Starting at six

Is six the right age to start school? RACHEL MCFEDRIES explores this age-old debate. Starting school at six – it’s a hot topic that gets discussed frequently around the playground, the kindy carpark, and in online parenting groups. It’s becoming more common for children here in …

Made with love

Little hands love creating things for their family and friends. Made by AUSTEN BOOKER, with help from his mum. It’s easy to get creative with Resene’s wide range of colourful paints which have an excellent finish to them. When you combine different colours together with …

Hotel 
for bugs

As we move into the cooler months, there are plenty of vacancies in this newly-built bug hotel. Made by KINETA BOOKER. If your children are anything like mine, they are obsessed with bugs. Big ones, little ones, and the downright terrifying ones. Despite my daily …

Sorry not sorry

Is there a better way to teach our children to say sorry? KELLY EDEN explains how we can use the latest research on effective apologies. I’ve had this dilemma for a while – should I force a “sorry” out of my kids when they do …

Resilience & relationships

Growing resilience is not about getting our kids to ‘harden up’, explains neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS. By  KATE BARBER. As parents we worry about our kids: we want to prevent falls and fix problems. But, regardless of the support and shelter we offer them, our children …

Cuddle time

There is so much more to the simple hug than you might think. KELLY EDEN explains the importance of skin-to-skin contact with your little one. The importance of hugs One of the most important gifts you can give your child to help them grow, learn …

Life after loss

Checking the health of your unborn child in an ultrasound scan is routine during pregnancy, but when you’re told your baby has life-threatening health issues, it’s completely heart breaking. REBECCA W shares her story with Family Times. My husband and I were so excited to …

More to a mouth than teeth

The mouth can be the window into the rest of the body, and GRAHAME DUTTON and the team at Duxton Dental take this into account when looking at your child’s teeth. With a holistic approach like this, other issues can be revealed. You might think …