Travelling across Europe with children

John Ahern An unhurried journey across Europe in a rickety motor home gives a dad time to learn how family works, John Ahern writes.

Sweden's liberal parents 'spoil children rotten'


Richard Orange Sweden's liberal approach to raising children has bred a nation of brats, an expert has warned.

New research

Study finds same-sex parenting is not harmful for children


Cosima Marriner Children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well in their education, emotional and social development as those raised by heterosexual parents, new research shows.

New research

Happier relationships for couples without children


John Bingham Open University study finds that when people were asked to rate the quality of their relationship those without children emerged as happier overall.

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Mother goes on internet strike to teach her untidy children a lesson


Nick Allen After a long day at work, Jessica Stilwell sat down amid the clutter left by her three daughters and decided enough was enough.

Living doll

A doll for children with a nine-year-old's body

Lottie doll.

Sandy Smith MOVE over Barbie, a new range of fashion dolls has been launched in Australia to address growing concerns about the impact on young girls of negative body image issues associated with dolls such as...

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Children damaged by 'diet of pornography'


Graeme Paton in London Children are developing permissive attitudes to sex and are viewing women as objects after being raised on a "diet of pornography", a major British study has found.

Attitude change

Parents wait until children go, then do the same thing

Divorce cake wedding cake

Rachel Browne For an increasing number of long-term marriages, it's no longer a case of until death do us part, it's a matter of until the children depart from the family nest.

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Praising kids

Should we stop telling children they look beautiful?

Praising kids: Should Honey Boo Boo be taught looks are not everything?

Sandy Smith Do you tell your daughter how beautiful she looks in her new party dress or how handsome your son is in his favourite super hero outfit? You had better stop says the UK’s women’s minister, Jo...

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Paternal influence crucial to the success of children: report

Cameron McKay with his twin children (aged 3) Thomas and Madison (and William) at Centennial Park where he often takes them to get out of the house.

Cosima Marriner Children with involved fathers have better social skills, more successful relationships, stronger self esteem, more self-control and higher grades than those who do not.

Pet project

Puppy love aids abused children

Mary Jo McVeigh and Toby.

Max Mason How a loveable spoodle treats traumatised children.

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Single life

Falling marriage rates hurting children: report


Adele Horin Unstable relationships have caused a sharp decline in children's wellbeing, a study has found.

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China's Precious Snowflakes: the spoilt children who never lift a finger


Malcolm Moore in Shanghai China's Little Emperors, a generation of chubby, spoiled children, have given way to a new era of Precious Snowflakes, youngsters so coddled they cannot tie their own shoelaces.

Playgroups give children early lesson in life, study shows


Adele Horin PLAYGROUPS are considered the poor cousin to formal childcare, even though about 150,000 Australian children attend them regularly, usually with their mother.

Emotional hurt endures for grown-up foster children

Adele Horin TURNING 18 can be a difficult experience for many teenagers, but for young people who have been raised in foster care it brings a set of unique problems.

Childcare operators caught short by new rule on children under two

Adele Horin MANY childcare centres have failed to prepare for the most significant reform to quality childcare in NSW in two decades even though the new standard has been signalled for two years.

Children urged to use humour to combat peer pressure

Ashley Long

Amy McNeilage The dangers of peer pressure are back in the spotlight after the death of an American teenager who was encouraged by friends to inhale helium.

Blessed be the little children

Dirty Laundry Heidi Davoren.

Heidi Davoren While I'm sick and out of action, the kids see opportunity.

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Clone complex damages children, experts warn

Lindsay Lohan and Dina Lohan.

Sandy Smith Parenting experts warn against overly ambitious child-rearing styles.

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About last night: Bored in the bedroom

Maureen Matthews After a decade of marriage, a couple's sex life has hit a dull patch.