Health

Winter blues and winter hues

Does winter bring you down? A little or a lot? By Wonita Woolhouse As the cooler months set in, we tend to reach for foods higher in starch. We may feel more fatigued and some of us are in our pjs by 4:30pm! Is this …

FAQs: 
Your child’s 
orthodontic treatment

Does my child need orthodontic treatment? When is the right time to start treatment? What are the options? And what is involved? GRAHAME DUTTON of Duxton Dental answers some of the most common questions parents have about their child/ren’s potential orthodontic treatment. Shouldn’t I wait …

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 …