Preschooler Behaviour & Discipline

Do we believe it is okay to smack a child?

Shaza Barbar This year marks 25 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was established by the United Nations. As the most most widely ratified UN convention with 190 signatories, it is generally understood that children, especially as a vulnerable group, need protection.

Are we expecting too little from our boys?

Kasey Edwards How many times have you seen girls' anti-social behavior dismissed as 'girls being girls'?

What are your parenting values?

Do you know the values that guide your parenting?

Megan Blandford “Choose your battles,” is the parenting catch-cry. But how do you know which are the right ones to choose?

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10 café customers that are more annoying than parents with children

Kids aren't the only customers you have to worry about when buying a coffee.

Belinda Williams While we are making generalisations about the audacity of parents who take their kids to cafés, one mum shares ten other kinds of café customers to watch out for.

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Why 'no kids policies' are so absurd

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Kasey Edwards If children are unwelcome in public space, then women are unwelcome also.

Newcastle cafe's Facebook post sparks debate over children in coffee shops

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Mel McMillan The operators of The Little French Cafe have received both applause and criticism after posting a 'housekeeping' announcement on the cafe's Facebook page.

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Does your preschooler refuse to dress themselves?

Does your child spend more time playing with their clothes than putting them on?

Catherine Rodie This mum of two preschoolers was delighted to hear that Adam Mansbach, the writer behind 'Go the f**k to sleep' released a new book about eating but the one she really needs is: Just put your f**ing clothes on!

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Top four challenges of raising boys

Raising boys ... Cuddles quickly turn into energetic wrestling matches that often go too far.

Kym Campradt Here are some of the unique challenges facing mothers of boys with tactics on how to deal with them and why sometimes you just need to embrace the mystery.

How to prepare the kids for daylight savings

How you can make daylight savings easier for you and the kids.

Gabe McGrath Daylight saving starts this Sunday morning in most Australian states and territories. Many adults consider it a minor speedbump; but changing timetables for children can be a lot more tricky.

Beating a child bloody is not 'cultural'

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Marisol Bello Disciplining a child should never involve violence but many, including NFL player Adrian Peterson, still use the excuse of ‘culture’ to justify it. Here Marisol Bello reveals how deep the scars of such discipline go.

Why do children fight?

Tempers reaching boiling point.

Meghan Leahy My children won't stop fighting with each other, and it feels like the house is going to blow up. Can you relate to this one?

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When your child won't listen

Is your child tuning you out?

Meghan Leahy Parenting coach, Meghan Leahy shares the real reasons behind why your child isn't listening and what you should be doing about it.

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Are we teaching empathy by example?

How to model empathy to kids.

Thuy Yau Are you good at being able to understand the feelings of others and share in their struggles? Here is why it is important to model empathy for your children to learn from.

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Getting kids involved in housework

Getting kids to contribute to helping around the home.

Catherine Rodie Spain proposes new law that requires children to share responsibility for “performing household tasks in accordance with their age and regardless of their gender.” But how do we get out own reluctant helpers to do their chores?

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My child won't stop lying

Caught in a lie ... What to do when your child won't stop lying.

Melinda Wenner Moyer Have you recently noticed that your child has begun lying to you? Here are the reasons why they do and how you can encourage honesty.

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When your child won't stop lying

When they can't kick their lying habit ...

Rashida Tayabali Has your child developed a lying habit? Here is why they lie and how to encourage honesty instead.

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Don't over-praise children

Praise children for who they are not what they do.

Nicole Pryor Showering children with praise is not helpful for their self-esteem, says a child psychologist.

Diagnosing ADHD not an exact science

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Amanda Mascarelli Why is it still so hard to diagnose ADHD? And why is there so much emotional baggage associated with treating it?

TV limits that keep everyone happy

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Louise Wedgwood Worried about the amount of time your children spend in front of the television? Here is how to reduce the time without the tantrums.

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The four-year-old boy who berated a terrorist in Kenya's Westgate Mall

Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi on September 21.

Zoe Flood It is one of the most dramatic moments of the dreadful assault on Kenya's Westgate mall - the moment a four-year-old boy told the gunman he was a "bad man" and should let everyone walk free.

Do TV shows make kids naughty?

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Elissa Griesser I thought everyone liked Peppa Pig. It turns out many parents don't think so - they blame her for making their kids naughty.

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Embarrassing things kids do

The things kids come out with ...

Tom Fitzsimons When your child starts mimicking the 'private' things you say and do in public how do you handle the embarrassment? One dad shares his shame.

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Stop asking my daughter to give you a kiss

Demanding affection from kids ...

Kasey Edwards One mother wants to put an end on the ritual of demanding affection from children on cue.

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Tools to tame behaviour

Is your child constantly pushing your buttons by behaving badly?

Quirky Kid Is your child constantly pushing your buttons by behaving badly? The experts offer their advice on how to banish the challenging behaviour.

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When your kids won't stop interrupting

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Kimberley O'Brien Do you struggle to hold an adult conversation because your kids won't stop demanding your attention? Kimberley O'Brien tells you how you can manage the little interrupters in your life.

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Then the police knocked on my door ...

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Mel Hearse Have your children ever fought so loud the police were called? After this embarrassing parenting moment, Mel Hearse went in search of some soothing solutions for her two temper-prone boys.

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Sydney mall takes action over temper tantrums

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Megan Levy A Dee Why shopping centre says it has not "banned" noisy children from the facility but is taking measures to prevent parents from letting their children run amok in the food court and "scream at the highest decibels".

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Strengthening her character bone

Steve Biddulph is an Australian author, activist and psychologist.

Steve Biddulph Raising girls to become strong women takes discipline, routine and age-appropriate responsibilities, writes Steve Biddulph.

How my ban on toy guns failed

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Andie Fox In spite of her attempts to ban weapons from the house, Andie Fox's son discovered a passion for toy guns that left her wondering where she went wrong.

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Creating a cafe haven for kids

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Kristy Komadina One of the occupational hazards of being a mother is navigating the perilous world of cafes but there are many things we can all learn from the experience, even our children.

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Letting your kids have it out

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Nicola Menke Kids often fight for no good reason - at least that's the way it appears to grown-ups but here are a few reasons why you shouldn't be so quick to intervene.

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Poehler's hilarious take on raising boys

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Staff writers Amy Poehler’s two boys might sound out-of-control but the actress is adament she has the whole discipline thing covered.

The one anti-tantrum weapon every parent needs

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Paul Chai The skill of non-verbal parenting is a good one to learn.

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Smacking linked to mental disorders

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Sarah Berry New study supports moves to criminalise smacking.

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Parenting without punishments or rewards

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Lindy Alexander Struggling to find the balance between disciplining and spoling your child? Lindy Alexander has found an approach that does away with the system of punishments and rewards.

Encouraging new experiences

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Melanie Hearse Can you turn a naturally reluctant child into a spontaneous daredevil?

The age of intolerance

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Victoria Birch Do you face the annoyed glares of childless people when you enter public spaces with your kids in tow? Victoria Birch asks whether it is such an unreasonable request to be able to enjoy outings with your kids.

Children banned from restaurant

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A controversial US ban has Fenella Souter pondering the merits of a child-free cuppa.

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The biggest parenting mistake you can ever make

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Paul Chai Losing your toddler is less than ideal, but as PAUL CHAI discovers, there are worst parenting mistakes you can make ...

China's Precious Snowflakes: the spoilt children who never lift a finger

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Malcolm Moore in Shanghai China's Little Emperors, a generation of chubby, spoiled children, have given way to a new era of Precious Snowflakes, youngsters so coddled they cannot tie their own shoelaces.

Six essential manners for kids

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Justine Davies We all believe that our own kids are fantastic, but we also all know (secretly, deep down) that there’s probably room for improvement. So if you want your child to avoid the label of “the bratty one”, then here are six essential manners that your kids need to learn.

Forget the rod, it's irresponsible adults who spoil children

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Stephanie Dowrick Thousands of Australians have now read Christos Tsiolkas's novel, The Slap. Some readers are likely to feel provoked rather than entertained by the questions the story raises, including what might be called ''the Hugo factor'' - how we should think about and act towards an unlikeable child.

Research

Brat gene found

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It's not you, it's their genes. Scientists uncover the brat gene.

Sound reasons to complain

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Adele Horin It is the birthright of every Australian child to grow up in a house with a backyard, or so most of us believe. Like horses or dogs, children, it is assumed, need spacious grounds to exercise in.

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Justine Davies “There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.”

Dealing with angry children

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Kimberley O'Brien The average four year old requires 4-5 hours of physical activity per day and tactile experiences are highly recommended.

Tears at drop-off

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Quirky Kid For young children it is quite normal that times of separation, like the preschool or childcare drop-off, can be loaded with separation anxiety and distress. Here's what you can do.

How noisy are your kids?

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Justine Davies Fish and chips, moon and stars, fun and laughter, kids and noise. They are all things that just – somehow – go together. Most of the time …

Tiaras before bedtime

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Rachel Browne Plans for a US-style child beauty contest in Australia have provoked public outcry, ever since a US group announced plans to hold its first Australian competition in Melbourne.

Lesbian parents

Two mums better than one?

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Alyssa McDonald, Sunday Life A recent study finds lesbian couples are the best parents.

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