Behaviour & Discipline for Older Kids
Natalie Swayn, Chris Boyle and Jo Anderson What to do when your child is a bully seems to be harder to contemplate than what to do if your child is being bullied.
Savannah Hardin was in trouble for lying about some candy she took from a classmate. As punishment, her grandmother told the nine-year-old to run.
Kerri Sackville Now, my parenting is very flawed, but I did do one thing right. All my kids get along exceptionally well. So what's my secret?
Catherine Rodie When kids embarrass their parents they don't do it in half measures.
Rachel Halliwell Let the facade of boring matriarch slip and you've given them ammunition that they'll use on you at a later date.
Livia Gamble Only weeks before her exams, an English school girl was told she couldn't return to class until she dyed her hair a more natural colour.
Danielle Colley The effects of bullying can have a devastating impact on young victims but building resilience in children can help.
Meghan Leahy How to create a balance of choice and boundaries while giving your child room to grow in their independence.
John Pickering Do you often feel judged as a parent? Here is why you are doing a better job than you - or others - might think.
Andrew Daddo Have you ever been stuck in a similar scenario to the one that unfolded for Andrew Daddo on a recent flight? You can probably sympathise with his predicament.
Heidi Stevens I probably should have done this years ago, but I didn't really grasp the weight of my infractions until my kids started re-enacting them.
Rachel Clun Two American parents were so fed up with their children's bad behaviour, that they decided to cancel Christmas.
Robyn Grace Jamie Oliver has a hot tip for parents of naughty children but his method has come under scrutiny since he revealed it on-air.
Michelle Icard When kids are mean to your own it is a normal reaction to attempt to fix it but there is a better response that will help your child in the long term.
Aisha Sultan Some will argue that it's the very first year of life. But a fair number of parents of daughters have warned me that a special kind of torment happens around the ages of 12 to 14.
Victoria Birch The issue of child-to-parent abuse is rarely acknowledged. It is given little attention in discussions around domestic violence, even though it represents a serious risk for many families.
Catherine Rodie People around Australia breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday morning when Bondi run-away Michelle Levy was found safe and sound. But while this case has ended happily it has highlighted an issue that many parents find themselves facing: how do you respond when your child threatens to run away from home?
Gemma Najem A high school student in Sydney's west has had the razor taken to his exam results over a new haircut.
Phillip Slee Tactics that experts say help deter bullies are often not the tactics employed by young people. Here is how to stop the bullies.
Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids Do you swear at your children? Or do you judge others that lose their cool and let a few expletives slip? A South Carolina mother was arrested recently for doing just that.
Megan Blandford Are you a firstborn? How many of these did your parents say to you growing up and do you find yourself repeating them now to your own firstborn child?
Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids And to everyone else who thinks I don’t have a right to complain about how hard motherhood is because it was ‘my choice’.
Andrew Daddo The regret of keeping silent when you know someone is in the wrong stays with you long after the event, as Andrew Daddo discovered.
Carolyn Tate When her 10-year-old daughter's crush confessed he liked her back, Carolyn Tate had to deal with the idea of her child "dating" a whole lot earlier than she planned.
Letitia Rowlands Parenting styles can influence the chance of a child becoming obese, researchers say.
Rachel Clun Mother comes up with creative way for her kids to get 'ungrounded' but is it s good idea?
Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school senior who asked her an inappropriate question during an assembly.
Sleeping in is almost impossible when you are a parent, but if this mum could make it happen, so can you.
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 her photo online.
Suniya Luthar Privileged children in the US are showing disturbingly higher rates of substance use, depression, eating disorders and delinquency than the offspring of the poor. It gives a whole new meaning to the concept of having it all, writes Suniya Luthar.
Cosima Marriner Mothers and fathers are facing problems previous generations did not have, writes Cosima Marriner.
Cecilia Kang Facebook said it will beef up efforts to curb bullying on its site starting as police, parents and educators sound greater alarm over the unmonitored and sometimes dangerous interactions among teens on social media networks.
Emily Bazelon Criminal charges against kids who bully? Why are we blaming two teens instead of holding the adults around them - their parents - responsible?
Jessica Peters What would you do if you found out your child was a bully? This father claims that publicly humiliating his son was the only thing that worked.
Josefa Pete Losing your cool every now and then comes with the parenting territory but when does it cross the line into harmful behaviour?
Two girls arrested and charged with stalking after bragging about cyber bullying that had pushed a 12-year-old girl to suicide last month.
Libby Hakim What do you do when your child's fears linger longer than they should and move beyond the realm of rational?
Caris Bizzaca Miley Cyrus may be making headlines for her recent raunchy antics at the MTV Video Music Awards, but it's not the first time a former child star has shocked us.
Sarah MacDonald One mother's fear of watching her children turn into ungrateful wretches.
S.A. Jones It's an unpalatable truth, but sometimes fighting back is the best response.
Thuy Yau I can tell you, from my own experience, being raised by 'tough' parents is something I'm very grateful for. And I hope to be the same way with my own kids.
Steve Biddulph Are we raising boys to be good men? asks Steve Biddulph.
Staff writers with Nick Ralston High profile Sydney dance teacher Grant Davies has been charged with six further child abuse offences, as parents seeking refunds are being told their class fees for the term will not be returned under any circumstance.
Mel Hearse Sometimes the line between essential intervention and plain rudeness gets a little blurry. Here Mel Hearse shares her own experience with the latter.
Andrew Daddo As Andrew Daddo reminisces about childhood pranks, he wonders how many he should share with his own kids.
In the wake of last week's horrific massacre in Connecticut, USA, questions are being asked not just about gun control, but about access to mental health services for troubled youth.
Staff writers As the world struggles to comprehend the reasons behind second deadliest school shooting massacre in US history, stories of heroism by class teachers are emerging.
Anna Patty School suspensions have risen by more than a third over the past six years but do little to improve the behaviour of children, research has found.
Melinda Henneberger A peaceful plea on Facebook had a lasting effect.
Kylie Orr How do you spend seven weeks in a row trying to find activities to entertain kids, without going broke or insane.
Elly Taylor Why shame-based punishments will do more harm than good.
Glenda Kwek with staff writers What is the impact on a child of carrying such a message, and of being in a protest environment that then turned violent?
Damon Young Can traditional fighting crafts such as Martial Arts help curb male aggression?
Jennifer Ennion Many parents have unrealistic expectations of their children, says parenting coach Justin Coulson.
Victoria Birch Most parents would baulk at showing their eight-year-old a movie that contains gratuitous swearing, verbal abuse, intimidation and occasional physical violence. Yet many are confronted by R-rated language and behaviour every time they play sport.
Adele Horin The teenage mass murderer in Lionel Shriver's best-selling novel We Need To Talk About Kevin has shaped how many think of the evil child: they are born that way and parents are powerless to change what is written in the genes.
Anna Spargo-Ryan With clique behaviour rife in groups of girls as young as three, will we be able to cut the next generation of Mean Girls off at the pass?
Stacey Brodbeck Last week in the news there was discussion of a new study that claims we are turning our children into bullies by giving too much undeserved praise. It seems in our society everyone is a winner!
Katie Carlin Building up your child’s self esteem could be doing more damage than good according to a recent study that has found a strong link between overconfidence and children who instigate bullying.