Behaviour & Discipline for Older Kids
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.
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.
ANTONIA KIDMAN Sometimes the favourite child is the one who is easiest to be around at that moment, writes Antonia Kidman.
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.
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.
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.
JUSTINE DAVIES This week Justine Davies tackles the issue of competitive parenting and how to stop it from shaking your confidence.
JUSTINE DAVIES In part two of the relaxed mummy files we have tips to help you break the daily housework grind.
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.
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?
Andrew Heasley Qantas has been forced to admit it lost track of an unaccompanied child passenger last month.
Heidi Davoren The latest spectator sport: adults paying to watch kids cage fight.
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.
Michelle Griffin Are some children just born evil? Michelle Griffin reports.
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.
Amity Dry Despite recent studies finding smacking harmful, why do community groups and parents demand the right to hit their kids?
Denise Ryan Some children display such extreme behaviour that parents despair - but there is hope.
Katherine Fenech Overprotective parents damaging children's physical and mental health, study finds.
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.
Kylie Orr Calling my children ungrateful would be extreme. However, it would be fair to say they have not yet mastered the art of gratitude.
Miranda Devine When 4,000 febrile, hyperventilating girls camped out at The Rocks overnight waiting for a performance by the 16-year-old Canadian tween idol Justin Bieber on Monday, the outcome was always going to be dramatic. But were lax parents to blame?
Kylie Orr My children don’t know what playing in the street is. They are not permitted past our driveway. Although not a main road, our street is used as a thoroughfare and despite speed humps, we still attract bogan hoons on the odd occasion. Not odd enough to let me relax my parental leash.