Parenting

Wackadoo! Look who’s arrived at Stuck On You! 

Everyone’s favourite blue heeler and the members of The Squirrel Club are NOW available at Stuck On You! The new range of children’s personalised products features characters from the popular TV shows: Bluey and Hey Duggee. With both shows celebrating all the characters’ unique personalities, they align perfectly with Stuck On You’s love for families …

Put a smile on your baby’s tum

As a parent, life doesn’t stop. And if lockdown has taught us anything – being a parent equals busy at a whole different level! It also highlighted the fact that we have tiny human eating machines ready to pounce at every opportunity! Countdown understands what it’s like to be a …

Hee Haw with Mr Wonky Donkey

CRAIG SMITH, author of the runaway best-seller The Wonky Donkey, chats with KINETA BOOKER about life as a parent in Queenstown while being an internationally-acclaimed musician. You wrote Wonky Donkey long before you were a parent. What inspired you to get into kids music? I …

Positive sleep tips for bedtime anxiety

According to new research from Signify, a whopping 83 per cent of New Zealand children are suffering from bedtime anxiety and sleeping issues. Clinical psychologist and behaviour expert, JAIMIE BLOCH, shares some advice for parents. We all know how important sleep is and how it’s …

Bully prevention for all ages

VICKI EDWARDS-BROWN, mum of two teens and founder of Be The Change NZ – a charity that helps prevent bullying — looks at what we can do to support our children in the face of this unwanted behaviour. “Mummy, Noah is bullying me!” But is …

Professional after-school care

The team at MASH knows exactly what it takes to make after-school care the best it could possibly be. Parenting is a balancing act, and after school is possibly the trickiest juggle for any working family. Yes, you could constantly rely on other parents or …

How low is too low?

DR KIRSTEN WOOFF provides us with some insights into what constitutes typical teenage ‘moodiness’ and when we need to take matters more seriously. Parents often ask me, “Is my teenager just being moody, or is there something more serious happening?” Teenagers I work with also …

Right-brain date

NATHAN WALLIS provides a ‘cheat sheet’ for connecting with your child and improving that vital attachment – with profound benefits for your relationship and for their brain. By KATE BARBER. The message from the experts is consistent and clear: loving, empathic, responsive relationships grow our children’s …