Fire pits, tools tools for kindy kids

Besides building confidence and safety awareness, intentional teaching also helps kids develop language and brain-body ...

While real tools and open fires aren't things you'd normally expect to find at an early childhood centre, new research suggests that perhaps they should be.

'Bad mums' may be just like you

Judging people is easy. What about trying to understand their lives?

OPINION: Judging people is easy. What about trying to understand their lives?

Pink slammed for multi-tasking

Pink with her baby son, Jameson.

It's a scenario many mums will find all-too familiar.

Charlotte's hand-me-downs

Princess Charlotte wears the same pair of red leather buckled shoes Prince Harry wore in 1986.

31 years later, the red sandals are still in pretty good shape.

Harder to name boys or girls?

Is it easier to pick a name for a boy? Or a girl?

Choosing the right baby name is always tough. But is one gender harder than the other?

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Baby

'I cried more than he did'

Mathias' birth was a shorter labour than with Sandoval's other kids, she said, but much harder.

A refugee support volunteer cut the cord at baby's birth in Hamilton.

Baby born in mall toilets

Baby was rushed to hospital with its mum, in critical condition, after she gave birth on Friday.

Latching on to health message

Is it harder to name boys or girls?

Pregnancy

Beyonce used Kim's doctor for birth video

Beyonce opted to use the Kardashians' gynaecologist.

It turns out Beyonce's twins Sir and Rumi are connected to the Kardashian kids by way of their gynaecologist.

'Crazy' response to egg donor plea

Couple wanting Maori donor egg amazed by "gobsmacking" offers of help.

"Pregnancy lips are finally here!" the tennis star wrote on snapchat, adding that she was just a tad excited.

Serena not hiding pregnancy lips

"Pregnancy lips are finally here!" the tennis star wrote on Snapchat.

Little Kids

Fire pits good for preschoolers

Besides building confidence and safety awareness, intentional teaching also helps kids develop language and brain-body ...

While real tools and open fires aren't things you'd normally expect to find at an early childhood centre, new research suggests that perhaps they should be.

Pirate tale 'a holiday must'

Oh, for a pirate party! Here's one to entertain the family.

Has the reality star gone too far in dressing her four-year-old in an outfit better suited for an adult?

Kim slammed for North's dress video

Has the reality star gone too far in dressing her four-year-old in an outfit better suited for an adult?

Big Kids

'We have to start with kids'

Seven-year-old Nicholas Demetriou hasn't got time for gender stereotypes. He chooses clothes that he likes, regardless ...

10:28 AM  The rise of gender-neutral childrens' clothing is encouraging kids to pick clothes they love, not ones they only think they should.

Actor harangs rainbow family

James Woods, once crowed over the death of his "enemy", now he's bullying a family raising a gender creative son.

Prince George of Cambridge's official 4th birthday portrait.

The little prince at four

Prince George, the future King of England, turns four on Sunday. Enjoy some of the highlights of his 4th year.

Family Life

In praise of the family digital detox

Is a weekend without wi-fi what every family needs?

It's a risk, I know, but worth it if I can reel my family back in and return them all to their proverbial factory settings.

The life of a NZ dance mum

OPINION: I can't do a ballet bun, and my hand shakes as I try to paint on liquid eyeliner.

Kids Party Expo convenor Emma Anderson with her son Roman Anderson, 5, in the ball pit at Lollipops Playland, one of the ...

Anything but child's play

Expo hopes to take stress out of kids' party planning.

Mum's Life

Pink slammed for multi-tasking selfie

Pink with her baby son, Jameson.

It's a scenario many mums will find all-too familiar.

Admit it, looking after kids is boring

OPINION: There's one truth that remains one of the biggest parenting taboos of all... the sheer, excruciating boredom.

Can you judge my cartweels? Can you help me make a cubby? Can I crack a walnut? Yes, yes yes.

I said 'yes' to my kids for a full day

There's an argument that saying no to kids will breed resentment. But can saying yes more make a family happier?

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