Nutritious breakfasts

Fresh fruit on top of porridge.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Ben’s choice for kick-starting his family’s day? Oats, in the form of muesli and porridge.

School lunches

Plate of sushi.

Ben helps answer that perennial question, what to put in the school lunchboxes, by sharing his kids’ lunch of choice – sushi.

Family violence

Child playing with puppets.

Family violence is a heartbreakingly huge problem in New Zealand, with many thousands of women and children living in abusive situations, permanently on high alert and in constant fear for their safety.

Children’s sexuality

Child playing with dolls.

Research tells us that if we’re confident talking to our children about sex and relationships from an early age, they are more likely grow up to be healthy, happy and sexually-responsible adults. They should find it easier to resist peer pressure and express their beliefs and values, delay sexual activity, have fewer sexual partners and be less likely to have an unplanned pregnancy or get a Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI).

Managing stress

Man sitting in playground speaking of managing stress.

As much as we hope for a stress-free life, there’s no avoiding the downs that accompany the ups. We all have to deal with stress, from the everyday trials through to the more serious challenges we all face at some point in our lives.


Children playing on rope playground.

How well we deal with the challenges and disappointments in life comes down to something known as ‘resilience’ and the environment we create for our children helps to nurture this important trait.