Development for Older Kids
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?
JACQUELINE MALEY I took the call about 5am. I was expecting it: I had gone to bed the night before cradling my mobile. Into the dark dawn of my north London bedroom came my brother's voice from Canberra. It had a strange, soft tone in it that I had never heard before.
Sandy Smith US actress Jada Pinkett Smith is making headlines and not because of her celebrity antics or the state of her marriage to Will Smith. Instead the mother of three is in the spotlight over her liberal approach to parenting.
Staff writers It’s no secret that supermodel Cindy Crawford has passed her stunning looks onto her 11-year-old daughter Kaia, but will her young daughter follow in her footsteps?
SARAH MACDONALD The influence of other adults - teachers, coaches, mentors - on your children may be more important than we realise.
Krissah Thompson Can you possibly have a normal childhood growing up in the White House? Family dinners and strict homework rules are a good start writes Krissah Thompson.
ANDREW DADDO Have you ever been met with 'that' look when expressing pride in your kids' achievements? Andrew Daddo has on more than one occasion but why shouldn't we share our family pride?
MATT WADE Does being well liked at school make a difference later on in life? Apparently so, according to a new paper.
Julie Henry Despondent children are easily overcome by chat room misery.
COSIMA MARRINER When blended families break up, what happens to the relationship between the step-parent and stepchild? There are no rules for this very modern situation, writes Cosima Marriner.
LAKSHMI SINGH The recent Queensland custody case has raised the question of when children are old enough to make life-changing decisions.
MONICA TAN Is this the everyday scribblings of a young girl with a crush? Think again.
FARRAH TOMAZIN Hundreds of children are seeking crisis counselling every month after having sexually explicit images of them or their friends sent out via the internet or mobile phone.
PAUL CHAI Life for children who feel they are trapped in the wrong body can be a nightmare of shame and isolation. But some are refusing to hide any longer.
BRIDIE JABOUR When a Brisbane family opened their home to an Iraqi asylum seeker, they found a role model for their 13-year-old son.
QUIRKY KID Talking about sex with your child is embarrassing - but keeping an open and honest attitude is important.
When Nadia Isle returns to school she won't just be toting a new bag or uniform. The American high school pupil will return to classes with a new-look nose, chin and ears after plastic surgery, at 14.
Rachel Wells with staff writers Families are being forced to relinquish their disabled children to the state, due to a lack of resources and respite, finds new report,
ANDREW DADDO Andrew Daddo tackles the baffling question of how fathers should approach the day their daughter gets their first bra.
Jonathan Swan The year 4 students at Haberfield Public School agree that most adults have no idea how to speak to children.
Staff writers Time passes quickly but when you have edited your daughter’s life down to less than three minutes it quite literally flies by.
Emma Macdonald Children who spend time in front of the television or computer may benefit cognitively more than if they were hanging out with friends, alone at home or in after-school care.
JUSTINE DAVIES Competitive atmospheres, plenty of bitchiness and floods of tears – is reality television a diet that we should be feeding our kids?
ANTONIA KIDMAN In her first Essential Kids’ column Antonia Kidman grapples with the question of when you should encourage independence in your children and when to hold back.
Kim Berry When Kim Berry's special needs son befriended the seemingly wild older boys next door she discovered that sometimes relaxing the reigns will see your child finding their own tribe with very little input from you.
Emma Rush and Caroline Norma 'Corporate paedophilia' is a worrying global trend on the rise.
Alert or alarmed?
Dr James Best Obsessive parenting is teaching children fear and anxiety, writes Dr James Best.
Ruth Quibell Walking children to school gives them a chance to chat, daydream and let their thoughts tumble out.
Kylie Orr No surprises that Cindy Crawford’s daughter has secured a modelling gig with fashion house Versace at the ripe old age of ten.
Kylie Orr We all know life can be unfair sometimes but how do you teach that to your kids without robbing them of their hopes and dreams?
Emma Kennedy Far from spoilt and selfish, only children are the future, argues Emma Kennedy.
Staff writers A thirteen-year-old Australian girl has a neat trick that is sure to make her a hit in the playground and seemingly online.
ADELE HORIN As adoption numbers dwindle, the focus has turned to foster care, writes Adele Horin.
Brooke Tasovac Is your child stuck in a cycle of sleeplessness, resisting bedtime or struggling to fall asleep at all? You are not alone. Here are some tips that will help you establish a routine that works.
Carolyn Boyd If there's truth to the talk that the new trend is for three-bedroom, two-bathroom houses, there's going to be one thing happening for families – lots more kids sharing bedrooms.
Rachel Browne WITH four children of her own, Princess Mary probably knows a thing or two about keeping them safe.
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN School friends wield a lot of influence over your kids as they reach the tween years but how do you help them when you know they have fallen into the wrong crowd and have wilfully shut you out of their lives?
Kate Winslet "shakes her butt" at her young daughter to promote a healthy body image.
Damien Leith Halloween is a great excuse to get dressed up and spook yourself silly! On the other hand, make sure the family is kept safe with some tips and tricks to make sure the little goblins have a great and safe time on Halloween night!
RICHARD GLOVER What do Bill Henson, Photoshopped models in magazines and a mother before the courts in Ipswich have in common?
Staff writers There are some stars that just continue to shine long after their first explosion onto our screens. You might be surprised by just how many celebrities got their first big break as bright-eyed, eager child stars.
ANDREW DADDO Apparently competing is a bad thing and kids should not be made to battle each other in any kind of school-based combat because, when it's over, there's a winner.
Mia Freedman Imagine if every dumb, embarrassing and potentially illegal thing you've ever done was captured permanently for the public record.
ANDREW DADDO The September school holidays mean only one thing: yay and road trip!