Extra-curricular activities give children the opportunity to develop their skills in various areas so children develop a number of interests and talents - but be care ful not to over-schedule.
Over parenting is a new normal for today's mums and dads who, as dedicated as they may be, still succumb to overindulging, overprotecting and overscheduling their children.
The idea that four-year-old boys have a spurt of testosterone is often used to explain challenging behaviour at this age.
Most modern parents are quite happy to hand over the iPad for a just a few minutes of peace. But there are so many other ways to make it happen.
It feels as though she has been a mother all her life, says Meg Mason, but will there ever be a time to let go?
My 7-year-old son is the only left-handed person in our family of six. As a righty myself, I never considered how differently a lefty approaches things, until I gave birth to my very own, but he's opened my eyes to the fact that there's a very big bias toward right-handed people. Scissors and spiral notebooks, can openers and measuring tapes, the computer keyboard and mouse, baseball gloves and video game controllers — all are made to accommodate righties. We shake with our right hands. Even cars are geared toward the right (think about the cupholder, the gear shift, the radio and climate controls).
My son went to bed a child and when he woke up the next morning he was an adult.
This family didn't want to lose the important piece of family history when they moved, so they "took the wall with them".
'This is my son Cian and he loves to wear dresses.'
Every evening around the world, parents put their children to bed, hoping they'll go to sleep easily. For most parents that's exactly what happens. But for some kids, sleep does not come easily and evenings are a battle.
If a girl is going to struggle with her life, you will know it by the time she's 14.
It can be hard for mums and dads, but they need to talk to their kids about sex.
If your daughter knows she is part of a global fight, she'll feel strong not frightened.