Kids Behaviour & Discipline

Why kids fight so hard to be mum's favorite

Heidi Stevens 9:14am 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.

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It's the little things that hurt: insults from a four-year-old

Joanna Stein in her video <i>Momhead</i>.

Rachel Clun "Hey mama, are you going to make yourself look pretty today or are you going to look like you always do?"

Difference between 'bullying' and 'everyday life'

What is the real meaning of being bullied?

Marilyn Campbell Has bullying been so broadly defined and even carelessly used that it has lost the specific meaning it once had?

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When your child says they hate you

Parents need to develop a thick skin fast.

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.

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Five ways to raise kind kids

Simple acts of kindness make a big difference.

Amy Joyce Parents are more concerned with their child’s achievements or happiness than whether they care for others, reveal youths in new study.

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My daughter's room is a mess

Should you clean your daughter's messy room?

Heidi Stevens Are you familiar with the five steps of bedroom theatrics when it comes to dealing with your child's messy room?

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When dad can't discipline

Can your husband never get the kids to settle down?

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.

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When you have different rules to your friends

My house, my rules.

Danielle Colley Have you experienced the awkwardness of having to enforce your house rules on other people's children in front of their parents?

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Parenting through sibling wars

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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?

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Dolphin style parenting leads to happier and smarter children

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Rashida Tayabali Dolphin parents trust their own instincts when parenting and as a result allow their kids to learn skills others don't.

Modern kids too afraid to leave parent's side

Overbearing parents having a negative effect on kids.

Marika Hill and Sarah Harvey Children are becoming more anxious and fearful - and it's all our fault, researchers say.

Icecream or sleep? This kid tries both

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It's often a tough decision for kids: sleep, or icecream?

When kids steal

How do you deal with a stealing child?

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.

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7-year-old former bully creates anti-bully campaign

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.

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Deciding to parent differently from your own

Learning from your parents' mistakes and choosing a different path for your own kids.

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?

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Mother claims school made students pay to use the bathroom

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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".

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Why you can't agree with your spouse on how to raise your kids

Unity is needed to raise children well but how do you get on the same page?

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.

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When sibling rivalry turns nasty

When does sibling rivalry become bullying?

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.

Dad caught on camera kicking son down skate ramp

Father causes international outrage after video of him kicking his son down a skate ramp goes viral.

Rachel Clun An American Dad has caused international outrage after a video showing him kicking his son down a skate ramp went viral.

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US school provides worst bullying advice ever

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Letitia Rowlands A school in the US sent home a flyer on how to handle bullies and the advice it contained was unbelievable.

When a friend disciplines your child

Should you be the only one to discipline your child?

Josefa Pete What do you do when a friend reprimands your child in front of you?

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When you don't agree with your partner's parenting

Children need consistency when it comes to parenting styles.

Jo Hartley Reaching a compromise when you keep butting heads with your partner over your parenting styles is easier said than done.

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Are your kids better behaved with their grandparents?

Grandma's little angel ...

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.

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When your eldest child turns jealous

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.

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Why comfort isn't always the answer for sad children

Space for the overly sensitive child

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.

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Should you send your child to etiquette lessons?

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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.

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The importance of 'special' time with your child

Spend time with your child, one-on-one, doing something they want.

Nicole Thomson-Pride If challenging behaviour is a problem in your household, special time could be the answer to creating a better time.

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Is middle child syndrome a real thing?

Is being in the middle as a child as bad as they say?

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?

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Dealing with a spoilt child

Reward your child with shared activities rather than material gifts.

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.

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Why you need to stop yelling at your kids

What impact is your yelling really having on your child?

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.

Are only children the most successful?

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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.

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Surprising secrets of happy families

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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.

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How to manage difficult behaviour

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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.

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Dire warnings fail to get through

Positive spin on staying safe

Sunanda Creagh Getting the message through to our risk-taking kids may take focusing on the good instead of the bad, suggests new study.

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Treating children with OCD

Overcoming a life marked by worry and anxiety ...

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.

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Surprising benefits of a TV ban

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.

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When your child has a mental illness

Parental grief is a common response when  your child is diagnosed with a mental illness.

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.

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School holiday fighting

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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.

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Hey parents, can you get off the phone?

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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.

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Their fragile future

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Linda McSweeny Rather than over-protecting, parents need to instill a bit of grit in their children, writes Linda McSweeny.

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Is sibling rivalry bad?

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Jessica Grose Though some sparring is normal, aggression between siblings can have lasting negative effects.

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Do manners still matter?

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Julia Cahill Manners. Some believe they maketh the man but what about the child? Is the notion of manners outdated?

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Children drive their parents to distraction

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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.

Link between income and well-behaved children

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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.

The secret ad that only kids can see

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Staff writers This innovative bus shelter advertisement reaches out to children at risk of abuse.

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The price of raising a princess

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Kerri Sackville Kerri Sackville admits that she has spoilt her child rotten and now she is paying the price.

Boston bombings: helping children cope

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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.

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Teaching kids responsibility

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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.

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Growing grateful kids

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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.

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Getting kids organised

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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.

The real life Slap that’s divided a community

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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.

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Is 'playing by the rules' overrated?

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Paul Chai *Yes – but should you tell that to your children?

A not so lovable battle

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Melanie Hearse Love me, Like me not – how to keep liking your kids when they are being unlikable.

Time-out techniques

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Brooke Tasovac Time-out is a discipline technique that involves placing children in an unstimulating place for one of several reasons.

Hit and miss

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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.

Getting to the bottom of sibling rivalry

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Fighting between siblings, as a result of sibling rivalry, is a common concern among parents.

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Don't dumb girls down

First impressions … commenting immediately on their appearance tells girls that looks are more important than anything.

Lisa Bloom The next time you want to tell a little girl how cute she is, try something else instead.

Compliments to the loud, proud parents

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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?

Serenity parenting

The flawless family

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.

How making your child happy can land them in therapy

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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.’

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