Education & play
Before you hand your smartphone over to entertain a bored child, consider locking it down so they can't get up to mischief.
My daughter didn't have any problems adapting to daycare, but I did.
As a single mum I can't afford to enrol my kids in all the activities I want them to do, but does that mean they're missing out?
My son has been Batman for a week now. He has a new costume, which has only come off for showers.
He might be a red-faced Muppet, but Elmo teaches kids a thing or two.
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On a scale of All Black to astronaut, "kindergarten teacher" is unlikely to make the cut on most Kiwi boys' dream career wishlists.
My wife and I are mostly on the same page when it comes to child-rearing, but our differing views on TV has been a source of minor conflict.
A warning has been issued about public pools after a spike in cryptosporidium cases.
Have you thought about what life lessons you want to pass on? These are the lessons I want my own children to take hold of.
Mother of four Maria Johnson's early childhood education brand Little School, which she started in Wellington 10 years ago, is about to launch in China.
Do you think any TV is too much, or are you happy to let your kids watch a bit of television - or even a lot of television?
Someone could be killed if people continue being reckless with toy guns, police warn.
Lottie, a wholesome girl-next-door doll, has been modelled on the average nine-year old girl's body shape rather than Barbie's unrealistic curves.
If you are considering building a cubby for the kids over Christmas, or rigging up some backyard play equipment, there are some basic rules to follow to make sure it is safe.
Teachers horrified someone tried to set building alight with 18 children inside.
US Supreme Court Justice shares awesome career advice on Sesame Street.
Playing is how children learn best. Whether it's peek-a-boo, pretend phone or full-on imaginative hut building, it's all helping brain pathways develop and grow stronger.
No parent wants to scare their child, or shatter their sense of security but it is important that your kids know how to protect themselves if they are in an uncomfortable situation.
The kohanga reo movement is run "on the sniff of an oily rag", Maori Language Commission boss Glenis Philip-Barbara says.
The Kohanga Reo Trust Board says its resistance to decades of attempted mainstreaming by the Education Ministry has been vindicated in a historic report.
I didn't expect to be one of those parents who has opinions about playground equipment. That was before the monkey bars attacked.
Do you think you might have the next Drew Barrymore on your hands? Or are you worried you might come across as a pushy Toddlers and Tiaras-type mum?
"Eagle Dad" and sons rescued from a mountain they tried to climb out of season and with no gear.
Children under three should be kept away from television altogether, experts claim.
Children could be packing their bags to start primary school a year earlier under a new proposal.
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