Teaching your child to swim

Julia Cahill While every child will learn to swim differently we need to help our kids enjoy swimming with confidence by finding the method that works best for them.

Pushing academics on preschoolers doesn't add up

The things that really matter when educating a preschooler.

John Rosemond How these parents' responded to a parent teacher interview about their preschooler's academic performance will surprise you in the best way.

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Pressure to perform too much for young dancers?

How to make a snow globe out of a mason jar

When your daughter just wants to be a princess

Tiny moments of connection with kids matter

Younger Kids

Iconic holiday gifts that belong in the history books

Jillian Kumagai 8:45pm Most of us probably can't remember what gifts we got for the holidays last year, much less 10 years ago, but we can remember the most iconic presents: the ones we wanted because everyone else did, too.

What I want my son to remember about Phillip Hughes

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has died at the age of 25 due to severe head injuries sustained by a bouncer delivery on Mondays Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02:  Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' looks on during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin

Lisa Schofield 9:50am I heard the news of the tragic passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes only moments before taking my eight-year-old son to his cricket practice.


Christmas craft for kids

The 8-year-old supermodel with 2 million Facebook fans

Finding time to teach children independence

Tesco removes 'for boys' sign after Twitter backlash

Older Kids

7 DIY advent calendars for the home

8:30pm Get your craft on this weekend with these cool DIY advent calendars for the home.

‘Chalk and talk’: Direct teaching might be the best

Traditional models of teaching, which involve the teacher leading rather than guiding the children, could be more effective.

Kevin Donnelly It seems we have been misguided in abandoning the traditional, teacher-directed method of learning where the teacher spends more time standing at the front of the class, directing learning and controlling classroom activities.

Stop giving my kids junk food

Most of us don't fulfill our childhood dreams

How to do your Christmas shopping like Chrissie Swan

How to teach your child to ride a bike with Libby Trickett

Entertaining Kids

The best children's books of 2014

Lorna Bradbury 5:34pm Lorna Bradbury selects seductive treasures from lavish picture books to novels for all ages.


Fast and fresh chicken lettuce cups

Nicole Avery This is an easy meal you can prepare quickly when you come in from activities with the kids after school. The simple but fresh ingredients give it great flavour and it can be easily adapted to use up any veggies you have in the fridge.

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Mango coconut ice cream

Mango coconut ice cream

Danielle Colley As the weather heats up this will be your new favourite way to cool down. It is dairy free, healthy, and delicious.

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Greek meatballs and tzatziki

Fish Tacos

Sweet potato salad

Wholefood choc mint slice

Beef burger with mint yoghurt

San choy bow