Why Wooden Eco-Friendly Toys Are on Santa’s List This Year

He’s making a list and checking it twice, and  wooden eco-friendly toys are right at the top of his giving list! More than just being green, wooden toys provide plenty of benefits to both our kids and the planet! Today I’m going to talk about why the giving of wooden toys should be high on your list too. Benefits of Giving Wooden Eco-Friendly Toys A quick stroll online or around the shops will show you that plastic toys are still … Read More

6 Reasons Why Learning Te Reo Maori Benefits Kids

It would be fair to say that the subject of kids learning te reo Maori has been rather controversial over the past few years. Many politicians and education professionals have voiced their opinion in that it should be compulsory in schools. Then there’s been those who have been vocally against it, categorically stating that their children will never learn it. Te reo Maori is one of two official languages in New Zealand. Our kids receive instruction and daily exposure to … Read More

6 Ways to Motivate Kids to Clean Up & Save Your Sanity!

As a parent, you’ll be under no illusion in that getting kids to clean up after themselves ranks as one of the most challenging tasks ever! Yet our children’s failure to do so has been the annoyance of parents since, well, forever! There is some good news on the horizon though. I’ve found six ways that it can, I repeat can, be possible to motivate kids to clean up their messes. From one parent to another, I wish you the … Read More

Tips & Tricks On Building Your Own Bug Hotel

Say goodbye to the garden gnomes – a bug hotel is the latest trend in parks and back gardens across New Zealand! Just like its name, a bug hotel is a home for insects. It’s a tool used to attract beneficial bugs into your garden; a bit like your very own army against aphids and a team of flower pollinators. Making your own insect homes are a ton of fun and having already made a Squoodles one, it’s time to … Read More

Sex Education: When Should You Introduce the Birds & the Bees?

Welcome to sex education. My name is Mrs Squoodles and I’m your teacher for this lesson. Today we’re going to learn about where babies come from and why boys have willies. Any questions? No? Good, then let’s begin. Talking Sex Education with Your Kids I don’t know about you, but some of my classmates never learnt about sex from their parents. It was a taboo subject, not one that was ever mentioned. For some, the TV channel was changed when … Read More

Christmas Elves: Turning naughty into nice

It is Christmas time again which means that the naughty Elf on the Shelf arrives back into our homes on the 1st December.  For those of you who don’t know about the Elf tradition, keep reading.  Every year Santa makes a list of who has been naughty or nice.  But he’s a bit busy at this time of year, so Mr Elf helps him out.  He keeps an eye on the children during the day, and with a bit of … Read More

Is There Sex After Kids?

Don’t scoff, but I’m sure I’m not the only one to laugh when people say sex after kids is darn near impossible. I mean, it’s such a true statement and something most parents can relate with. Gone are the lazy Saturday morning bedroom scenes and you’ve left those afternoon sex marathons behind. Instead, sex after kids becomes one of those distant fantasies. In fact, there’s more chance that you’ll win Lotto. So that got me thinking. No, not that I … Read More

Car Travel with Kids: A Parent’s Survival Guide

It’s road trip time again, and that includes car travel with kids. Yuk! As a parent, we all know the havoc our kids can cause. From yelling, hitting their brother, throwing their toys and asking never-ending questions, sitting in a car only intensifies everything! It’s no wonder that car travel with kids ranks highly on the list of nightmares for parents! However, sometimes you’ve got to do it. So, it comes down to careful planning and organisation to help your … Read More

Science for Kids: What Does It Look Like & Involve?

I don’t know about you, but when I think about science for kids, I instantly think of toddlers wearing lab coats and using Bunsen burners! But it’s not that that at all. In fact, science for kids is far less technical. It’s all about learning how things work and cause and effect too. So, it got me thinking about science for kids and what that could look like. As parents, what can we do to help encourage and guide our … Read More

Top Board Games and Why They’re So Popular

Board games have been around for thousands of years and in multiple countries around the world. Many board games have been adapted from older games such as Chess or Snakes and Ladders, both of which originally came from India before heading to Europe. One of the longest continuously played table top games is called Go. It’s a Chinese game which was first played more than 3000 years ago, and it is still very popular in Asia today. Believe it or … Read More

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