'Live in the moment a temporary illusion'

Kids should start counting their coins from 6-years-old, says Hannah McQueen.

Following your dreams is not realistic, says finance expert Hannah McQueen.

McRoberts: Dads 'do a better job' video

We're all doing a much better job than our own fathers did McRoberts says.

"I think we're all doing a much better job than our own fathers did."

Ditch 'follow your dreams' advice

Hannah McQueen says too many university students don't have a clear plan on how to use their expensive degree.

The guidance from student career counsellors is all wrong, says one financial expert.

Funky way for mums to get fit video

Breakdancers Kim Seifu, left, and Jody Stewart started MotherFunk baby wearing dance class in Onehunga last month.

It's called MotherFunk and it involves baby-wearing mums getting their groove on.

'Mummy, put your phone away'

A break from the phone could be a good thing.

OPINION: The toddler has a point. Phones are distracting and they shouldn't rule our lives.

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Baby

World's longest flight with a baby

Happy bubs in his bassinet on the plane. Three months old.

There were tears, spilt milk and much drool. But I survived the 17 hours on a plane with a 3-month-old. Here's how.

Six babies after 17-year wait

Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo battled infertility for almost two decades. Their persistence paid off - sixfold.

Anne Geddes' babies grown up gallery

Funky way for mums to get fit video

Pregnancy

40 is the new 20 stuff nation

It’s not that I didn’t want children, I just didn’t want them then. This did not make me feel like a failure.

Put my career aside to have children young? No thanks. At 41, I'm 20 weeks pregnant and I wouldn't have it any other way.

New Tinder for baby names

Choosing a name is as easy as finding a date.

Beyonce's baby shower

Beyonce's star-studded 'push party' video

An African theme, celebrity guests and a henna belly tattoo - welcome to Queen Bey's baby shower.

Little Kids

Give the kids' rooms a break

Kids love colour, although you may not be able to go to this extreme - the fabulous Calvin and Hobbs bedroom is by Katri ...

Whatever happened to colourful kids' rooms - bedrooms designed for children, not adults?

Quacking good duck race

The little yellow bath toys are graduating to a river race

Entrepreneur Patricia McCormack has started The Little Kakapo, a business which sells baby clothing that helps children ...

Stopping infants itch

New Hamilton business aims to prevent babies from scratching, pulling and thumb sucking with bamboo mitts.

Big Kids

'Live in the moment a temporary illusion'

Kids should start counting their coins from 6-years-old, says Hannah McQueen.

Following your dreams is not realistic, says finance expert Hannah McQueen.

Ditch 'follow your dreams' advice - expert

Telling young people to follow their dreams and passions can be disastrous, a financial adviser says.

Pocket money can be a tool to teach 'money smarts' to kids.

Kids need to get money smart ASAP

Make your kids hungry to earn money.

Family Life

Mike McRoberts: Dads 'doing a much better job' video

We're all doing a much better job than our own fathers did McRoberts says.

"I think we're all doing a much better job than our own fathers did."

Is travel bad for kids?

A UK psychologist has suggested far-flung holidays may harm kids' mental health. But Kiwi mums disagree.

Pocket money can be a tool to teach 'money smarts' to kids.

Kids need to get money smart ASAP

Make your kids hungry to earn money.

Mum's Life

Mum and son booted out of home

Tania Thomson and her son Jack, who help the homeless in Napier, are losing their own home and could end up sharing the ...

A cancer sufferer who has dedicated her life to helping the homeless faces living in a car with her son.

Kate's fears about Pippa's wedding video

OPINION: Taking a child that young to a wedding fills me with dread as I think about the utter chaos he could unleash.

Monique Patterson and her son Cael, 7. "It's also okay to take a breather as a mother once in a while, and let your ...

In defence of 'slummy mummies'

OPINION: It's also okay to take a breather as a mother once in a while, and let your child help themselves to a chip sandwich.

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