Parenting

Parenting & water safety

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 …

Booze on the brain

KATE BARBER talks with neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about the long-term damage that alcohol does to the teenage brain. From fighting in the streets and burning couches, to domestic violence and drink driving, the disturbing images of New Zealand’s binge-drinking culture are all too familiar. …

Simplifying life with routine

As a full-time working mum, LEANNE BAKER knew she needed a system to help her keep her household running smoothly. Now she helps other parents establish routines that work for them. As a mum of two boys (aged five and eight) there are many times …

But I don’t wanna go to bed

Daylight saving is near, so KINETA BOOKER looks at ways to reduce the impact of lighter evenings to encourage her child to go to sleep on time. It’s coming… Not winter — daylight saving, when the days are longer and the nights are shorter. In …

Sparenting

Parenting is a huge job and RUTH AGNEW discusses the value of calling in a few extra adults to help. It’s one of those nights: lying in bed, absolutely exhausted, but every time sleep comes close, I am shaken awake by the thought of an …

Great grands

For those kids 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. …

Big worries

Clinical psychologist CATHERINE GALLAGHER helps us to understand anxiety, and how we can best support our children to confront their ‘worry thoughts’. Like all living creatures, we need an alarm system to signal threat. Deep in our brains, a chain of events is initiated that …

X-rated exposure

DYLAN WALLS from Aviva Youth Services tackles the tough topic of early exposure to pornography, and offers valuable advice for parents. Pornography is sexually explicit media primarily intended to sexually arouse the viewer, ranging from erotica to snuff movies, with many harmful genres in between. …