Two mistakes to avoid as a grandparent

Grandparents play a vital role in grandchildren’s lives, often contributing experience, time and love. But the path doesn’t always run smooth if they aren’t on the same page as the parents. Christchurch-based child development expert Dr Tessa Grigg shares two pitfalls to avoid. Dr Tessa …

Top tips for getting kids into tramping

Experienced trampers VICTORIA and seven-year-old EMILIE have left their Christchurch home to walk the 3,000km Te Araroa trail, which runs from Cape Reinga to Bluff. VICTORIA tells us her top tips for getting your kids into tramping too, regardless of your experience level. I started my …

Ganesh’s pork potstickers 

Get the whole family involved with this production-line team meal. Everyone can have a go at making the potstickers. And there is no right or wrong way to fold the wrappers. The main thing is to have fun! INGREDIENTS Serves 4  250g pork mince 1 …

Mindfulness for you – and your kids

Registered mental health nurse and mindfulness teacher, KATE BRANDRAM-ADAMS, supports parents to develop mindfulness and self-compassion – for their own wellbeing, and for the profound impact this has on children. By Kate Barber We know that our capacity for emotional awareness and regulation is vital for our …

The latest in music for little ears

Need some new sounds to get you through the school holidays? Kiwi Kids Music has some suggestions. The Fairy Bread Song Em and Me Single https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6S_h_0HiRU A mother and daughter duo from Dunedin making fun sing-along songs for Kiwi kids. Sisters & Brothers Kath Bee & Doug …

The latest in bedtime reading

Children’s book expert Crissi Blair picks out all the best pages for all ages. PICTURE BOOKS Moose the Pilot By Kimberley Andrews. Puffin $19.99 Moose lives in a treehouse and spends his days as a bush pilot, delivering essentials in all weathers, in some quite dangerous …