Getting her grump on

You're never left wondering for long what Miss A is thinking or how she is feeling.


Toddler sparks measles alert

A national health alert has been triggered after a Taranaki child aboard an international flight later developed measles.

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Growing up overnight

Whenever I have a night away from Miss A, I come back and she looks so much older to me than when I dropped her off.


How to deal with a tantrum

When your child is packing a tantrum, take a deep breath and try not to focus on how it makes you feel.

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Playing with your kids

Not everyone truly enjoys 'playing with their kids', and many parents feel like they don't do it enough.


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Toddler milestones

It is important to realise that a child’s developmental progress does vary greatly, and is not a race.


Toddlers: 13 to 15 months

It's all happening now... your little baby is becoming a toddler. Read on for some helpful advice on some of the changes you can expect in the next three months. What an exciting year you have ahead.

Caring for toddler kid

I'm not a toddler person

OPINION: I enjoy about a quarter of my time with them, and even that estimate may be high.

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Parenting and teamwork

If teamwork is important to marriage, it's crucial to parenting.

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On the move

While most babies crawl at around nine months, Jasmin is 13 months old. She's faced some challenges but has worked hard to get mobile.

The little girl who always smiles

Ellie Topliff turns two in February. It will probably be her last birthday.

Education & play miss a, awatea

Kindy girl

I've been searching for an activity Miss A can do to mix with other kids, then Miss K's teacher said I could bring her along to kindy.



One dad took the element of surprise too far when he shaved off his bushy beard during a game of peek-a-boo.

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Building blocks of success

Blocks, puzzles and other hands-on toys teach kids skills that set them up for success later in life, according to research.


The ultimate travel stroller

If, like me, you've just gone with a cheapie umbrella stroller as your default, you'll be amazed by this reasonably priced travel stroller.

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Ditching the dummy

When is a child too old for a dummy? My daughter who is 2, still uses one and cries when I take it away. If she is too old, how to I get her to stop?


Emotional viewing

This video of a compassionate little girl crying as she watches a movie about a lost penguin is adorable.

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