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 …

When parents split

Ahh, the tough topic. Look, I won’t bother you with theory or lectures –when parents split it’s the worst, but the decision has been made. So now what? Think of the children! Your preteens are going through a tough time as it is. Parents splitting …

Pizza Torpedoes

These Pizza Torpedoes are a great addition to any lunchbox or a tasty treat at children’s parties and family get-togethers. Toppings can easily be changed to suit. Get the kids to help grate and spread toppings – or even design their own unique topping combinations. …