Beck Vass is a columnist for Lifestyle at The New Zealand Herald.
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Beck Vass: Why I'm upset about my son's first day of school
Beck Vass is sending her son off to school. He's fine about it but she's not so thrilled.
I wasted two days making my kid's elaborate birthday cake
Though it makes more financial and emotional sense, Beck Vass wanted to do it herself.
Why NZ's summer school holidays need to be shorter
Are you ready to send your little treasures back to school? Beck Vass definitely is.
My run in with a patronising Tauranga dental nurse
Beck Vass reveals the trials and tribulations of her baby's first dental visit.
Kiwi holiday confusion and a Scorched Almond conundrum
Beck Vass has spent her summer holidays identifying some uniquely Kiwi issues.
Beck Vass: Why I refuse to take my kids to meet Santa
Why do we insist on making our crying kids sit on a creepy looking, old man's lap?
Beck Vass: It's Christmas and I'm failing as a mum
Despite all my efforts, my kids don't listen, they don't respect anyone or anything.
Kiwi mum's list of Christmas gifts that aren't total junk
Looking for gifts that stand the test of time - and won't drive you nuts too?
Beck Vass: My children think empathy is for losers
I worry about the impact my daughter is going to have on this poor innocent world.
Beck Vass: My online supermarket shopping meltdown
All her friends were doing it. But Beck Vass only wasted time with this supermarket app.
Beck Vass: Does every mother get this on their hands?
Everyone suggests a cream that's supposedly cured someone they know.
Measles outbreak: Why are we being given mixed messages?
Are you confused about what your doctor's advised about measles? Beck Vass is.
Unhelpful words in alcohol death of tiny baby girl
Beck Vass on the "gross discrepancy" in comments around recent deaths of Kiwi kids.
Tauranga playground closed by 'cotton-wool parents'
Comment: Beck Vass is calling out the "over-protective" parents behind the shut down.
A parent's view on New Zealand's teachers' strikes
What teachers are expected to do for their pay has become untenable, writes Beck Vass.
My dinner disaster: Slippery chicken and a distracted husband
Beck Vass shares her Monday night mealtime meltdown.
Beck Vass: Why Easter was a total let down this year
Beck Vass asks, is it just me or did Easter sell out early this year?
Beck Vass: The day I accidentally rubbed salt in my son's wounds
Sometimes Mum makes it all better, and sometimes she rubs salt in your wounds - literally.
Re-name the Crusaders? 'Chiefs' and 'Hurricanes' have killed people too
"We were all love, inclusiveness and understanding, until it came to our rugby."
A mum's guide to surviving New Zealand's most hectic sale
Beck Vass reveals her hacks for surviving a Farmers 50 per cent of kids clothes sale.
Beck Vass: My most nerve-racking Plunket interview
He's going to tell her everything. Even some stuff that isn't true but makes me sound bad.
'It smelled like Satan': Nappy change nightmare on NZ flight
I don't know what that kid had eaten but it smelled like Satan made it.
Beck Vass: The things you'll forget about having a baby
Beck Vass has six reminders of the little things you've likely forgotten about your kids.
This family makes me feel better about my parenting
For all her family frustrations this summer, one saga has made Back Vass feel much better.
Beck Vass: Why New Zealand's summer school holidays need to be shorter
The struggle is real, and this Kiwi mum just summed it up perfectly — who can relate?
My disgraceful doctor's visit at Tauranga Hospital
COMMENT: Beck Vass hoped her appointment would go smoothly. It didn't. Here's why.
Why you should never build kitset furniture in front of your kids
COMMENT: I wanted to be Cool Mum and let the kids help. What a mistake that was.
Beck Vass: I took away the TV, now the kids are happier
Could that thing you think is making raising kids easier actually be making it harder?
My baby nearly fainted from the pain of his vaccinations
Beck Vass: Vaccinating your baby is one of the first times you feel parental guilt.
My c-section complication changed my life - for the better
It took being shattered after a c-section birth to upend Beck Vass' outlook on life.
What really goes on inside the mind of a pregnant woman
"Panic. I can't do this." Beck Vass, due to give birth next month, reveals her fears.
School cross country: Kids shouldn't have a choice
Beck Vass: How is stopping non-athletic kids from participating helping anyone?
The real reason Greg Boyed's death hurts so many Kiwis
COMMENT: I've had a friend stolen like this. In NZ it's rare to find anyone who hasn't.
Why we need to stop judging Jacinda for returning to work
"Where are the opinion pieces screaming that men chose their jobs over their children?"
I left Auckland six years ago - this is what I miss
Beck Vass left Auckland for her kids but there are some things she'll always miss.
Thanks Smiggle, I've already blown my school holidays budget
Comment: I brushed the sequins on a Smiggle notebook up and down. Damn, they're worth it.
Why do Kiwi mums feel like failures over c-sections?
In New Zealand, c-sections are to childbirth as formula is to feeding, writes Beck Vass.
Not everyone gets a macaroni midwife like Jacinda's
Beck Vass can't help wonder if our PM had quite a different experience to the rest of us.
Jacinda's baby: Elation and utter shock of giving birth
Beck Vass, mum-of-two with one on the way, on the shock and elation of giving birth.