All posts by Rachel Brodrick

Raising animal lovers

KELLY EDEN-CALCOTT explores the benefits that fostering a love of animals can have for our children. Growing up, my sisters and I had a farm’s worth of animals scattered around our small suburban property. Dogs, cats, mice, rats, guinea-pigs, lizards, frogs, fish, birds and bunnies …

Staying safe online

The internet offers children incredible opportunities to connect and collaborate with others. But how do we protect against cyber bullying? Sticks ’n Stones, a multi-award winning, youth-led bullying prevention organisation announced a landmark partnership with Facebook in October to take a new online safety programme …

The bilingual brain

KATE BARBER talks with neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about the profound impact that learning a second language has on the development of the brain. Of all the things our brain does, language is the most complex, according to neuroscientist Nathan Wallis. The brain requires cognitive …

Why home school? Why not?

Josh I don’t think people choose to home school for just one reason – we certainly didn’t. First of all it ticked the lifestyle box for us – we’ve been very deliberate about creating a life of freedom and flexibility, which is reflected not just …

Screen time: What you need to know

We have long been advised to limit TV and device use for preschoolers. New research, however, suggests it’s the nature of screen time rather than the amount that matters. By VICTORIA TAIT. We have heard time and again about the potential ramifications screens can have on …

Early learning teachers change lives

Early Learning Centres can be overlooked as little more than a baby-sitting service, yet it’s an important opportunity to give your child the best possible start and prepare them for school. By MICHELA  HOMER, BESTSTART. Parents or whānau looking for early childhood care can be forgiven for …

Messy fun

Picking up handfuls of goo that squelch between their fingers, or walking through mud with bare feet that makes them giggle and smile are two beautifully messy things for little ones to do which are not only fun but also a great way to learn. …

The simplicity of cloth nappies

Mother of two, HANNAH PORTER, looks at the advantages of ditching the disposables and opting for cloth nappies. When I had my first son we started using disposable nappies. They were brilliant, easy and I could grab a box at the supermarket. Like many families, …