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.
VICTORIA BIRCH Victoria Birch has found a way to get her four-year-old to enjoy brushing his teeth and it is all to do with something called the Nurdle Durdles.
KATIE CARLIN Taking your child to the dentist for the first time can be an nerve-wrecking experience for them but there are many things that you can do from an early age to help ease their nerves and turn it into something positive.
Michelle Haines Thomas Helmets, make-shift capes, plastic swords and water guns - sound familiar? Most little boys go through a superhero stage in their early years but some preschools have taken to banning this kind of play. Michelle Haines Thomas tells us why superhero play should be encouraged not banned.
Sarah Macdonald How having a son has changed one mother's view of the world.
Chloe Maxwell's autistic son, Max, is her "precious gift" - and her great challenge. She tells of her tearful journey to try to understand the world he lives in.
Paul Chai Why are so many early childhood heroes based on violent killers?
JUSTINE DAVIES As the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, Justine Davies shares a personal letter to her daughters on what she wants them to know as they grow up into the next generation of women.
Mel Hearse It's tempting to try and stop your child from making mistakes by taking control but Mel Hearse discovers why you need to let your little ones make up their own minds.
Jayneen Sanders Teaching your child how to keep their body safe from unwanted physical attention is a sensitive topic. Author Jayneen Sanders shares her tips on how to start the conversation and keep them safe from sexual interference.
KATIE CARLIN When Grant Hackett hung up his green and gold in 2008 the triple Olympic gold medallist retired at the top of his sport. But retirement hasn’t managed to slow him down. The former Olympian sits down with Essential Kids to chat about fatherhood, life after swimming and his determination to help eradicate childhood drowning in Australia.
Michelle Smith A new toy range is doing no one any favours.
Tanya Ryan-Segger Keep routines in place and communication flowing during a renovation, writes Tanya Ryan-Segger.
Kylie Orr As families grow and multiply, fitting everyone in becomes nigh on impossible. Siblings, parents, inlaws, outlaws, extended families, separated families, step families – a family tree becomes a family forest.
Paul Chai IF The path to happiness is all about living in the now, perhaps we could learn a thing or two from our own mini zen masters, says Paul Chai.
Brooke Tasovac It can be hard for parents to empathise with their children’s fears, especially when they seem irrational or unreasonable. But parents need to understand that fear is a survival instinct for self protection that children need to hone as they grow up, in order to have a proper perception of true danger.