Adele Levine I was walking across the street to collect my 3-year-old son, Hanno, when I overheard a neighbour boy taunt him for not having a father. I'd always wondered how I was going to broach this subject with Hanno. Suddenly it was floating at me in singsong across the sidewalk: "You don't have a dad!"
Livia Gamble Researchers examined 20 similar studies to determine what makes a child popular.
Catherine Rodie "Mummy," said my precocious preschooler, "do you make babies by screwing and hammering?"
Meghan Leahy How do we encourage our five-year-old to be himself when he just wants to be like everyone else?
Denise Daniels Pets can be invaluable at teaching families, especially children, "emotional intelligence".
Brenda Janowitz These parties are always a huge challenge for me. It's not because of the smell and it's not because of the cleanliness of the pens. The reason why - and the thing I don't want my kids to know - is that I'm afraid of animals.
Jessica F. Hinton Even with all the right books and parenting tactics, my daughters are like magnets - drawn to and repulsed by each other at the same time.
Meghan Leahy If your child becomes angry or agitated when failing at trying new things, it might have more to do with your response than theirs.
John Rosemond I've been asked many times by mothers if they should worry that their preschoolers have imaginary friends.
Amy Wruble A heartfelt open letter from a mother to her firstborn daughter as she is about to become a big sister.
Elise Baker One in four parents of Australian children are concerned about their 4- to 5-year-old child’s speech but two-thirds of these parents don’t act on their concern.
Dr Erin Bowe Some parents find themselves trying to protect their children from the very people who are supposed to dote on them.
Livia Gamble Having an imaginary friend is normal for kids but at the same time it can be creepy for parents.
Patricia Tan Since he was a baby, I’d fretted over this very moment when he’d start asking about the grandparents he will never meet.
Jo Hartley New laws being introduced by Victorian police will mean that child sex offenders are going to be scrutinised like never before.
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.
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 this one.
Livia Gamble A new study found children are less likely to tell the truth if they fear they will be punished.
Jo Hartley Has the world gone mad? Apparently the act of sitting on Santa's lap is now deemed inappropriate.
Catherine Rodie If you're struggling with the Santa-to-tell-or-not-to-tell dilemma then you might take comfort in the results of a new study that has found believing in Santa might actually be good for children.
Eddie Brummelman It is natural for parents to value their child - and feeling valued is key to children's well-being; but some parents "overvalue" their child, believing their child is more special and more entitled than others.
Catherine Rodie Despite it being one of life’s unquestionable certainties, death can still be a bit of a tricky subject for kids to understand and parents to explain.
Lisa Pryor My five-year-old daughter favours a look that could be called Highly Flammable High Femme.
Maggie Dent Do you often feel guilty over the amount of time you don't spend with your kids? Here is why you shouldn't underestimate the power of tiny moments of connection.
Amy Joyce Here are five tips to help ease your child into Halloween if you find they are a little bit sensitive to the scarier aspects of the celebrations.
Peter Morris Within a few minutes, we were verbally accosted by a mum who was taking her two small children from the car to her house. How old was our son, she demanded. Why was he pushing a stroller?
Zsofia McMullin How freely do you express your feelings with the ones you love? One mother shares what her son has taught her about the power of saying "I love you".
Christopher Scanlon When a pet name says so much more than tiara, big hair and sparkly dress.
Meghan Leahy Do you feel like you are being held hostage by your child's constant need to make the smallest of tasks a test of your patience?
Megan Blandford Part of the joy of being a parent is watching your children learn new things but when their skills quickly outnumber your own the best thing you can do is embrace it.
Katie Carlin Five-year-old Sadie doesn’t want her adorable baby brother to grow up. So much so, that she is reduced to tears when her parents break the news to her that he won't be this small forever.
Catherine Rodie "Why doesn't A have a Daddy?" asked G, my 4-year-old daughter on the way home from the park. She had spent the morning playing with her dear friend whom she has known since birth.
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.