Helping your child to read

Reading time: Helping kids develop through the stages.

Reading (and writing) is very much a developmental process, which can look very different for different children, regardless of their age.

Teaching kids not to interrupt

How to teach kids not to interrupt.

It's never too early to teach kids manners, especially when entertaining. 

Will I ever go back to work?

As it turns out, I don’t much want to rejoin the paid workforce at the moment.

As it turns out, I don’t much want to rejoin the paid workforce at the moment.

Preparing to embarrass

No longer cool: When you're child goes from thinking you're fun to embarrassing.

It has come to my attention that I'll soon mortify my children.

Shakespeare inspiration

WHERE ART THOU ROMEO? If you're looking for a literary name for your baby, take some inspiration from The Bard himself.

If you're looking for a literary name, why not take some inspiration from The Bard.

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Baby

Knowing your child’s reading stage and how to help them

Reading time: Helping kids develop through the stages.

Reading (and writing) is very much a developmental process, which can look very different for different children, regardless of their age.

80 baby names from the works of Shakespeare

If you're looking for a literary name for your baby but aren’t a fan of the trendy Harper or Atticus, why not take some inspiration from The Bard himself.

How often should a child bathe?

Breast milk the latest trend for fitness fantatics

Pregnancy

6 ways to bond with your unborn baby

Having trouble bonding with the bump?

Bonding with your baby can start much earlier than the birth - here are a few ways to start the process.

Dads wear empathy belly to experience "pregnancy"

Mums-to-be exhausted from the physical demands of pregnancy often lament how they wish men would have more appreciation of the difficulties that come with being heavily pregnant.

A woman takes a selfie in front of a multi coloured sheep installation displayed in a shopping mall for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on February 18, 2015.  The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep begins on February 19.  AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Chinese parents shun Year of the Sheep

Chinese couples having a baby over the next 12 months can expect to enjoy a bit more room to themselves in the country's maternity wards.

Little Kids

How to teach kids not to interrupt

How to teach kids not to interrupt.

It's never too early to teach kids manners, especially when entertaining. Having additional people around adds an element of excitement youngsters don't ordinarily have to cope with.

'Sesame Street' parodies 'House of Cards'

Titled 'House of Bricks', the parody is loosely modelled around the 'Three Little Pigs' nursery rhyme – with one twist.

Blessed sleep: Its absence is stressful for baby and parents and needs right responses.

Should your child be napping?

Last week, the treasured practice of toddler napping was called into question.

Big Kids

When you start embarrassing your kids

No longer cool: When you're child goes from thinking you're fun to embarrassing.

It has come to my attention that I'll soon mortify my children.

Unschooling: What is it?

Thirteen-year-old Fin Hewitt and his 10-year-old brother Rye sport belt knives instead of backpacks.

Life can be hard, and people lash out.

How to be civil in an uncivil world

Life can be hard, and people lash out. My kids are exposed to a lot of unpleasantness at school because it trickles down from what many of their classmates get at home.

Family Life

March: Family friendly movie reviews

Shaun The Sheep Movie:  Every viewer from tots to grans will have a great time.

We review the films your kids and teens will be begging you to see this month and let you in on all the family-friendly details you need to know in advance.

Remembering my own birthday

With five kids in our house there's always someone celebrating a birthday, but this week, it's mine.

Is having more money better for kids? I think not.

In praise of growing up without a lot of money

It's about time I did an analysis of my life so I can celebrate all that’s good - and often overlooked - about the lower middle class.

Mum's Life

Will I ever go back to work?

As it turns out, I don’t much want to rejoin the paid workforce at the moment.

LinkedIn sent me a list of suggested jobs: Construction Project Coordinator, Entry Level; Entry Level Consultant; Research Associate I; Assistant Media Buyer. I'm not saying I wouldn't be awesome at these jobs, because I'm pretty sure I'd crush it.

Essential Mums moving to Stuff.co.nz

Parenting website Essential Mums is packing up the kids and moving house. But not far; just down the road.

ONLINE WORLD: Could the internet actually be good for kids?

Can the internet make your kids smarter, happier?

The mantra of the well-educated parent in 2015 is to attempt to limit their children's device use and then feel guilty when it inevitably seeps back into their family's life.

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