Tackling “Mum guilt”

Mum guilt – it’s a relatively recent phrase but not necessarily a new phenomenon. You are not alone if you suffer from the occasional dose of mum guilt. A recent BabyCenter survey revealed that 94 per cent of mothers feel a degree of shame or …

Kids love spring gardening

Winter’s last icy grip clutched the South Island in August, but the great news is that spring is finally here. Technically, at least. And with it, spring gardening. If you’re not quite feeling it yet, take a quick look in your garden. There are bound …

Dealing with seasonal allergies

How do you know if your child has mild hay fever or more serious allergic reaction that may require medical help? What is hay fever? Hay fever is one of the most common allergic reactions, particularly in the spring. Sometimes it’s just a sniffle here …

Create for Conservation Week

If you missed out on Conservation Week (10-18 September 2016) there’s still time to join activities around the country and enjoy our natural world. Why not take time out from technology and swap your screens for green by bringing wildlife to your garden to celebrate? …

How to compost with your kids

What better way to enjoy spending quality time with your kids outdoors than getting hands-on with a mucky, grubby, wormy, pile of compost? Composting is heaps of fun and an easy, inexpensive way to support sustainability. Kids can be involved at every step and will …

Raising a resilient preteen

The world is so PC these days…no seriously, I remember when bulrush was just another playground game, and getting my ponytail pulled by some prankster from behind me was not punishable. Now we’ve removed boundaries for kids and have replaced them with regulations, because God …