Family life

Family life


chia breakfast cups

Chia breakfast cups

These delicious chia pots can be made the night before and be ready to grab, throw on some yoghurt and berries and eat on the go.


Could broccoli fight autism?

A chemical found in broccoli and other vegetables may improve the symptoms of autism in young men, according to a new study.


Sort your family finances

Worried about pocket money or budgets? Do your kids think money grows on trees? We've got money experts from Sorted here to answer your questions.

Single parent

Common sense parenting

Forget the latest parenting trends; try using plain old-fashioned common sense instead.


'Mum, who do you like best?'

The quest for four little words drives my children to the brink of nearly every one of their self-made disasters. 'I like you best.'


what's in this section?

Finances Greg Kyle-Coles

Living week to week

Kiwis are poorly equipped for a financial emergency with one in three having less than $1000 stashed away.

NZ money, cash

Time the best investment

Talking to kids is a subtle art; it's not about telling them what to do, it's about telling them stories.

Health & nutrition kids running

Teaching kids to love exercise

The best way to have fit and healthy kids, is to be a fit and healthy adult.

Sue Chetwin, Consumer NZ

'Healthy' snack bars fail test

Snack bars which are promoted as being healthy and convenient are predominantly high in sugar and saturated fats, Consumer NZ says.

TV & movies planes fire and rescue

Planes: Fire and Rescue

REVIEW: Overall, Planes: Fire and Rescue is one trip to the movies worth taking these school holidays.

jk rowling

JK Rowling's Twitter riddle

JK Rowling has sent the Muggle world into a frenzy with just 12 words.

Technology EMLINGS

App review: Emlings

I refuse to buy any games or apps online when there are so many cool ones out there for free.


The CEO at work and home

Want to have it all? Thanks to new tech tools your dream could become reality.


Would you let your child do this?

Fred Sirevag was taking in Norway's view when he saw a baby crawling along the edge of a 600m cliff.

Fictional spots you can visit

Movie buffs and bookworms who wish that some fantasy worlds were real, look no further.


Pear and raspberry muffins

Muffins are a mainstay of school lunches, easy to make at the weekend for the coming week. Get the kids involved in baking.


Recipe: French toast

Bread is an important staple food for growing children. Vary the types for this recipe by using rye, wholegrain or even fruit bread.

Books Rachel Callander

Super power babies

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

fault in our stars

The Fault In Our Stars banned

The author of the hit young adult novel has issued a snide response to news his book has been banned from middle schools in California.

Family dynamics matt calman

The extended family

Watching the girls play with their cousins got me thinking about my role as an uncle.

Stressed woman

Stepmum has had enough

My husband's ex wants us to have their kids more often. I feel I am doing as much as I can, so I have refused. Am I being unreasonable?

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

Keeping track of the kids

At one point during a chaotic sports evening Anna Guy lost track of a few children - here's why she's decided she needs a new plan.

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.


Exercise after caesarean

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

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

On the road to IVF

I wish the reason I haven't blogged for a while was that I was pregnant and waiting to confirm the big news. But alas, that's not the case.

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

Speeding up the inevitable

Whether it's curry, bumpy car rides, or lots of sex, Greer Berry looks at the options to start things rolling.

Matt Calman MISS A, AWATEA

The ultimate warrior

Miss A reminds me of the WWF wrestlers as she climbs up onto the corner of the couch and launches herself onto Miss K below.


Little mind readers

A couple of incidents - one involving a toilet brush - has got me thinking something spooky is going on with the girls.

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.

Kiran phone

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.

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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