Cycling lobbyists

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.

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.

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.

When pocket money backfires

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

Money lessons for kids

These five money lessons could help your kids turn into adults who aren't stressed by money.


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Brianna Illes-Hall

Working for allowances

Many parents are encouraging a strong work ethic by refusing to hand over money for nothing, new research shows.

Kids TV

More TV equals less sleep

The more television children watch, the less total sleep they're getting, according to a new study.

Grabbing fat

"Mum, you're fat"

I am overweight, but when my daughter called me fat it pierced my heart.


'How much did she cost?'

You'll be amazed at some of the hurtful, ignorant things people have said to these adopted girls and their mum.

Anna Guy

Growing independence

How young is too young for kids to go to the park on their own?

child doing dishes

Kids and chores

Do you struggle to get your kids to do chores? Or wonder what chores are actually age appropriate for them?

school generic

'No one wants to play with me'

If you had a tough time at school it can hard not to project your anxiety onto your kids.


Raise a confident child

As a child, I was extremely shy; painfully shy. I barely spoke at all. Meeting new people was a nightmare.

night terror

Fear of death

My six year old has been talking about death incessantly - so I went against everything I believed, and I told her about heaven.

Trueman family

Car restraint age 'must rise'

Children should have to travel in car seats until they turn 12, say researchers appalled at New Zealand's child-injury levels.

Nine-year-old apparently drunk

Booze culture shame

Expert says drunk child incident to be expected in a society where alcohol is cheap and readily available.

Kids' sport

Coddling a crying shame

PE teacher says he's seen children cry because the grass hurts their bare feet, and kids too obese to get up off the ground without help.

mother daughter talking

A kids' book about periods

When I first got my period, I thought I was haemorrhaging so I lay on my bed and waited to die.

Frida Kahlo strap

To pluck, or not to pluck?

What would you do if your seven-year-old was getting teased about having a monobrow?


Stop yelling at your kids

Young adults who were criticised or insulted by a parent while growing up are more likely to be anxious or depressed.

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