Health & Nutrition more articles

Parents react to council ban on junk food in playground

Megan Blandford A Melbourne council has banned junk food from being consumed in its playground but have the reactions to the news revealed a much bigger story?

Pressure to perform too much for young dancers?

The chaos that unfolded at this end of year dance concert made Kerri Sackville question whether we put too much pressure on very young dancers to perform.


What is a healthy balanced diet for kids?

Dr Joanna McMillan The hunger for correct information about balanced, healthy diets has never been larger but why are we still confused?


Behaviour & Discipline more articles

Why we shouldn't rely on police to discipline our children

Kerri Sackville On a day when her kids had pushed her to the end of her tether, one mum decided to take them to the police station for a stern chat. But Kerri Sackville ...

Putting myself in time-out

Ariane Beeston A self-imposed time-out can be the perfect way to generate the last remnants of energy you need to power through the rest of the day with your ...


A parenting challenge for the new year

Megan Blandford Wouldn't it be great if we could go out of our way to encourage success in others' parenting?

Development more articles

Single mothers warned if dating convicted sex offender under new laws

Jo Hartley New laws being introduced by Victorian police will mean that child sex offenders are going to be scrutinised like never before.

Dad, Am I Pretty?

John Kinnear What would you say if your daughter asked you if she was pretty and what pretty actually means? This is one dad's brilliant answer.

Katrina Dawson's daughter leaves heartbreaking note at Martin Place

Melanie Kembrey Thousands of public tributes have been placed in Martin Place for the victims of the Sydney siege, but none of them are as personal or heartbreaking as ...

Education more articles

5 lessons I’m learning from my preschooler

Ariane Beeston Have you found that your child is teaching you as about life as you are teaching them?


How teachers shape kids' creative development

Gai Lindsay Early childhood experiences can affect developing confidence and learning potential throughout a child's education and into adulthood.

6 lessons learnt from my language delayed children

Thuy Yau All parents go through different challenges with their children. Here are the six lessons I've learnt about parenting - from my experiences of having ...

Activities & Worksheets more activities

10 ways to prove to kids that Santa *really* exists

If your family celebrates Christmas – and the arrival of Santa Claus – there are many ways to add your own touch of magic to Christmas eve.

How to make a snow globe out of a mason jar

Andrea Romano Shake up your holiday gift-giving with a fun, personalized present that anyone would love.


Three mums launch Melbourne's first children's festival

Josefa Pete How three festival-loving mums, with six kids under the age of five between them, made Playfest – Melbourne’s first children’s festival ...


Toys & Products more articles

Crayola's Facebook page was hacked over the weekend

Livia Gamble Crayola has issued an apology after their Facebook page was hacked over the weekend.

Can toys really be ‘educational’?

Nicola Yelland Being a child in the 21st century is very different, and some would say more complex, than in previous times. What remains constant is that children love ...

Little Addie's dying wish

Shaza Barbar As children wait for their presents this Christmas, one little girl is asking for a lifetime of Christmas cards for herself and her two sisters.