Out-of-school fun

Let’s be honest, sometimes we just need an extra hand when it comes to out-of-school care. Thankfully there are reputable organisations such as MASH to look after our children when we need it. Maybe you’re starting a 40-hour working week in the New Year, or …

Music on your mind

Registered music therapist DEVIN BROOKS explains how music therapy “reaches into the corners of the brain”, and can have a transformative impact on children, adults and whānau. By KATE BARBER. Beyond merely providing pleasure or transporting us to a different time and place, music can …

Stories saved my life

PAUL RUSSELL explains why stories can open up a world of learning. It is an odd sort of statement to make, but without an education, the life I lead would never have been possible, and without stories, I would have given up on my schooling years …

Learning to like school

When it comes to supporting your child through their transition to school, NATHAN WALLIS urges parents to stop focusing on their academic progress and instead on whether they are “learning to like school”. By KATE BARBER. Regardless of when your little one starts school, it’s …

Starting at six

NATHAN WALLIS explains the advantages of starting school at six. By KATE BARBER. Ready or not, as soon as your little one turns five, it’s time for them to go to school. So deeply ingrained is this cultural assumption, many people accept it without question. …

Make the move

Once the hard stuff has been completed, with writing the contract and getting dates sorted, your next thought will likely be about the kids and how they are going to cope with a house move. Here are some helpful hints from Total Realty owner and …

Sensational first Christmas

Baby’s first Christmas? Keep the celebrations stress-free with these top tips by DR LIN DAY, founder of Baby Sensory. Christmas is a special time of year for parents and an even more magical one for babies.  The Christmas tree, presents, shiny decorations, colourful lights, smells, …

Parenting from home

The choice to stay at home long term with our children can be a big decision for parents. KELLY EDEN discusses the rewards and realities of being an at-home parent. When my first child arrived, I chose to take a break in my career and be …