Five to ten

Five to ten


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.

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.


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.

Ella Garlick

Toy tester's Christmas picks

Six-year-old toy tester Ella Garlick is making sure Kiwi kids and their parents get the best advice on Christmas toys.


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Development FBOMBS

F-bombs for feminism

"What's more offensive, a little girl saying f..k or the sexist way society treats girls and women?" That's the question posed by swearing little girls in a viral video.

Dress up

Does your child refuse to get dressed?

If getting your child clothed is a daily battle, here are some tips to get things moving.

Health & nutrition Ira Berryman, 5, with sister Edith, 8, and parents Benj and Maria

A brave face to the world

The bones in his face are screwed a tiny bit each day, in the hope that he can live a normal life.

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 Rylea-May van Alphen

Lofty goal for cheerleader

Rylea-May van Alphen has been a competitive athlete for almost half her 9 years.

Mindfulness in the classroom

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

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?


Payback is futile

After my son's classmate called him names, my son asked how he could punish her. It stopped me in my tracks.

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.


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.


Calling all Lego fans

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


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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