Damon Young Gardens and children: educate and entertain your little ones.
KATIE CARLIN There are plenty of ways to have fun together as a family but bike riding has got to be one of the best. If you want to make cycling your family pastime we have everything you need to know about riding with kids and where you can find a family-friendly track near you.
ANDREW DADDO Whether you were kicking the winning goal for your footy team or singing your favourite song to a sold out audience there was once a time when your imagination made anything possible. Do you encourage your kids to do the same?
JUSTINE DAVIES The benefits for kids growing up in a strong and community-minded neighbourhood can include fewer social and learning problems, fewer emotional problems and better physical health.
Livia Gamble New study finds even more reasons to encourage your children to play outside.
JUSTINE DAVIES Tired of spending a fortune every year on your children's birthday parties? Justine Davies has some tips on how to keep the party guests entertained without the hefty price tag.
JUSTINE DAVIES Good sportsmanship, just like good manners, good grammar and good dress sense, is a learned behaviour.
ANDREW DADDO When do kids cross the line from having fun to entering unsafe territory? Andrew Daddo wonders how you tell when to step in and when to keep quite.
Miki Perkins Playing in the dirt, riding bikes, building cubby houses and splashing around down at the creek. Sounds idyllic doesn't it?
JUSTINE DAVIES Developing your child’s self-confidence doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact it can be as simple as giving them some spare time to play.
KATIE CARLIN Are you looking for ways to inspire your kids to spend more time playing outside? Challenge them with a game of backyard soccer, cricket or baseball by combining a few affordable essentials with items you can easily find around the house.
Melinda Ham Giving children the freedom to develop their own games improves their social skills and reasoning, writes Melinda Ham.
Ainslie MacGibbon There is no evidence homework is beneficial in early school years, writes Ainslie MacGibbon.
Maggie Dent The secret to raising strong, happy kids? Dirt and lots of it.
JUSTINE DAVIES Is tough love the way to go if it gets your kids outside to play? Justine Davies shares her tips on how to beat boredom and engage their imagination.
KATIE CARLIN The list of the old schoolyard favourites could go on forever but how many of these once loved games do your kids still play today? Now is the perfect time to teach them with our list of top ten classic schoolyard games.
JUSTINE DAVIES With less garden space, more scheduled activities and more homework kids often have no energy left for free play. So how do we break those barriers down?
KATIE CARLIN There is no reason to spend up big to keep your kids entertained these school holidays. We have everything you need to make your day at the park full of fun.
JUSTINE DAVIES As parents we all want to keep our children safe but how do we find the balance between freedom and safety?
ANDREW DADDO Andrew Daddo discovers that imagination is the best game ever invented, sometimes it’s a matter of remembering how it works.
JUSTINE DAVIES The message on the benefits of unstructured play is getting through but how do busy families find the time? Justine Davies shares some fun ideas for you to try with the kids.
LAKSHMI SINGH Curtin University research claims that in just one generation, outdoor play has decreased from 73% to just 13% of total play time. Instead, the vast majority of children today indulge in more than the recommended two hours of screen use by watching TV/DVDs, playing electronic games and using computers.
Susanne North Unstructured, unsupervised fun could be more beneficial for your child's future than you realise.
JUSTINE DAVIES For those parents who have to deal with all of the other daily stresses, and work outside the home as well, there’s the extra work stress that gets added into the mix - and the fear that they aren't getting any dowtime just to play with their kids.
Brooke Tasovac 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.