Kids Behaviour & Discipline
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.
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?