Development for Older Kids
Quirky Kid How a child’s desire to do their best can spiral into an all-encompassing, all-consuming strive for flawlessness.
Kerri Sackville How does one explain suicide to a child? It is a concept that many adults do not understand and no parent wants their child to associate ‘being in pain’ with ‘choosing to die’.
Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids Being a mother to two daughters isn't what I expected it to be when I longed for a chance to raise girls, writes Kerri Sackville.
Rachel Clun Scientists have discovered a new link between childhood obesity and early puberty.
Sonja Ebbels ‘Is the front door locked?’ my eight-year-old son asked as I tucked him into bed. Several hours later his little sister was crawling into my side of the bed, tears staining her cheeks, as she complained of the monsters in her room.
Anea Bogue A staggering 74 percent of girls between third and twelfth grade say they are under pressure to please everyone.
Rachel Clun Getting a new pet can be very exciting, and for some children the excitement is just too much to handle.
Catherine Rodie Women around the globe have been proudly flaunting photos of their unshaven legs on social media this week and Catherine Rodie shares why she is one of them.
Lauren Greenfield They are three words that are used to suggest someone is useless, weak, and even laughable but 'like a girl' is being reclaimed and redefined thanks to Lauren Greenfield's short video.
Danielle Colley One mother shares how divorce has changed the look of her family but it hasn't stopped them from continuing to be one.
Rachel Clun If you’ve ever used the phrase ‘like a girl’ as an insult, you might want to rethink what it actually means.
Livia Gamble A new ad, created by Verizon and Makers, shows how social cues could be responsible for girls' lack of interest in science and math later in life.
Amy Gray Being eccentric is nothing to be ashamed of, Amy Gray tells her daughter. But it's best to be prepared.
Neha Prakash When they say fake it 'til you make it, they rarely mean your period. But that is exactly what happens in this new hilarious HelloFlo advertisement.
Amina Khan Studies have shown children are remarkable at being to tell when someone is lying but can they pick up on more subtle aspects of misinformation - such as when someone's telling only part of the truth, committing a "sin of omission"?
Alison Bradshaw Some question whether a funeral is a place for children but this mother was determined to make sure the laughter of children filled the air at her own funeral - which sadly came all too soon.
Danielle Colley She is growing it for the first time and you are always waxing your own off. Is getting a Brazilian sending the wrong message to your pubescent daughter?
Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids Why this image of Will Smith's 13-year-old daughter Willow posing on a bed with a shirtless 20-year-old man is bad for young girls.
Livia Gamble Data published as part of think tank New Philanthropy Capital’s (NPC) paper measures the wellbeing of school children aged 11 to 16 in the UK, showing a decline in happiness as they get older.
Jennifer Morton Ladies, do you remember your first period? Was it a blessed event or a secretive one?
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: "Lucky kid!" and "That's crazy!"
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 was left mortified.
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 Tayabali thinks it shouldn't be discussed at all.
Fiona Scott-Norman "It could be very hard, and sometimes I had to lie to everyone to give off the air that I didn’t care."
Catherine Rodie “Our relationship is different. Sometimes we have sex with other people, not just with each other.”
Andrew Daddo We promise never to forget what it's like to be young but despite our best efforts we do, that is until someone comes along and reminds us, writes Andrew Daddo.
Hannah Rosin The birds and bees talk is not fun for anybody.
Meg Seitz Curious, adventurous and fearless, kids with entrepreneurial tendencies filter the world differently. And I can't think of a more hopeful future than one built by people who started thinking like entrepreneurs before hitting a double digit age.
Nyree Mcfarlane Keeping it real for her 767,000 followers, the award-winning singer from New Zealand is letting other teens know that a pimply complexion happens to even the famous among us.
Anna Patty Student accused of having intercourse with girl he met at a mosque.
Alana Schetzer The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is a special one but what do you do if your child doesn't have any in their life?
Katie Carlin When 12-year-old Taylor Smith wrote a letter to her future self to be opened in ten years time she couldn’t have imagined that she wouldn’t be around to open it.
Nova Weetman My mum died eighteen months ago. She was the centre of my children’s universe. They adored her. And she them. Perhaps that was the reason she was never able to be honest with them when she was dying.
Maggie Dent Something is going wrong in the world of our boys and the senseless violence present on Australian streets at night is only one of the symptoms emerging from their stolen boyhood, writes Maggie Dent.
Rashida Tayabali Expectations and extra pressure placed on the firstborn child to succeed can lead to a fear of failure, anxiety, and depression later on.
Carolyn Tate Do you know what your kids are doing online? Keeping the family computer in the living room is no longer enough, here are the social media apps that you need to know.
Keli Goff How Sasha and Malia Obama are setting a positive example for girls who have long been weighed down by the height of their stature.
Katie Carlin Abigail Breslin has joined the ranks of child stars shunning their former innocent images and proclaiming their womanhood by posing topless for controversial photographer Tyler Shields.
Amber Robinson Disgusted by a child-size sex doll for sale on a Chinese e-commerce site, a group of facebook activists have campaigned to have it withdrawn from sale.
Rashida Tayabali For the current generation of children, already obsessed with the idea of the perfect face and body, will a selfie surgery app make it harder for parents and other professionals to fight negative body image perceptions when dissatisfaction arises between how kids look online and the real world? Or is “selfie surgery” just harmless fun?
Cosima Marriner Almost thirty per cent of kids say pornography is what bothers them most on the internet, with young children the most likely to be troubled by sexual images online.
Paul Easton A study has revealed internet pornography is influencing what teenagers really want to know about sex.
Quirky Kid Some girls are feisty from the get go, from fussy babies to tantruming toddlers. The pre teen or “tween” years though, can be the time which parents find most confounding.
Sarah MacDonald Teens asking strangers to rate their appearance is "an act of self-mutilation as toxic as cutting or an eating disorder".
Anna Funder It's only now, as a parent, that I understand the story my mum used to tell about me.
Melody McCabe If you were a tween in the eighties chances are your role models looked a whole lot different to the ones our kids are looking up to today. Here is how to be the example your kids need.
Nick Ralston Controversial R&B singer Chris Brown has revealed he lost his virginity aged eight and says his assault on his ex-girlfriend Rihanna was "probably the biggest wake-up call" of his life.
Quirky Kid Creating and sharing sexually explicit pictures or messages through mobile phones, the internet and other electronic devices, has become a concerning pastime of children.
Staff writers Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard discussed the challenges and final days of her prime ministership live on stage this week and she had some valuable advice for the young people in the audience.
Kimberley O'Brien The loss of a pet can be a heartbreaking experience for children and often their first introduction to death, Kimberley O'Brien shares her advice on how parents can help kids through the grieving process.
Melanie Hearse How one father came back from the dead determined to survive, redefine what was important in his life and be a better parent to his two daughters.
Acne is the most common skin problem in Australia. It often strikes when body image matters most, but there are effective treatments and ways to manage acne yourself.
Jared Lynch 'I still love you dad but you cannot keep thinking we will respect you if you do crime.'
Nicholas D Kristof As in the fairy tale, in Syria it was the children who pointed out that the emperor had no clothes.
Carolyn Tate Type ‘raising girls’ into an internet search and you will be bombarded with information about how perilous the practice is but should we believe the hype?
Julia Teen Experts say that acne is now presenting on children as young as eight but there are ways to beat it, writes Julia Teen.
Paula Joye Jessica Gomes is too fat, Jennifer Hawkins is too skinny - what hope is there for young girls who regard themselves with the same insane measure?
Nick Ralston A woman has been charged with producing and distributing child abuse material involving her two daughters who were taught by a Sydney dance teacher accused of sexually assaulting his students.
Lindy Alexander “I’m better off dead. I’d rather die.” An 11-year-old girl speaks out about child marriage.