Kids Behaviour & Discipline
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.
Michaela Fox For parents struggling with endless tears or tantrums it is easy to feel defeated but there are lots of strategies to help turn your child's behaviour around.
Sunanda Creagh Getting the message through to our risk-taking kids may take focusing on the good instead of the bad, suggests new study.
QUIRKY KID Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can put a strain on families and take the fun out of life for children who are affected by it but there is help available.
Melanie Hearse When the squabbling got to be too much, and there was a general decline in behaviour, Mel Hearse called time on TV for a week, with some very positive results.
Shannon Chapman Research reveals some parents go through a grieving process when their child is diagnosed with a mental illness, and it often goes unnamed. Shannon Chapman talks about her experience, and how you can move through the process in a mentally healthy way.
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN Has your home turned into a war zone this school holidays? Kimberley O'Brien says that the key to solving sibling rivalry is all in understanding the cause of the conflict.
Sarah Strangio All he needs is one look of recognition and that kid's day would be made. Instead, he is made to feel that his dad would rather watch his Facebook feed for half an hour.
Linda McSweeny Rather than over-protecting, parents need to instill a bit of grit in their children, writes Linda McSweeny.
Jessica Grose Though some sparring is normal, aggression between siblings can have lasting negative effects.
Julia Cahill Manners. Some believe they maketh the man but what about the child? Is the notion of manners outdated?
ADAM CAREY Parents who drive with young children in the back seat spend an average 18 per cent of driving time with their eyes off the road, researchers have found.
Children of highly educated mothers who keep a clean home and can hold their tempers, are less likely to develop behavioural problems, a new study has found.
Staff writers This innovative bus shelter advertisement reaches out to children at risk of abuse.
Kerri Sackville Kerri Sackville admits that she has spoilt her child rotten and now she is paying the price.
AMY GRAY With the recent events in Boston capturing world attention and others clamouring for the same media saturation, it is getting harder to shield children from distressing world events. Here's what you can do to help them cope.
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN If your early mornings are punctuated by a barrage of reminders for your school aged-child it may be time to rethink how to teach them to take on more responsibility.
QUIRKY KID Teaching children how to be grateful is an important life skill that will help them grow into adults that value the feelings of others.
Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore Parents often struggle to teach their own children how to become more organised. Here are some tips on where to start.
KATIE CARLIN Would you slap an eight-year-old boy across the face for repeatedly ringing your doorbell? That is exactly what a retired Perth man did after months of enduring the prank but it seems many in his community would have taken the same action.
Paul Chai *Yes – but should you tell that to your children?
Melanie Hearse Love me, Like me not – how to keep liking your kids when they are being unlikable.
Brooke Tasovac Time-out is a discipline technique that involves placing children in an unstimulating place for one of several reasons.
Bern Morley Our most primal instinct as a parent is to protect our child. It should be that simple really. If we see our child in danger, we should be able to do whatever it takes to either stop or curtail said danger. But this is modern society and there are rules and boundaries and lines we just cannot cross.
Fighting between siblings, as a result of sibling rivalry, is a common concern among parents.
Lisa Bloom The next time you want to tell a little girl how cute she is, try something else instead.
ANDREW DADDO If your child has a blinder on the weekend - and by that I mean plays a blindingly brilliant game, not comes home from a party dribbling - is it OK to talk about it? How hard can you blow your kids' trumpet?
Jen Vuk Has the all-mighty Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother finally been silenced or, at the very least, muzzled? A new book titled Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think, by US academic Bryan Caplan, would certainly have us think so.
Amity Dry Psychologist Lori Gottlieb was perplexed when she found a number of her patients were experiencing feelings of unexplained sadness, despite having wonderful childhoods, loving engaged parents and essentially ‘nothing to be unhappy about.’
Adele Horin There are worst kinds of parents than those who take an interest in their children.
Julie Robotham Matt Berry is facing imminent defeat. His sons have pinned his limbs to the ground. His daughter is sitting on his stomach, pummelling his shoulders.
Melinda Ham Raising a child with special needs has its challenges but there are educational options that can enhance families' lives, writes Melinda Ham.
JUSTINE DAVIES The inappropriate sexualisation of our children has been in the news a lot recently which begs me to ask, why do you buy age-inappropriate stuff for your kids?
Cassandra Hill Picture your son pirouetting gracefully, performing Shakespeare or wowing audiences in musical theatre. Do these images make you swell with pride or cringe with embarrassment? In Australia’s football and surfing-heavy culture, the performing arts aren’t usually a boy’s first choice of leisure activity but are they are they missing out?
Joseph Kelly Is a DS a blessing or a curse? We discuss technology with kids and when it becomes all consuming.
Natalie Craig Computer-generated avatars are helping children navigate the real word.
The new school year is freshly upon us and there is no better time to help pre-schoolers and school children who struggle with concentration skills to reach their full potential.
Jane Southward Psychologists say one in five children will be bullied at school but you can help protect your loved one with these tips from the experts, writes Jane Southward.
Andrea Day Andrea Day reveals the joys of raising a Down syndrome child - and the struggle to have her educated.
AMBER ROBINSON Carolyn Angelin wanted a quiet life – a husband, couple of kids, a house in the ’burbs, and a dog. But she got more than she bargained for with triplets, who were later diagnosed with ADHD. Read her story.
Pinky McKay What is the difference between a bribe and a reward? A bribe is something offered before the task in order to get your child to do what you want him to do and a reward (the second example) is something that happens after the event.
Julia Medew A word of advice for their parents: forget about showering them with gifts, do not over-schedule their time and get down on their level to engage with them as much as you can.
Annabel Stafford Are today’s parents more permissive of bad behaviour? As Annabel Stafford reports, there has been a quantum shift in the way parents parent, where parents today feel like they have to please their children, rather than the other way around.
Kylie Orr Ever used the “threat” of Santa? What tricks do you have up your sleeve to survive the silly season?