The price of bribery

"If you put your shoes back on and come downstairs for the photos I will buy you the biggest doll I can find."

One more please

Pity the poor fool who answers "Just one more please" with: "no, that was the last one".

The ultimate debater

This little guy may only be three but he has arguing down to a fine art.

Disciplining someone else's child

When someone else jumps in to discipline my boys I feel that my parenting is being attacked.

Dealing with anxiety

Everyone gets nervous about stuff and a four-year-old is no different.


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The fourth birthday

The main difference between 3-year-old and a 4-year-old is you get a bit more feedback and it's not all good.

Kids clothes

Kids who dress themselves

Kids can pretty much get away with wearing what they want, but the fashion police might have an issue with these ensembles.

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Supermarket wars

Just the thought of hauling your child through the supermarket sends shivers down your spine? Yeah, me too.

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Why kids whine

Most parents would probably agree that whining is one of the most irritating sounds known to mankind.

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Absolute heartache

Music has the ability to move the soul and pull at the heart strings. Watch this little guy really feel the music.


Fury of a four-year-old

Baxter has turned into the kind of macho, blokey, aggro character that I've always run away from.

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The big fall

It had to happen sooner or later. But to see Miss A bouncing across the kitchen floor was quite a shock.


I shout too much

I shout at my kids. It probably doesn't happen every day, but it does happen on a fairly regular basis. 

Spanking smacking

Smacking debate back

The "anti-smacking" law is likely to become an election issue despite data showing it's working.


Dealing with tantrums

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) has seen success in some of the most difficult cases of child behaviour with less frequent and less intense tantrums.

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Dear Santa...

What do kiwi kids want for Christmas? Check out their letters to Santa.


Does it matter if kids swear?

Ultimately, swearing is rebellion. And isn't it pretty much the full-time job of small children to rebel?

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Don't over-praise

Showering children with praise is not helpful for their self-esteem, says a child psychologist.

Spanking smacking

Spanking hurts speech

A child's cognitive skills may be put at risk when a parent spanks them, study finds.


Talking it out vs time out

Many parents use time outs to deal with undesirable behaviour in children younger than 5. Too bad experts say it doesn't really work.

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