Expert panel: Parenting

Setting age appropriate boundaries and rewarding positive behavior are some of the topics our parenting experts receive questions about. If you have a parenting question, why not ask one of our childhood experts. Or browse through our collection of previously answered questions you might just find your answer there.

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Questions about Parenting

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Hi, Some people, children included, produce a lot of ear wax. In the absence of other symptoms such as pain, redness of the ear, the child pulling ...

Answered: 11 Sep 2016
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Hi, You raise an interesting question-does continued exposure actually help her immune system to mature and make her less likely to become unwell o...

Answered: 25 Apr 2016
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Hi, This is such a specific question and I understand your worry. If you have family orders in place as a result of parenting concerns then I sugge...

Answered: 31 Jan 2016
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Hi, You need to take your toddler to a doctor to have her food examined. It could be an infection or there is another reason for the swelling and b...

Answered: 20 Jul 2015
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Hi, Good on you to be motivated to read to your little one. To be honest, it doesn't really matter what books you read to your baby. At this age an...

Answered: 07 Jul 2015
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Hi, Without knowing more about your baby's growth and weight gain between his birth and now I'm limited in how much information I can offer you. Ho...

Answered: 24 Jun 2015
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Hi, It's very individual to be honest, for parents who are very active and want to jog/walk with their baby in a stroller then the three wheeler is...

Answered: 27 Aug 2014
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Hi, At this age and stage he is working out how to get the maximum amount of attention from his parents and the world around him. Boys especially, ...

Answered: 16 Aug 2014
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Hi, Your query ran out before it was completed. I'm sorry I'm not able to provide you with any advice or information without knowing more about you...

Answered: 10 Aug 2014
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Hi, This is very, very normal and age appropriate. He's doing it a little early though, generally at around 7 months of age the developmental stage...

Answered: 10 Aug 2014
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Hi, Perhaps for now he's too young and immature to be gaining much from this particular group. Given another couple of months it may be ideal but f...

Answered: 26 Jul 2014
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Hi, Your GP is wise and up to date with the best of research based evidence. Yes, all adults and children who are going to be in contact with your ...

Answered: 20 Jul 2014
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Hello, As you're based in NZ I'm not sure what the entitlements are. But if you check this link http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/online-services/el...

Answered: 06 Jul 2014
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Hi, Some children just take longer than others to be dry at night and their urine production is so high that any amount of absorbent material won't...

Answered: 21 Jun 2014
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Hi, The fact that you're in contact with his teacher is great, perhaps she/he could suggest other ways of managing this? Does he need a referral to...

Answered: 14 Jun 2014
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Hi, I'd be happy to offer you advise but your query is incomplete. I get that your mum is just around the corner but that's about all. Do you want ...

Answered: 07 Jun 2014
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Hi, I understand you are apprehensive about this but he will be 3 months older by the time the new baby comes so his behaviour now is not a snapsho...

Answered: 17 May 2014
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Hi, You can't make her be happy about it, your role is to give her the information and allow her time to process what this means. She's probably fe...

Answered: 30 Mar 2014
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Hi, Just a few key points on overnight toilet training; there is a very strong genetic link between parental night dryness and when a child is phys...

Answered: 30 Mar 2014
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It may be worthwhile for you to investigate if there are any Tripe P courses being run in your local area. This is a good all round course which pa...

Answered: 02 Mar 2014
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Your friends may be right, some kids do struggle with only one day and it causes them more emotional distress than pleasure. There's always a settl...

Answered: 16 Feb 2014
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They are probably not wanting to share you with him and becoming accoustomed to having to do this. Their behaviour is completely normal and age app...

Answered: 20 Jan 2014
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Hi, The benefits of leaving nappies on when swimming are not so much for the baby/child but others swimming around them. Particularly in public pla...

Answered: 18 Jan 2014