Health & Nutrition more articles

Hilarious food names only your family understands

KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS Do you know what scoopers, AFL noodles, Ultimilk and Nana's Special Meat are? You would if you were in Kerri Sackville's family.

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Do we need to put an end to hard contact sports?

Cassy Small There is a culture of 'shaking off' hard knocks on the sporting field but the price of doing so can be higher for our kids than we realise.

Bedroom TVs bad for children's waistlines

LETITIA ROWLANDS Children with a television in their bedroom are more likely to struggle with weight problems regardless of how many hours a day they spend watching it, ...


Behaviour & Discipline more articles

How this mother's plea to her kids for a sleep-in worked

Sleeping in is almost impossible when you are a parent, but if this mum could make it happen, so can you.

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Mum has 'no regrets' after shaming daughter

Derek Rose A North Carolina mother who punished her daughter for bullying is being accused of being a cyberbully herself after she shamed her daughter by sharing ...

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Dark reality behind kids who grow up having it all

Suniya Luthar Privileged children in the US are showing disturbingly higher rates of substance use, depression, eating disorders and delinquency than the offspring of ...

Development Development for Older Kids

Raising a child dangerously

Diane Selkirk My husband and I are raising a child while travelling aboard our 40-foot sailboat Ceilydh. The world has two types of responses to our parenting choice: ...

The funniest 'my child found my vibrator' story you'll EVER read

KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS When her daughter was entertaining her youngest in the other room Kerri Sackville thought it was just another game, until she snuck in to eavesdrop and ...

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Why I don't discuss my sex life with my kids

Rashida Tayabali How much should you divulge to your children about your sex life? Some parents are happy to tell more than most would be comfortable with, but Rashida ...

Education more articles

As laptop scheme ends, what next for families and learning?

Jason Lodge The computers for schools program, which involved federal funding for the supply of laptops to high school students, is set to end in June. The program ...


When your child is an overachiever

KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS What do you do when your child is a constant overachiever? When their concern for good grades and academic success means they spend more time worrying ...

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Racism rife in Australian schools

COSIMA MARRINER Four out of five children born in non-English-speaking countries have experienced racism in school at least once a month, says a study conducted by ...


Teens more articles

Teens with higher response to stress less likely to be involved in a car accident

LIVIA GAMBLE Stress is bad for us, but the body’s reaction in coping with it may be more valuable for teen drivers then we thought.

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How to encourage teens to be independent

JODI GIBSON Here are three tips on how to support and guide your teenager as they are trying to find their place in the world.


DNA samples of male students and staff collected after bathroom rape in French school

Florence Maitre A French school has begun providing police with DNA samples of male students and staff in an unprecedented attempt to uncover the man responsible for ...

Activities & Worksheets more articles

Freaks and pigs pull visitors in at the Easter Show

Melanie Kembrey The wet weather certainly didn't deter the crowds from heading to the show on the first day of school holidays. While the self-confessed "freaks" are a ...


Easter school holiday guide

Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state. From the Easter show to ...

DIY leprechaun traps for St Pat's Day

Although St. Patrick's Day is an Irish tradition, many Australian's come together to celebrate Irish culture and rememeber St Patrick's life. A great way ...

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Elizabeth Hurley's swimwear line for girls causes Twitter backlash

RACHEL CLUN Elizabeth Hurley is in hot water again over her children’s swimwear line.


Leggings banned at this high school: but girls are fighting back

Amanda Hess An American school has banned girls from wearing the most comfy pants in the world. Why? Apparently they're too distracting for male students. As Amanda ...


Mother invents harness to help kids with special needs walk

LIVIA GAMBLE Debby Elnatan came up with the idea to create a walking harness which would allow her son, Rotem, who has cerebral palsy, to be able to stand upright and ...