Health & Nutrition more articles

Fruit and vegetable claims on some packaged foods debunked

Harriet Alexander The less healthy the food, the more likely it is to enthuse about its fruit content but how much do they actually contain?

What I want my son to remember about Phillip Hughes

Lisa Schofield I heard the news of the tragic passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes only moments before taking my eight-year-old son to his cricket practice.


Unique ways Aussie schools are combating obesity

Lilani Goonesena Here’s how five schools around the country are combating obesity.


Behaviour & Discipline more articles

School apologises after replacing blind kid’s cane with a pool noodle

Rachel Clun A primary school in the United States has apologised, after taking away a blind eight-year-old's cane and replacing it with a pool noodle as a punishment.

Tips to get your kids through the holidays graciously and gratefully

Amy Joyce Does your child tend to get picky and ungrateful around the Christmas season? Here are some tips on how to teach them to be grateful and gracious.

My dodgiest parenting moments

Megan Blandford One mum lays bare her dodgiest parenting moments of late, in the hope that others will realise they’re not alone in their parenting imperfections ...

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Development more articles

How I talked to my six-year-old about the Sydney siege

Linda Anderson Talking to your kids about the tragic events that have unfolded in Sydney in the past two days is challenging. A mother shares how she shared the news ...


Awkward questions that children ask at Christmas – and how to respond

Camilla Turner We asked a parenting expert for the best answer to 'Does Santa Claus really exist?' and other Christmas questions.

Study: Girls as young as 7 are being sexually bullied

Radhika Sanghani Girls as young as seven are experiencing sexual taunts from boys, according to UK charity Girlguiding.

Back to School more articles

The end of a childhood chapter

Michaela Fox No one told me years would disappear in a blink; that time would speed up right when I want it to slow down.

2015 School Holiday Dates and School Term Dates

2015 school holiday dates and school term dates for all Australian states on Essential Kids.

8 things I've learned in the first term of school

Megan Blandford If you’re the parent of a kid who just started school this year, your life has probably changed in many ways over the past couple of months.

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Education more articles

In defence of accelerating gifted children

Linda McIver Only you can decide whether your child needs to be accelerated, writes teacher, Linda McIver.


NSW schools to make their results public

NSW public schools will soon have to report on their academic performance and teaching methods as part of a plan to lift student results.

Kindergarten teachers in a class of their own

Letitia Rowlands Nobody is perfect, so the saying goes. However, as my son ends his first year at school, I think the words "except kindergarten teachers" need to be ...


Activities & Worksheets more activities

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.

Frozen's Olaf sock snowman tutorial

One Creative Mommy Do you want to build a snowman? This tutorial shows you how to an Olaf snowman without the snow.

Toys & Products more articles

No Gender December: 'blame toymakers'

The dismissive reaction to the No Gender December toy campaign is predictable and understandable.

Christmas gift guide for kids

Victoria Birch You can't go wrong with gift giving if you look for presents that appeal to kids’ sense of adventure, play and imagination.

'No Gender December': Should we ban gender-based toys?

Judith Ireland Greens Senator, Larissa Waters, has urged parents to steer clear of gender marketed toys for kids this Christmas but not everyone agrees with her.