Behaviour & Discipline for Older Kids

Sick of repeating yourself?

CAROLYN TATE How to get kids to cooperate the first time.

Comments

When should children be allowed to date?

When kids are dating ...

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.

Comments

Children with strict parents more likely to be obese, study finds

Are strict parents raising obese kids?

LETITIA ROWLANDS Parenting styles can influence the chance of a child becoming obese, researchers say.

Mum grounds kids but lets them work it off

How to get 'ungrounded'

RACHEL CLUN Mother comes up with creative way for her kids to get 'ungrounded' but is it s good idea?

Comments 20

Teenage boy suspended after asking Miss America an inappropriate question

Miss America Nina Davuluri has sought to intervene in the case of a high school boy suspended for asking her to the prom.

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.

Comments 1

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

Mums letter

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

Comments 4

Mum has 'no regrets' after shaming daughter

Hailey

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.

Comments 23

Dark reality behind kids who grow up having it all

Sad Vietnamese children

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.

Parents fears for today's teenagers are very different from last generation

Is keeping our teen's head above water harder than ever before?

Cosima Marriner Mothers and fathers are facing problems previous generations did not have, writes Cosima Marriner.

Facebook steps up efforts to curb bullying

ek-bullyingfb-thumb

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.

Comments

Stalking charges don't solve bullying problem

Rebecca Ann Sedwick

Emily Bazelon Criminal charges against kids who bully? Why are we blaming two teens instead of holding the adults around them - their parents - responsible?

Comments

When your child is a bully

How do you teach a bully empathy?

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.

Comments 19

Do you yell at your children?

Losing your cool comes with parenting territory but when does it cross the line?

Josefa Pete Losing your cool every now and then comes with the parenting territory but when does it cross the line into harmful behaviour?

Comments

Two girls arrested after Facebook post bragging about role in cyber-bullying suicide

Rebecca Ann Sedwick

Two girls arrested and charged with stalking after bragging about cyber bullying that had pushed a 12-year-old girl to suicide last month.

Facing childhood fears and phobias

Childhood fears and phobias

Libby Hakim What do you do when your child's fears linger longer than they should and move beyond the realm of rational?

Comments

Five child stars who shocked us

Miley Cyrus

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.

Comments

Do all middle class parents have spoilt kids?

Can we avoid raising entitled, spoilt kids in middle class suburbia?

Sarah MacDonald One mother's fear of watching her children turn into ungrateful wretches.

Comments 2

Should you tell your kids to fight bullies?

Is fighting back ever right?

S.A. Jones It's an unpalatable truth, but sometimes fighting back is the best response.

Comments 2

'I'm glad my parents were hard on me'

ek-strict-thumb

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.

Comments 35

What morals are you modelling to your son?

How we turn boys into good men ...

Steve Biddulph Are we raising boys to be good men? asks Steve Biddulph.

Dance school sex abuse crisis: No refund on fees

Grant Davies from his RG Dance

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.

When to mind your own business

dad

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.

Comments 11

Full disclosure

Andrew Daddo

ANDREW DADDO As Andrew Daddo reminisces about childhood pranks, he wonders how many he should share with his own kids.

'I live with a son who is mentally ill... he terrifies me'

teeange boy

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.

The hero teachers of the US school shooting massacre

The families of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman opened fire on school children and staff in Newtown, Connecticut.

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.

How schools fail to curb bad behaviour

Generic school bullying pics at Kingsgrove High School  Friday 17 March 2006  SHD NEWS Picture by JANIE BARRETT DIGICAM 0000

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.

Pigtail power defeats school bullies

Maisie

Melinda Henneberger A peaceful plea on Facebook had a lasting effect.

Save me from the school holiday fighting!

sibling

KYLIE ORR How do you spend seven weeks in a row trying to find activities to entertain kids, without going broke or insane.

Comments

Parenting

Shaming is not the answer

shame

ELLY TAYLOR Why shame-based punishments will do more harm than good.

Comments

Children and hate

child protester

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?

Comments

Why karate kids are less likely to grow up to be violent men

karatekid

Damon Young Can traditional fighting crafts such as Martial Arts help curb male aggression?

Great expectations

'School refusal sounds like a child just being naughty ... when in fact it is an anxiety disorder.'

Jennifer Ennion Many parents have unrealistic expectations of their children, says parenting coach Justin Coulson.

Hey parents, pull your heads in!

AFL coach Clarkson under investigation (Thumbnail)

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.

Comments 4

Is your child evil? Study reveals love is the answer

Kevin

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.

In the clique

Mean Girls

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?

Comments 2

Kids lose out when everyone's a winner

dissapointed

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!

Are you raising a bully?

bully

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.

Kimberley O’Brien

Breaking through the wall

Kimberley O'Brien

KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN Feel like you’re fighting a losing battle with your stubborn child? Child psychologist Kimberley O’Brien tells you how to get their attention.

Playing favourites

Kidman

ANTONIA KIDMAN Sometimes the favourite child is the one who is easiest to be around at that moment, writes Antonia Kidman.

Friends or frenemies

Kimberley O'Brien

KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN Is your child being treated badly by their school friends? Child psychologist Kimberley O’Brien shares her tips on how you can help.

How to take action against bullying

anti-bullying

Today is National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Don't forget to wear orange and take a stand together. For resources on how to combat bullying read these articles.

Vanessa Amorosi lends her voice for a good cause

thumb

KATIE CARLIN After being on the receiving end of bullying for most of her childhood, Vanessa knows firsthand how easy it is for kids who are being bullied to feel alone.

The relaxed mummy files: Competitive parenting

thumb

JUSTINE DAVIES This week Justine Davies tackles the issue of competitive parenting and how to stop it from shaking your confidence.

The relaxed mummy files: Daily housework grind

thumb

JUSTINE DAVIES In part two of the relaxed mummy files we have tips to help you break the daily housework grind.

The relaxed mummy files: Money worries

thumb

JUSTINE DAVIES Family fatigue is a growing problem but how do we combat stress build-up when our daily lives never slow down? Justine Davies has got it covered.

Do you value your kids' safety over their dreams?

thumb

KYLIE ORR We spend our parenting years encouraging, rewarding and embracing our children’s talents. We enthusiastically cheer them to follow their dreams, leap for the sky, and pursue a career they love. What do you do when your children have an ambition that could ultimately lead to their death?

Qantas loses boy. Rarely happens

Qantas.

Andrew Heasley Qantas has been forced to admit it lost track of an unaccompanied child passenger last month.

From play fighting to cage fighting

thumb

Heidi Davoren The latest spectator sport: adults paying to watch kids cage fight.

The six different ways parents get angry with their kids

Thumb

Renee Mill Most parents tell me that they know what anger is and how they express it to their children. They usually describe anger as screaming or hitting. They confess that sometimes they only realise they have been out of control after the fact.

Bad to the bone

Eva (Tilda Swinton) and son Kevin (Rocky Duer) in a scene from Lynne Ramsay's <i>We Need To Talk About Kevin</i>.

Michelle Griffin Are some children just born evil? Michelle Griffin reports.

Daddy's girls

Good dads make happy daughters

Daughters

Barney Bardsley A firm supporting hand with a sense of protection, guidance, judgement and a spirit of play are all qualities a good father offers his daughter.

The right to smack

eb-dad-smacking-boy-retro-90x60

Amity Dry Despite recent studies finding smacking harmful, why do community groups and parents demand the right to hit their kids?

A haven for the defiant ones

Defiant

Denise Ryan Some children display such extreme behaviour that parents despair - but there is hope.

Research

Parental fear breeds cotton-wool kids: study

Cotton

Katherine Fenech Overprotective parents damaging children's physical and mental health, study finds.

Support not force - the secret to parenting super athletes

eb-sport-swimming-90x60

Managing a child's freakish sporting ability is a fine art, writes Tim Elliott. The image of the maniacal, overbearing parent is a staple in elite sport, but the reality is different, according to Mark Dobson, author of Parenting Freak Ability, a new book that reveals the secrets of parents who raised some of Australia's leading athletes.

Follow Us

Latest on EK

School holiday guide

Here is what's on around Australia in your state. From ice skating to music theatre classes there is something to suit every child and every budget.

Wise words from kids movies

The movies we watched as kids had a lot more to offer than just entertainment. Here's ten wise quotes from kids movies.

Best buys of the 2014 toy sales

We have rounded up some of the best from this year's half yearly toy sales from the big stores around Australia.

31 iconic family films from the 1980s

If you grew up in the 1980s there will be a number of films that are close to your heart. Here are 31 of the most iconic for you to watch with your own kids.

10 live-action remakes of famous animations

After the success of "Maleficent" at the box office Disney is opening their vault to re-work the classics into live-action movies, and a number of other film studios are following suit. Here are ten live-action remakes to look forward to.

Find After School Care

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies