• The sugary drinks tax has over 7,500 signatures and is growing

    Petition for a tax on sugar-sweetened beveragesHealthy Food Guide started this petition with a single signature, and now has 7,510 supporters.We’ve seen this issue debated and discussed for years now.  There is existing evidence that a tax reduces consumption. A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has been recommended by many diverse public health bodies and organisations both here and internationally.Take a look at the petition to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages...  Read More...

  • Help build your baby's brain

    Parents are their children's first and most important teachers. And they have a crucial job: Recent advances in developmental science make clear that the first five years of life are critically important to children's future learning and success.We now know that human brains aren't born – they're built from the ground up, through the combined influences of children's genes and early experiences. During the first 1,000 days of a child's life, over 700 neural co...  Read More...

  • 8 reasons you should be playing Pokemon Go with your kids

    I have a confession. About three years after I started playing Candy Crush I'm still addicted. I play waiting in the car when I'm doing the school pick up, I play when I'm watching TV because I cannot do nothing with my hands and I'm a very bad knitter; and I play it a lot of other times I probably shouldn't.I'm not proud.But, in startlingly good news for my crushing addiction, I have discovered Pokemon Go.   Read More...

  • 18 tips for surviving the first few weeks with a newborn

    I thought I was totally prepared. The nursery was complete, and I was mentally ready.Oh boy, was I wrong. For starters, the baby was in our room anyway so the nursery didn't matter a bit in those early days.   Read More...

  • Fewer Kiwi teens think smoking is 'cool'

    Is smoking still cool? According to teens, not so much."Gross", "disgusting" and "stupid" are some of the ways young people describe smoking.They're onto something - the Year 10 Snapshot study conducted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and the University of Otago shows smoking uptake amongst school students has dropped to record level lows.Thirty thousand Year 10 students are surveyed annually to track trends in teenagers cigarette consumption.ASH director...  Read More...

  • Kiwi fights for South Sudan's children

    A Kiwi who's recently back home after aiding humanitarian efforts in South Sudan is holding onto hope the young nation can be saved.The central African country recently marked its fifth birthday, but there were no celebrations. Civil war has forced more than 1.6 million people from their homes, and nearly half the country's 11 million people aren't getting enough to eat.Dwain Hindriksen told Paul Henry on Wednesday it's a complex conflict that can't be narrowed down to C...  Read More...

  • How do schools in The Hutt stack up?

    How do schools in The Hutt stack up?If you're a parent or caregiver or simply wanting more information on how schools in your community fare, take a look at the 2016 Schools Report now.Are you curious about how schools in and around your community are performing?  The Schools Report is the place to find key information about your local schools including 2015 NCEA results, National Standards up to 2014, funding per student, decile and student roll.  You can also find links to every...  Read More...

  • Is travelling with babies ever a good idea?

    This week we'll travel halfway around the world with our nine-month-old twin girls. There are so many things that could go wrong!The thought of being on a plane for 15 hours with two overtired babies, crying their heads off while fellow passengers glare angrily at us (and there not being much we can do about it) fills me with horror.Horror, but not enough to make us stay put and not go travelling with them.When I tell people about our upcoming trip, many of them give me this "are you c...  Read More...

  • Positive Guidance over Punishment Helps Reduce Attention Seeking

    Children often seek attention in mistaken ways. When you offer guidance, you can help your child feel connected, understood and ready to make better choices.As children grow they become very skilled at figuring out really clever ways to get adults to pay attention to them. Sometimes the requests for attention are cute and wonderful.   Read More...

  • Why Teenagers Don’t Talk to Their Parents

    I once read that the teenage years can be likened to the toddler years. Both stages of life are a time of significant developmental change. Toddlers and teens alike experience significant body and mind development that can have them behaving in ways you have never seen.   Read More...

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