Five to ten

Five to ten

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Tooth fairy

A tooth fairy tale

A school principal using his connections to the tooth fairy made a huge difference to a little girl's day. Have a look at this heartwarming letter.

Man overseeing teen's homework

An overachieving child

My son's teacher was concerned about his obsession with marks. Yes, my son is driven to succeed. Unhealthily so.

CYCLING

Parents scared to let kids ride bikes

Parental fear has led to a drop in the number of children cycling to school - and more cars.

sad child

Real deprivation?

Parents in the US are going off because stores have run out of Frozen toys, Kerri Sackville thinks they need to harden up.

Homework

First term lessons

I thought having a child at school would open up my days and make life a little easier – but I was wrong.

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Development sad child

Stressed kids suffer DNA damage

Children who grow up in poverty or an unstable family show early signs of genetic ageing, a new study has found.

Pocket money

When pocket money backfires

Since getting pocket money, my kid won't lift a finger without pay. Help!

Health & nutrition Jordan and family

Ipad offers hope

An iPad is allowing Jordan Winther to understand and communicate with those around him.

depression bullying suicide

Children pondering suicide

South Canterbury children as young as 8 are seeking help for suicidal thoughts, according to a counsellor.

Education & play KIDS PLAYING

Does unschooling work?

Unschooled children dictate the daily agenda, deciding if, when and what they want to learn about.

classroom

Dragged from school to school

Poorest schools are swapping nearly half their pupils a year, as transient families chase work or flee debt.

Behaviour mum and toddler

Happiness responsibility?

We just want our children to be happy. Let me explain why I believe it is part lie, part curse and part unachievable burden.

bully

Bullying in sport

Being teased or bullied during PE is enough to put kids off sport.

Activities ABC

Learn to write the alphabet

Download and print this fun exercise to help your kids learn to write their alphabet in both upper and lower cases.

words

Learn to write words

Download and print this fun exercise to help your kids learn to write words by sounding them out, tracing and then drawing a picture.

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Are mobiles a safety issue?

When Sonja Ebbels lost her son in a crowd at a school fete she started to think it might be time to get him a phone.

Toy hall of fame

Toy hall of fame

Each year one special toy is voted into the Toy Hall of Fame. Which toy will make the grade this year?

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