Parenting Conversations & Blogs

Parenting Conversations / Blogs

Join John Cowan and Learning Links as we present a range of parenting conversations.

Many of you will know John from the frequent radio slots and appearances on television. He hosts Real Life with John Cowan on NewstalkZB, appears twice a week on TV3’s The Café and has regular slots on several other stations. Formerly the main writer and presenter at Parenting Place, John has produced a huge number of articles, courses, manuals and videos on all aspects of family life.

He is the father of three young adults and has a varied background including scientist, youth worker, media producer and social worker in Mental Health. He is a gifted and entertaining communicator who inspires people to take action to make small changes that have a big impact.

Kids who cope – Parenting Conversations with John Cowan

Nourishing your whole child – Parenting Conversations with John Cowan

Getting Cooperation From Your Kids – Parenting Conversations with John Cowan

Kids and Technology – Parenting Conversations with John Cowan

First Day at ECE and School – Parenting Conversations with John Cowan

How to help Your Kids get along with One Another – Parenting Tips by John Cowan

Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Kids – Parenting Tips by John Cowan

Being a Dad | The Importance of Father | Role of Father – Parenting Tips By John Cowan

Step Parents & Step Kids | What is a Step Parent’s role? How to succeed as a Step Family?


9 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Brain Development & Learning

Our vision Everyone Learning, Everyone Leading, Everyone Succeeding encompasses this notion. Learning – through play and meaningful real-life experiences, within the centre and local community children develop the essential life skill and characteristics they need in order to thrive in the 21st century. Leading – teaching 21st-century leadership and life skills based on the idea [...]

Positive Parenting – Secret to a Happier Future for Your Child

The Reason Why A Positive Parenting Approach Is The Secret To A Happier Future For Your Child.. Positive parenting is a parenting approach where children are disciplined in a productive and respectful way. In fact, Procare New Zealand shared that positive parenting is a powerful way to guide your child’s behaviour without shouting, arguments or […]

How Montessori Childcare Centre Teaching Kids To Be Responsible

Let’s face it- we love when our kids can do things on their own. Showing off their new-found independence means that our children are gaining confidence and becoming more responsible. And as a parent, responsibility is something we value as this means our child can be relied upon, that they’re fast learners and can navigate […]

The Importance of Dads

Are any dads watching? The asymmetry of parenthood Dads are doing more, but we have a way to go Stereotypes get in the way Dads get criticised and bypassed! Stale male roles Why do Dads hold back? We are scared. We don’t feel equipped We even wonder if we should even be involved But if […]

Keep Kids Entertained during the Christmas and New Year Holiday Break

The school year has come and gone and the holiday break has finally started.

How to Boost the Immune System of your Children Naturally

Every parent wants their child to stay healthy all year round. But the truth is, kids pick up bugs nearly twice as often as their parents.

How to effectively manage Screen Time for Children

For the first time, children have access to electronic devices that instantly connect them to the world.


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Choosing the Right Christian Childcare for your Child

With the introduction of the Internet and search engines, the right childcare centre…

How Children Can Learn by Playing More

Children love toys.. Whether it’s their favourite superhero, something shiny and loud or the…

Kids and Technology

Being a coach and protector in the digital world.. The basic message is.. There are risks…

Two Parents, Two Styles and What Do Children Really Need?

Different parents have different styles… and it probably doesn’t matter very much. There are…

Early Childhood Education Centre Checklist

As of Monday 18th May, all schools and early learning centres across New Zealand have…

Some of our latest adventures!

Forest Programme

Connecting children to nature is something we are passionate about at Learning Links Hector. An enriching programme like this certainly isn’t something that was decided one day and began the next – it has taken a lot of preparation, consideration and dedication.

Well today, our passion became a reality! The group headed off on their expedition within our local community. They began this weekly ritual with a forest karakia and a willingness to explore and test their limits in the dense bush. We are very proud that our tamariki showed such respect for the beautiful forest and its creatures and this will be something that they will remember for many years to come – a huge thank you to our Kaiako, Rebekah and Ana for bringing our programme to life today everyone should have a good sleep tonight!

Our tamariki are becoming increasingly confident and familiar with the forest. They have already gained a strong sense of direction and able to show their kaiako which way could lead us to the destination.

They were lucky to find and try some kawakawa, which we learnt that the leaves can be made into medication that helps our digestive system. We even brought some back to our centre for our friends to try as herbal tea.

No doubt, the muddy puddles was the favourite. It was such fun for each of us to get wet, get muddy and be engaged with nature! We are also amazed to see the growing resilience of our children when they slipped into mud, when they got dirty and when they were in dilemma. They were determined to take risks and challenge themselves, physically and emotionally!

It was equally impressive to notice how tamariki cared for each other and helped their peers out of a challenging situation, they were demonstrating their growing social competence and caring nature in their bush play! We highly recommend getting out into nature – the children will surprise you!

As we continue to connect locally, to our Rototuna area, we discovered Rototuna means “lake of eels”. In Pre-European times, our area had a lake named Tunawhakapeke. The lake and surrounding swamps had an abundance of tuna resources. As a result of our new knowledge the tamariki are discovering where the tuna like to live now and what they like to eat! Trying to coax them out of their hiding places, the children have been patiently dangling some food for them and to hopefully catch a glimpse soon!