Parenting

Aspirations For Adolescents

Secondary school is an exciting and challenging time for adolescents, and for their parents. But how can you connect with your son or daughter, and support them during this time? KATE BARBER talks to high-school guidance counsellor KAY HENSON about connecting with our kids. They …

Letting Go

Father to a busy one-year-old, JAMES ALLAN understands how easy it is to see all that pre-baby hard work unravel. Family requires sacrifice. One which often sees fit, healthy males let themselves go. The arms may be large, but unfortunately so is the waistline. Why …

Protecting those Precious Pearls

Grahame Dutton of Duxton Dental explains the factors that increase the risk of dental trauma for kids, and offers some advice about looking after their vulnerable teeth. Unlike sharks who can grow up to 50,000 teeth in a lifetime, humans only get two sets: their …

Preparing kids for a new sibling

Whether it’s baby #2 or baby #6, chances are you’re going to have a jealous older sibling on your hands. How your child reacts to going from flying solo to having to share Mum and Dad depends largely on their age and their temperament type. …

Kids say the funniest things

Just when you’re not expecting it, kids say the funniest things. Here are a few wee tidbits to tickle your funny bone. “Hey Mum, this Scottish tape isn’t sticky. Do we have any Irish tape?” Erik, age 5. “Do they look after the Pokemon?” City …

Tips on raising minority-friendly kids

It’s natural for kids to notice differences in a person’s appearance, manner of speaking or ability, and to express curiosity or even fear about them. Most parents can probably share a comparably mortifying moment when their child noticed someone different and expressed it verbally, and …

Raising a minority-friendly child

We human beings find our identity as part of a group. As much as we want to fiercely believe that we are independent, individual and not led by the crowd, the vast majority of us strive to fit in. We’re a business person, a parent, …

NZ needs more foster parents

The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry wants to recruit 1000 more foster parents for children who need temporary and long-term care. Foster Care Awareness Week (5-11 March) highlighted the 6 per cent increase in the number of out-of-home placements for vulnerable children (from 4203 to 4435) during …