CATHERINE RODIE US child beauty pageant company, Universal Royalty is returning to Australia next month but parents are fronting a vigorous charge to stop the pageant from taking place.
Letitia Rowlands Not only will Penny the Pirate keep the family entertained and encourage a love of of literature, she might even help your children's eyesight.
JO HARTLEY If your sweet son has suddenly become a super energised little monster, chances are that you have just entered the tornado that is their first major hit of testosterone.
CATHERINE RODIE Controversial biologist Richard Dawkins claims that fairy tales could be causing our children more harm than we think but should we heed his warning?
Jennifer Morton By giving pet names to our kids' genitals, are we setting them up for a lifetime of sexual embarrassment?
JO HARTLEY Are you your child's favourite parent or is it your partner? It is more common than you might think and even though it can be hurtful the experts have some advice on how to handle it.
Rebecca Martin After her father's sudden death, Rebecca Martin was forced to decide whether her children should attend their grandfather's funeral.
LAKSHMI SINGH Remembering events from early in a child’s life is limited after the age of seven, with most of them experiencing childhood amnesia – or the inability to recall those memories from the earliest years of their lives.
Catherine Rodie Lilly Thomson* was just three and a half years old when she first told her mother that she wanted to be a boy.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Wes Fleming made his name creating beautiful gardens, now he is using his expertise to design inspiring natural playgrounds.
Why using the word 'bossy' to describe young assertive girls is robbing them of their future leaderships skills and what these celebs are doing about it.
Lilani Goonesena Parents know they need a night off together from time to time but surprisingly it is also beneficial for kids to get some parent-free time too.
Tara Hedman To all the daddies with little girls who aren't old enough yet to ask for what they need from you, here is what we wish you knew.
In large families, young kids can't always get a lot of individual attention from parents - but healthy interactions with an older sibling might help compensate for that, a new study suggests.
Lucinda Schmidt Is it more important to be around your children when they are toddlers or as they grow into teenagers?
FLETA PAGE Experts are calling for children of prisoners to be acknowledged in the criminal justice process.
Keli Goff Angelina Jolie is known for her unconventional family, which includes three biological children with longtime partner Brad Pitt and adopted children from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam.
AMBER ROBINSON There are very few songs on the radio today that you would be happy to have your preschooler sing along to but there are a few exceptions, writes Amber Robinson.
Josefa Pete As a mother of two boys Josefa Pete is aware of some of the parenting challenges that lie ahead but she always thought she would be immune to this one until her four-year-old son asked her this question.
Julia Teen Fashion Kids is the latest Instagram craze dedicated to showcasing the fashion looks of children that’s clocked up 1.3 million followers already. But should parents be posting?
Nicole Thomson-Pride Throughout childhood, fairy tales and songs about love set children up to think it is easy, but what can parents do to help their children grow up with a balanced and realistic view of love?
Michaela Fox Recently, I gave chocolate biscuits to my three young daughters for their afternoon tea. This would normally be greeted with joyful smiles, but on this occasion, my four-year-old’s lips trembled and she dissolved into tears.
Kasey Edwards Things we can all learn by observing a four-year-old child.
Karen Hardy The planets have aligned a couple of times this week. It's kind of spooky when that happens, reminding you everything in life is interconnected.
Konrad Marshall When her toddler Dean couldn't quite say words he's learnt aloud, Kaylene Grimshaw remembers most the pained and frustrated expression on his face.
Beth Woolsey Why must boys turn peeing into a challenging game? Here are 15 hilarious (and sadly needed) rules to help boys stay on the straight and narrow.
Patricia Ha Yuen Caldwell It is a problem that affects 15-20 percent of school-aged children and while most children grow out of bed-wetting here are the treatments to help speed things along.
Katie Carlin We all think it won't happen to us but could your child phone for help if you were in trouble? That’s exactly what happened to one Perth family last month when four-year-old Ethan saved his father’s life.
Libby Hakim Is Barbie really to blame for our lifelong body image woes or do we not give children enough credit for their ability to distinguish make believe from reality?
Livia Gamble All your childhood fears come alive in Joshua Hoffine’s latest collection of photographs, starring two of his daughters in terrifying settings.
Carolyn Tate Carolyn Tate wonders how to prepare her red-headed daughter for the slew of ginger-bashing that is bound to come her way in life.
Belinda Peters A child that begins to stutter is sure to cause their parents alarm, but it could be a sign of a leap in speech and language development.
Livia Gamble Watch the viral video of a boy explaining to his mum why he doesn't want to eat to his dinner, saying animals should be taken care of and not eaten.
SARAH BERRY Fan sites, thousands of followers and the adoration of celebrity stylists. Meet the five-year-old mini megastar.
Jen Vuk Are we inadvertently setting children up for a lifetime of zero body confidence every time we tell them they're beautiful?
KATIE CARLIN Merida's new look might have got her in to the princess pack but has she lost her vote with parents?
AMY CORDEROY Teaching ''helicopter parents'' and ''tiger mums'' to control their emotions could be the key to preventing mental illness in their children, researchers say.
Bianca Wordley It’s been two terms of kindergarten and still she will not speak. From the moment we step inside the kindy gates, she hides her beautiful voice from the world.
Megan Blandford Has your four-year-old returned to the tantrum-throwing, porky-pie telling, stubborn toddler you thought you left behind two years ago? You're not alone. Here is why and how you can help restore some peace to your home.
RACHEL BROWNE Australia's first Children's Commissioner grasps the importance of the role, having experienced her own childhood adversity.
CHRISTINE SAMS Growing parental concern about young girls being inundated with princess culture is being addressed by Disney, the biggest global purveyor of princess characters on television and film.
AMY GRAY The people who leave the most profound traces on your life are not always your parents and the role of aunt or uncle is more valuable than you might first think, writes Amy Gray.
Sarah Wayland What happens when a single mum or dad re-partner? How do they navigate the new structure when kids come with that package?
VICTORIA BIRCH Avoiding the princess phase seems about as easy as sidestepping a herd of rampaging wildebeest but Victoria Birch wonders if we have been too quick to write-off their value.
Livia Gamble Farrah Abraham thought it was a good idea to wax her three-year-old daughter's unibrow.
KATIE CARLIN Would you let your son wear pink zebra print shoes to his first day of preschool?
JAMES W MANNING For a father and app designer, the power of kids' imaginations is the key to helping them deal with bullying.
KASEY EDWARDS US Supreme Court Justice shares awesome career advice on Sesame Street.
AMY GRAY For kids with a never-ending stream of confounding questions, philosophy might take them on an amazing path of discovery.
Staff writers Election reduces four-year-old girl to tears
QUIRKY KID Children often sleep alongside parents or siblings as they are growing up but how and when do you transition them into sleeping in their own bed?
Andie Fox Andie Fox reflects on the trials and joys of motherhood and why speaking the truth about your struggles can be liberating.
Justine Davies On Monday, Australia’s first-ever public sex offender register went live but with many arguments for and against such an initiative will it enhance the safety of children or will it cause more problems?
Saman Shad It does not need to be said that children are the most defenceless of creatures so why aren't we doing more to help the silent victims of child abuse?
PAUL CHAI Bedtime tales, however fanciful, are good for bonding as well as kids' brains.
Dr Stephen Blatchford With children as young as four are having all of their baby teeth removed because of poor oral health, it's clear that parents do not have enough information on how to care for their child's teeth.
KASEY EDWARDS What happens when even a mouse is no longer allowed to be short and curvy?
JUSTINE DAVIES If there’s one thing even more momentous than the hint of the first milk tooth breaking through your baby’s gummy smile, it’s the wobble and eventual loss of that first baby tooth to make way for the adult ones.
Livia Gamble Knowing what to feed your kids and teaching them healthy eating habits now will guarentee a big healthy grin later.