Columnist Ian Munro considers the plight of refugees.
Parenting columnist Ian Munro looks at dealing with the teenage years.
As parenting columnist Ian Munro writes, keeping your mouth shut and your ears open can do wonders for your grandchildren and their parents.
For too many people, violence is part of their way of life, writes parenting columnist Ian Munro.
It is dog eat dog out there in the marketplace and we need to be vigilant about the forces operating.
Every so often it's good to take stock of where you are at and where you think you're going.
Making the decision to have a child is to decide to have your heart go walking around outside your body forever, to quote Elizabeth Stone.
We've been delighted over the past week by the newest addition to the family, who has been staying with us.
''Give it a rest and they'll play their best'' was the catchcry of a 2001 campaign by Sport Waikato as it attempted to improve the example that adults on the sportsfield sidelines set children.
We all have bad habits. Our spouses usually helpfully let us know about ours. But it's our children's bad habits that tend to worry us more.
We have become very careful, even wary, about touching children.
Bath time can be stress time for a variety of often opposite reasons: can't get them in, can't get them out, can't get the soap near them, they nearly empty a bottle of body wash every time.
Today's youngsters are growing up in a world where there's much more than alcohol, nicotine and cannabis to experiment with.
Is the house a zoo in the morning with everyone rushing around and the children getting little more than barked at?
Economic necessity created by the current high rentals and mortgages, zero-hour contracts, or wages lower than the living wage makes it almost certain that all the adults in a household will be working outside the home.
Last week I touched on the work of Celia Lashlie and her approach to ''growing our gorgeous boys into good men'', which is spelt out in her book, He'll Be OK.
In February, New Zealand lost a champion, Celia Lashlie, who championed our young men.
Not too long ago parents might have worried about how their children sat or lay when they were reading and whether they were straining their eyes in low light. Probably needlessly in the main.
March provided some interesting stories in the media on the parenting front and, surprisingly, international celebrities seem to do better than us ordinary folk.
It's those hormones again, wriggling around causing great discomfort and stirring trouble. Teenager is spoiling for a fight.