Family life

Family life


harry potter

Lessons from Harry

Reading Harry Potter books may make kids more tolerant towards gays, immigrants and refugees.


KiwiSavers warned on fees

Fees are easier to compare under a new reporting regime, and big differences have been found.

kids TV

How much TV do kids watch?

A survey is planned on how much television New Zealand children watch.

happy woman

Happiness is inherited

When parents carve space in their lives for happiness, it gives their kids permission to do the same


Build your own nachos

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


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Finances LVR, interest rate, mortgage, money

Kill your mortgage faster

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

interest rates

Managing your mortgage

If people discussing whether to fix or float their mortgage makes you feel dumb, you are not alone.

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.


You're eating what?

Arsenic, insect bodies or even wood - the ten weirdest additives and ingredients found in everyday foods.

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?

smart phone mobile

Too much screen time?

Experts are warning parents not to become hypocrites when it comes to screen time.

Travel family

Islands for a family getaway

The Islands are famous as honeymoon spots and luxury getaways, but what if you're going with family?

Family, travel, Islands

5 tips for travel with kids

Travelling with kids doesn't have to be a nightmare. Check out our top tips.


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.

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.

matt calman miss A

Literary habits of kids

Reading books has been a daily staple for Miss K, however Miss A has more of a love/hate relationship.

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?

anna guy

Family time

Anna loves having her family visit and last week she had some much needed sister time.

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.


Exercising while pregnant

I'm not fit at all, but recently joined a gym. I've just found out I'm pregnant. Is it safe to keep exercising?

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

What baby group to join

Anna is thinking about getting out more with Ruby, but is wondering where to go.

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.


TTC: Let's talk sex

It's ironic that the one thing you need to do more of to have a baby is harder to do the longer it takes.

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

The money or the bag?

One of the things I've had a few friends bring up is about investing in a decent nappy bag.

Matt Calman miss A

A toddler on a mission

Miss A is on a mission, having spurned the buggy in favour of legging it to her destination.

miss K comm games

Working hard to achieve

Miss K's cartoon watching might be on hold for the Comm Games, but they show the value of hard work.

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 family

Letting go of the little things

It can be the smallest things that can really get to me.

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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