Development for Older Kids

Why I don't monitor my kids' texts anymore

Michelle Icard When learning how to use a new tool, whether it be a pocket knife or a texting app, parents should be involved in teaching and monitoring safety - at first.

What my son doesn't know can hurt him

There are some lessons too dangerous to learn the hard way.

Meghan Leahy As maddening as what I am about to tell you is, it is the truth. You cannot "teach" vigilance to a child.

Why my son isn't getting a smartphone

Denied ... giving your child a smartphone shouldn't be a rushed decision.

Troy Wolverton He won't be getting a simple mobile phone anytime soon either.

Why are we afraid to talk about children's sexual development?

Girl posing for camera

Erin Courtney Kelly There's plenty of writing around teen sexuality, but stories about sexual development in childhood? Mostly tumbleweeds.

Three things to know about therapy with children

Help needed: Therapy isn't meant to be feared.

Dr. Gregory Ramey Many families are reluctant to seek psychotherapy for their kids, even though their children are experiencing serious problems.

Dinner time games to teach you more about your kids

Play with your food: Dinnertime games to make you laugh and bring you closer together.

Kerri Sackville Struggle to get a word out of your kids around the dinner table? Here is how Kerri Sackville gets her kids to open up.

Five parenting moments that are surprisingly emotional

The parenting moments that unexpectedly make you cry.

Megan Blandford Parenting is a rollercoaster of emotions (for the kids and us), and sometimes it's the moments you don't expect that hit your heart most of all.

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Fairhills High School: Christian sex education program tells schoolgirls that too much sex will break their 'chemical bond'

The students were warned that having too much sex would affect their 'chemical bond'.

Timna Jacks Year 7 girls have been warned not to have multiple sex partners or risk becoming like overused sticky tape, in a Christian sex education program at a public Victorian high school.


Online porn lures young children into problem sex, mother warns


Jill Stark It began with Beth's daughter complaining of a rash "down there".

Five ways siblings can contribute to future success, according to research

Successful siblings: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.

Livia Gamble If you are going to blame your siblings for anything - it should be for your success.

French perfume maker Katia Apalategui bottles the scent of deceased loved ones

Perfumed reminders: Scent can take us back to a treasured moment with our lost loved ones.

Clare Sibthorpe What if you could reproduce and bottle the smell of a deceased loved one to keep forever?


Teen undergoes transgender surgery, 'zero regrets'


Livia Gamble Growing up Katherine Boone did not show any signs of wanting to be a girl.

A group of fifth graders take a stand against bullies

Fifth graders take a stand against bullies.

Livia Gamble When Jack Pemble and Jake Burgess saw James Willmert being bullied they decided to do something about it.

Girls look up to female CEOs but aim to be actresses, study

Teen study: Girls look up to female CEOs but aim to be actresses.

Livia Gamble A new study released by Oregon State University highlights the conflicting message girls receive from the media about women.

Maryland 'Free-range' family cleared in one neglect case

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were found responsible for "unsubstantiated" neglect for allowing their children walk home alone from a playground a mile from their home in Silver Spring, Md. Danielle appears here with Rafi, 10, in January 2015. Illustrates KIDS-ALONE, (category a) by Donna St. George (c) 2015, The Washington Post. (MUST CREDIT: Photo by Sammy Dallal for The Washington Post)

Donna St. George A US couple investigated for neglect after they let their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases, according to the family's attorneys and documents.

Sir Richard Branson shares Aussie girl's inspiring video on embracing dyslexia

Isley Hermansen, 12, and her mum Julie being interviewed on Channel Nine.

Livia Gamble Being dyslexic doesn't mean you won't achieve great things and 12-year-old Isley Hermansen is already on her way, even Sir Richard Branson is taking notice.

Taking on the advice we give our kids

Parent as life coach: do you take your own advice?

Megan Blandford When you're a parent, one of your many jobs becomes that of Life Adviser but how much of that advice do you follow yourself?

Seven things I love about having 7 to 12-year-olds

Surprising stages: seven things I love most about having kids in this age range.

Kylie Orr As a parent, I've realised how brilliant it is to have children of an age where life is less intense; where the demands are somewhat slackened in terms of basic needs.


Norwegian sex-ed program demonstrates how to kiss, masturbate and have sex

Sex-ed: Norwegian show criticised for its frank approach to sexual education.

Livia Gamble A Norwegian sex-ed show has been criticised for its frank approach to sexual education.

How my son's encounter with a "weird man" forced me to override my maternal fears

Approached: when your worst parenting fears hit home.

Alison Bradshaw When your worst parenting fears hit home, how do you continue to allow your child independence?

Online and out there: How children view privacy differently from adults

Oversharing: Girl was disturbed by what happened, yet still uploaded the footage onto YouTube.

Joanne Orlando Children’s fondness for online sharing is a global phenomenon.

When your husband bullies your son


Meghan Leahy As someone who has worked with children and families for 17 years, I see a man (your husband) who is beginning to fulfill the definition of a bully and worse, someone who is emotionally abusing his son.

Watch: 10-year-old blind boy's impressive piano skills


Livia Gamble Ethan Loch is impressing viewers around the world with his amazing piano skills.

What should parents do if their child is bullied at school?

Bullies: Should you tell the school, approach the parents of the other child, or just let your child deal with it?

Karen Healy Having your child bullied at school is one of the greatest fears of parents – and research shows this fear is well founded.

14-year-old transgender teen is the new face of Clean & Clear’s 'See the Real Me' campaign

Transgender teen Jazz Jennings stars in a campaign for Johnson & Johnson.

Livia Gamble Jazz Jennings is telling her story as part the skincare company's See the Real Me campaign.

Siblings save baby brother from kidnapper

Surveillance video footage of the attempted abduction.

Victoria Cavaliere A baby boy who was seen on video being abducted by a man in a park was saved thanks to his two young siblings screaming and giving chase.

Preparing for when your presence will embarrass your child

No longer cool: When you're child goes from thinking you're fun to embarrassing.

Heidi Stevens It has come to my attention that I'll soon mortify my children.

Is 13-year-old having panic attacks about school?

School anxiety: Is it a school phobia or panic attacks?

John Rosemond My 13-year-old son has developed overwhelming anxiety about going to school. This began a year ago, but has gotten steadily worse since then.

Here's why we have to stop labelling our boys

Danger of labels: Don't just accept and perpetuate them.

Robyn Passante I fear for my sons. I fear for them having to grow up in a world that heralds their ability to get ahead, to be the boss, to "get" the girl. To score. I want them to view every girl they meet as a person and an equal, not a conquest.

When your kids question the honesty of political leaders

Tracey Spicer

Tracey Spicer How do you explain the lying and backstabbing of our politicians to our children who have been taught to value honesty?


Girl with Down Syndrome aims to "inspire" with cover of John Legend's All of Me

Madison Tevlin singing All of Me by John Legend.

Mary Ward According to a 1994 report from Down Syndrome Education International, very few people with Down Syndrome are able to sing but no one told 12-year-old Madison that.

Would you let your kids do this?

Is two children walking alone such an unsafe act?

Petula Dvorak Two American parents allowed their children to walk home alone from a local park, now they are being investigated for child neglect.

Swedish 'genital song' goes viral


Livia Gamble A catchy 'genital song' for children made by a Swedish sex education television show has gone viral.

Every schoolgirl needs to see this 11-year-old singing about female friendship

Sophia Grace

Claire Cohen British child star Sophia Grace has just released a single and it's unequivocal message about the power of best friends is taking the world (not to mention the playgrounds) by storm.

Milestones: what is the ‘right’ age?


Marc de Rosnay How do you know when your child is old enough to take on responsibilities that aren't defined by age alone?

Teacher's social media lesson goes viral

The image teacher Melissa Bour posted on Facebook, which quickly went viral.

Rachel Clun A teacher in the United States taught her students a lesson about social media they won't forget in a hurry.

5 things girls should know about friendship


Livia Gamble As parents you worry about your children making friends but what about preparing them for the opposite: a “friendship divorce”.

Helping kids embrace new rituals when a holiday is tinged by loss

Making the most of the holidays in tough times.

Heidi Stevens Sometimes the most wonderful time of the year arrives at the worst time of your life.

Study: Don’t tell girls they can have it all


Catherine Rodie Mothers are “damaging” their daughters by imposing their own unfulfilled ambitions onto them and setting unrealistic expectations by telling them, “they can have it all", finds UK report, but there is something they overlooked.

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How 'cool' parents raise conformist kids

Cool-parent cred ... Costing kids their character in the long run.

Andrew Reiner Shouldn't it be a parent's role to teach children not to be sheep? As someone who teaches at a large, diverse public university, I see the collateral damage that occurs when kids are schooled in cool.

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When your daughters are rivals

Help each sister find their uniqueness.

Rashida Tayabali Comparing siblings, especially sisters, as a motivation tool is a recipe for disaster.

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The truth about raising boys (and girls)

Why you can't make generalisations about raising boys and girls.

Kerri Sackville Why Kerri Sackville thinks Elizabeth McFarlane's experience of raising her three boys can’t be applied to all boys .

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How do you raise happy boys?


Elizabeth McFarlane Raising happy boys requires, "in no particular order, love, sticks, Sellotape, interesting stones, firm rules, snacks, outdoor space and judicious use of turning a blind eye," writes Elizabeth McFarlane.

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When your son becomes your daughter

Isabelle riding her bike.

Letitia Rowlands When Naomi and Andrew became parents of a baby boy they imagined their child's future to be full of Lego, soccer games and other typical male pursuits. But as their son grew up, the reality was very different.

The brother I've never known

My brother is a stranger to me.

Patricia Tan Patricia Tan is disarmingly honest about the fraught relationship she has with her disabled brother.

Watch: Syrian 'hero boy' appears to brave sniper fire to rescue terrified girl in dramatic video

Screenshot of the footage showing a young boy rescuing a girl from under a car.

Josie Ensor Amateur video, which cannot be independently verified, appears to show a young boy braving sniper fire and pretending to be hit to rescue a terrified girl from under a car.


When it's hard to let kids grow up

Letting go can be as hard for kids as it is for parents.

Nova Weetman Encouraging independence in our kids can be as hard for them as it is for us.

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When does a boy's voice change?


BETH WHITEHOUSE When is it normal for a boy's voice to change? The changing of a boy's voice is a variable process, but can be as early as age nine.

Siblings make boys selfless, study

Sibling relationships have a lasting effect on boys.

Livia Gamble A study from Brigham Young University found that strong sibling relationships make boys selfless.

A generation without chores

Don't discount the importance of chores ...

Richard Rende We want our kids to spend time doing things that promote their likelihood of success - personal, academic, and eventually professional - but we have gotten away from encouraging chores, which is a proven predictor of these outcomes.

8 girls that are changing the world

Malala Yousafzai

Gabe McGrath There are countless children around Australia and the globe who speak up on issues that matter to them - here are eight girls making a significant difference.


Changing lives of underprivileged girls starts with you

Group of One Girl scholars at Rochen Junction Primary School.

Rachel Clun This Saturday, October 11, is the International Day of the Girl Child. Here is what it is about and how you can help change the fate of girls living in poverty by wearing a dress.

Six tips for keeping social media safe for your kids

Reduce the online risks with these tips on keeping your kids safe on social media.

Kyli Singh Experts share their advice on how to keep your kids safe on social media sites.

At what age do kids first 'hook up'?

When do kids get their first kiss?

Kerri Sackville What is normal for kids when it comes to 'hooking up'? A Clinicial Psychologist specialising in adolescents answers our questions.

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Girl fights school lip balm ban

School ban on ChapStick makes student's lips bleed.

Rachel Clun Grace Karaffa has suffered from chapped lips for years, and her American primary school won't let her use lip balm.

Encouraging independence: why I am preparing my daughters to be single women


Kasey Edwards I want my daughters to be empowered to choose to be in a relationship because they want to, not because they think they need to.


What my father showed me

How you live your life speaks more to your children than your words.

Dr Arne Rubinstein When it comes to raising children, actions really do speak volumes more than words.

Should music videos have age classifications?


Paul Chai Any parent that's watched the Anaconda film clip with a young person is going to nod their head.


Are scary stories all part of growing up?

Scary stories a rite of passage?

Jennifer Morton When my eight-year-old son came home from school with a dark tale, I felt concerned. With eyes as big as saucers he told the story of a little girl who stumbled upon a dead body in the woods. Nearby, lived Slenderman.


When your child struggles with perfectionism

Striving to be perfect.

Quirky Kid How a child’s desire to do their best can spiral into an all-encompassing, all-consuming strive for flawlessness.

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