Five to ten

Five to ten

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Frozen

Frozen beats Barbie

Frozen merchandise is the most coveted toy for girls this holiday season, knocking Barbie from the number one position for the first time.

Classroom

School deciles: the big movers

Half of Christchurch's schools will see decile increases but only one in 10 Auckland schools will. Check your school's details here.

Alexander Vane

The boy who can't eat

Alexander Vane hasn't had a birthday cake, never had chocolate, and only ever had one icecream.

Dress up

When your daughter's a princess

My five-year-old daughter favours a look that could be called Highly Flammable High Femme.

AVA

Ava's mission to inspire

Losing her legs at the age of 2 has not stopped Ava Meehan, 9, living life to the full.

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Development Homework

Why I won't call my daughter 'gifted'

I don't want a gifted child. I want my kids to be successful failures. More precisely, I want to teach my daughters to fail successfully.

BABY STEVE

Tiny surfers taking over the waves

If you're prone to feelings of inferiority best look away now, because these two six-year-old surfers are probably far more talented than you.

Health & nutrition Jack Norman

What Jack's parents want you to know

Jack has an inoperable brain tumour. His parents don't know how much longer they'll have him but they want you to know this.

Honey bee

Allergies are real and costly

It's overwhelming when you discover your child has allergies, and the support of others is priceless.

Education & play

Mindfulness in the classroom

It's all the rage with yoga mums and British politicians - next it could be your kids.

school report

Deciles for the chop

School decile funding set to be dropped as an analysis confirms lower decile schools are behind.

Behaviour Child, dishes

A generation without chores

Research shows parents are giving their kids fewer chores these days - are we setting them up to fail later in life?

sad child

A letter about THAT child

If your child has THAT kid in their class here is what a teacher wants you to know about all the things they can't tell you.

Activities ABC

Learn to write the alphabet

Download and print this fun exercise to help your kids learn to write their alphabet in both upper and lower cases.

words

Learn to write words

Download and print this fun exercise to help your kids learn to write words by sounding them out, tracing and then drawing a picture.

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Calling all Lego fans

Getting your kids stuck into their Lego stash these holidays could pay off.

KINETIC SAND

Product review: Kinetic sand

This isn't just sand - it's magic sand, and you'll find yourself as keen to play with it as your kids are.

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