Why home school? Why not?

Josh I don’t think people choose to home school for just one reason – we certainly didn’t. First of all it ticked the lifestyle box for us – we’ve been very deliberate about creating a life of freedom and flexibility, which is reflected not just …

Screen time: What you need to know

We have long been advised to limit TV and device use for preschoolers. New research, however, suggests it’s the nature of screen time rather than the amount that matters. By VICTORIA TAIT. We have heard time and again about the potential ramifications screens can have on …

Early learning teachers change lives

Early Learning Centres can be overlooked as little more than a baby-sitting service, yet it’s an important opportunity to give your child the best possible start and prepare them for school. By MICHELA  HOMER, BESTSTART. Parents or whānau looking for early childhood care can be forgiven for …

Messy fun

Picking up handfuls of goo that squelch between their fingers, or walking through mud with bare feet that makes them giggle and smile are two beautifully messy things for little ones to do which are not only fun but also a great way to learn. …

The simplicity of cloth nappies

Mother of two, HANNAH PORTER, looks at the advantages of ditching the disposables and opting for cloth nappies. When I had my first son we started using disposable nappies. They were brilliant, easy and I could grab a box at the supermarket. Like many families, …

Born at home

There are a lot of positives about having your baby in the comfort of your own surroundings, says RACHEL MCFEDRIES. If you’d asked me six years ago about home birthing then I would have laughed… no way! Isn’t that something that only hippies do? Yet …

Diet and your child’s smile

Diet has more influence than you might think on oral health, especially in the formative years. GRAHAME DUTTON of Duxton Dental explains. Many parents don’t realise just how much a healthy diet can help the development of a child’s jawline and teeth. I have recently …

Being a high-value parent

Whether you’re doing it on your own or together, these three ‘high value’ behaviours will help you be the best parent you can be, says KELLY EDEN-CALCOTT. As a newly solo parent, I’ve been thinking about co-parenting and how to make the most of shared …