Family life

Family life


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Is it a man's world?

I'm wondering how our family structure, with me at home and my wife pursuing her career, will influence my daughters.

Raw food backlash

Are strict dietary restrictions for kids doing them more harm than good?

Anna guy

We all have our moments

After stressing about her kids fighting, Anna took a look around the park and saw other parents under pressure too.

Newborn baby

'You're outnumbered now'

Since the birth of my second daughter six weeks ago, I've had a steady stream of pity come my way.


Build your own nachos

Set up a condiment bar and get kids to build their own delicious nachos, customised, just how they like them.


what's in this section?

Finances LVR, interest rate, mortgage, money

Kill your mortgage faster

Want to repay your mortgage faster? Of course, you do.

Get a better grasp of KiwiSaver

Not all of us are great extracting our information from printed material. Fortunately, there is another way.

Health & nutrition Veges

Food waste a disgrace

There is such a glut of cheap food available in New Zealand that we're cavalier about wasting it.

Jade and Jessika Guest

Splitting for daughter's sake

A Northland family is being torn apart in their bid to give their six-year-old daughter cannabis oil.

TV & movies The House of Magic

The House of Magic

This is a curiously old-fashioned and understated children's animated movie.


Kia ora Maori Spongebob

Who lives in a painaporo under te moana?


Digital classrooms

Are all these shiny iPads and laptops actually improving our children's education?


Just what the teacher ordered

One dad thought he'd need to buy one laptop for his six kids to share - instead he leased four.

Travel Diagon Alley

Welcome to Diagon Alley

The new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando has opened to crowds of fans.

Baxter Fitzsimons

The School of Life

Globetrotting with kids is all one big ed-venture for these intrepid families.

Books Harry Potter

Harry Potter returns in new story

JK Rowling has posted a new Harry Potter story online, that features her hero at a school reunion, approaching 34 and showing a few grey hairs.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner

Life as a ghost writer

Who wrote the young adult novel recently released by Kendall and Kylie Jenner? (Hint: it wasn't the reality starlets).


Food Tube: Jamie Oliver's apprentice becomes the master

Kerryann Dunlop was a lippy teenager hoping to win a spot as his apprentice when she first met Jamie Oliver, now he's just released a cookbook for her.


Pretty fairy bread

Not so much a recipe, as a fun new take on an old classic - check out this cool idea for fairy bread.

Family dynamics goldie hawn and kate hudson

Mother daughter relationships

Are you the perfect daughter, the one who speaks to her mother every day,or the flawed version who forgets her birthday?


Men at work

Georgia Cassimatis speaks to three fathers who've taken on the role of stay at home parent. 

Anna Guy anna guy

Running low on time

If I thought I didn't have enough time in the day before, I know I definitely don't now.

anna guy

Remembering the little things

Last week I got a call from the nurse at our doctors saying I was overdue for Ruby's immunisations and did we want her to have them done.

Ask an expert cv

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.

Toddler girl

Help - my toddler is pulling out her hair

After our son was born our 2-year-old daughter starting pulling her hair out, sometimes in handfuls. The doctor said to ignore it, but I can't.

Melody McCabe overshare

Flawed infertility logic

A recent TV piece about a couple's battle with infertility attracted some of the worst, ignorant attitudes those battling with infertility face.

Melody McCabe

A World Cup lesson on infertility

As with anything at the moment that causes me anxiety, it seems to all come back to trying to conceive (TTC).

Greer Berry Greer Berry

What a difference a year makes

For my husband's birthday last year I gave him a sizeable cyst on my left ovary.

Greer Berry

A very weighty issue

I've come to the realisation that I was gaining absolutely nothing by weighing myself once a week.


My cuddle bear

Miss A is in a lovely phase at the moment and I'm being showered in cuddles.

miss k blog use only

A health scare

One minute Miss K was complaining about a sore stomach, the next she was lying in hospital with doctors talking about surgery.

Kiran Chug MILIN

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.


Birthday party planning

I didn't think I'd invited too many people, but somehow we have 15 children coming to Jasmin's first birthday party.

Family Time Grandparents_Strap

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.

Baxter rock

Weary travellers

When they were good, we loved those weeks of mayhem and when they were bad – well, we had Baxter to show us how it’s done.

Columns Milin and Jasmin

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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