Behaviour & Discipline for Older Kids
JO HARTLEY There is a small emergence of teens, as young as 13, who are now adding hook up, chat rooms, and dating sites to websites that they visit.
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.
Elly Taylor It can be shocking and devastating for a parent to find that their teenager has been bullying others.
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.
AMANDA HOH Each year 35,000 people are reported as missing in Australia - one person every 15 minutes. For every one of them, at least 12 others are affected, many of them young children and adolescents. Lily offers a rare insight into the impact a missing person has on young people.
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.
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.