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It takes a village to raise a child.

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When My 5 Year Old Boy Asked to Wear a Dress to the School Disco…

Our son loves the things boys love, like being rough on the trampoline, play hunting, play fighting, building, and toilet jokes. He also loves getting dressed up and looking pretty
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The New Parent Village: A better way to connect with local families

We all want the best for our children, we all want to be good parents, and the majority of us want opportunities to support others in the community, and know there is help there if we need it.
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Parenting Today Can Be a Lonely Gig: Why social media isn't enough

when it comes to parenting in isolation, social media is a feeble plaster over a deep wound.
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Why Mums AND Dads Need a Break

The lucky parents who are still together are more frequently sharing the late nights, the ungodly 4am starts, and the household chores... and yet... it seems there is never enough hours in the day for both parents to get the rest they need...
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Why I Love Being a Grandmother

It is evident in the caring gestures, little hands helping me up off the floor, running and getting my glasses, complimenting me on my piano playing, my new shoes, my finger nail polish…
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Top 5 Family Activities in Muriwai Beach (local knowledge)

Muriwai Beach was a great place to grow up. There was plenty of trees to climb, caves to explore, sand to dig-in, and no shortage of playmates. Recently we moved back to Muriwai to raise our young family. It has changed a lot over the years, and the city feels a lot closer now, but there’s still plenty of great adventures to be had.
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Kindred Family Services: Wide Ranging Support For Families in Rodney

Kindred Family Services are dedicated to helping people overcome life's challenges and live the life they choose. They offer flexible and wide ranging support to families in the west Rodney area.
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Bullying at Kindergarten

We think it’s helpful and fun to practice setting healthy boundaries with your pre-schooler, so they don’t feel as helpless. A firm ‘stop!, I don’t like that’, for example, can empower your child to stand-up to bullies in a constructive way.
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How to Find Family and Community Support Services Near Me

In a healthy community, the wider network of friends and whānau nurture and support the new family in their journey, but many families in New Zealand today just don't have those strong community connections that were so common a generation or two ago.
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The Importance of Skin-to-Skin with Dad

For many new dads, getting your shirt off in hospital in front of the midwife, mother in-law, couple of nurses, and maybe some other sightseers is pretty awkward, but don’t let that put you off!