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OPINION: It's about this time each year, I start to think back to what misguided but well-meaning New Year resolution I considered and probably wrote a column about.
Primary school children in the United Kingdom will be taught that all genders can have periods under new sex education guidelines that aim to tackle the stigma around menstruation.
Children are a wonderful gift, bringing joy, laughter, and love. But, then there are the toys, the sleepless nights, the constant barrage of “why?” questions and the plethora of sticky handprints.
OPINION: "Please get dressed - we have to leave in five minutes," I pleaded for the 20th time, my patience waning. "You still need to brush your teeth. You haven't packed your backpack! We're going to be late for school, again."
At times it can feel like we only hear about the downsides to having or being an only child.
OPINION: Good things come to those who wait ... but don't count your chickens until they hatch. Patience is a virtue.
Andrea never got a chance to meet Rebecca. Her stillborn baby girl was just 24 weeks old when she was delivered through an emergency caesarean section.
"Mum, no one in my group at school believes in any of the Christmas characters," my 9-year-old Oli announces when he comes home. My 6-year-old Jasper trudges in behind him.
My suspicions were raised about the true identity of Santa Claus at age 7. Mum insisted, for the second year running, that Santa preferred to be left a double shot of Cointreau, neat, by the fireplace. All the evidence I could find in Christmas literature told me Claus was a milk and cookies man.
I have three young daughters and one stepdaughter who is older. My stepdaughter is always trying to make me look at her. We all get along well, everyone's happy and stuff, but my stepdaughter comes into my room wearing her underwear or really skimpy clothes and she hangs around trying to be grown up. She's only 13 but she can pass for 18. She tones it down when my wife is around. I've told my wife, but she said just ignore her, she'll grow out of it.
Kiwis are a laid-back bunch when it comes to breastfeeding in public, according to a new study out of the University of Auckland.