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.
Brooke Tasovac The idea that siblings clash, bond or relate to one another based on the order in which they were born may shed some light on the quality of the relationships between certain family members.
National Association of School Psychologists If you're struggling to explain the tragic events that unfolded at Sandy Hook school last week to your children here are some ways you can help them work through their emotions.
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN Kimberley O'Brien tells you how you can help kids rule out the negatives life throws at them and find the positive influences they need to function better each day.
Sarah Macdonald The previously incomprehensible changes we make to our lives when we have kids.
ADVERTORIAL Treatments you can use effectively to help kids stop bed wetting.
ADVERTORIAL There are many reasons why your child might be wetting the bed but doing it on purpose is not one of them.
ADVERTORIAL Nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bed wetting, happens when a child cannot control their bladder during the night, resulting in night time accidents.
Cassandra Hill Is it compulsory to celebrate Halloween with my kids? Cassandra Hill feels the pressure to succomb to the American treasure.
Ian Wishart Only when the barriers are broken will girls across the world achieve their potential.
KATIE CARLIN The release of Tiffiny Hall's first children's novel marks the beginning of a new chapter in 'The Biggest Loser' trainer's life.
Staff writers Losing your first tooth is a momentous occasion. Especially if you get to use your favourite monster truck to do all the hard work for you.
KATIE CARLIN Sexual abuse affects one in four girls and one in seven boys in Australia under the age of 18. That's why we need to start educating our kids about body safety - and why one child educator is doing what she can to get the conversation started.
Christopher Scanlon Father wears skirt in public to show solidarity with his son who likes to dress as a girl.
Melissa Davey with James Robertson Most children are unskilled at basic movements such as throwing, running and jumping, according to a landmark study linking NSW children's lack of fundamental movement skills with their sedentary lifestyles.
AMBER ROBINSON Meet Valentina Guerrero. This little cutie-pie is 10 months old, and the new face of Spanish swimwear label Dolores Cortés. Valentina also has Down Syndrome.
Andie Fox Should we really care about whether children spend enough time climbing trees?
QUIRKY KID Making friends can be harder for some kids than others but there are ways you can help develop your child's social skills to ensure they can build healthy friendships now and in the future.
Staff writers At the tender age of two Aelita Andre was dubbed the “pee-wee Picasso” now a well-spoken and excitable five-year-old, Aelita continues to take the art world by storm with her second exhibition at the Agora Gallery in New York.
Paul Chai After a hard day’s work it is traditional to head to the pub for a drink and a dissection of the day’s events. Is it so wrong if one of those people is a five-year-old?
LAKSHMI SINGH Australia placed in the worst category for bullying by a study of almost 40 countries.
Karen Malone In Japan, kindergarten kids walk home from school without adults.
ADELE HORIN EVEN a ''good'' divorce may not protect children from the fall-out of a marriage breakdown.
Joseph Kelly Every parent wants the best for their children and to see them excel in any field they choose to tackle. That should be a given. But there are some parents, particularly with kids who have a flair for the arts, who perhaps want it just a little too much.
Damon Young Parents stand to learn a great deal by dabbling in the art of creative uncertainty.
THEY referred to the baby as ''the infant'', allowed the child to play with only ''gender-neutral toys'' and alternated between girls' and boys' outfits for their offspring.
Staff Writers This Aussie eight-year-old looks set to take the hardcore music scene by storm.