Parenting

Make the move

Once the hard stuff has been completed, with writing the contract and getting dates sorted, your next thought will likely be about the kids and how they are going to cope with a house move. Here are some helpful hints from Total Realty owner and …

Sensational first Christmas

Baby’s first Christmas? Keep the celebrations stress-free with these top tips by DR LIN DAY, founder of Baby Sensory. Christmas is a special time of year for parents and an even more magical one for babies.  The Christmas tree, presents, shiny decorations, colourful lights, smells, …

Parenting from home

The choice to stay at home long term with our children can be a big decision for parents. KELLY EDEN discusses the rewards and realities of being an at-home parent. When my first child arrived, I chose to take a break in my career and be …

Great grands

For those children 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. But, …

8 questions with Diana Patchett

As a mum of four sons, and “mother” to 850 girls aged 2-18, St Margaret’s College executive principal, DIANA PATCHETT, shares her experiences of parenting. What is life like being “mother” to 850 girls? My parenting life was happily dominated by boys, so I am …

Be water safe

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 …

The ride to resilience

Resilience doesn’t come in an animal-shaped gummy supplement. The journey towards resilience is just as important as achieving resilience. The definition of resilience is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” All I take from that definition is ‘suck it up’ or ‘harden up’ …

To poo, or not to poo…

When toilet-training turns into serious toilet traumas, it is hard to know which way to turn. One reader shares her heart-wrenching story of her daughter’s medical misadventures into constipation, a distended bowel and a whole lot in between. We all have to poo. And when …