NZ needs more foster parents

The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry wants to recruit 1000 more foster parents for children who need temporary and long-term care. Foster Care Awareness Week (5-11 March) highlighted the 6 per cent increase in the number of out-of-home placements for vulnerable children (from 4203 to 4435) during …

Kids say the funniest things

Just when you’re not expecting it, kids say the funniest things. Here are a few wee tidbits to tickle your funny bone. Ice queen “C’mon Elsa! Get it together!” My almost 3-year-old said this to her doll who kept falling over. Role play I sat …

How to make nutrition fun for kids

Children who refuse to eat certain things (or in some cases, most things) can be extremely frustrating for parents who want to ensure their little ones are getting the nutrition they need in their growing bodies. Some version of the words “I don’t like that,” …

How to be a resilient parent

The goal of resilience is to thrive, and we all want to thrive, right? Resilience has been defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Sometimes though, parents don’t feel very resilient and we need some help bouncing back. As primary care-givers, we all …

Who is caring for the children in Christchurch?

Many New Zealand children have been exposed to traumatic events. What differs for the children of Christchurch is the ongoing and unpredictable nature of the earthquakes over the past 5 years. Exposure to repetitive or significant traumatic experiences can leave children suspended in a state …

The art of compromise

The ability to compromise is one of the most powerful skills to foster in young children, and they learn it first from parents. You may remember your first power battle with your child. Maybe it was over bed time, a cluster bomb of mashed carrots …