Category: Parenting

Positive parenting

The Benefits of Tramping with Children

“It’s Tuesday Adventure Day! Where do you want to go today?” My 4-year-old turned to her friend to begin a serious discussion about their favourite local day walks. In the end, they voted on a track through nearby farmland rumoured...

/ December 15, 2017

Six great dinosaur books for young scientists

Just about every child I know has been through a dinosaur phase – and for some, it never stops! Here are some fantastic books to make the most of this interest, and extend it. Now, there are lots of funny...

/ December 15, 2017

Six lovely Christmas picture books

Books and Christmas are a great match! If you would like your children to have an idea of why some people have a special holiday at Christmastime, here are some lovely picture books you might want to add to your...

/ December 15, 2017

How to Help Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

We are fully immersed in the holiday season, and we love it, right? This is the time for magical moments with family pulled close to our hearts. There are treats to bake, decorations to display – and plenty of music,...

/ December 14, 2017
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Putting the love into Christmas

What do you want your children to remember about family Christmases? The world is a pretty diverse place so Christmas will mean lots of different things to us, but I bet your list has ‘love’ on it, and something about...

/ November 21, 2017

Healthy recipes for children

Finding new, delicious and nutritious recipes for young children can be a struggle at the best of times. We have created a printable selection of recipes that have been tried and tested by some of our youngest scrutineers. This involved testing using...

/ October 29, 2017

She’s perfect

A mother’s letter she wrote to herself 2 years after her beautiful daughter was born with Down Syndrome. Frankie has just been born, she looks up at you with her beautiful almond-shaped eyes and you know immediately that she has...

/ October 16, 2017

Not another “no” with toddlers

As I was driving this morning, I passed a food van parked by the side of the road. On its side was emblazoned its business name, ‘Not Another Pie Van’. I drove on, wondering what they sold (presumably not pies)....

/ September 20, 2017

12 Fabulous Picture Books Featuring Great Dads

Would you like to get your hands on some brilliant picture books featuring great fathers? Here’s a selection to look for in your local bookshop.   Keys, by Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan (English version, Huia, 2014)  Ngā Kī,...

/ August 27, 2017

How can we support children to care for the environment

Today we’re continuing a series brainstorming different ways an early childhood education centre could live their values out loud, and make a big noise about these wonderful things we want our children to pick up on. Today we’re looking at...

/ August 27, 2017