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No ordinary night

Whatever a two-year-old feels, this is clear: Milin somehow made me sit up and watch us from another perspective.

Awatea Eat

A day of mischief

Miss A It seemed to be trying for the world record of naughty acts in a single day. If there is such a record she's gone very close to setting a new one.

thomas the tank engine

A Thomas obsession

This is the first time Milin's become so enthralled by a story that the merchandise that goes with it has become a big part of his life

matt calman miss A

Tears and trepidation

Miss A is collecting the bumps, bruises and scars of early childhood and learning that you can't trust everyone, including me.

jasmin chug

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.


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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 Kiran family

Parenting and teamwork

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

kiran chug

Parenting lessons not learnt

Kiran has learnt a lot since becoming a mother, but there is a long list of lessons she hasn't.

Health & nutrition MILIN

Taking toddlers to the dentist

I remember being told by my Plunket nurse to take Milin to the dentist before his second birthday. I don't really have an excuse why I didn't.

Miss A, Awatea

A case of restraint

Making a one-year-old do something they don't want to can make you feel like a cage fighter.

Education & play Pixiecurtis

Instagram's Princess

Meet the 2-year-old giving the Kardashians a run for their money in the selfie stakes.

Milin and Jasmin

Big days out

If you're planning a day out with a toddler and a baby you need to be organised. Here are Kiran Chug's top tips.

Products child playing with puzzle

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.

Behaviour dummy

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?

Miss A, Awatea

Our social butterfly

Lately Miss A seems to prefer to be with other people rather than her dear old parents. Is this the opposite of separation anxiety?

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