Family life

Family life


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Step-sibling squabbles

Ask an expert

My partner and I have just moved in together. Our girls used to get along fine, but now fight constantly. Any advice?


Can you spot the Pixar Easter eggs?

Pixar has crammed a considerable number of hidden gems into their films.


A Walk-what?

When a bunch of kids were confronted with a Walkman they couldn't believe this weird black box played music.

Hot cross bun

Hot cross muffins

Love hot cross buns? Why not try these hot cross muffins?

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Apple offers refund

Apple is now offering refunds to customers on in-app purchases they weren't aware their children were making.


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Finances Jackie Norman

Thrift becoming on trend

Thrift has come a long way in the past 12 years, Simple Savings' Jackie Norman tells Rob Stock.

School uniforms

Revolutionary school payments

Forget cash in an envelope: a revolutionary payments platform lets schools run online ''shops''.

Health & nutrition Sugar free

This family gave up sugar

Can you imagine cutting sugar out of the whole family's diet? This family did and survived.

Vaccination child

Winning the war on meningitis

Doctors say meningitis could be almost entirely eliminated in NZ as early as the end of 2015.

TV & movies Lego Movie

Lego Movie a blast

Yep. Five stars. The Lego Movie really is that good.

rio 2

Birds of a feather in Rio

Rio 2 sees the return of Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement as a cockatoo and again relies on music from Brazil and abroad to soar, writes Eric Kelsey.

Technology kids technology

Raising a couch potato?

Experts say we should limit our kids' screen time or risk raising socially stunted couch potatoes.

Five-year-old finds Xbox flaw

Microsoft has received help discovering a security flaw on its Xbox One game console from an unlikely source: a five-year-old boy.

Travel Cruise

A convert to cruising

I've avoided cruising like the plague - or rotavirus, as the case may be.

Bali Strap

Paradise or dangerous dump?

To Bali, or not to Bali? We have a love/hate relationship with the island.

Recipes roast veges

Bacon-roasted vegetables

This delicious roast vegetable and bacon number is destined to become a classic winter dish at your place.

Chicken and broccoli stir fry

A delicious and healthy chicken stir fry.

Books Peggy and Archie Reed

What our kids are reading

A survey of Kiwi children's reading habits has uncovered some intriguing results.

NZ Post books for George

NZ books fit for a king

George to get copies of NZ Post Book Award picture book finalists this year - and every year.

Family dynamics SIBLING RIVALRY

It isn't fair

Do you treat all your kids the same? Kerri Sackville tells us why she doesn't and why you shouldn't feel bad about it.

Age gap

Loving the small age gap

The small age gap had been planned, but we hadn't thought of what life would actually be like with two kids under two.

Ask an expert spring veges

Vegetarian tween

My 10-year-old has decided to become a vegetarian. What should I be looking out for in her diet?


CV dilemma

How do I address my maternity leave in my CV? Mention it or just gloss over it?

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Running low on time

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

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The Easter Bunny conundrum

I have always talked to the kids about Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy... but I have never mentioned the Easter Bunny.

Melody McCabe couple holding hands

Moving past failure

I felt really,really angry last week, but I feel like I have turned a corner, there is something liberating in just giving up.


Thinking of quitting

The laparoscopy gave us some answers, which I am glad for, but I am also pretty angry. I think it might be time to consider a break from trying.

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Calling the midwife

Barely five weeks pregnant, friends said to get in quick with nailing down the midwife we wanted.

Greer Berry

Feeling the frump

I swore I would be so damned gracious and thankful when I finally fell pregnant that I now feel like an absolute idiot for what I'm about to say.


My cuddle bear

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

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Starting to walk

Parents always place so such emphasis on this milestone. It is one of the big ones, but it doesn't really matter when it happens.

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Needing more sleep

I've never been a good sleeper, but I think I had my last good night's sleep about three years ago.

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Dividing my time

I crave time with just Milin and just Jasmin. And I think they love getting their one-on-one time with mummy too.

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.

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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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