Parenting

Sensing baby

Teacher, writer and parent MIRIAM MCCALEB shares her insights into how Baby senses her world, and invites parents to meet her neurobiological needs by carving out time together and letting the senses reign. Babies are born with incomplete brains. Many of us have received that …

Out of control

KATE BARBER reflects on her parenting values after attending a presentation on ‘Guiding Children’s Behaviour’, by Australian child psychologist, DR LOUISE PORTER. With two wonderfully wilful young girls, the title of Louise Porter’s seminar appealed. Looking around, it clearly spoke to the concerns of many …

Renovation revelation

KATE BARBER talks with well-known neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about major changes to the brain during adolescence, and asks the question on many parents’ minds. In his play The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare refers to the ‘boiled brains’ of youth, writing that ‘I would there were …

Runs in the family

For mum SARAH LEE, nothing beats heading out for a run to clear the mind and recharge the batteries. Now her three kids are wanting in on the action. Since moving to New Zealand, I have always loved exploring the wilderness areas. When I had …

All’s well that blends well

Mum, stepmum and blended family relationship coach ADELE CORNISH explains that successfully blending families is all about building relationships. A BIG ADJUSTMENT A child’s adjustment can have a profound impact on the pressure couples face – which is highlighted when children are around home over …

Green and Keen

With mixed success, BRETT JOHANSEN has managed to get his kids to help out around the house; yet, when it comes to something exciting, and dangerous, like mowing the lawns, he notes their eagerness to embrace hard work. For parents, mowing the lawn encapsulates one …

Ones & Twos

Parent educator and mum of three, ZALIE DOYLE, shares some toilet training tips and insights, and answers those sticky questions. WHEN? In the past, the assumption has prevailed that a child around two years old should be getting ‘toilet trained’. What we know now is …

Splash Out

FRANCES MARTIN and son Elliott (2) have been embracing the warmer weather and getting a little wet. Frances shares some simply splashing ideas for backyard water play this summer. Visions of sunny days in bright backyards beckon. One thing that every family can enjoy, no …