Kids Development

Girls just wanna have fun

Megan Blandford 9:00am When a friend put a link on Facebook entitled ‘10 things I wish I’d known about raising a boy’, I read it in case it might provide some insight to what life is like for my friends who have sons.

The editing apps fueling unrealistic beauty standards

The writer (left) in make-up for a wedding and then edited twice with the apps.

Lisa Almond It is our job as a society to teach this generation that we don't need to alter photos of ourselves. But we can't do that until we teach ourselves this first.

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How to talk to your kids about world tragedy

How much should you tell your child about tragedy?

JODI GIBSON “Mum why did they shoot that plane down?” It was a question that I’d been dreading to hear from Miss 8, but one I knew was unavoidable.

Why I let my 6-year-old skydive

Nine year-old Brett recently completed his first skydive with his father. Chris Pope

Jennifer Morton My son did a tandem skydive on his sixth birthday. We were living in New Zealand at the time; a country that has no age restrictions.

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How to help build your child's friendship skills

How to help kids develop friendships.

MAGGIE DENT Nothing tears at a parent’s heart strings like the words, “No-one wants to play with me!” or “I have no friends!”. But how can we help our children form good friendships?

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When your child walks in on you having sex

Have you been caught in the act by the kids?

Rashida Tayabali Has your child ever interrupted you in the bedroom? Here is how to handle the awkward situation and why you shouldn't pretend it didn't happen.

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Expert claims kids shouldn't have sleepovers at dad's place

Respected psychologist says children shouldn't spend the night at dad's.

CATHERINE RODIE Should children with separated parents have sleepovers at their father's place? To most the answer is obvious but this expert claims it ‘reduces brain development’ and could also create ‘unhealthy attachment issues’.

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Why teenage boys make great role models for kids

Young male role models more important than you think.

Julia Cahill We recently had a teenage boy babysit our three young sons but when we mentioned this to other people, we were met with some rather surprising responses.

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Parenting through sadness

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KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS Is it okay for kids to see their parents being sad? And when does it become destructive?

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Top 10 dangerous things you should let your children do

Danger with precautions put in place is essential for every child's development.

Cassy Small The bumps and bruises of childhood are slowly being micro-managed out of existence but here are 10 dangerous childhood adventures that every kids should have the chance to enjoy.

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Dad turns daughter's friendship with cats into adorable adventures

Beautiful pictures of a girl and her beloved cats.

Dennis Green Russian photographer Andy Prokh has documented his daughter, Katherine, as she grows up alongside two handsome felines in these stunning photographs.

Girl, 8, drives SUV after mum collapses

Abby Porter, 8, kept a clear head and took over driving the car when her mum collapsed.

An 8-year-old US girl is being hailed for her quick, calm thinking after she grabbed the steering wheel and drove the family's SUV when her mother passed out as they drove to school.

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8-year-old US girl delivers baby brother at home

Proud big sister Jazmine helped deliver her baby brother.

KATIE CARLIN An 8-year-old US girl helped deliver her baby brother at home after her mother went into labour early while awaiting paramedics to arrive.

Children caught in the middle after divorce

Don't make your children feel like they have to choose.

BROOKE LUMSDEN Parenting after your relationship breaks down is hard enough but when one parent attempts to turn the child against the other how should you handle it?

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Modern life turning children bad

Negative impact of modern life on our kids.

We start out in life kind and caring, but consumerism and reality television shows harden our hearts turning us selfish, immoral, greedy and anxious, says a British psychotherapist.

When your determined child doesn't want your help

Do you have a wilful child who is determined to do everything on their own?

KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS Do you have a willful child who is determined to do everything on their own - even when they cannot possibly achieve the very thing they are so determined to do?

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Survival story of eight-year-old boy carried out to sea from Solomons

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Michael Field An 8-year-old boy shares his dramatic account of how he survived being carried out to sea during the Solomon Islands flood disaster.

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What is missing from the Ban Bossy campaign

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KASEY EDWARDS A ban on labelling girls 'bossy' for the same traits that would label a boy a 'leader' is not getting to the root of the problem, writes Kasey Edwards.

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The day my daughter called me fat

One of my daughters gave me a picture she’d drawn of us together.

BIANCA WORDLEY "I am overweight, but when my daughter called me fat it pierced my heart."

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Should your child be called what you named them?

That's not my name!

Cassy Small Does it drive you crazy when someone shortens your child's name? Or perhaps you chose to make the shorter version their actual name. Either way with so much of one's identity wrapped up in a name things can get complicated quickly.

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When your child's friends keep leaving

Dealing with life's disappointments ...

Melanie Hearse Having nursed her strong but silent type son through three best mates and a dog leaving him, Mel Hearse turned to an expert to make sure she was handling it right: here’s what she found.

Is your child a leader or follower?

Leaders and followers are not always polar opposites.

JODI GIBSON Why being a follower isn't always a negative and how you can encourage both to grow their strengths.

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How to raise a confident child

Building confidence through conversation

Jennifer Morton As a child, I was extremely shy; painfully shy. It was difficult for me to be around others and being a great conversationalist was never on my 'strive to achieve' list.

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Stop telling girls that pink sucks

I’m starting to wonder if there’s a fine line between being “anti-pink” and “anti-girl

Emma Salkild What do we really mean when we praise girls for choosing toys that are traditionally considered 'boy's toys'?

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Dylan Farrow: 'How Woody Allen abused me'

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The adopted daughter of Woody Allen has spoken for the first time about the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the Hollywood director during her childhood.

Where were you when your child lost their first tooth?

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ANDREW DADDO All of them lost that first tooth in exactly the same way – the tooth was tied to a piece of string that was tied to the door handle, writes Andrew Daddo.

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Porn stays with you from childhood

Seeing porn for the first time as a child can have a lasting negative effect.

Michaela Fox When, not if, your child stumbles across graphic pornography how will you handle it? Your reaction makes a difference.

Do kids need a mobile phone to stay safe?

Is giving a child a mobile phone really about safety?

SONJA EBBELS When Sonja Ebbels lost her seven-year-old son in a crowd at a school fete one mother recommended she get him a mobile phone but she wasn't so sure.

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How I told my 7-year-old son he has Down Syndrome

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Kari Wagner-Peck Can a child -- any child -- understand what that means?

Advantages of one on one time with your kids

Discover the benefits of one on one time ...

Jodi Gibson Having one on one time with each of your children is an opportunity to get to know them on a deeper level that shouldn't be missed writes Jodi Gibson.

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How to help children keep their innocence longer

Are we able to protect their innocence a while longer?

Jodi Gibson Peer pressure, celebrity culture and technology are to blame for our children growing up too soon according to parents surveyed in a recent study but the truth reveals a much greater change needed in our families.

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Time for talking about sex

Sex talk needs to start sooner than you think ...

Josefa Pete Parents need to be having the conversation about sex with their children a lot sooner than they think, according to a new study that reveals girls aged 12-15 had the highest percentage of positive tests for chlamydia.

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Daniel Morcombe's parents support keep kids safe campaign

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Natalie Bochenski Bruce and Denise Morcombe have an opinion on the state government's changes to dangerous sex offenders laws.

The pain of a broken promise

Was your childhood littered with broken promises?

Thuy Yau Was your childhood littered with broken promises? Here is why it is important for parents to keep their word and be more careful of when they give it.

Feminism begins at home

Those who fought before us ...

Steve Biddulph Girls' anxieties turn to healthy anger when they see they are part of a wider cause, writes Steve Biddulph.

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France bans children's beauty pageants

Children's beauty pageants have been banned in France.

KATIE CARLIN Concerns over the ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of children has led France to ban children’s beauty contests this week, with a new law that would send organisers and parents to prison for up to two years.

Parents raise boy as 'gender non-conforming'

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KATIE CARLIN Six-year-old CJ has a love of all things girly – including necklaces, sparkly shoes, skirts and playing with dolls. This might not sound very unusual at first, but CJ is a boy, a gender non-conforming boy.

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Paternal influence crucial to the success of children

Dad's crucial role ...

Cosima Marriner Children with involved fathers have better social skills, more successful relationships, stronger self esteem, more self-control and higher grades than those who do not.

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Benefits of musical practice

Benefits of musical practice

Emily McAuliffe As testing as a musician in training may be musical practice can play an important role in your child’s development.

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Kids need to stress less

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Alyce Vayle Aussie kids: Stressed out, over-scheduled and falling behind.

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High heels for kids

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Catherine Rodie Blagg The number of high heel wearing children continue to rise in America but has this trend made its way to our shores and what potential damage will it cause to its young wearers?

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How to parent the sensitive child

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Jodi Gibson Does your child worry about the simplest of things? Does he or she get upset easily? Do they seem to have empathy beyond their young years? Chances are you have a sensitive little soul on your hands.

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What if Barbie had a 'normal' body?

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Livia Gamble If Barbie was based on actual women, what would she look like?

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Victory for transgender 6-year-old girl in US

Six-year-old transgender girl Coy Mathis

Parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl have won a victory in their fight for the daughter to use the girls toilet in a public school.

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Fiona MacDonald Six high-profile dads reveal the life lessons they want to pass on.

Going without the key to happiness?

Sam Clifford and husband Simon with their children Ollie 9 and Macey 7. 13 June 2013.
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JILL STARK Sam Clifford wants her kids to be happy, but she doesn't think endless praise will get them there.

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The happiness trap

Happy Children

JILL STARK Psychologists say it's vital children are taught to face harsh realities.

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Choices in the operating room

Sick Child

Andie Fox When Andie Fox's son chose his father to be by his side in hospital she questioned whether she had failed as a mother.

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Competitive parents push kids to breaking point

Overworked Kids

Josephine Tovey, Amy McNeilage To the helicopter parents who micro-manage their children's lives, obsess over academic performance and treat child-rearing as a competitive sport, Wendy Mogel has a simple message: you're not helping.

What makes a good mum? It all comes down to class

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COSIMA MARRINER Mothers feed their child fresh fruit and vegetables, send them to private schools, enrol them in lots of extra-curricular activities and limit their television watching to the ABC.

Same genes, different strokes

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Michaela Fox It’s true that no two children are the same. Behaviour, personality, and temperament ensure no two kids are alike, and you don’t need to look further than your own family for evidence of this.

Police investigate frolicking child

Emma and her grandfather Leo.

EAMONN DUFF A family is shattered after an innocent outing turned sour, writes Eamonn Duff.

Is Paltrow's website sexualising girls?

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Shelly Horton First she was in trouble for not letting her kids eat carbs, now actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been accused of sexualising children.

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Conquering a defeatist attitude

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Sarah Wayland How do you help your child when they refuse to try new things out of a fear of failure?

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Mum fail: my son's Easter hat was crap (and it’s all my fault)

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AMBER ROBINSON There it was, amongst the notes for crazy hair day and the excursion to the environmental centre.

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Teaching your child to be a good friend

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Megan Blandford Help your children navigate the complexities of forming friendships, recognising good ones from bad, and being a good friend in return.

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Lessons to be passed on

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ANNA SPARGO-RYAN What life lessons will you be passing on to your child?

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Trouble with toys

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LISSA CHRISTOPHER A reliance on gifts to appease and reward children could be harming their development.

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What's this love thing all about?

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Staff writers What do kids really think about Valentine’s Day? Watch their hilarious responses to questions about love, crushes, and the special day.

Has your child fallen behind their peers?

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KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN Are you looking for practical strategies to help your child develop at school this year? Kimberley O'Brien explains how a developmental assessment can help.

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