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.
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?
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.
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’.
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.
KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS Is it okay for kids to see their parents being sad? And when does it become destructive?
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.
Dennis Green Russian photographer Andy Prokh has documented his daughter, Katherine, as she grows up alongside two handsome felines in these stunning photographs.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
BIANCA WORDLEY "I am overweight, but when my daughter called me fat it pierced my heart."
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.
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.
JODI GIBSON Why being a follower isn't always a negative and how you can encourage both to grow their strengths.
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.
Emma Salkild What do we really mean when we praise girls for choosing toys that are traditionally considered 'boy's toys'?
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.
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.
Michaela Fox When, not if, your child stumbles across graphic pornography how will you handle it? Your reaction makes a difference.
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.
Kari Wagner-Peck Can a child -- any child -- understand what that means?
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.
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.
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.
Natalie Bochenski Bruce and Denise Morcombe have an opinion on the state government's changes to dangerous sex offenders laws.
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.
Steve Biddulph Girls' anxieties turn to healthy anger when they see they are part of a wider cause, writes Steve Biddulph.
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.
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.
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.
Emily McAuliffe As testing as a musician in training may be musical practice can play an important role in your child’s development.
Alyce Vayle Aussie kids: Stressed out, over-scheduled and falling behind.
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?
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.
Livia Gamble If Barbie was based on actual women, what would she look like?
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.
Fiona MacDonald Six high-profile dads reveal the life lessons they want to pass on.
JILL STARK Sam Clifford wants her kids to be happy, but she doesn't think endless praise will get them there.
JILL STARK Psychologists say it's vital children are taught to face harsh realities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EAMONN DUFF A family is shattered after an innocent outing turned sour, writes Eamonn Duff.
Shelly Horton First she was in trouble for not letting her kids eat carbs, now actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been accused of sexualising children.
Sarah Wayland How do you help your child when they refuse to try new things out of a fear of failure?
AMBER ROBINSON There it was, amongst the notes for crazy hair day and the excursion to the environmental centre.
Megan Blandford Help your children navigate the complexities of forming friendships, recognising good ones from bad, and being a good friend in return.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN What life lessons will you be passing on to your child?
LISSA CHRISTOPHER A reliance on gifts to appease and reward children could be harming their development.
Staff writers What do kids really think about Valentine’s Day? Watch their hilarious responses to questions about love, crushes, and the special day.
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.
Sharon Thompson Drew Barrymore fought back tears in an emotional TV interview as she vowed to give her newborn daughter the stable childhood she never had during her own troubled upbringing.
Livia Gamble South Dakota mother fooled her 8-year-old son into believing he had bought a $50,000 car on eBay.