Parenting

Kids say the funniest things

Just when you’re not expecting it, kids say the funniest things! We asked our Family Times Facebook members what their kids have cracked them up with. We’re still laughing. Here’s a snapshot: Brookey Robertson-Cox “My eldest – then 5 – asked me if Santa was …

When parents split

Ahh, the tough topic. Look, I won’t bother you with theory or lectures –when parents split it’s the worst, but the decision has been made. So now what? Think of the children! Your preteens are going through a tough time as it is. Parents splitting …

How to talk about sexting with your child

Few things are tougher than having The Talk with your child – but according to a report by the US National Institute of Justice, some children as young as twelve are sexting. That’s not as surprising as you might expect – in most children, puberty …

Special needs education in the spotlight

Imagine being told that your child won’t receive the education they need. You know they’re going to struggle in a classroom in which they can’t understand, communicate or relate to others on the same level and that their educational experience will be severely impacted. It’s …

How to not spoil your kids

Spoiled – the word makes most parents cringe. It’s taboo in the realm of what most consider “good parenting.” Yet, as the old adage goes, the road to (parenting) hell is paved with good intentions. The best of intentions can land any well-meaning parent in …

How to parent as a team

To parent as a team, you need to realise that the health of your relationship really impacts your kids. In fact, when I was recently asked for a list of my top parenting tips, I placed “put your spouse first” right near the top. “What? …

What is dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism?

Dyslexia The Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand (DFNZ) has a broad spectrum view of dyslexia. Common themes are that it is an alternative or atypical way of thinking; that it has a proven neurobiological basis; and that it occurs across a range of intellectual abilities. …

What do you want to be when you grow up?

It’s a fine line between parental pressure and parental influence what it comes to your child’s future career. If you could go back in time, what would you say to a 5-year-old you? After all – All Black, fireman, ballerina, doctor, homemaker, prime minister, pop …