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What is the best family pet?

Big or small, hairy or scaly, noisy or quiet, indoors or out – there are some big decisions to be made when thinking about which pet best suits your family. Pets – as their owners would say – quickly become another member of the family. …

Birthday party themes

We’re always looking for new and exciting ideas for kids’ birthday party themes, and this time we thought we’d ask you – our readers – what some of your kids’ biggest birthday hits have been. Here are a couple of ideas to get those creative …

Getting wise with financial literacy for kids

Some kids say their families are just not good with money, or unlucky, but ASB Get Wise programme manager Linda Hodgson says it’s all about making the right decisions. Whilst reading, writing and arithmetic have always been key focuses in education, financial literacy has not. …

15 fun ways your family can save water

New Zealand has lots of water right? Well, yes, and no. Canterbury alone has experienced some of its lowest rainfall in 43 years this summer, and many regions of the South Island are declared in drought. Because of New Zealand’s “clean green” reputation, it can …

Encouraging a young entrepreneur

New Zealand is ranked as the easiest place in the world to start a business, according to a 2012 World Bank survey. So how do you get your kids on board? While there is a push to teach more financial literacy in New Zealand schools …

Family budget – what your kids should know

There’s a meme doing the social media rounds that says, “My greatest childhood memory is not paying bills.” Most adults can relate to that. But on the other hand, experts say ignorance isn’t necessarily bliss when it comes to the family budget. In fact, protecting …

Is your 4-year-old ready to start school ?

Your baby is about to start school: what do they need to know, and how can you help them to prepare for their new, exciting adventure? For a start, the most important thing is you child’s health and development. In New Zealand, your four-year-old child …