Health & Nutrition more articles

The most important thing you can do with your kids

Anne Fishel It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit.

Simple sugar swaps make major difference, trial finds

Laura Donnelly Swapping just one snack a day for a healthier alternative could cut sugar intake by almost half, a pilot study has found.

Why Santa should bring your kids the right-sized sports gear

Smaller footballs, lighter tennis racquets and mini playing fields: it makes sense to have these for children, right?

Behaviour & Discipline more articles

Positive attention for an unpleasant child

Meghan Leahy Is your child constantly grumpy, whiny and prone to meltdowns? Changing how you respond to them could be the answer.

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Lenore Skenazy's new TV show teaches parents how to parent less

Mary Ward The 'World's Worst Mom' has a new parenting show.

When a perfect storm is a regular thing

Meghan Leahy Perfectionism is the brain's way of defending itself against feeling out of control and, in essence, vulnerable. But how do we help children overcome ...

Development more articles

Helping kids enhance self-image

Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen If you're a parent, teacher, babysitter, or grandparent, you have a unique opportunity to improve the world. How? Help children in your care develop ...

Little Miss Thong: the Colombian bikini contest for six-year-olds

Catherine Rodie Colombians have expressed their outrage on Twitter over a bikini pageant aimed at six to 10-year-olds, called Little Miss Thong.

Watch: kids learn were babies come from for the first time

Rachel Clun Having 'The Talk' with your children is awkward at best. Imagine, then, having someone film you while you try to explain to them how babies are made.

Back to School more articles

7 reasons I won't miss my kids when they go back to school

Bianca Wordley 9:29am While I’m not that keen to get back into the daily lunchbox, school uniform, crazy school run rush, I am quite excited for my kids to get back to ...

Putting the new school year in perspective

Andrew Daddo A new school year is upon us, for some it will be their very first, and Andrew Daddo has some sage words of advice to help put it all in perspective.

Ditch the home readers – real books are better for your child

Ryan Spencer It’s no wonder that so many children dislike reading their home reader but is there an alternative?

Education more articles

Parents play a crucial role in stamping out bullying

Simone Ziaziaris 12:10pm Parents have a huge influence on how their children socialise in the schoolyard whether they like it or not.

Queensland kids able to skip kindergarten

Kim Stephens Up to 5000 four-year-olds could go straight to prep this year.

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Preventing your kids' summer reading slide

Ryan Spencer Here is why you should encourage your kids to keep reading over the summer break and how to do it.

Activities & Worksheets more activities

The best age for children to start making New Year resolutions

Catherine Rodie I have been making new years resolutions since I was a child and I am really keen to pass this tradition on to my five-year-old daughter – but will ...

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How to create DIY Christmas wrapping paper

Emma Clapham Create a special, more personal touch to your Christmas gifts this year by decorating your own wrapping paper. Here is your step-by-step guide.

Kids hand print Christmas wreath tutorial

My Name Is Snickerdoole The Kids Hand Print Christmas Wreath tutorial couldn't be easier and can also be given as present to grandparents.

Toys & Products more articles

Bratz dolls without makeup: Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh gives dolls a 'tree change'

Mary Ward Ever walked down the doll aisle at a toy store and wondered: where are the dolls that look like little girls?

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Is Barbie really bad for body image?

Zali Yager Launched in 1959, named after the inventor’s daughter Barbara, and owned by 99% of 3-10 year old girls in the USA, Barbie has been a popular ...

Toy makers learn that construction sets aren't just for boys anymore

Shan Li For decades, toy makers believed the industry gospel: Boys want to build things; girls want to play princess.