christmas tree

Child-proof your Christmas tree

Here's a game plan to keep your toddler from pulling the Christmas tree down, or from hurling ornaments across the room.

toddler sleep

Teaching a toddler to sleep in

Parents share their tips on getting their early risers to sleep in, even for just a little bit longer.

miss a, awatea

The nappy incident

Miss A is quite an infuriating kid to tell off. She seems to enjoy it and will even do something naughty so she can tell herself off.

miss a, awatea

A cast of cuddly friends

Miss A loves her cast of cuddly toys. She cuddles them. She barks orders at them. She uses them to rub breakfast off her face.

Stop telling us it gets harder

I've been on the receiving end of the line "If you think it's hard now, just wait till you have teenagers!" more times than I care to count.


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Development toddler

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.

Kiran family

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 toddler playing

Playing with your kids

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

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.

Behaviour MISS A, AWATEA

Getting her grump on

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


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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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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