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Tips for managing the holiday season with a new baby

Setting boundaries with family and friends when you have a new baby can be tricky. Especially around the festive season and summer holidays where you have increased friends and Whānau  visiting.  The joy of welcoming a new baby into their lives and celebrating with the More…

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Spring family gardening guide

Spring is finally here and it’s a time of incredible growth in the garden, encouraging children into the garden is a wonderful way to teach them about nature and where their food comes from. Ask your kids what they would like to grow. It’s a More…

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Family Friendly Rotorua

Rotorua is fun, unique, smelly, and steamy. It’s also a living science, history, and Maori culture lesson. A great location for a family holiday. There’s no shortage of family friendly things to see and do in Rotorua, here are a few of my favourites. Terrace More…

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Save our Maternity Services from crisis

A petition calling for the Government to urgently address the maternity crisis in Aotearoa was delivered to MPs in Wellington on July 8th by our own Lower Hutt Parents Centre.   Guest speakers including Emily Writes, and the President of Lower Hutt Parents Centre Meg Waghorn shared their More…

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Learning together: The Olympic games

The Summer Olympics are finally here! Children are always interested in what’s happening in the world around them – so this can be a great time of learning about sports and teamwork and the Olympic events. It can be tricky to think of new activities More…

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Winter fun for you and your pre-schooler

It’s been truly cold and wet outside this week and that can make it hard for your pre-schooler to burn off energy. But with the right outdoor gear it’s still great to head outside each day and let your little one enjoy the wonders of Aotearoa – most pre-schoolers love to More…

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Changing maternity practices – the foundation for Parents Centre

Parents Centre Aotearoa has a rich past – one which we like to look back and reflect on – as well as celebrate. This article on changing maternity practices in New Zealand first featured in issue 300 of KiwiParent magazine.   “Although [the Sister] said that rooming-in had been More…

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Holidays with kids

Now that the trans-Tasman bubble is a reality, we asked family friendly travel consultant Helen Rolton for fun, activity based holidays for young families.  In this column, Helen looks at kid friendly Queenstown adventures, where the littlies will have just as much fun as the More…

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Hug it Forward

We’ve joined with Huggies and New World to ‘hug it forward’ for both Kiwi babies AND their parents. ‘Hug it forward for your village’ is a joint initiative across Parents Centre, Huggies, and New World created to give Kiwis an opportunity to do what they More…

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Spotlight on Parents Centre’s famous coffee groups

So, what are the Parents Centre coffee groups all about and how do they happen?   All our programmes, from antenatal to postnatal, are led by qualified facilitators, and they’re not the type of people who have you seated for two hours, watching PowerPoint presentations, videos or listening to lectures!   Many More…

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