Parenting

Caring for your baby with Down Syndrome

KELLY EDEN explores some of the issues faced by parents and what support and resources are available for parents of babies with Down Syndrome. In New Zealand every week one or more babies are born with Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is a lifelong condition that …

Dyslexia explained

We take a closer look at what support is available for school-aged children with dyslexia from Learning Matters. While at kindy, a four-year-old drew a freehand diagram of how he wished to organise the playground. The layout was specific and to scale. His teachers, suitably …

What makes a great family?

Grandparents or foster parents, tiny one-parent families or huge extended families — it doesn’t matter what your family looks like. What counts is the culture you create, writes KELLY EDEN. The way you respect, love, and care for each other can be displayed in many …

Mom life’ with Anika Moa

In the spotlight this issue with KINETA BOOKER is New Zealand recording artist, radio and television presenter, and mother of four, ANIKA MOA, who has just released her much-anticipated third children’s album, Songs for Bubbas Vol.3. What surprised you most when you became a parent? …

Preparing for periods

KELLY EDEN shares how discussing menstruation with your children can become a normal part of conversation rather than a “special talk”. When’s the right time to start talking about periods? When I was teaching, the puberty lessons began in Year 7. But with my own girls, …

Learning to like school

When it comes to supporting your child through their transition to school, NATHAN WALLIS urges parents to stop focusing on their academic progress and instead on whether they are “learning to like school”. By KATE BARBER. Regardless of when your little one starts school, it’s …

Starting at six

NATHAN WALLIS explains the advantages of starting school at six. By KATE BARBER. Ready or not, as soon as your little one turns five, it’s time for them to go to school. So deeply ingrained is this cultural assumption, many people accept it without question. …