Managing a toddler and a new baby

It can seem overwhelming, the thought of managing your active toddler and bringing home a new baby. Of course, there are the sleepless nights and managing breastfeeding, but many times too your toddler may take time adjusting to the introduction of a new family member, …

Winter wellness tips and tricks

Staying warm, well and safe in winter takes a bit more effort than in sunny summer months. We’ve got some tips to keep your family on track during winter’s icy grip. Family health • Vitamin C – during winter, when vegetables and fruits high in …

Tips for Christmas savings

Your Christmas event may not look very traditional, but traditions are simply things that become more significant and meaningful the more times you do them. Feasting is surely the best tradition in any culture. It’s also one of the most expensive, especially at Christmas when …

Reengaging Kids in Maths

Research over the past few decades shows that kids in the Western world are disengaging from mathematics by middle school (intermediate age) and not regaining that interest. The question is, why? University of Sydney researcher Andrew Martin set out to investigate why kids are switching …

The cost of a free education

The right to a free education is a benefit of living in a country like New Zealand, with tax-payer funder privileges. Crown-funded free education in New Zealand cost tax payers $12.3 billion in the 2013/14 financial year, with forecasts suggesting that the 2014/2015 year will …

Kids say the funniest things

Just when you’re not expecting it, kids say the funniest things! We asked our Family Times Facebook members what their kids have cracked them up with. We’re still laughing. Here’s a snapshot: Brookey Robertson-Cox “My eldest – then 5 – asked me if Santa was …