Five to ten

Five to ten

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Fairy wings

Sweet fantasies vs harsh realities

Something strange happens in my house after the kids and I go to sleep. My six-year-old daughter is visited by fairies.

School bags

School drops microchip plan

A school's plan to issue pupils with microchipped wrist bands has failed to gain support from parents.

Kidsplay

Teaching kids independence

How do we let our children out into the great, wide world without the parental freak out?

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.

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 Dress up

When your daughter's a princess

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

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.

Health & nutrition

The boy who can't eat

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

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.

Education & play

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.

Unregistered teachers 'no concern'

More than 5000 unregistered teachers are working in New Zealand schools.

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.

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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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