• When a child is overparented

    The damage done by "overparenting" can be hard to repair, as this mother discovered.

    Overparenting can have a crippling effect on kids as they age.
  • Cold and flu play dough

    Here’s a simple recipe for making a special batch of play dough when your children aren’t feeling the best.

    A fun way to clear stuffy noses.
  • Anxious parents aren't bad parents

    ‘Is the front door locked?’ my eight-year-old son asked as I tucked him into bed. Several hours later his little sister was crawling into my side of the bed, tears staining her cheeks, as she complained of the monsters in her room.

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  • Emotional big sister wants baby brother to stay just the way he is

    Five-year-old Sadie doesn’t want her adorable baby brother to grow up. So much so, that she is reduced to tears when her parents break the news to her that he won't be this small forever.

    Sadie wants to have a
  • Should gifted kids be in accelerated programs?

    Just because your child is labelled as gifted doesn't mean they will thrive in an accelerated learning program. Parents share how they weighed up the pros and cons.

    Are gifted programs right for all kids who excel at learning?

Preschoolers

Emotional big sister wants baby brother to stay just the way he is

KATIE CARLIN Five-year-old Sadie doesn’t want her adorable baby brother to grow up. So much so, that she is reduced to tears when her parents break the news to her that he won't be this small forever.

Review: Giggle Galaxy quilt cover set

Giggle and Hoot

Margarida Fantini There is a range of 'Giggle and Hoot' products available for little fans of the show and this one is about to help us transition our firstborn into a big boys bed.

Nannies: a viable alternative to traditional childcare

Childcare report: Government dismisses swipe at paid parental leave

Call for paid childcare for 'qualified' grandparents

How to talk to kids about same sex relationships

Younger Kids

Five tips for a great play-date

VICTORIA BIRCH Here are a few ideas to make sure you host a play-date rather than a play-don’t.

When your child hates you

Parents need to develop a thick skin fast.

Julia Cahill 10:41am If your child has ever broken your heart with their words of hatred you will be able to relate to this mother’s story.

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Cold and flu play dough

When a child is overparented

Is changing schools the answer to bullying?

Girls just wanna have fun

Older Kids

What it's like to be an anxious parent

SONJA EBBELS ‘Is the front door locked?’ my eight-year-old son asked as I tucked him into bed. Several hours later his little sister was crawling into my side of the bed, tears staining her cheeks, as she complained of the monsters in her room.

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Should gifted kids be in accelerated programs?

Are gifted programs right for all kids who excel at learning?

CAROLYN TATE Just because your child is labelled as gifted doesn't mean they will thrive in an accelerated learning program. Parents share how they weighed up the pros and cons.

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An open letter to my kids

8-year-old makes sure his disabled brother finishes kiddie triathlon

Keeping silent when you should have spoken up

Best board games by decade

Entertaining Kids

PR disaster

Backlash over Ninja Turtles' 9/11 'mistake'

SARAH THOMAS Paramount Australia has apologised after a misjudged promotional poster for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

Kids think parents have too much screen time

Is this a familiar scene in your house?

CATHERINE RODIE As parents grapple with questions such as "is my child having too much screen time?" and "should my child own their own smart phone?" experts are warning that we are becoming a generation of hypocrites.

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The humiliation of constantly being asked if you are expecting

6 apps to make travelling with kids easier

The entire Jolie-Pitt clan are set to hit the big screen

Why we should not be looking at pictures of dead children

Family Life

How 'normal' is your sex life?

RACHEL CLUN Different workloads, changes in libido and having children can all impact on the amount of sex you get during any given month but how much sex is normal and how do you find time to prioritise intimacy?

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Recipes

Spicy Cherry and Apple Pie with Vanilla Cream

DANIELLE COLLEY By using a bought sweet crust pastry you can simplify your life and still have an impressive dessert on the table. Nothing beats a delicious fruit pie for a winter dessert and when you team it with a simple whipped vanilla cream you are in for a taste sensation that is easy, affordable and impressive!

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Moroccan Roast Chicken with Cous Cous Stuffing

chicken

DANIELLE COLLEY Add some zing to your traditional roast chook with warming Moroccan flavours. Your skin crisps beautifully under the gentle coating of spices and the aroma fills the house with a touch of the exotic. The cous cous stuffing is studded with nutty pops and fruity hits turning a humble bird into a lipsmackingly delicious feast.

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Cauliflower fried rice