Parenting

A parent’s guide to Instagram

Learn more about Instagram and how you can help keep young people safe as they share their life in pictures. Although young people are often digitally savvy, they’re still developing. They may need your guidance on appropriate online behaviours and how to navigate challenges. Netsafe’s …

Avoiding tech tantrums

Kids love playing video games but the resulting “tech tantrums” can be anything but lovely! DEBORAH WARD looks at why online gaming can be addictive and how we can help our kids play without getting hooked. Online video games have never been so popular. More …

Jobs for older kids and tweens

In her book Smart Money Smart Kids, RACHEL CRUZE explains how you can develop working skills for older kids and tweens. When your kids are in the six-to thirteen-year-old age range, you need to upgrade their chores. By six, they are ready for a little more …

How to talk to teens

In an extract from his book Why Won’t My Teenager Talk to Me? Dr JOHN COLEMAN discusses insightful and practical advice for parents and caregivers to encourage positive and respectful communication with their teenagers. One of the main reasons I called this book: Why Won’t My …

Emotion coaching for the earthquake generation

Dr SOPHIE HAVIGHURST is a co-author of the Tuning into Kids programme. On a recent visit home to New Zealand, she offered South Island parents some helpful tips. Tuning into Kids is an international parenting course that teaches parents how to recognise, understand, and respond …

The science of being sensitive

High Sensitivity can be a hard thing to understand. KELLY EDEN delves into this world and reveals that it is not as strange as we might think. In our society, sensitivity can be seen as a problem or disadvantage. When you have a baby or …

Starting at six

Is six the right age to start school? RACHEL MCFEDRIES explores this age-old debate. Starting school at six – it’s a hot topic that gets discussed frequently around the playground, the kindy carpark, and in online parenting groups. It’s becoming more common for children here in …

Sorry not sorry

Is there a better way to teach our children to say sorry? KELLY EDEN explains how we can use the latest research on effective apologies. I’ve had this dilemma for a while – should I force a “sorry” out of my kids when they do …