All posts by Rachel Brodrick

Oh, you’re pregnant

From affectionate tummy pats, to speculations about gender preferences, mum DEBORAH WARD muses on the public attention one gets when pregnant. Nothing draws attention quite like a pregnancy. A woman might have been going about her business, dealing with her own inner and outer workings …

All’s well that blends well

Mum, stepmum and blended family relationship coach ADELE CORNISH explains that successfully blending families is all about building relationships. A BIG ADJUSTMENT A child’s adjustment can have a profound impact on the pressure couples face – which is highlighted when children are around home over …

My Midwife

With her third child born earlier this year, DEBORAH WARD introduces us to her ‘wonderful’ midwife, Anne, and offers some insights into finding a midwife to suit your personality and philosophy. About a month before the due date of my baby earlier this year, I …

Green and Keen

With mixed success, BRETT JOHANSEN has managed to get his kids to help out around the house; yet, when it comes to something exciting, and dangerous, like mowing the lawns, he notes their eagerness to embrace hard work. For parents, mowing the lawn encapsulates one …

Mission to Motherhood

KATE BARBER talks with AMIRA MIKH AIL about her mission to becoming a mother: the hope, the heartbreak and the happy ending. There are thousands of women in New Zealand battling infertility, wanting desperately to become mothers, watching their friends around them having babies and wishing …

Ones & Twos

Parent educator and mum of three, ZALIE DOYLE, shares some toilet training tips and insights, and answers those sticky questions. WHEN? In the past, the assumption has prevailed that a child around two years old should be getting ‘toilet trained’. What we know now is …

Frozen & Fruity

Break the ice with your guests, or go bananas with your buddies: summer refreshments for big and small. for the adults WATERMELON AND MINT GRANITA In her book, Pidapipó: Gelato Eight Days A Week, Lisa Valmorbida offers some Italian inspiration to tempt the taste buds …

Splash Out

FRANCES MARTIN and son Elliott (2) have been embracing the warmer weather and getting a little wet. Frances shares some simply splashing ideas for backyard water play this summer. Visions of sunny days in bright backyards beckon. One thing that every family can enjoy, no …