Author: McBlog

Bob McCoskrie is the National Director of Family First NZ. He is a trained secondary teacher, has a post graduate degree in accounting, was a family community worker in South Auckland for 12 years, and has worked in the media part-time and full-time for 25 years. He is married, 3 children and a Labrador that is fitter than he is!

Instability in families increases

This longitudinal study shows that ‎40% of the parents were not in a legally binding relationship – this simply increases the risk of instability in families and separation of the parents. Social fallout will continue as we minimise the importance…

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Obesity is a parenting issue

Parental involvement and obesity are linked. This study found that a key difference between obese and healthy-weight adolescents was in parental presence in the home, with parents of healthy adolescents more likely to be home to provide healthy food and…

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They’ve been reading our billboards!

Time is best gift for kids at Christmas, say experts NZ Herald Nov 26, 2010  If you’re worrying about not being able to afford expensive presents for the kids this Christmas, give yourself a break – cheap toys and spending…

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It ain’t rocket science

Its not rocket science – there’s been a big drop in family violence in Wairarapa. Why? Through organisations sharing information and co-ordinating their actions. Locals know the families at risk – they know the children at risk – they know…

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Working mums paying the price

Mums are doing double shifts – full time work, full time mothering. Free childcare simply encourages the problem, and mothers are paying the price – literally! This latest study adds to the existing research showing that mums are being ripped…

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National capitulates on electoral finance bill

National has capitulated again – despite opposing Labour’s Electoral Finance Bill because it shut down the public’s ability to be heard during election campaigns. Disgraceful. The NZ Herald Editorial sums it up nicely Editorial: Public loses in disgraceful spending law…

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Too many kids viewing pornography

According to figures compiled from polls by UK’s YouGov, research in America and a study by UK child behavioural expert Tanya Byron One in three children is accessing a ‘tsunami’ of explicit pornographic images on the internet by the age…

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Another reason to get married

From the Mail Online in the UK earlier this week A happy marriage helps ease the agony of arthritis, research suggests. Rheumatoid arthritis patients who had the support of a loving husband or wife reported less joint pain and better…

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