All posts by Rachel Brodrick

Coolest fun in town

The International Antarctic Centre really is one of the best attractions in town, as KINETA BOOKER found out. It’s the authentic, interactive experiences that make the International Antarctic Centre such an exciting place to visit for the whole family. See Little Blue Penguins up close, …

Coming home to autism

TARA LENISTON shares her journey after son Dylan was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). By KATE BARBER In her book Coming Home to Autism, Tara writes openly and intimately about the distress and fear that she and husband Andrew experienced when they discovered something …

Building brains

KATE BARBER talks with well-known neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about how children’s brains develop, and why ‘we need to stop treating our four-year-olds like they are seven’. Talking about the brain development of 2-7-year-olds, Nathan provides a crash course on the neurosequential model of the …

Childs play

So much more than mucking about and making a mess, play is fundamental to children’s learning and development, explains JUDE SOPER from BestStart Educare. WHY IS PLAY SO IMPORTANT? Play, with its limitless possibilities, helps children to: – make sense of their world – understand …

Pathways to parenthood

Medical Director of Fertility Associates Christchurch, DR SARAH WAKEMAN explains the different causes of infertility and the various options for treatment. For many, falling pregnant and creating a family is relatively easy. For others it feels like an uphill journey, and the longer the struggle …

From strength to strength

KATE BARBER talks with DR LEA WATERS about the power of ‘strength-based parenting’ to provide our kids with two vital tools: optimism about the future and resilience when thrown a curve ball. Having researched strength-based science and positive psychology for decades, Lea introduces parents to …

All in their heads

We talk with neuroscience educator and director of X-Factor Education NATHAN WALLIS about significant changes in the teenage brain, especially when hormones are thrown into the mix. EMOTIONAL & HORMONAL Ever experienced exasperation because you can’t get your adolescent daughter to rise and shine at …

Education with heart

The oldest primary school in Christchurch, St Michael’s is flourishing as the central city comes back to life. With small co-ed classes taught by specialist teachers, every child is treated as an individual, well known by staff and fellow pupils alike. At the heart of …