Parenting

Jobs for little kids

In an extract from her book Smart Money Smart Kids, RACHEL CRUZE discusses how to introduce the concept of working for payment to under fives. Without fail, every time I’m on the road speaking to groups, I have a parent ask me, “How can I …

Raising animal lovers

KELLY EDEN-CALCOTT explores the benefits that fostering a love of animals can have for our children. Growing up, my sisters and I had a farm’s worth of animals scattered around our small suburban property. Dogs, cats, mice, rats, guinea-pigs, lizards, frogs, fish, birds and bunnies …

Staying safe online

The internet offers children incredible opportunities to connect and collaborate with others. But how do we protect against cyber bullying? Sticks ’n Stones, a multi-award winning, youth-led bullying prevention organisation announced a landmark partnership with Facebook in October to take a new online safety programme …

Screen time: What you need to know

We have long been advised to limit TV and device use for preschoolers. New research, however, suggests it’s the nature of screen time rather than the amount that matters. By VICTORIA TAIT. We have heard time and again about the potential ramifications screens can have on …

The simplicity of cloth nappies

Mother of two, HANNAH PORTER, looks at the advantages of ditching the disposables and opting for cloth nappies. When I had my first son we started using disposable nappies. They were brilliant, easy and I could grab a box at the supermarket. Like many families, …

Born at home

There are a lot of positives about having your baby in the comfort of your own surroundings, says RACHEL MCFEDRIES. If you’d asked me six years ago about home birthing then I would have laughed… no way! Isn’t that something that only hippies do? Yet …

Being a high-value parent

Whether you’re doing it on your own or together, these three ‘high value’ behaviours will help you be the best parent you can be, says KELLY EDEN-CALCOTT. As a newly solo parent, I’ve been thinking about co-parenting and how to make the most of shared …

Parenting & water safety

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 …