Kids Behaviour & Discipline
Maggie Dent Sibling rivalry is such a hot potato – no matter how many books we read, how much advice we seek or hours spent devising ways to reduce this conflict – it keeps happening.
Livia Gamble Lee Beck and his daughter Amelie completed 39 acts of kindness to celebrate their 32nd and 7th birthdays.
Anonymous No one wants their child to constantly tell tales on other kids but how do we balance this with the need to ensure children feel safe in sharing with adults things that are bothering them?
Saman Shad My six-year-old daughter has recently taken to saying sorry – a lot. It's not like she's done anything wrong, she just feels the need to apologise over little inconsequential things.
Sharon Holbrook We've been doing something wrong when it comes to chores in our house. And I may have just found out what it is.
Meghan Leahy My seven-year-old daughter gets very easily frustrated and has frequent meltdowns.
Julia Cahill We often revel in the positive traits our children have inherited from us but what about the negative ones?
Mihiri Udabage Being a younger sister to an older brother could be the only connection I will ever have to Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge—and that's fine with me. But the sisterhood is strong, so I'm happy if she benefits from my advice to Prince George on how to be a great big brother.
Kerri Sackville Mother's Day started off promisingly. My kids served me breakfast in bed – a cappuccino bought from the café down the road, a sliced orange, and a monstrosity made of toasted hamburger bun with Nutella that, apparently, nearly set the house on fire.
Megan Blandford If there's one skill kids are really good at developing as they grow, it's making excuses. They have a collection of excuses reserved within their brains, just ready to fire out as an opportunity arises.
Jessica Rowe Expect your parenting skills to be put to the test when you pencil in a play date, says Jessica Rowe.
Jo Hartley What happens when you find yourself struggling to like your friend's child? Do you sever the friendship, grin and bear it, or just keep contact to a minimum?
Glenda Cooper Good parenting does not just revolve around making children do things that they don't want to. It also involves doing stuff you loathe for your children's good.
John Rosemond Why is it that no consequence seems to work for long, if at all, with my very strong-willed seven-year-old daughter?
Meghan Leahy Aligning your parenting with your partner is tough in ordinary circumstances but how do you manage it when they travel for work only to return home to create chaos?
Jennifer Wallace If yelling is the new spanking, as some claim, then could the mean mummy voice be the new yelling?
Wendy Bradford This has been the hardest part of parenting so far: having one child with special needs for whom the rules are different than the other two.
Rebecca English For most people it would seem impossible to discipline without rewards and punishments. However, it depends on your understanding of “discipline”.
Armin Brott How could two kids raised in the same house by the same parents be such polar opposites?
Meghan Leahy My 6-year-old is good at identifying his own emotions but doesn't seem to notice anyone else's at all. Can we teach empathy?
Meghan Leahy Is your child constantly grumpy, whiny and prone to meltdowns? Changing how you respond to them could be the answer.
Mary Ward The 'World's Worst Mom' has a new parenting show.
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 these feelings to learn to accept failure as part of the process.
Rhoshel K. Lenroot Why do some children seem angry all the time, or act as if they just don’t care about the feelings of others and how do you stop it when punishments fail?
Katie Zezima Sarah Palin has a message for those angered by a Facebook photo of her six-year-old son standing on the family dog's back.
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.
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.
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 and why that can actually be a good thing for kids.
Heidi Stevens My daughter started inquiring shortly after her brother was born and has yet to give up, five years later. "Who do you love more: Me or Will?" She'll throw in a variation every once in a while, but the objective never changes.
Rachel Clun "Hey mama, are you going to make yourself look pretty today or are you going to look like you always do?"
Marilyn Campbell Has bullying been so broadly defined and even carelessly used that it has lost the specific meaning it once had?
Julia Cahill If your child has ever broken your heart with their words of hatred you will be able to relate to this mother’s story.
Amy Joyce Parents are more concerned with their child’s achievements or happiness than whether they care for others, reveal youths in new study.
Heidi Stevens Are you familiar with the five steps of bedroom theatrics when it comes to dealing with your child's messy room?
Melanie Hearse While her hubby has been starting to refer to himself as a powerless figurehead in jest, Mel Hearse is starting to wonder it’s such a laughing matter.
Danielle Colley Have you experienced the awkwardness of having to enforce your house rules on other people's children in front of their parents?
Carolyn Tate What is the best approach to take when your kids are always fighting with each other? Intervene or let them have it out?
Rashida Tayabali Dolphin parents trust their own instincts when parenting and as a result allow their kids to learn skills others don't.
Marika Hill and Sarah Harvey Children are becoming more anxious and fearful - and it's all our fault, researchers say.
It's often a tough decision for kids: sleep, or icecream?
Jo Hartley We all know that stealing is wrong and this is a message that we instill in our children from a very young age but as this mother discovered, it doesn't mean they never will.
Rachel Clun This boy bullied another for bringing a Barbie doll to school but his remorse led him to create an anti-bullying campaign that is having a profound impact.
Saman Shad Did your parents' choices have such a negative impact on you that you have vowed to take a different approach with your own kids?
Livia Gamble A third-grade teacher has been investigated for allegedly not letting her students use the bathroom if they didn't have enough "money".
John Rosemond "How can my spouse and I get on the same page where the kids are concerned?" is both the most difficult question parents ask me and also the most important.
Jo Hartley When does sibling rivalry overstep the mark into bullying territory? Here are the signs parents should be aware of and how to remedy them.
Rachel Clun An American Dad has caused international outrage after a video showing him kicking his son down a skate ramp went viral.
Letitia Rowlands A school in the US sent home a flyer on how to handle bullies and the advice it contained was unbelievable.
Josefa Pete What do you do when a friend reprimands your child in front of you?
Jo Hartley Reaching a compromise when you keep butting heads with your partner over your parenting styles is easier said than done.
Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids Do your children mysteriously turn into well-behaved angels whenever your parents look after them? Well you're not alone but Kerri Sackville wants to know why.
Bianca Wordley This time last year our family felt under siege, by one of our own children. It was an extremely difficult time and we handled it badly.
Thuy Yau If you have an overly sensitive child it can be hard to resist comforting them every time they burst into tears but there is another approach that can help them learn to manage their own emotions.
Jo Hartley Manners. They cost nothing and will get you further in life, or at least that’s the most common perception amongst today’s parenthood.
Nicole Thomson-Pride If challenging behaviour is a problem in your household, special time could be the answer to creating a better time.
Carolyn Tate If you have a middle child, chances are this 'syndrome' has crossed your mind at some stage. But is it a 'real' thing and what does it mean for those stuck-in-the-middle kids if it is?
Kimberley O'Brien Feeling at a loss on how to change your child's demanding and ungrateful behaviour? Kimberley O'Brien tells you how to turn it around.
Genevra Pittman Young adults who had been criticised, insulted or threatened by a parent growing up were more likely to be anxious or depressed, according to a new study.
First-born children perform better in school, have higher IQs, and are more likely seen as high-achieving by their parents, according to a recent study.
Melanie Hearse Move over Dr Spock, the latest parenting advice comes from elite peace negotiators, the creators of Modern Family and leading business experts. Mel Hearse takes us through some of the more surprising secrets revealed in Bruce Feilers latest best seller – the Secret of Happy Families.