Category Archives: Feature Articles

How to make nutrition fun for kids

Children who refuse to eat certain things (or in some cases, most things) can be extremely frustrating for parents who want to ensure their little ones are getting the nutrition they need in their growing bodies. Some version of the words “I don’t like that,” …

At what age do you give your child a mobile phone?

The quick answer is that it’s less about age and more about maturity. A mobile phone today is much more than a handy device to make necessary phone calls: it’s a mini-computer, internet trawling whiz gadget. That’s a lot of power in the hands of …

How to be a resilient parent

The goal of resilience is to thrive, and we all want to thrive, right? Resilience has been defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Sometimes though, parents don’t feel very resilient and we need some help bouncing back. As primary care-givers, we all …

Goals – setting your child up for success

We’ve probably all heard the old adage that if we aim for nothing, we’re guaranteed to reach it. Well, the same applies for kids. That’s why goal setting plays such an important role in life. You can set your kids up for success by modelling …

Who is caring for the children in Christchurch?

Many New Zealand children have been exposed to traumatic events. What differs for the children of Christchurch is the ongoing and unpredictable nature of the earthquakes over the past 5 years. Exposure to repetitive or significant traumatic experiences can leave children suspended in a state …

The art of compromise

The ability to compromise is one of the most powerful skills to foster in young children, and they learn it first from parents. You may remember your first power battle with your child. Maybe it was over bed time, a cluster bomb of mashed carrots …

When other people judge your parenting

Nothing stings quite so much as your parenting skills being judged, and these days, everybody seems to be a parenting expert. Perhaps it’s the over-abundance of parenting books and programmes available, the blogs and the websites, but everyone (singles included) seem to feel they have …

Cycle Safety Tips for Kids and Parents

Cycle safety tips for kids & parents

New Zealand Transport Agency’s National Cycling Programme has paired up with cycling enthusiast Marilyn Northcote to put together some top cycle safety tips to help parents get their kids cycling this summer. Summer break is a great time to get on your bike and enjoy some …