Parenting & Family Life
Factors to consider when choosing child care: types of care, what service would best suit your child’s temperament and how to choose the best service for your family.
A toolkit to support parents as they transition back to work after parental leave including financial support, work life balance and adjusting to child care.
There are many great reasons for your child to attend ECE but the big question is – which service is the right fit for your family?
Night nannies are popular in other parts of the world, and it seems New Zealanders are starting to see the light when it comes to this form of child care.
How to deal with separation anxiety including tips and tricks to help parents and children cope on the first day of child care and in the longer term.
Strategies for finding and securing high quality child care services for children with additional or special needs and what to look out for when choosing care.
Stress free strategies for quickly and effectively managing issues with your child care service using openness, positive communication and a problem solving approach.
Using an agency to source a nanny, au pair or babysitter saves time and effort but there are a few things it is useful to be aware of before you start the process.
Most parents can spot a gunky eye or a grazed knee from a mile off, but when it comes to a youngster's mental health, it seems that many mums and dads are in the dark.
The skills that will help your child thrive in their current and future lives; and how you can nurture these skills in your youngster's day-to-day activities.
Winning the waiting list war: An overview of waitlists including how much they cost and how to maximise the chances of securing a spot in your preferred service.
Whether your little one launches into child care without looking back or struggles with separation anxiety at drop-off time, it's important to support them in care.
'Tis the season for Christmas lunches and New Year's Eve parties, and although these events aren't always kid-friendly, it is possible for parents to join in the festivities.
The growing popularity of the baby-nup is shifting the focus from marriage to children, and this parental agreement promises fairness and transparency around child care and chores.
According to a national parenting survey, parents in Auckland are more likely to feel 'extreme concern' about putting their children in day care, than parents in any other city.
Creative child care options and alternatives for people who haven’t been able to secure their preferred type of child care service and need to return to work.
Steps that parents need to take before dropping their child off for the first day in care.
Good night time routines start from the moment your family gets home from work, school, or child care.
Single parents using child care services face different challenges to two parent families, this article aims to provide answers to common questions.
How early learning educators support our under fives and set them up for future success.
Five thoughtful thank you gifts for your child’s early educator.
Learn whether you are a Rock, Paper or Tree parent and how this impacts your parenting style.
Jamila Rizvi co-editor of Work.Love.Body explains why the child care load should be more fairly distributed in families and more.
New research suggests old-fashioned masculine traits such as competitiveness may contribute to positive fathering.
How Aotearoa’s new Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage works for parents who lose a baby and what women need to do to access this leave from their employer.
8 simple, effective and empowering ideas for families who want to reduce their environmental impact.
Triple P’s Jackie Riach explains how this internationally-acclaimed program supports parents with proven parenting strategies.
With many parents feeling guilty about excessive screen time, this article offers 10 TV choices for children, which are age appropriate and educational.
Jenna Winter and Alesha Capewell from Expressions of Winter explain why wooden toys are such a precious and timeless gift.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday 9 May and what better way to celebrate than to cook Baked Potato Gnocchi alla Sorrentina from Simple Italian by Silvia Colloca.
The Ministry of Health’s revised guidelines for pregnant and breastfeeding women aim to ensure optimal health and wellbeing for mums and bubs.
Save The Children research shows how kiwi parents view discipline and how positive parenting practices can be used to address challenging behaviour at home and child care.
Six important factors to think about if you are considering buying a family pet, as suggested by Dr Kaylene Jones from the Australian Veterinary Association
How the evidence based Better Start Literacy Approach can support your child’s early efforts at reading, writing and oral language development.
Psychologist and author of Smart Mothering Dr Natalie Flynn explains how to stay calm and connected as we raise our children, nourish our relationships and look after ourselves.
How parents can support their child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing to build resilience in the early years and beyond.
How early educators can work to support children to transition to big school.
Christmas is just around the corner and this article offers parents and carers a range of educational and cost effective toys, which support the development of STEM skills.
Today Wednesday 18 November is World Guinness Record Day and to celebrate we have three ideas to try with your family along with suggestions for breaking your own records at home.
Eight tips for managing conflict between siblings and how sibling rivalry can benefit children through supporting the development of conflict management skills.
In this interview with Kate De Goldi from the Te Puna Foundation learn about NZ’s Reading Ambassador and her top book recommendations for preschoolers.
Children thrive in consistent, predictable environments and with strong routines. This article explains how to streamline routines across home and child care.
6 ideas for keeping your child happy, busy and entertained when you are indoors and the 6 protective factors parents can employ to scaffold children during stressful times.
The National Emergency Management Agency Te Rakau Whakamarumaru explains how families can plan and prepare for a natural disaster and how to get involved in ShakeOut.
7 simple steps to cleaning your child’s car seat and offers suggestions for keeping it clean moving forward.
Strategies for hosting a successful video chat with grandparents and staying connected for families who have been separated by COVID-19.
Ways for families to participate in Maori Language Week, including learning one Maori word per day, creating an activity book and learning to sing the national anthem in Maori.
Research from from Cambridge University, shows father-child play from an early age can help children manage behavioural problems, including aggression.
9 simple, kid-friendly activity and craft activities to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday 6 September and make all the dads feel loved on their special day.
This interview with Plunket discusses a range of services and resources available to children and families and explains why parents should never hesitate to access these services.
The advantages and disadvantages of life for Generation Alpha.
Pregnancy is the perfect time to start thinking and planning your child care strategy, how to access government payments and choose a child care provider.
New research has demonstrated greater knowledge and use of Te Reo Maori among preschool-aged children. This article looks at the research, explains why it is important and how parents can boost their child’s Te Reo skills.
Strategies for keeping young children safe around fire and heat sources over the cooler months of winter. Including references and resources for future reading.
Artificial intelligence is making great inroads in early education, some of the apps and technologies changing the face of parenting.
Red Nose day is the biggest fundraising campaign for Cure Kids, NZ’s leading child health research charity. This article explains how to get involved in this worthwhile cause.
Research has shown that the terrible twos may not be an inevitable development stage and that parenting style can influence toddler behaviour.
The McCrindle Baby names report tallies up which names are most popular for newborns and identifies key trends among parents.
Strategies for keeping your kitchen clean and safe when cooking with preschoolers.
Pretend play can turn a boring day at home into an exciting adventure. Learn how to take your child on a pretend camping trip.
5 ways children can stay in touch with grandparents regardless of distance, in the face of COVID-19 lockdowns.
5 ways parents can help children manage their stress along with simple activity ideas that can be easily implemented.
Dialogic reading is an approach to early literacy which encourages children to be active participants when sharing a book with their parents.
The importance of good sleep at child care and beyond.
Research has shown that the brain waves of babies and their parents synch up during play time helping to establish bonds between children and their care givers.
5 fun, kid friendly ideas for making Mother’s Day special for all the hard working mums out there.
Although an age-appropriate amount of screen time can be beneficial for children’s learning, too much time on a digital device does your child no favours.
Raise Early Years director, Mandy Richardson describes how decluttering your child’s toy box to include a few simple open-ended play objects leads to higher quality and more sustained play.
Four strategies to support your child to complete their homework, without completing it for them and how setting good habits early on can support children as they progress.
Strategies for easing separation anxiety and settling children into care.
The developmental benefits of making music at home and simple cost effective ideas for boosting musical experiences.
Learn how to plan for and execute work trips when you have small children at home.
The theme for International Women’s Day emphasises that each person’s actions, conversations and behaviours impact society on the whole.
11 super easy and effective strategies for streamlining your morning routine to ensure everything gets done with minimal stress and with maximum effectiveness.
Parenting multiples can be physically-demanding and emotionally exhausting – especially in the first years.
Santa's workshop is full of dolls, trucks and DUPLO sets, but before you order your child yet another toy for Christmas, why not think outside the box?
Is your child ready to transition to big school? Learn to identify the signs.
How mobile technology can interrupt a family's flow.
Tantrum management and turning a blind eye to pester power, learn how.
Why World Health Organization (WHO) reckons commercial baby foods aren't quite as healthy as they're cracked up to be.
Is fibbing among kids as bad as it sounds and what to do if you're worried.
We all want the very best care for our children but quality early childhood education and care comes at a price.
How modern nappy manufacturers are looking at high-tech ways to keep little bottoms clean and dry.
Coping with child care refusal on those mornings when your little one just doesn't want to go.
Protecting children from accidents when travelling in the family car.
Building bicycle skills and confidence among preschoolers.
Friendships are important at all ages, learn how to support your child's friendships in the early years.
Fine motor skills involve the coordination of a child's brain and muscles to make small, yet important, movements.
In the first days, a new mum might feel exhausted and overwhelmed and that's the reason for the three-day-stay.
Keeping baby teeth healthy and the important role they play in your child's mouth.
Holiday ideas for the winter break.
Pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and keeping up with a little one takes a lot of energy, and may lead to post-natal depletion.
Supporting children to develop resilience and the ability to cope when things go wrong and overcome unexpected challenges in their life.
Good food is essential for the healthy growth and development of young children. Toddlers and preschoolers can be a picky bunch so it's important to get nutritious meals into them.
Why waiting for the signs that your child is ready to start toilet training can speed the process.
Whether they're sprinkling seeds or raking weeds, gardening is a fun and fruitful activity for toddlers and preschoolers.
Biting is common among young children and, to a degree, is considered normal toddler behaviour, but it's still hard to swallow!
Tablets and TV can be a tempting way to entertain preschoolers, but according to recent research, too much screen time can do more harm than good.
The challenges mums face when balancing child care with the working week.