• How to Teach Your Child to Be An “Includer”

    A ten-year-old girl came to me with tears in her eyes. She was sad and frustrated and couldn’t understand why her “former best friend” left her out at recess that day. To hear this little girl tell her version of events, her friend iced her out of a new club she formed with their peer group.   Read More...

  • The consequences of being too involved in your child's life

    Children with intrusive parents may develop the tendency to be overly self-critical, high levels of which are linked to depression and anxiety, according to new research published in the Journal of Personality.A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore examined how maladaptive perfectionism, otherwise known as the "bad" form of perfectionism, develops in primary school children."When parents become intrusive in their children's lives, it may signal to the...  Read More...

  • Six Tips for Channeling Calm So You Don’t Yell at Your Kids

    Anger and yelling are both issues that often come bubbling up to the surface in parenting as sleep deprivation, stress, exhaustion, and a hundred tiny frustrations through the day all mix together.Nothing forces us face down our demons quite like becoming a parent. Everything that you are, good and bad, will be reflected in those little eyes staring up at you.Getting control of our anger is important work. Studies show that yelling at kids can be just as harmful as physical discipline.   Read More...

  • Rollercoaster crushes kids' ride at theme park in Scotland

    A witness says rollercoaster carriages that crashed onto a children's ride in Scotland dropped "like a bomb", while another has told of rushing to assist a badly injured boy.Eight children and two adults were injured after carriages from the Tsunami rollercoaster came off their rails at M&D's theme park, near Glasgow.The nightmarish scene unfolded around 4pm Sunday (3am Monday NZT) and left multiple people "trapped upside down on the ride," a witness told the BB...  Read More...

  • Mother shares story of her brave teenager battling rare cancer

    A Wellington mum watching her 15-year-old daughter fight for her life has some simple advice for parents of teenagers."Spend time with your teenagers, they can be difficult and hard at times, but hold them close and love them."Lisa Davenport knows what she is talking about. Her teenager Ella has had more than her fair share of difficulties.Ella was born with a congenital heart defect, something Davenport says is common in children with Down Syndrome.Bowel surgery at five days-old was f...  Read More...

  • Grateful parents reunite with paramedics who delivered baby in Wellington driveway

    Some babies take their time to meet the world. Others arrive a little before their due date.Still others, like Isaac Makisi, keep their parents waiting a couple of days but then make their appearance with sudden enthusiasm.Jolene and Joseph Makisi were expecting their baby on April 8.Two days later, there was mayhem at the Makisi home in Brooklyn, Wellington when Isaac decided it was time.The couple called the midwife at 10am, and she advised taking a bath or going for a walk.But as it became cl...  Read More...

  • Unique road sign helps slow drivers near high school

    A new road sign outside Kaiapoi High School is catching the attention of passing motorists.The unique 'teenagers crossing' road sign was a collaborative effort between the Waimakariri District Council and Kaiapoi High to slow down traffic around the busy intersection outside the school.The sign, depicting a boy and girl crossing the road with their heads angled at their mobile devices, has so far served its purpose of catching the attention of passing motorists.Principal Bruce Kearney ...  Read More...

  • Is Wellington about to lose its iconic cable car?

    Wellington's cable car is a part of the city's identity and must not be allowed to close, says the Chamber of Commerce.The landmark funicular railway could be forced to shut down within a decade unless taxpayers and ratepayers stump up millions to keep it running.A recent report on its financial position found that, despite its popularity, the company that runs it could not fund several crucial infrastructure projects on ticket sales and retail takings alone.Wellington's cable car...  Read More...

  • Kindergarten in the wild

    Does the thought of sending your child to preschool in the middle of the forest leave you feeling slightly unsure and nervous? Well there is a kindergarten in Germany where the children spend all their time outdoors using tools like knives and fire to learn about the environment around them. These "Waldkindergarten" or Forest Kindergarten are found throughout both Germany and Switzerland with over 1000 preschools found between the two countries.  Is this something preschools in Ne...  Read More...

  • Geo AR Games and city council are bringing getting kids off the couch

    Geo AR Games are changing the way kids interact with video games in a fight to get them off the couch with a healthy alternative. The Auckland tech start-up have created several games using geospatial augmented reality to combine a virtual world with the real world. The user can run around a park holding a mobile device in front of them while collecting virtual schools of fish and trying to avoid virtual sharks.The game cannot be played inside and the bigger the area outside, the bigge...  Read More...

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