Preschooler Behaviour & Discipline
Meghan Leahy How do you discipline your child if timeouts don't work? Is there a better way? Meghan Leahy unpacks why they fail and why this approach works better.
Jo Hartley In our house, it's very obvious whom my son favours. There's no denying it, and to get him to say kind words to me or show me affection in any way is rather like pulling teeth.
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 questions whether it will actually help or hinder her in the future?
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 preschooler.
Megan Blandford Wouldn't it be great if we could go out of our way to encourage success in others' parenting?
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.
Kasey Edwards How many times have you seen girls' anti-social behavior dismissed as 'girls being girls'?
Megan Blandford “Choose your battles,” is the parenting catch-cry. But how do you know which are the right ones to choose?
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.
Kasey Edwards If children are unwelcome in public space, then women are unwelcome also.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Rashida Tayabali Has your child developed a lying habit? Here is why they lie and how to encourage honesty instead.
Nicole Pryor Showering children with praise is not helpful for their self-esteem, says a child psychologist.
Amanda Mascarelli Why is it still so hard to diagnose ADHD? And why is there so much emotional baggage associated with treating it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kasey Edwards One mother wants to put an end on the ritual of demanding affection from children on cue.
Quirky Kid Is your child constantly pushing your buttons by behaving badly? The experts offer their advice on how to banish the challenging behaviour.
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.
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.
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".
Steve Biddulph Raising girls to become strong women takes discipline, routine and age-appropriate responsibilities, writes Steve Biddulph.
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.
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.
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.
Staff writers Amy Poehler’s two boys might sound out-of-control but the actress is adament she has the whole discipline thing covered.
Paul Chai The skill of non-verbal parenting is a good one to learn.
Sarah Berry New study supports moves to criminalise smacking.
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.
Melanie Hearse Can you turn a naturally reluctant child into a spontaneous daredevil?
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.
A controversial US ban has Fenella Souter pondering the merits of a child-free cuppa.
Paul Chai Losing your toddler is less than ideal, but as PAUL CHAI discovers, there are worst parenting mistakes you can make ...
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.
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.
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.
It's not you, it's their genes. Scientists uncover the brat gene.
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.
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.”
Kimberley O'Brien The average four year old requires 4-5 hours of physical activity per day and tactile experiences are highly recommended.
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.
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 …
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.
Alyssa McDonald, Sunday Life A recent study finds lesbian couples are the best parents.