They provide food for the bees and butterflies. They taste good in salads and teas, …

The ride to resilience

Resilience doesn’t come in an animal-shaped gummy supplement. The journey towards resilience is just as important as achieving resilience. The definition of resilience is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” All I take from that definition is ‘suck it up’ or ‘harden up’ …