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Follow your own path

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When you have a baby you’re suddenly surrounded by parenting ‘experts’. It seems everyone has an opinion. Psychologist Dr Ruth Jillings has some suggestions for coping with all the comments while find ...

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Five mums share how motherhood changed them

You & Your Family

We asked five Kiwi mums to share how motherhood has changed their lives, and what advice they would give to new mums embarking on the journey.

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Parenting Skills

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Are our children a product of the genes we pass on to them, or the way in which we raise them? Psychologist Dr Ruth Jillings looks at the current thinking and research.

The strong silent type

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Some parents may worry that their ‘shy’ child will not fit in, but is a quiet temperament something to worry about or celebrate? Abby Lawrence talks to the experts about embracing quieter personality ...

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Christmas Traditions

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Get into the spirit of Christmas with these ideas for festive family fun.

Gender roles

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Parents may worry if their child doesn’t fit neatly into their traditional gender role, but should we be more concerned if they do? Greg Roughan asks the experts what’s really best for our children.

To post or not to post

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Your little bundle has arrived and you’re embarking on a new life as a mum. Every milestone is a wonder and they’re just so darn cute, how could you not share it? We look at what can happen when socia ...

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Strike a balance

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Childhood is undoubtedly a time of wonder, exploration and creativity – but this can often get lost amongst the busyness of modern life. We explore a simpler approach to parenting, and different paths ...

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Competitive parenting

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One-upmanship can be rife among modern mothers and often leads to stress and unhappiness. Psychologist Dr Ruth Jillings explains where it starts and how to cope without getting caught up in it.

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Nature versus nurture

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Are our children a product of the genes we pass on to them, or the way in which we raise them? Psychologist Dr Ruth Jillings looks at the current thinking and research.

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Peace of mind

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If you find yourself feeling frazzled, guilty or emotional, then applying mindfulness techniques to your parenting could help. We consults the experts on how to do it.

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Health & Wellbeing

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One of the hardest things about being a parent is seeing your child scared or in pain and knowing that despite your most fervent wish, you can’t swoop in and take it all away. Casey McPike speaks to ...

Boost your immunity

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The immune system is the gatekeeper to your health, and it can change during different stages of your life, particularly throughout pregnancy and in babies. Paulette Crowley talks to the experts about ...

5 Sleep substitutes

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Tiredness is part and parcel of motherhood and while simply getting more sleep isn’t always an option you can ensure other factors aren’t making things worse.

Working through traumatic events

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How do you help your children cope with a traumatic event such as a large earthquake? Psychologist Anna Malone – from Triple P Positive Parenting Programme – gives this advice.

Go with your gut

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Research shows an important link between gut health and our mental and physical wellbeing. Casey McPike asks the experts how to ensure we can do the best for our insides and our family’s.

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Making a meal of it

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It’s important to fuel our bodies with all they need to perform the many jobs required of them from pregnancy through to motherhood. We share some healthy eating ideas for mums and mums-to-be.

Handle with care

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The wellbeing of mothers in the six weeks after birth is given high priority in many cultures – mostly non-Western ones. We explore this very important time and find out why it’s so beneficial to ‘mot ...

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Protecting your pelvic floor

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Bladder weakness isn't usually something that new mums love talking about but it is incredibly common. Here are our tips for protecting your pelvic floor.

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Feel good factor

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When your days are busy taking care of your family’s needs it’s easy to neglect your own. Prioritising your wellbeing is essential – for everyone’s sake – so try these simple tips to keep you healthy ...

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Postnatal nutrition

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Dietitian Robyn Lawrence shares her tips for eating healthy once baby has arrived and if you are breastfeeding how to keep up with the demands on your body.

Dads with depression

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While postnatal depression in new mums is well documented, awareness around dads suffering from the ‘baby blues’ is only a recent development. Andrew Swallow, 38, tells his story.

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Looking after you

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Mothers often neglect their own needs in order to put family first. Psychologist Dr Ruth Jillings explains why it’s so important to take some time back for yourself…

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Child proof your home

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Home is where the heart is... but it's also the place where our kids are most likely to injure themselves. Help keep them safe by taking these precautions.

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Off to the Doctor

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One of the hardest things about being a parent is seeing your child scared or in pain and knowing that despite your most fervent wish, you can’t swoop in and take it all away. Casey McPike speaks to G ...

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We need to talk

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There’s something that affects nearly a third of Kiwi mums, yet no one seems keen to talk about it. Victoria Wells finds there’s a big black elephant in the room that needs confronting.

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Exercising caution

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So you’ve had your baby, recovered from the birth and now you’re ready to reclaim your body. We explain how to ease yourself back into exercise safely.

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Parties

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Rebecca Williamson finds some simple ways to throw a great birthday party without forsaking fun.

Unicorn cake

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Unicorn parties are a great excuse to get creative with gorgeous decorations, cute costumes and fun nibbles. Sarah Eberhardbt shows you how!