Time out for mums

Fitness instructor BEVAN JAMES EYLES looks at the importance for women to take a little time for themselves during the all-consuming role of being a mum. I’m going to admit something that will put me in a bad light; when I was young I thought …

Protect skin for life!

With the summer season on its way our thoughts turn to summer fun and outdoor adventures. The Cancer Society of New Zealand encourages people to be SunSmart when Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) levels reach 3 and above but especially from September to April between 10 …

Recipes raise money for sick kids

The EATS cookbook, from One Mother to Another, is a collation of recipes from household names, chefs and everyday mums designed to fund the ongoing support of mums and carers in hospital with sick children. Recipes have been generously donated from Nigella Lawson, Peter Gordon, …

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 …

Pet friendly holidays

There’s no need to leave any family members behind when you go away! Save both stress and money by taking your fur babies with you. With a collection of nearly 450 pet friendly holiday homes in key areas like Akaroa, Hanmer Springs and the Southern …

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 …

The bilingual brain

KATE BARBER talks with neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about the profound impact that learning a second language has on the development of the brain. Of all the things our brain does, language is the most complex, according to neuroscientist Nathan Wallis. The brain requires cognitive …