Health

You can’t quit sugar

The combination of having Easter and the school holidays is one big challenge to resist sugar. As a parent and caregiver, it can be challenging enough getting healthy food into children let alone trying to keep them (and ourselves) away from sugar. CATHERINE SISSONS explains. …

Coconut banana bread mini muffins

Made by CATHERINE SISSONS, Guilt Free Nutritionist This recipe is from the first of the Guilt Free seasonal cookbooks –  autumn’s Satisfy. Each of this year’s four books, to compliment a different season, are packed with guilt-free breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that will keep …

Me time

Mum of two, FIONA S GILES, believes self-care is essential for any parent. I hurt today. In a good way, I promise. You see, it’s Tuesday, and I take a ballet class every Monday night. I have danced since I was five. It is the …

Telly puts kids in obesity hotseat

According to new research, the simple act of switching on the television for some downtime could be making a bigger contribution to childhood obesity than we realise, writes KINETA BOOKER. It’s a tale as old as time, that the less active we are, the bigger …

Emotion coaching for the earthquake generation

Dr SOPHIE HAVIGHURST is a co-author of the Tuning into Kids programme. On a recent visit home to New Zealand, she offered South Island parents some helpful tips. Tuning into Kids is an international parenting course that teaches parents how to recognise, understand, and respond …

The science of being sensitive

High Sensitivity can be a hard thing to understand. KELLY EDEN delves into this world and reveals that it is not as strange as we might think. In our society, sensitivity can be seen as a problem or disadvantage. When you have a baby or …

Resilience & relationships

Growing resilience is not about getting our kids to ‘harden up’, explains neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS. By  KATE BARBER. As parents we worry about our kids: we want to prevent falls and fix problems. But, regardless of the support and shelter we offer them, our children …

More to a mouth than teeth

The mouth can be the window into the rest of the body, and GRAHAME DUTTON and the team at Duxton Dental take this into account when looking at your child’s teeth. With a holistic approach like this, other issues can be revealed. You might think …