Kids Development

How I talked to my six-year-old about the Sydney siege

Linda Anderson Talking to your kids about the tragic events that have unfolded in Sydney in the past two days is challenging. A mother shares how she shared the news with her daughter.

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Awkward questions that children ask at Christmas – and how to respond

Questions for Santa Claus.

Camilla Turner We asked a parenting expert for the best answer to 'Does Santa Claus really exist?' and other Christmas questions.

Study: Girls as young as 7 are being sexually bullied

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Radhika Sanghani Girls as young as seven are experiencing sexual taunts from boys, according to UK charity Girlguiding.

When do you make your child face reality?

Taking make-believe too far?

Kerri Sackville Kerri Sackville discovers that a little bit of make-believe goes a long way but how much is too much?

The 8-year-old supermodel with 2 million Facebook fans

Russian model Kristina Pimenova

Amber Robinson She’s been dubbed ‘the most beautiful girl in the world’ and modelled for Armani, but Kristina Pimenova is only eight years old.

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Finding time to teach children independence

Independence without the parental freak out.

Kylie Orr How do we let our children out into the great, wide world of discovery, of trial and error, of mistakes and journeys to find themselves without the parental freak out?

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Where are all the short-haired princesses?

How much meaning do we attach to the length of our daughter's hair?

Saman Shad How much of our daughters’ definition of beauty is based on our own culturally cultivated perceptions?

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Tiny six-year-old surfers taking over the waves

Rachel Clun If you're prone to feelings of inferiority best look away now, because these two six-year-old surfers are probably far more talented than you.

10 things I want my children to know

Passing on the important things ...

Thuy Yau In order to raise kids who are happy, we need to build the right foundation for happiness.

Ben's happier as a boy

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Monica Tischler Transgender child, 8-year-old Ben Brockwell-Jones, says he finally feels comfortable in his own skin.

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When siblings inspect each other's bodies

Curiosity is part of childhood ...

Kerri Sackville Kids are fascinated with genitalia, and really, why shouldn’t they be?

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Why you only need to be a good parent half the time

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Sarah Macdonald The most important thing you can do as a parent is obvious, relatively easy and only has to be done half the time for it to be powerful and effective.

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Kids turn out in least-expected ways

When you get the wild child you never were ...

Lori Borgman Do you ever look at your kids and wonder if you were given the wrong ones at the hospital? Lori Borgman ponders how far the apple can fall from the tree.

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When the bogeyman is real

Seeing a robbery unfold is an experience few young children forget in a hurry.

Josefa Pete How do you make children feel safe again after they witness an event that leaves them understandably frightened?

Parenting when you have a different religion to your partner

A young Muslim girl kissing mothers hand during Eid.

Rashida Tayabali Do you have a different faith to your partner? This often poses its own unique set of challenges when raising kids. Here is how some families make it work.

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Sexist superhero t-shirts

Two of the licensed and sexist t-shirts.

Rachel Clun Sexism isn't new for comics. From grappling with treatment in online communities and at Comic Cons, to coming to terms with how female characters are so inaccurately portrayed, many women have struggled against the male-dominated comic book world.

Young girls mimicking their mothers body image concerns

Picking up bad habits early.

Catherine Rodie You probably wouldn’t expect to see a seven year-old girl scrutinising her face for wrinkles and imperfections. But a new survey in the UK has found that an alarming number of young girls are displaying this sort of behaviour.

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7 things every parent should do each day

Take time to enjoy your kids.

Lisa Almond Have you forgotten how fun parenting can be? Here are seven things you can do each day to help remind you to make time for the good stuff.

Four-year-old experiences first heartbreak

Four-year-old Milo's reaction to the news his friend Emily has been talking to another boy

Rachel Clun They say the first cut is the deepest, and one American kid found this out at a very young age.

5 reminders that your children are growing up

Learning to embrace how much your child has changed.

Thuy Yau How to embrace the milestones that let us know our children are growing up instead of feeling sad that time is passing.

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6 things I've learnt in 6 years of parenting

Taking time to reflect on your parenting lessons.

Megan Blandford One mum shares the major parenting lessons she has learnt from the past six years on the job.

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What to tell children about a parent's cancer

How to have the conversation no parent wants to have.

Terri Rupar How do you tell your kids you have cancer? What should you tell them? Here's a look at advice from experts and parents to help you decide.

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The two things I love most about being a parent

Taking time to ponder the joys of parenting.

Megan Blandford There are lots of things to love about parenting but if you had to decide what you treasure the most, what would it be?

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How to help kids overcome fear of the dark

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Jennifer Chung Bedtime should be a time when kids feel safe and secure but as kids' imaginations start to grow, so do their fears.

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10 signs you're an overprotective parent

Have you slipped into the 'overprotective' parent category?

Dr. Gregory Ramey Overprotective parents have good intentions, but by doing the following they leave their kids ill-equipped to deal with the real world.

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Do you suffer from Asker's Syndrome?

Are you incapable of asking for what you want?

Kasey Edwards It's a little understood, but surprisingly common condition that afflicts women from all walks of life.

Seven-year-old turns his mum in to police

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Rachel Clun An American mum was arrested after her seven-year-old son told their landlord she was cooking methamphetamine in her car.

10 things my children have taught me

Taking time to learn not just teach is one of the many privileges of parenthood.

Thuy Yau Do you get so caught up in raising your children that you forget that they have lessons to teach you too? Here are ten life lessons one mum has learnt from her kids.

Can you be friends with the parents of your child's bully?

When your child is bullied by a good friend's child.

Anonymous We were good friends. We went away together as families, babysat each other’s kids, and got together during the school holidays. But all that changed when I tried to talk to her about our daughters' crumbling friendship.

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Seeing myself through my children's eyes

Author and stay-at-home mother of two, Bridgette White.

Bridgette White Flipping through the pictures on my phone, I see it. My first reaction is shock. Who took this hideous picture of me?

Can you inherit happiness?

How happy are you?

Heidi Stevens We grow up witnessing and measuring every one of our parents' emotions.

When a child is overparented

Overparenting can have a crippling effect on kids as they age.

Thuy Yau The damage done by "overparenting" can be hard to repair, as this mother discovered.

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Girls just wanna have fun

Is raising girls that different from boys?

Megan Blandford 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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