How to teach kids to eat better

Ready for calmer, happier mealtimes at your place? Read on.

Five tips from a nutritionist and mum-of-three who knows how much of a difference happy mealtimes can make.

Men train for early childhood teaching

These three teenagers are the only men training in early childhood education at Vision College's Hamilton campus. ...

Corey Moore was the only guy on his early childhood course until the start of 2016.

Play outdoor bingo: turn an autumn walk into a treasure hunt

Find & seek: can you
find a match for all the pictures on your bingo card?

Turn an autumn walk into a treasure hunt. See if you can find a match for all the pictures on your bingo card.

Tiny tots learn to swim

Victor Crosland, 4, is one of a handful of Tots on the Rock kids who takes private lessons with swimming instructor ...

 Founders of an early childhood centre on Waiheke are using their parents' pool to teach infants swimming.

Prince George a fashion icon?

Prince George packed his schoolbag for the first time on Wednesday.

The Prince's outfits might be tiny but they're driving huge sales for stylish under-threes.

Cool craft from beachcombing

If you're taking the kids to the beach, don't forget your bucket and spade.

Seaweed is not just for making your own liquid fertiliser. You can collect and press it too for a lasting holiday memoir

Why kids are scared of Santa

Not all experiences at Christmas are filled with joy.

We seek expert advice on how to make your child's annual photo with Santa a happy experience.

Samoan playgroup puts focus on culture

Graduates from Marlborough's first Samoan playgroup back left to right, Lefu Salesa, Seeseei Tuu, Karama Puni-Iakopo, ...

Six children from Marlborough's first Samoan playgroup celebrated their first graduation ceremony late last month. 

Toy store ditches gender-specific ads

Spanish children's store Toy Planet shows a young boy happily playing with a toy stroller in their 2015 Christmas campaign.

A spanish toy store has taken a stand on gender-specific Christmas advertising, and wants the world to follow suit.

Hi-5 headed our way in January

Mary Lascaris and the rest of the Hi-5 team will perform their House of Dreams show in New Zealand in January.

Aussie musical group Hi-5's House of Dreams is coming to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

Son wants to dress like Elsa? Game on

Caiden dressed in his Elsa costume.

A little boy in the US wants to go trick or treating as Frozen's Queen Elsa this year. Does his dad care? Hell, no.

Kindy scientists rub shoulders with top professor

Professor Dennis Robinson and Redwoodtown Kindergarten pupil Alex Wood,with his water density science experiment, at the ...

Budding young scientists at the Redwoodtown Kindergarten got to learn from the best when a leading scientist from the United States visited their science fair.

Why I breastfeed my 4-year-old

Vickie Krevatin claims breastfeeding her 4-year-old son helps alleviate his ADHD symptoms.

Mum claims breastfeeding her 4-year-old keeps his ADHD at bay.

The new Dr Seuss book makes us happy

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr Seuss.

A newly discovered Dr. Seuss book goes on sale this week, 25 years after the beloved author's last work.

Preschoolers' social skills may predict success

Kids who get along well with others also are less likely to have substance-abuse problems and run-ins with the law.

Preschoolers who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a university degree and a job 20 years later.

Sesame Street powerful for learning video

Sesame Street researchers aggressively test their shows via focus groups to see what works.

Sesame Street has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of children, a new study finds.

The trials of being a repetitive mum

Do you often find that repeating yourself?

Much of parenting is trial and error. There are the odd days when things go according to plan, and then there are other days.

Toy maker creates toys to resemble kids with disabilities

Makies: Customising realistic dolls for children.

A doll maker has created a line of dolls to represent children with disabilities.

Why I hate play dates

The thought of keeping more than two small people entertained for longer than it takes to watch The Muppets Take ...

Play dates do my head in. Oh, to be one of those mothers who can calmly deal with a house full of other people's children.

Watch this obnoxious bully burn


This awesome girl's feeling the spirit of #InternationalWomensDay.

'Sesame Street' parodies 'House of Cards'

House of Bricks: 'Sesame Street' parodies popular TV show.

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

Best friends forever

BFF'S: Miss L and MIss K have formed a tight bond

Miss K has heaps of friends but there can be only one best friend. She met Miss L at kindy last year and they’ve been thick as thieves ever since.

Five signs your child has head lice

The signs of a head lice infestation may not be as obvious as you think.

When you're pressured to use daycare

I never thought I’d have to defend my choice not to send my kids to daycare.

Best age to start toilet training

TOILET TRAINING: Rushing your child out of their nappies before they are ready could backfire.

It is a decision that can be fraught with worry, and, like nappies, there is no 'one size fits all'.

Losing a favourite bear

FAVOURITE FRIEND: The thought of losing a child's favourite soft toy is enough to fill any parent's heart with fear.

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naive when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

When your child starts swearing

SWEARING KIDS: How hard do you crack down on your children for bad language?

I vaguely remember my son's first crawl, his first steps, and the first time he said "mama." But I really remember the first time he swore.

When your child is obsessed with death

WHAT'S IT MEAN? It can take a while for the concept of death to sink in for kids.

It's one of life’s unquestionable certainties, but death is a tricky subject for kids to understand and parents to explain.

Lessons from my preschooler

LITTLE TEACHERS: Sometimes looking at the world through your child's eyes can teach you a thing or two.

Have you found that your child is teaching you as about life as you are teaching them?

When your child prefers one parent

PLAYING FAVOURITES: It's pretty common for kids to show a preference for one parent over the other - and it's also ...

It's common for toddlers to show a preference for either parent, and it will pass. Here are some ways to deal with it in the meantime.

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