Parenting

Great grands

For those children fortunate enough to have grandparents in their lives, the benefits are great – reflects KATE BARBER. In today’s world, many families are dispersed about the globe; and so the relationship between grandparents and their mokopuna may be anchored by weekly Skype sessions. But, …

8 questions with Diana Patchett

As a mum of four sons, and “mother” to 850 girls aged 2-18, St Margaret’s College executive principal, DIANA PATCHETT, shares her experiences of parenting. What is life like being “mother” to 850 girls? My parenting life was happily dominated by boys, so I am …

Be water safe

Part of our role as parents is to ensure our children have the tools they need to succeed in life. BEN CHRISTIE looks at how we can teach our kids to be safe in and around water. Parents must take the lead when it comes …

The ride to resilience

Resilience doesn’t come in an animal-shaped gummy supplement. The journey towards resilience is just as important as achieving resilience. The definition of resilience is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” All I take from that definition is ‘suck it up’ or ‘harden up’ …

To poo, or not to poo…

When toilet-training turns into serious toilet traumas, it is hard to know which way to turn. One reader shares her heart-wrenching story of her daughter’s medical misadventures into constipation, a distended bowel and a whole lot in between. We all have to poo. And when …

Addiction and the adolescent brain

DAVID GILLESPIE explains that, due to major changes in their brains, adolescents are particularly susceptible to addiction, and yet they have 24/7 access to highly addictive software that exploits this vulnerability. By KATE BARBER. Since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007, our kids have …

Managing teen conflict

Often, the way we parented when our children were young no longer works for the teenage years. KELLY EDEN discusses the latest research-based ideas for parents of teens. If you’ve found yourself struggling to handle conflict well with your teen, try these five steps to …

Screentime coaching

Stuck in a rut of daily screen time? That was us in 2017. By RACHEL MCFEDRIES As a SAHM with two little boys and a newborn, most afternoons involved Netflix for a couple of hours, while I rested. Before I knew it, screen time was creeping into …