Kids Development

Raising mentally and emotionally tough kids

Dr. Gregory Ramey If you want your children to be successful, raise them to be emotionally and mentally tough.

Why we need to let our children accept failure

Fear of failure ... failures and set-backs are part of life.

Celia Walden The fear of failure can help children find their way in the world, and achieve both success and happiness through independence.

Seven disturbing things kids noticed behind fashion ads that we missed

Loewe's Spring Summer 2015 Campaign

Emma Brancatisano How these children respond to well-known fashion advertisements is eye-opening.

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Why I will continue to kiss my kids on their lips and ignore this 'expert's' advice

Kissing kids ... there is nothing sexual about kissing your child on the lips.

Kerri Sackville My love for my child isn't sexual, so none of my kisses will be, either.

Why the Tooth Fairy is the weakest link

Tooth fairy ... do we need to ditch her?

Darlena Cunha If fantastical beings were all on a game show, she'd be the first contestant to go home.

Finally sharing my grief with my children

Grief: harder to carry alone.

Christine Yu It always felt easier to avoid the topic of my father's death with my family but the grief was harder to carry alone.

The right amount of extra-curricular activities for your child

Are your kids having fun? Make sure kids are doing it for themselves.

Maggie Dent How much is too much when it comes to children's extra-curricular activities?

When are children old enough to get their ears pierced?

Cherries just don't cut it.

Megan Blandford It's the request of girls around Australia, and one that makes many parents unsure of where they stand.

What are kids really thinking?

What thoughts run through your child's head?

Dr. Gregory Ramey Here are the top five things kids really think about and it isn't what you're expecting.

Are we spending too much time with our kids?

Parental burnout: Am I spending too much time with my kids?

Paul Chai Growing up, my family could have done a few more things together. But I think the pendulum may have swung too far the other way.

Remembering the everyday parenting moments

It's those seemingly mundane moments that may be worth cherishing the most.

Evelyn Lewin As you watch your child grow, it's those seemingly mundane moments that may be worth cherishing the most.

Viral YouTube clip stokes parents' deepest 'stranger danger' fears

A scene from the film in which a bystander squares off with the 'paedophile'.

Loren Smith Chuyeshkov has been accused of staging his films in the past, yet whether or not the joke is on us, it serves as a chilling ‘stranger danger’ warning for our kids.


Friendship helps kids overcome challenges and be more active

The many benefits of friends.

Clare Sibthorpe Science reveals your child's best friend has a more profound influence on them than what was previously thought.

Is having a mum and a dad the very best thing for a child?

Senator Cory Bernardi is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, saying children do best when they are raised by both a mother and a father.

Simon Crouch and Deborah Dempsey Many have argued that children need not be brought into debates about marriage equality, but nonetheless it is worth examining how well Liberal senator Cory Bernardi's assertions hold up against the research.

Kids who spend more time in nature become happier adults, Planet Ark reports

Perhaps a snow-cation is in order?

Loren Smith Simply looking at nature activates the brain's dopamine reward system, triggering feelings of wellness.


What my children have taught me about sex

Hilarious sex ed: What my kids tell me about sex.

Alison Bradshaw Have your children ever shared with you what they know about sex? You might learn something new.

Risky behaviour benefits kids physically and psychologically, research shows


Clare Sibthorpe Would you let your kids play with fire – literally?

Kids raised by same-sex parents and straight parents are the same, study shows

The Furnish-John family is just as well (or poorly) adjusted as yours.

Loren Smith What many already thought has now been scientifically proven.


What parents and kids can learn watching Pixar's Inside Out

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Livia Gamble Parents naturally want their kids to be happy but sometimes, it's okay to let them be sad.

Kids who lie have good memory skills

Web of lies: Good liars have better memories, finds study.

If your six-year-old is a seasoned little fibber, don't fret - it probably means he or she is unusually bright.

Should you discourage your daughter from playing princesses?

Is there room for princesses in modern society?

Is there any room for princesses in modern society? And should we discourage our girls from idolising these characters?

Can your child bounce back from failure?

Building resilience in kids.

Do you consider yourself to be resilient? Children are learning how to cope with failure from the adults in their life.

Four parenting tips for happy, smart and healthy kids backed by research

Four parenting tips for happy, smart and healthy kids.

Livia Gamble With an abundance of parenting advice out there, it's hard to know which tips to take on board.

Only children rule

Stop the 'only child' shaming

There is virtually no evidence to suggest that being an only child leads to any problems, or any more problems than any other type of upbringing

Paul Chai New studies show they are the way of the future.

How to support a parent of a child with special needs

Tough times: How to best help parents of special needs kids.

Jamie Davis Smith If someone you love, know, or even come into contact with casually has a child with special needs, there are some things you do to better support your friend.

13 signs the toddler years are behind you

Goodbye to the toddler years.

Mihal Greener The next stage of parenting unfolds in a way that no weekly email can prepare you for.

The gift of the youngest child

Precious time: Relishing in the fleeting moments of childhood.

Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids The childhoods of my elder two seemed to last forever. But I can see the road stretch out before my youngest. I know where she is going. I know where it is ending. And she is racing along far too quickly.

How to teach kids happiness

Teaching happiness: tips on how to raise happy kids.

Lauren Knight We might teach them how to play a musical instrument or a sport we loved growing up. But can we teach them how to be happy?

Would you let your six-year-old daughter shave her head?

Six-year-old Aellyn decided she wanted to shave her hair off for the summer.

Kerri Sackville This was the dilemma facing writer Paige Lucas-Stannard, when her six-year-old daughter Aellyn requested to have her head shaved 'like Daddy'.

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Keeping close with your child when parenting long-distance

Keeping in touch: ways to keep connected when parenting from a distance.

Armin Brott How can I stay connected with my son when we're apart for so long?

Would your child leave with a stranger like these children did?

stranger danger

Livia Gamble They all thought their child would never leave with a stranger but one man proved how wrong they were.

Kids are more confused about time than you think, study

Time: Kids confused about the meaning of duration words.

Livia Gamble A five-minute timeout might seem harmless as an adult but the concept is more confusing for a child than you think.

Should your children be buying you gifts?

Mother's Day: many mums worry about encouraging commercialism.

Dr Erin Bowe, Clinical Psychologist Is it important to honour and respect the role of mums with a special day that includes gifts? When it comes to children buying gifts, there are a lot of mixed opinions.

Why you should wrestle with your daughter

Wrestle with dad: we need to get rid of the idea that girls are delicate and need to be physically coddled.

Armin Brott There's absolutely no reason why you can't be just as rough and tumble with your daughter as you are with her brother.

How do you protect your unattractive child from the cruelty of the world?

Here's the truth: we cannot protect our children from pain.

Kerri Sackville This is the dilemma facing a mother who posted a heart wrenching question on Reddit yesterday.

How to keep your kids from inheriting your fears

Inherited fears: face your fears so your kids don't have to.

Debbie Carlson The best way to prevent children from inheriting their fears or phobias is for adults to acknowledge and evaluate their own fears.

Reddit question reveals this problem is anything but rare


Kasey Edwards The question went viral, attracting more than 21,000 comments within a day.

4 things science is telling us that parents always knew

Science confirms: dirt is good for kids.

Megan Blandford Here are four recent pieces of scientific research that prove we’ve have been doing it right all along.

When your daughter walks in on you and your girlfriend

Have I scarred my daughter?

Armin Brott What should I do? Did I just scar my daughter for life?

Why curiosity is important for parents, too

Playfulness: A tool to inspire curiosity.

Lauren Knight A healthy dose of curiosity and playfulness is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your children - and yourself.

School girl creates viral online make-up tutorials

Make-up tutorials: How young is too young to be this good at applying make-up?

Catherine Rodie Young girls are starring in online make-up “tutorials” – should we be concerned?

Should you let your kids see you drink?

A cold one: Are you for or against drinking in front of the kids.

Derek Rielly At 5pm sharp, every single evening, an internal signal tells Derek Rielly it's cocktail hour. But at what cost or impact, he wonders, on his children?


Should boys over six be allowed in the women's toilets?

Bathroom ban: The viral image that has sparked debate over how old is too old.

Kerri Sackville Banning boys over six from using the women's bathroom with their mum is going too far, writes Kerri Sackville.

What it's like when your kids walk in on you

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Tracey Spicer The time will inevitably come when there's no avoiding "the talk", writes Tracey Spicer.

'Unsubstantiated’ child neglect decision on "free range" kids allowed to walk alone roils parents

Free range kids: Rafi, 10, and Dvora, 6, were picked up by police walking home from the park.

Donna St. George The US parents investigated for letting their young children walk home by themselves from a park have been found responsible for "unsubstantiated" child neglect.

What’s with all the angry kids?


Maggie Dent In the past few years, Maggie Dent has noticed an ever-increasing theme: our kids seem to be getting angrier — especially after school.

Celebrating sibling differences


Megan Blandford My two daughters are vastly different but here is why that's a good thing.

Helping your child deal with change

Change anxiety: Helping kids embrace change, not fear it.

Meghan Leahy Does your child hate change? Here is how you can help and why it might not be as bad as you think.

Mum lets her kid dress her for a week

Summer Bellessa, with her husband Kerry and sons Rockwell, 3, and Phoenix, 2.

Rachel Clun Dressing younger children can be a daily battle of the wills, so what happens when you switch roles and let your kid dress you?

My five-year-old asked me to stop posting on Facebook

Family updates: When do you stop sharing your kids' news on social?

Josefa Pete When do the lives of our children stop being fodder for our own personal social media updates?

Raising kids who like each other for life

Sibling bonds: how to forge ones that last.

Heidi Stevens Dianne Knippen and her husband have raised three kids that adore each other now as adults. Here is how they did it.

Helping kids enhance self-image


Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen If you're a parent, teacher, babysitter, or grandparent, you have a unique opportunity to improve the world. How? Help children in your care develop self-respect and healthy self-love.

Little Miss Thong: the Colombian bikini contest for six-year-olds


Catherine Rodie Colombians have expressed their outrage on Twitter over a bikini pageant aimed at six to 10-year-olds, called Little Miss Thong.

Watch: kids learn were babies come from for the first time

Awkward: This kid can't handle the word 'vagina'.

Rachel Clun Having 'The Talk' with your children is awkward at best. Imagine, then, having someone film you while you try to explain to them how babies are made.

SA bushfire: My child's nightmare became a reality

Sampson Flat fire front in the Adelaide Hills approaches goats and geese in a field.

Tanya Ashworth A mother share's her family's close call with the Sampson Flat bushfire this week and how she is helping her daughter deal with the fear.

Young girl survives plane crash that killed her family

Plane crash tragedy: Kentucky Police have identified the four victims of the plane crash as Marty Gutzler (right), 49, wife Kim Gutzler, 45, daughter, Piper (pictured left), and a 14-year-old cousin.

A seven-year-old girl walked away from a small-plane crash Friday that killed four people in southwest Kentucky, according to the authorities.

The most important thing for a stutter is to get in early

Stuttering: one of the unsolved mysteries of speech and language development.

Mark Onslow There are many theories about why this happens to some children. None of these is well supported, leaving stuttering as one of the unsolved mysteries of speech and language 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.


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


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

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