Resisting routines

Our morning/dinner/bedtime is a hot mess of horrors.

Too much pressure?

The chaos that unfolded at this end of year dance concert made Kerri Sackville question whether we put too much pressure on very young kids.

Losing a favourite bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naive when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

Best age to start toilet training

It is a decision that can be fraught with worry, and, like nappies, there is no 'one size fits all'.

Learning from the experts

Early childhood professionals make it all look easy, but they have many tricks up their sleeves to help raise happy, well-balanced children.


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Kids do it better

There are many things I've noticed my children can do better than me.

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Building confidence

Miss K has been going through a wee stage of being reluctant to give things a crack.

Child sleeping

The big boy bed

Milin's transition from cot to cot-bed isn't going well. Bedtime is now a battleground.

Sadie Miller

Please stay little

We all struggle with getting older, but few would take it as badly as Sadie Miller, 5.

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Working hard to achieve

Miss K's cartoon watching might be on hold for the Comm Games, but they show the value of hard work.

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Outsourcing toilet training

Would you pay someone $2000 to toilet train your child? Apparently it's a thing now.


The talk

While my wife and I are more than content with our family of four, our 4-year-old Miss K is having second thoughts.

Kids playfighting with dad

When testosterone kicks in

Did you wake up one day to find your beautiful and sweet little boy had been replaced by a loud, shouting, wrestling and super energised little terror?

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A brush with fame

My eldest girl Miss K has just announced enthusiastically that she wants to be famous when she grows up.


Power of positive role models

We have a teenage boy babysitter - a decision which has been met with some rather surprising responses.

Child sleeping

Stopping co-sleeping

My 4-year-old sleeps with us. How can I get him to sleep in his own bed?


What's wrong with the word vagina?

Growing up, the words vagina and penis were never uttered in my household. Instead we used the euphemisms dink and crotch.

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Life's big questions

"Daddy, how did the first person get into life?" my wee girl Miss K asked yesterday. "If there was no one, and no mummy then how did the first person get born?"

child sleeping

Too much sleep?

We're worried about our 3-year-old's sleeping patterns. Is there such a thing as too much sleep for young children?


Convos with my three-year-old

In the season premiere of Convos with my 3-year-old the dad and daughter are discussing bums- specifically, bum cracks.

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