As we settle into lockdown, we know many Kiwi parents will be feeling a little unsure about having to navigate their families through these unprecedented times. To answer some of your burning questions, we turned to our resident parenting expert Nathan Wallis for guidance.
Last Updated 28 April 2020 -
Flu season is just around the corner. This year, there has been a phased approach to vaccinations – to ensure those who are most vulnerable were able to get protected first - but from 27 April all New Zealanders are able to receive a flu vaccination.
Influenza is more than just a ‘bad cold’. It is highly contagious and although some of the symptoms are the same, influenza can be much more severe. By getting immunised, you’ll not only significantly reduce your own chances of getting sick with flu - and the risk of passing it on to others – but you’ll also be helping to reduce the load on our health system, which has faced pressure from COVID-19 preparations
We answer your questions below about how to get vaccinated in 2020.
Sunglasses are so much more than an adorable fashion accessory for kids. Slathering your child with sunscreen and popping on a hat is standard practice for many parents. But, do your children wear sunglasses and have you ever wondered if they need to? The answer is yes. So let’s look at some ‘eye-opening’ facts as to why they should:
Parenting can often be a 24/7 job. So, when you have a multitude of other things to juggle (whether that's work, friends, health and fitness, or “me time”) on top of spending time with the kids, how does that impact our perceptions of how well we’re parenting?
When it comes to being a first-time parent, the age-old adage ‘expect the unexpected’ probably sums it up best. While we’re all different and everyone eventually develops their own style of parenting, there’s one thing all parents have in common – when the baby first arrives, it’s all new for both of you.
Whether you have health insurance for everyday things that help you stay healthy, like seeing the dentist or physio, or have more comprehensive hospital cover for ‘just in case’, it’s good to know that with nib, your health cover is there when you need it.
So if you do need to use your cover, we’re glad we can support your better health – and we want to make it easy for you to claim (it’s how it should be).
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