Kiwi parents make up quite a unique bunch. Some of our parenting traits are rather NZ-specific, and possibly we don’t even realise that they’re ours alone until they’re pointed out to us by observant (and often fascinated!) newcomers.
Our kids go barefoot everywhere and can run on gravel (without wincing!).
Shorts and T’s
Our kids don’t seem to get cold, and have a “shorts and T-shirt” wardrobe both winter and summer.
Kiwi parents don’t like to pay money for feijoas for our kids’ lunchboxes, since our childhood back lawn was carpeted with an abundance of the little green suckers.
We love camping, even when one summer in every three has abysmal weather over the Christmas holiday period.
We’re completely comfortable with the concept that our kids go to school “Just to eat their lunch” (well, that’s their favourite part of the day, anyway!).
What’s for tea?
Our kids ask ”What’s for tea?” when they mean “dinner”.
Wet and muddy
Our kids don’t mind being muddy, wet, and unkempt-looking. Even on special occasions.
We have Weet-Bix in the cupboard and permanently on our shopping list.
Rugby for all
Our relatives buy our newborn a baby-sized rugby jersey (even if it’s a girl).
Christmas dinner always includes a pav, trifle, or chocolate log and sparking up the BBQ is an option.
Love being a Kiwi!