Development for Older Kids
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a child-size sex doll for sale on a Chinese e-commerce site, a group of facebook activists have campaigned to have it withdrawn from sale.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.
Sharon Lundy Navigating the torturous teenage years just got a whole lot harder for girls and their parents with a new pressure to add to the list - to be "hair free".
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.
Cosima Marriner Teenagers are having more sex than ever before and at an earlier age – and in ways their parents wouldn't dream of.
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.
Ruby Hamad Why PETA should know better than asking a 16-year-old girl to be their latest 'pin-up'.
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.
Nick Galvin She's editor-in-chief of an influential online lifestyle magazine that is viewed by millions and has a staff of 80 people, hangs out with Zooey Deshanel and Thom Yorke and has been called the "future of journalism" by Lady Gaga.
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.
AMY GRAY Helen Mirren wants girls to learn it's okay to say 'f*** off' when they are faced with blatantly sexist comments and actions and so does Amy Gray.
COSIMA MARRINER The more time teenage girls spend on social media the more likely they are to be dissatisfied with their bodies and have low self-esteem.
Sarah Wayland The death of Glee star Cory Monteith will leave many young fans heartbroken but how do you help them through their sadness?
Olympia Nelson Pouty self portraits have turned boy-girl relations into a cut-throat sexual rat race.
Amy Gray Girls are starting puberty earlier, according to scientific research, and we're still not entirely sure why.
JILL STARK Domestic abuse and neglect can have a devastating effect on children, but early intervention programs are providing a ray of hope.
Julie Tyers One in three parents admits to having a favourite child. So be honest - do you? And does it bother you? Here's how to even it out between kids.
SARAH MACDONALD Is the playground becoming a battlefield for girls earlier than it used to be? How can we make our daughters resilient against it?
QUIRKY KID For some children, the onset of the physical, hormonal and sexual changes associated with puberty happens at an earlier age than usual. Here's how to help your child through the emotional roller coaster of puberty.
Bronwyn McNulty Talking to kids about sex might be awkward, but it's necessary, writes Bronwyn McNulty. And the sooner you start, the better.
AMY GRAY How do I explain to my daughter that there are women who do not enjoy the same rights as men but the world doesn’t care?
Steve Biddulph If girls have lost four years of girlhood - which years are they, asks Steve Biddulph
Kasey Edwards Among many teenagers, the term ‘rainbow’ has taken on a rather sinister twist that leaves some boys feeling pressured to ask and most girls fearful of rejection.
LINDY ALEXANDER It's a parent's worst nightmare but in Uganda it is fast becoming the norm for girls as young as 12 to be sexually abused and then coerced into a sexual relationship with their attacker in exchange for money.
Graeme Paton in London Children are developing permissive attitudes to sex and are viewing women as objects after being raised on a "diet of pornography", a major British study has found.
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN How do you encourage independence in your children when the world we live in seems increasingly unsafe? Kimberley O'Brien tells you how you can find the balance.
MJ Angel Novels can provide sexual education through erotic story lines but the line between 'teen' and 'young adult' fiction seems to be blurring.
Angela Lee* Angela* and her twin sister lived through years of torment at the hands of their parents, here she shares her story of abuse to helps others understand the hard road victims travel down to come to a place where they finally feel safe enough to come forward for justice.
EAMONN DUFF A grandfather was reported to police after letting his six-year-old granddaughter swim naked at Balmoral Beach. After The Sun-Herald reported the story last week, we were inundated with similar tales.
QUIRKY KID How to tell if you child has crossed the line from technology enjoyment to addiction and what you can do to remedy the problem.
Andie Fox What are the four biggest problems with how we discuss the sexualising of girls?
Melissa Davey Children who hit puberty early are likely to have been anxious, sensitive or bad-tempered preschoolers, a study of nearly 3500 youngsters has found.
QUIRKY KID Eating Disorders are among some of the most serious and challenging mental illnesses that affect our children and adolescents. Here are the facts you should know.
Karen Hardy Karen Hardy writes a letter to her daughter on the ten things she thinks she needs to know before she becomes a woman.
Alana Schetzer Alana Schetzer remembers her bullied childhood all too well but she has some advice for parents struggling to help their kids overcome their own bullies.
Adele Parks Adele Parks wonders why teenage years are so little cause for celebration.
Lindsey Mead Lindsey Mead shares the values, beliefs and wisdom she most wants her daughter to know as she transitions from childhood into adolescence.
Paula Joye Walking past a group of young girls on the weekend my 11-year-old daughter asked: “Mummy, do all teenagers dress like that?”
Agencies Her face has graced catwalks and magazines and now Miranda Kerr is the face of a kids counselling service.
BIANCA HALL In her childish self-portrait, the 12-year-old girl's cheeks are streaked with tears as she stands forlornly beside a purple, boarded-up school. A lone palm tree is the only clue to her location: Papua New Guinea's Manus Island processing centre.
ELLY TAYLOR Why it doesn’t always help to tell your kids the full story of your divorce.
Staff writers Sasha Obama’s efforts to capture an intimate moment between her parents were thwarted by her older sister.
Kate Figes Does the boys' parenting guru Steve Biddulph have any answers?