Over the past month I've reflected on some of the first principles of parenting. So this week, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, here are some first principles for the children.
I'll shortly be heading off overseas for a month's holiday and three significant birthdays.
Making a connection with a teenager with poor self-esteem can be particularly difficult, not only for parents but also for their peers and other adults.
The Government says we can't afford to introduce six months' paid parental leave. Child advocates and some parents claim we can't afford not to. Andrew Laxon, of The New Zealand Herald, reports.
There were nods of understanding from some parents, and some moments of epiphany for others, when leading international educator Joseph Driessen gave tips for parenting teenagers.
A new baby often means travelling days are replaced by days of dirty nappies and disturbed sleep for the foreseeable future. But for us it was the perfect opportunity to take our 10-month-old girl away for six months of backpacking around South America.
A Wellington man is angry that Labour MP Charles Chauvel said his children should "shut up" during a flight at the weekend - even though his wife, two rows away, did not hear the comment.