Family life

Family life



Grieving at Christmas

This will be Rachel Nobel's third Christmas without her son Hamish, who died in a tragic accident at home aged just 20 months.

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Reindeer biscuits

Quinoa flakes add a nutty flavour as well as a fibre and protein boost to these festive reindeer biscuits.

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Christmas rush with a baby

This year I seem to be VERY disorganised with my Christmas shopping... I haven't actually done any at all.

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The little things

Much of the gold of parenting is in the little observations, the one-on-one interaction with your kids and the small things that happen in the day.


Have kids, will travel

It's not too late to take your family on a sensational summer holiday.


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Cutting Christmas costs

Carmel Olsen and her family are facing a tight Christmas this year after years of upheaval and stress.

'Angel' pays off lay-bys

A woman has been dubbed a "layaway angel" after she paid the outstanding balance on every open lay-by at her local toy store.

Health & nutrition

Illnesses take toll on family

Life for Rebecca Thompson is a blur of hospital visits and sleepless nights.

Child obesity rates climbing

New Zealand's child obesity rates continue to climb while rates in other developed countries have flattened or decreased, obesity experts say.

TV & movies

Paddington Bear's hidden message

It's a cute family comedy, but there's lots more going on in the film than first meets the eye.

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Terrible, horrible but good viewing

It's an unfortunate truism, but seeing bad things happening to people on screen is just inherently funny.


School's radio station a hit

Teacher has been recognised by Microsoft for radio venture that kids are lining up to work on.

Why my Facebook is a baby-free zone

I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook. There are pros and cons to this policy.

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Camping with a baby

With December approaching rapidly, we are now starting get excited about our summer holiday. This year all seven of us are off camping.


Singles refused entry to park

A theme park in London has come under fire after refusing entry to single people in case they are paedophiles.

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Super power babies

Families came to celebrate their super-powered children and the book honouring them.


Tween writes book for fussy eaters

A new book encouraging kids to explore different tastes was written by a girl who is just finishing primary school.

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Festive gingerbread biscuits

Nothing says Christmas quite like gingerbread. For coloured icing, add a few drops of food colouring before kneading and mix it in well.


Christmas mince pies

The fruit mince pie is a celebrated Christmas tradition. Skip the supermarket variety and try making them yourself.

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Meeting my birth mother

My mother chose not to hold or even see me after I was born, as she knew she wouldn't be able to let me go.


Tiny moments of connection

Do you often feel guilty over the amount of time you don't spend with your kids? Don't underestimate the power of tiny moments of connection.

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How to update your CV

I am looking at getting back into the work force after being a stay-at-home mum. I'm worried my CV is out of date.


Exercise after caesarean

I want to get back into exercise (after a c-section), what are some good 'first-steps'?

Anna Guy

About Anna Guy

Anna Guy is a busy mum of five - four school-aged kids and a baby. She shares anecdotes and experiences from her days running around after her brood.

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Where does the time go?

My oldest son Finn is graduating from primary school next week. Yep, my little boy is not so little anymore.

Melody McCabe

About Melody McCabe

Melody McCabe and her husband have been trying to conceive for over a year. In this blog she shares the highs and lows of struggling with fertility issues and trying to conceive, as she embarks on fertility treatments in the quest for a family.

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Picking up the pieces

After having her pregnancy hopes crushed last month, Melody McCabe talks about how she picked herself back up for another monitored cycle.

Greer Berry

About Greer Berry

After facing serious fertility issues Greer and her husband were surprised by their 'miracle baby' - a bouncing baby boy.

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Do babies need gifts?

A number of people have asked what we're getting our little guy for Christmas and up until recently, I hadn't thought about it at all.

Matt Calman

About Matt Calman

Matt Calman is a work-from-home dad to two girls - toddler Miss A and preschooler Miss K. Matt shares his insights and experiences of raising two girls, with two very different personalities.


'Tis the week before Christmas...

After putting Miss K to bed strange noises can be heard coming from her room in what I have decided to call The Christmas Effect.

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Starting toilet training

Potty training is just around the corner in our house, and it's one of the phases of parenting I have least looked forward to.

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So, this is goodbye

Over the past two years I feel like I've gotten to know you. I've taken advice from comments and got into debates with you.

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A Grand love

To have a grandchild and hear their laughter is to have a glimpse of eternity, the bond between grandparent and grandchild lasts a lifetime.

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No easy parenting answers

Being the world's best parent is easy, until you have kids, Juliet Beetham discovered.

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Birthday bashes

Isn't that just what motherhood is I wondered? Always feeling guilty about something? Even at your birthday lunch?

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