"My father was a harsh disciplinarian and I'm struggling to know what's the right balance with disciplining my son."
Usually I am very patient when someone in my household feels sick, but in this case, I know my son does NOT want to go to school tomorrow, he just wants a day off.
Manners. Some believe they maketh the man but what about the child? Is the notion of manners outdated?
The number of children needing help for mental health problems is ''skyrocketing''.
Children of highly educated mothers who keep a clean home and can hold their tempers, are less likely to develop behavioural problems, a new study has found.
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Have your children ever fought so loud the police were called? Mel Hearse goes in search of some soothing solutions for her two temper-prone boys.
The debate around toy guns continues, but when a seven-year-old is suspended for making a toy gun out of pastry, questions are raised around what is acceptable and unacceptable play.
Could the way you parent lead to emotional issues for your children later in life? A Kiwi researcher is looking for parents to take part in groundbreaking research.
Kids who were bullied and acted as bullies themselves were at higher risk for depression, anxiety and panic disorder years down the line,according to a new study.
Wayne Lewis has recruited someone who he reckons is the best tester in the world for his iPad app - his seven year old son Ciaran.
Children who spend hours watching TV are more likely to become criminals, researchers say.
A $9.3 million Red Cross grant will help Canterbury children to laugh again, Parkview School principal Les Gray says.
Rate of children diagnosed with mental health conditions almost doubled over the past five years.
There has been much debate on the internet this week about Adam Lanza's mental state and how that could have contributed to the deaths of 20 primary school children. If you are worried about your child's behavioural problems seek professional help rather than speculate.
Can you recognise bullying when it's happening? Take a look at a few different scenarios and see what you think.
In news that will surprise parents nowhere, a new study shows that children are likely to behave better if they get more sleep.
Experts tell us that fighting is often a result of bored children looking for attention. Thanks experts.
Building up your child’s self esteem could be doing more damage than good, according to a recent study that has found a strong link between overconfidence and children who instigate bullying.
Is there anything more ridiculous than a six-year-old being labelled the world's most stylish child?
Here are six essential manners to help your child avoid the label of 'the bratty one'.
OPINION: Do your kids go out of their way to rile each other? Are there some traits your kids have that you are embarrassed to admit came from you?
Kids tells us what annoys them about how we talk to them and how we can do better.
Helping your child cope with the loss of a parent, grandparent, friend or pet, is an important but far from easy milestone.
School holidays are a breeding ground for fights. Obviously, the children are in each other's faces 24 hours a day.
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