We recently celebrated the first fifth birthday in the family for three decades.
Two recent issues in the news caught my eye because they involved the moral responsibility of parents and the community to protect their young.
"My father was a harsh disciplinarian and I'm struggling to know what's the right balance with disciplining my son."
Over the last month or so quite some media attention has been given to the effects of the legally available drug K2.
It's some time since I've touched on one of the issues that often niggle away at the back of parents' minds - drugs.
Having recently spent time with both sets of offshore grandchildren, I've been wondering how much the younger ones will remember our visit.
I should start this week's column with an apology to reader, Sophie. She asked a simple question and here am I dragging the answer out over three weeks.
Ian Munro finishes his series on adolescence considering some comments from psychoanalyst Anna Freud.
Sophie is trying to come to terms with the transformation she's seeing in the "lovely young boy" that she's had around for 13 years.
"Why does it have to be like this?" writes Sophie with some degree of desperation. She's wondering what happened to that lovely young boy she's had around for 13 years and was so certain was going to be an equally lovely young teenager.
'What a summer! Just like the summers I remember as a kid."
'It's all very well setting up a routine for chores but try getting your teenager to carry it out," says one reader in response to my December columns on chores.
There has been another spate of children being hit by vehicles in driveways. Usually these accidents happen because the child was invisible to the driver, as can be the case in most modern cars, or the backing started just before a check was made in the mirror or through the rear window, or the driver was in a hurry or a bad mood.
It's the nature of adolescence that teenagers will be self-centred and inward looking. Sadly, this self-centred label is also being applied to a cohort of young adults - the group known as Generation Y.
Children can be a source of inspiration when you're establishing rules of behaviour.
They finished school last year and moved one step closer to standing on their own two feet.
Yesterday's daypack has become, with some redesign and enhancement, the preferred schoolbag of today for preschoolers to varsity students.
'We need to be clear here. No New Zealand child has died from a vaccination.'
The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, just over a month ago, leave us shaking our heads.
Christmas is a great time to establish some family traditions and rituals, especially if your family is young.
A reader wants some tips on getting her slightly older kids to help with household chores.
Last week I discussed the "we're all in this mess together - so what's wrong with sharing the work?" approach to chores. This week, some points to bear in mind if you want to take that approach.
It's a while since I touched on the topic of household chores.
The end of the school year looms, giving your teenagers more time on their hands.
The recent column on screen viewing and its effects on the very young mind led a reader to remind me of earlier research undertaken in New Zealand on the detrimental effects of too much television viewing, something I had written about previously.
It's that time of year again. End of year exams.
Over the years there have been all manner of studies about the effects of television on children.
There are two reasons why parents are often reluctant to discuss sex with their children.
Last week, while writing about pocket money, I touched briefly on savings at the end.
Long-time readers will know that I'm no great fan of paying kids to do basic household chores.
A three-year-old with a little brother or sister on the way can come up with a lot of questions on the matter.
Genuine problems need to be talked through and you can't always do this amid the hustle and bustle of everyone arriving home and the dinner preparations.
Doesn't it drive you crazy when your teenager feels that there's absolutely no reason why you should be issuing instructions or requests?
By the time you read this, Father's Day will be almost two weeks gone, but I write this on Father's Day having just talked to our daughters and sons-in-law in England and Australia.
Over the past couple of weeks I've talked about some of the reasons children might tell lies and indirectly suggested ways of dealing with the problem.
Back to lying again this week - as a topic, of course.
Children lie. Why? We all do in varying ways, usually to protect ourselves or others.
There are several things it's important to say to a child.
Keeping the house tidy can seem never-ending, more so when kids are in residence.
Our grandchildren take it for granted that they can see their grandparents on the other side of the world while talking to them.
Parenting columnist Ian Munro thinks teaching children about consequences could be a life-saving measure for adults.
Parenting columnist Ian Munro lists ways parents can help their children lead active lives.
On each occasion I've written about time out, I've suggested that it's a technique useful for up to 10 years of age.
There's been a lot of talk lately about how to identify the best school for your child.
How is the time-out training going? This week, some things to check if it isn't going so well.
Last week we looked at setting up time-out.
We're just back from Britain and a precious few weeks with grandchildren. With a four-year-old in the house, time out got a bit of a working.
Many first-time fathers have difficulty in knowing just how to establish a bond with their new baby.
The separate deaths reported recently of two youngsters in an overheated room reminds us that winter can be a dangerous time in the home.
Are our young males in crisis? Possibly.