Family life

Family life


Kristen Bell's Text Me a Merry Christmas

With tongues firmly in cheek, Kristen Bell has teamed up with a capella group to record a modern Christmas ditty.


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.

Christmas stress

Have a stress-free Christmas

Resist the pressure to provide a picture-perfect occasion on December 25.

christmas presents

Take the silly spending out of the season

It's easty to blow your budget as the festive cheer takes hold. Here's how to keep control of your Christmas spending.


The four week countdown

This four-week plan will get you through the festive season with ease and keep your Christmas cheer intact at the end.


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Many ways to save money

The metal detector is almost as tall as Odin Jansen, but at 6 years old, he knows how to use it.

Cheapest supermarket revealed

Pakā€™nSave may lack 'top shelf' items but leads on price for budget buys among supermarkets.

Health & nutrition

Room makeovers for sick kids

A new project to redecorate the bedrooms of sick young people is under way, with hopes it will spread nationwide.

Deal keeps pupils off lollies

You wouldn't think dairies would be the ones keeping kids away from lollies, but they are in Hamilton.

TV & movies

Blu-ray review: Sleeping Beauty

The 1959 story of how Princess Aurora falls under the terrible spell of Maleficent looks as if it was animated yesterday, in this stunning Blu Ray release.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

A woman with the same name as a Peppa Pig character wants NZ$157,000 compensation for ridicule.


Getting pics from phone to frame

With just a few swipes you can share your photos with friends and family, but there is joy in printing a photo.

School on alert after threats

A girl targeted by an online predator raises alarm bells about social media use at a Waitara school.


Top 10 Christmas markets

There are hundreds of these festive gatherings each year, but here are a list of 10 to get you started.


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.

Books Rachel Callander

Super power babies

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

 Simone Colwill, with illustrator Jasmine Ting,

'Mums get cancer- that's just life'

A 25 night stay at hospital gave Simone Colwill the idea to write a book to help kids cope with an ill parent.


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.

Chicken lettuce cups

Chicken lettuce cups

This is an easy meal you can prepare quickly when you come in from activities with the kids after school.

Family dynamics Grandparents_Strap

Unsure step-grandparent

My son has just remarried and now has four stepkids. I'm having trouble accepting his new family. Where do I start?

Single parent

Sorting out custody

I'm going through a divorce and my ex and I are leaning towards joint custody. A friend says this never works. What should I do?

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.

anna guy

The spirit of Christmas

This year I want to get the kids thinking more about how good it feels to give presents not that it's ALL just about receiving them.

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

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.

Melody McCabe

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.

Greer Berry

My must-have baby items

During these past few weeks, I've come to rely on some certain key items to get through my day

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.

miss k

The fun of the fair

School fair season is in full swing and Miss K is loving it.

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.

Mother and baby

No easy parenting answers

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

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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