All posts by Rachel Brodrick

To poo, or not to poo…

When toilet-training turns into serious toilet traumas, it is hard to know which way to turn. One reader shares her heart-wrenching story of her daughter’s medical misadventures into constipation, a distended bowel and a whole lot in between. We all have to poo. And when …

YHA accommodation

Five reasons YHA is our top accommodation pick for your next family holiday 1. Amazing locations With 35 destinations across the country, chances are high there’s a YHA where you’re heading! Whether it’s the heart of Queenstown, Tekapo’s lakefront, or on the beach in Whitianga, …

Getting on the move with baby

One of the best things about holiday times are the visitors who come with it. When family are coming from out of town and bringing infants or young children, those hosting them often feel obliged to buy items their young guests need, like portacots, highchairs …

Addiction and the adolescent brain

DAVID GILLESPIE explains that, due to major changes in their brains, adolescents are particularly susceptible to addiction, and yet they have 24/7 access to highly addictive software that exploits this vulnerability. By KATE BARBER. Since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007, our kids have …

Support for adult students

Looking to upskill, make a career change, or study for the first time since high school? With a broad range of professional development courses, flexible study options and excellent support services, the University of Canterbury is a great choice for adult students – whether it’s …

New career combines management skills plus tech

Chemical Engineering graduate and mum of two, Julia Pye worked in the food and beverage manufacturing industry for over twenty years, from product development to packaging design, process optimisation and operations management. When Julia found out about SHIFT she realised her substantial management skills could …